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Education and Upcoming Events

CANCELED - 2020 Spring Management, Engineering & Operations Conference --- May 11-13, 2020 (Austin, TX)
POSTPONED - Plant Cycling & Flexibility Symposium & Tour --- June 10-11, 2020 (Overland Park, KS)
Transmission Resiliency, Response & Restoration Symposium --- June 17-18, 2020 (Denver, CO)
2020 RMEL Foundation Golf Tournament --- June 24, 2020 (Littleton, CO)
Project Management Workshop --- July 8-9, 2020 (Denver, CO)
Grid-Scale Storage Workshop & Tour --- August 5-6, 2020 (Denver, CO)
Leadership Workshop --- August 12-13, 2020 (Denver, CO)
Safety Roundtable - August 2020 --- August 20, 2020 (Golden, CO)
2020 Fall Executive Leadership and Management Convention --- September 14-16, 2020 (Denver, CO)
Planning Session: 2021 Spring Conference --- October 1, 2020 (Lone Tree, CO)
Renewable Planning and Operations Conference --- October 21-22, 2020 (Denver, CO)
Transmission & Distribution Asset Management Workshop --- November 4-5, 2020 (Denver, CO)
Safety Roundtable - November 2020 --- November 5, 2020 (Fort Collins, CO)

Visit https://www.rmel.org/RMEL/Events/List/RMEL/Events_Info/List_of_Events.aspx?hkey=caf67ebf-969d-42dd-815f-43eab06040da to view the full article online.

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Industry Information
For utilities in areas hit hard by coronavirus infection, their emergency plans to shelter in place to maintain critical infrastructure facilities is no longer an abstract plan, but is being put into action on a scale not seen before in most countries.

Visit https://www.tdworld.com/disaster-response/article/21127376/grid-operators-utilities-begin-to-shelter-in-place-to-maintain-critical-facilities to view the full article online.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is the statistical and analytical agency within the U.S. Department of Energy. EIA produces energy data and analysis to provide context for how a variety of energy industries serve customers in the United States and abroad. 

Visit https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=43276 to view the full article online.

National Grid has suspended for three months rate increases for electric and gas customers in upstate New York, in response to economic fallout related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Visit https://www.utilitydive.com/news/national-grid-suspends-pending-rate-increases-in-response-to-covid-19/574958/ to view the full article online.

Only three major electric industry supply chain vendors registered to participate in last year's GridEx V, the biennial simulated cyberattack run by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) in order to test the utility sector's preparedness and response plans.

Visit https://www.utilitydive.com/news/nerc-struggles-to-involve-utility-vendors-in-its-biennial-cyberattack-simul/575267/ to view the full article online.

With China being the epicenter of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, POWERCHINA International Group shared how it has supported the fight so far.

Visit https://www.hydroreview.com/2020/03/26/powerchina-shares-its-efforts-to-fight-against-covid-19/ to view the full article online.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced plans to provide up to $22 million for research aimed at achieving breakthroughs in the effort to capture carbon dioxide directly from ambient air. 

Visit https://www.energy.gov/articles/department-energy-provide-22-million-research-capturing-carbon-dioxide-air to view the full article online.

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announced a Request for Information (RFI) seeking public input on a potential funding opportunity to demonstrate and evaluate the capacity of energy-efficient buildings to interact with one another and the grid to provide greater degrees of demand flexibility at scale. 

Visit https://electricenergyonline.com/article/energy/category/energy-efficiency/82/825000/department-of-energy-releases-request-for-information-on-potential-funding-for-grid-interactive-efficient-buildings-in-connected-communities.html to view the full article online.

Utility companies are beginning to integrate distributed energy resources (DER) as the evolution of smart technology and the next-generation grid emerges.

Visit https://www.power-grid.com/2020/04/02/how-utilities-can-become-the-amazon-for-electrons-and-molecules/ to view the full article online.

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Forbes Bros LTD.
Member Announcements
Austin Energy takes tremendous pride in serving its customers — not just in delivering safe, reliable and affordable energy — but through our programs and efforts to help people who need it most. We know the way we serve and engage with our customers will look different in these uncertain times but we remain committed to helping the community.

Visit https://austinenergy.com/ae/about/news/news-releases/2020/austin-energy-evaluating-ways-to-assist-customers to view the full article online.

Arizona’s fight against COVID-19 is drawing collaboration and participation from every sector, and Arizona Public Service is joining other companies in the team effort to support customers and communities.

Visit https://www.aps.com/en/About/Our-Company/Newsroom/Articles/In-shared-effort-to-fight-COVID-19-APS-pledges-1-million to view the full article online.

