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The Tennessee Valley Authority on Sept. 25 said that it that it has priced $1 billion of new 10-year global power bonds, TVA’s first new 10-year power bond offering since 2012.

The proceeds from the sale of the bonds will be used to refinance existing debt or for other power system purposes.

TVA said that the transaction benefited from strong investor demand, with orders from a wide variety of both domestic and global institutional investors.
 
Morgan Stanley, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays Capital and RBC Capital Markets were joint book-running managers for the transaction.

The new bonds mature on Sept.15, 2024, and are not subject to redemption prior to maturity. Interest will be paid semi-annually each March 15 and Sept. 15. The bonds have an interest rate of 2.875 percent.
 
An application is expected to be made to list the bonds on the New York Stock Exchange. The bonds will also be issued, maintained and transferred through the book-entry system of the Federal Reserve banks.—PAUL CIAMPOLI

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Utility professionals will have an opportunity to attend three in-depth pre-conference seminars at the 2014 Customer Connections Conference.

The pre-conference seminars, offered on Sunday, Oct. 26, offer longer class times and smaller class sizes than traditional conference sessions, allowing participants to learn about complex topics in greater depth. Seminar topics will include:

•    Managing Change: Creating a Playbook for Utility Success
•    Customer Engagement for Advanced Grid Technologies
•    Build Your Brand, Tell Your Story: Developing and Marketing Web and Social Media Content     

The Managing Change class will cover how to prepare for some of the most important industry changes that are coming in the next few years (new technologies, environmental regulations, economic pressure, market dynamics, new customer expectations, etc.) and provide practical examples of effective change management and strategic planning skills.

The Customer Engagement for Advanced Grid Technologies seminar will discuss how to better communicate with customers about new grid technologies and their advantages. It will include: tips on how to address customer concerns about smart meters; communicating the benefits of advanced grid technologies; developing policies, plans and procedures for community partnerships; explaining how to use social media and other technologies to engage customers; and teaching utilities to measure and verify the efficacy of engagement plans.

In the Developing and Marketing Web and Social Media Content course participants will learn how to build a strategic content development plan and use video and social media to broaden the utility’s reach. The instructors will use a public power case study to demonstrate how rich content and social media channels can be used to market stories to media and customers while engaging all audiences. Topics such as building the business case for brand journalism, and teaching your team how to write for you and how to measure the success of your content strategy, will also be discussed. 

The Customer Connections Conference will be held Oct. 26-29, at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront hotel in Jacksonville, Florida. This conference is the annual learning and networking event for public power utility professionals involved in public communications, customer service, key accounts, economic development, and energy services. Conference fees are $645 for APPA members and $1,290 for nonmembers who register before Oct. 6.  The pre-conference seminars each require a separate registration fee.

For the complete program information and to register, visit www.publicpower.org/CustomerConnections. —HEIDI LAMBERT

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Richard Maullin was elected on Sept. 26 as the new chair of the California Independent System Operator board of governors. Members of the board unanimously selected Maullin to the position during a special board meeting, a week after the current chairman, Robert Foster, announced that he would resign, effective Sept. 30 (today).

The ISO board of governors is made up of five members who are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate to three-year staggered terms.

Maullin is a sitting member of the board of governors. He was re-appointed to the ISO board in January 2012 by California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. for a three-year term that expires on Dec. 31, 2014. He is a founding partner of an opinion research firm, Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates. —JEANNINE ANDERSON

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EVENTS CALENDAR


NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Version 5 Compliance Program Development Workshop
Scottsdale, Arizona
September 29-30

Fall Education Institute
Scottsdale, Arizona
September 29-October 3

Webinar – Achieving Excellence in Public Power Governance
September 30

Public Power Leadership Workshop
Scottsdale, Arizona
October 1-3


Webinar – Performing a Utility Financial Check-Up
October 16

Legal Seminar
San Antonio, Texas
October 19-22

DEED webinar – Measuring Energy Savings Using Non-Intrusive Devices Inside Residential Customer Homes
October 23

Customer Connections Conference
Jacksonville, Florida
October 26-29

Webinar – OSHA Subpart V: Fall Protection
October 30

Webinar – OSHA Subpart V: Arc Protection and Flame-Resistant Clothing
November 10

Grid Security Summit
Arlington, Virginia
November 12-13

Webinar – Energy Efficiency: Overview of Energy Efficiency Programs
November 18

Webinar – It's a Wrap: A Look Back at Legislative, Regulatory, and Political Developments in 2014
December 9

Webinar – Energy Efficiency: Identifying Your Utility's Energy Efficiency Goals and Developing a Portfolio Strategy
December 11

Webinar – OSHA Subpart V: Minimum Approach Distance
December 16

For a full APPA Events Calendar, visit Publicpower.org.


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CLASSIFIEDS
Director of human resources and administration— The American Public Power Association seeks a director of human resources and administration to manage the development and implementation of the association’s policies and procedures that govern human resources and office administration. The director will manage the administration of employee benefit programs in conjunction with finance and legal staff members, including APPA’s defined benefit pension plan, 401(k) plan, health insurance plans, and voluntary benefit plans. The position is responsible for ensuring a positive employee-employer environment through oversight of employee recruitment, training and development, evaluation, and retention. The position also supervises support services staff and equipment (aside from I.T.), and will act as a liaison with the landlord and office service vendors and insurance brokers to ensure a quality work environment. Required education and experience:

• degree from a four-year college or university with major coursework in human resource management, business • • administration, or related field; master’s degree preferred;
• ten or more years work experience in human resources, with substantial prior experience in a management-level capacity;
• SPHR certification or demonstrated coursework toward achieving the SPHR certification preferred;
• strong interpersonal and communications skills, both oral and written;
• excellent conflict resolution and mediation skills;
• ability to work independently and exercise sound judgment;
• thorough knowledge of all aspects of HR administration;
• current knowledge of trends, practices, regulations, and developments in the HR area;
• ability to foster trust throughout the organization in the impartiality and integrity of the HR function, including the • ability to maintain the highest level of confidentiality and ensure fair treatment;
• knowledge of federal and local labor laws and their application;
• knowledge of budgeting, personnel, and administrative techniques;
• knowledge of lease administration and building services practices;
• ability to pay attention to detail and maintain accurate recordkeeping;
• history of excellent customer service delivery; and
• proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.

Apply: For more information, visit PublicPower.org. Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to HumanResources@PublicPower.org with "HR Director" in the subject line. APPA is an equal opportunity employer.

Manager of energy operations—
A joint action agency located in Jackson, Mississippi. is currently searching for qualified applicants to fill the position of manager of energy operations, who will be responsible for managing the electric and natural gas requirements of its member municipal utilities in Mississippi. This individual would be primarily responsible for planning, analyzing, scheduling, hedging, and purchasing natural gas to meet member requirements, as well as managing related storage, contractual, and transmission natural gas assets. In addition, this position may assist in dispatch, administration, and planning for wholesale electric requirements. Qualifications: Experience in natural gas scheduling, use of pipeline bulletin boards, pipeline transmission and storage management, and negotiation and purchasing of natural gas is required. Experience in electric dispatch or rate transmission organization (RTO)-related skill sets is not required, but would be positive criteria. Applicants should have good interpersonal and communication skills, as well as technical capabilities, and be both number and people oriented. They should be highly motivated, intellectually inquisitive team-players, and able to self-direct and operate in an open work environment without excessive oversight. This is an excellent position for the right applicant to grow and expand their energy industry skill sets, while being exposed to a wide range of front-line responsibilities, tasks, and challenges in the energy industry. Compensation: Compensation packages are negotiable, depending on experience, and employees are eligible for Public Employee Retirement System benefits. Apply: Please email Jobs@MSJointAction.com.

General manager— The board of directors of Richmond Power and Light (RP&L) is seeking qualified candidates for the position of general manager. RP&L is a municipally owned electric utility serving approximately 21,000 customers, and has annual revenues of $80 million. RP&L, a total requirements member of the Indiana Municipal Power Agency, has a rich 100-year tradition of serving its customers with low electric rates and high reliability. The general manager will report to the nine-member board of directors, who are also members of the Richmond City Council. Qualifications: Candidates must have a minimum of 10 years electric utility experience, preferably within public power, and at least five years of management experience. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in business administration or engineering is also required. A masters of business or engineering is a plus. The board will consider candidates with broad electric utility management experience, including such areas as electric distribution, finance, operations, planning, member communications, and board relations. The successful candidate will have excellent people and communications skills, proven leadership ability, and a strong commitment to public power principles. Compensation: RP&L offers excellent benefits and a very competitive salary. Apply: The job description is posted on our company website at www.rp-l.com. Applications will be accepted until Oct. 15. Please send a résumé, cover letter, salary history, and a minimum of three references by email to: GMSEARCH@RP-L.COM. RP&L is committed to equal employment opportunity, and employs all qualified persons without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, handicap, veteran status, or any other classification protected by the federal, state, or local laws.

High voltage lineworkers— The city of Redding, California, is establishing an eligibility list to fill current and future vacancies for high voltage lineworkers. High voltage lineworkers perform all classes of electrical power transmission and distribution system construction, maintenance, and operation work. Apply: Interested individuals must submit a city of Redding online employment application at www.ci.redding.ca.us in order to be considered. This recruitment may close at any time with minimal or no notice, therefore, prompt application is encouraged. The positions are open until filled. EOE/FAAE.

Electric utility system operator-power (real-time/day-ahead energy trader)— The city of Redding, California, is recruiting for an electric utility system operator-power (real-time/day-ahead energy trader). The candidate will schedule real-time and day-ahead delivery of power to assure a balanced load to the resource energy portfolio; develop, implement, evaluate, economically optimize, coordinate, and arrange day-ahead and real-time power trades and schedules with other municipal utilities, marketers, and power companies; and ensure the safe, reliable, and economical operation of the Redding Electric Utility’s generation assets. Compensation: Salary is $41.71 to $50.70 per hour ($43.38 to $55.27 per hour, effective Jan. 18, 2015). Apply: To review a complete job announcement and to apply online, visit www.ci.redding.ca.us. Apply by Oct. 2. EOE/FAAE.


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