When the market goes live in 2021, SPP will centrally dispatch energy from market participants to meet demand throughout the region every five minutes.

Visit https://www.basinelectric.com/news-center/news-briefs/srp-seattle-city-light-join-california-isos-western-energy-imbalance-market to view the full article online.

CPS Energy continues efforts to support educational initiatives and provide community resources on energy related topics. With schools closed, the increased demand for remote education is upon us and CPS Energy is proud to offer free educational resources for students and their caregivers to use at home.

Visit https://newsroom.cpsenergy.com/cps-energy-sponsored-energy-saving-lessons-provide-valuable-cost-saving-resource-during-school-closings/ to view the full article online.

To support our region during this pandemic, El Paso Electric announces a $30,000 donation to the COVID-19 response funds created by the El Paso Community Foundation, the Paso Del Norte Community Foundation, and the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico. Each foundation will receive $10,000.

Visit https://www.epelectric.com/company/news/el-paso-electric-donates-30000-to-community-foundations-for-covid-19-response-relief to view the full article online.

Lincoln Electric System continues to operate under its Continuity of Operations Plan developed to cover a variety of emergencies, including pandemics. The community-owned electric utility is continuing normal system operation and has implemented appropriate measures to limit spread of the novel coronavirus.

Visit https://www.les.com/about-les/news/view?article_id=118019 to view the full article online.

With Nebraskans dealing with challenging times due to the COVID-19 outbreak, phone scammers are still on the prowl according to Nebraska Public Power District.

Visit https://www.nppd.com/press-releases/scam-bill-payment-calls-growing-during-covid-19-outbreak-nppd-offers-recommendations-to-thwart-fraudulent-attempts to view the full article online.

Emergency assistance will be distributed to partner organizations on the frontlines supporting the most vulnerable in our communities. 

Visit http://newsroom.nexteraenergy.com/NextEra-Energy-family-of-companies-commits-1-5-million-in-COVID-19-emergency-assistance to view the full article online.

Omaha Public Power District distributed nearly $34 million for in-lieu-of-tax payments to 11 southeast Nebraska counties. That’s up slightly from nearly $33.9 million distributed last year.

Visit https://www.oppd.com/news-resources/news-releases/2020/april/oppd-makes-nearly-34-million-in-payments-in-lieu-of-tax/ to view the full article online.

Responding to the COVID-19 outbreak, PacifiCorp will waive campground reservation cancellation fees until April 30 as long as cancellations are made at least eight days before the planned arrival date.

Visit https://www.pacificorp.com/about/newsroom/news-releases/pacificorp-waive-cancellation-fees-lewis-river.html to view the full article online.

Water is critical to public health, our quality of life, the desert environment and our economy. That is why we are all doing our part to ensure you always have water at your tap, even during times of concern.

Visit https://media.srpnet.com/arizonas-water-supplies-remain-secure-and-resilient/ to view the full article online.

Donations totaling $200,000 for Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming coronavirus relief and recovery efforts are being made by Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association on behalf of its 46 member distribution cooperatives, public power districts and non-utility members.

Visit https://tristate.coop/tri-state-supports-covid-19-pandemic-relief-and-recovery-funds-four-states to view the full article online.

United Power is dedicated to keeping our members’ lights on. That wouldn’t be possible without the help of our skilled linemen, who work each day behind the scenes to improve our system and prevent outages before they happen. On April 18th, we will join in celebrating National Lineman Appreciation Day, honoring the hard work, innovation and dedication of America’s electrical lineworkers.

Visit https://www.unitedpower.com/thank-lineman to view the full article online.

Working from home has become a new reality for many people as companies attempt to limit the spread of the contagious coronavirus.

Visit https://www.tep.com/news/energy-efficient-tips-for-working-remotely/ to view the full article online.

Pete Gardner has been named Xcel Energy’s Chief Nuclear Officer, effective immediately. He succeeds Tim O’Connor who has held the role since 2013 and has been promoted to Chief Generating Officer of Xcel Energy.

Visit https://www.xcelenergy.com/company/media_room/news_releases/xcel_energy_names_new_chief_nuclear_officer to view the full article online.

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White Paper
A team has developed a less expensive water electrolysis system that works under alkaline conditions but still produces hydrogen at comparable rates to the currently used system that works under acidic conditions and requires precious metals. This advance brings down the cost of water splitting technology, offering a more viable way to store energy from solar and wind power in the form of hydrogen fuel.

Visit https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200309130034.htm to view the full article online.