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Alaska Power Association Newsletter: February 2015



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The Alaska Power Association is the statewide trade association that represents the electric utilities that supply power to more than a half-million Alaskans from Barrow to Unalaska, through the Interior and Southcentral, and down the Inside Passage.
 
February 2015
 Dear APA/AIE Members and Friends,
 

We've had two successful events in Juneau in recent weeks, and they both showcased the benefits of Alaska Power Association's unified voice.  You can read more about both events below, but I want to take time to say how appreciative I am of our members for making APA a strong and dynamic organization that effectively represents our industry to lawmakers, regulators and other influential people. Many of our members  traveled long distances to get to Alaska's Capital City, but the rewards were worth it. Not only did we get one-on-one time with legislators and other important decision makers, we even got an audience with the governor.


 

For more information on Alaska Power Association's legislative platform, I encourage you to contact me or Michael Rovito.  In addition, our one-page priority sheet and legislative resolutions are posted on the APA website.

 

As always, stay in touch.

 

  

 

Crystal Enkvist, APR

APA Executive Director

ARECA Insurance Management Inc., Executive Vice President

 
 
 


Managers' Fly-in brings APA message to Juneau
  


Managers from APA member utilities spent two days in back-to-back meetings with legislators and administration officials on January 28 and 29. Occupying the Gastineau Suite at the Baranof Hotel, legislators came one-by-one for half-hour meetings focusing on energy issues important to APA members.


 

Topics ranged from the gas line to EPA regulations to concerns with House Bill 78, among many others. Discussion about Railbelt utility unification efforts featured prominently, along with rural issues such as maintaining the PCE program.  We also emphasized the importance of transmission infrastructure and of successful grant programs such as the Renewable Energy Fund and the Emerging Energy Technology Fund.


 

The strength of the Managers' Fly-in is the amount of time we get to spend with legislators one-on-one. Over the course of two-days, managers attending the fly-in got to hear from legislators and other officials who could speak freely amongst our group. The ample chances to engage with the speakers are important, and the Managers' Fly-in facilitates this by design. The overall goal of the two-day event is to have legislators come away with an understanding of APA's priorities and positions on matters important to our industry. 

 APA Legislative Conference Brings Electric Utility Industry to Juneau
Above: Gov. Bill Walker speaks to APA members during this year's Legislative Conference
 

Feet were sore, and heads were full, but after two days of legislative meetings in Juneau there is no doubt Alaska Power Association and its members had their message heard.  We arrived in the Capital City en masse on February 11 and 12 to hear from legislators and administrators, meet with legislators representing members' various districts and to hear directly from Gov. Bill Walker.  Members who came to Juneau took part in two legislative panel discussions, a state administration panel discussion and a question and answer session with the governor.


 

What we heard from legislators, the governor and the governor's administration was concern over the current budget difficulties and federal regulations.  We heard lots of support for efforts by Railbelt utilities to unify the transmission system - something APA is supporting and making a priority with the Legislature - and we also heard a good recognition of the energy challenges many communities in Alaska face.  What's more, APA members got to tell our speakers what they are doing to remedy those challenges, and how the state can help.


 

APA would like to thank all those who took part in our annual Legislative Conference, and we'd like to remind members to keep involved in the process and let your legislators know what is working and what's not working in your part of our industry.

 

 

 
  
Washington, D.C. Fly-in now in planning stage
 

 

 

 

Complementing APA's robust government outreach on the state level, the Association also plays an important role at the federal level.  When APA members gather in our nation's capital, we bring a unified voice that policymakers and lawmakers listen to.


 

This year's federal fly-in will take place June 2-4, and it will be based at the Phoenix Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.  We have already received word that U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan is eager to meet with us in D.C., so he can learn about the issues important to all APA members.


 

Keep an eye out for e-mails from APA that will highlight the trip as we confirm our visits and set our agenda.  If you have questions about the conference, contact Michael Rovito, Director of Member and Public Relations, at 907-771-5711 or mrovito@alaskapower.org.

 

 

 
 

Alaska Power Association Employment Page

 

 

 

Did you know Alaska Power Association posts employment listings for its member utilities? 


 

Check out our website  to see the latest job offerings from electric utilities throughout the state.


 

www.alaskapower.org

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MEA Showcases Eklutna Generation Station to Eklutna, Inc. Board and Managers
An aerial view of the Eklutna Generation Station


Matanuska Electric Association's new Eklutna Generation Station received a visit from its neighbors recently when the Eklutna, Inc., Board of Directors and management team toured the facility.  


 

The Eklutna Generation Station, or EGS, sits on land purchased from Eklutna by MEA in 2009. During the tour, Eklutna leadership lauded the long-term partnership between themselves and MEA.


 

"Eklutna, Inc., has been a stakeholder and partner with MEA during the development of EGS and the infrastructure to deliver power to MEA's customers," Eklutna CEO Curtis McQueen said, according to an MEA press release. "We look forward to working with MEA on future projects."


 

For the co-op's part, MEA Director of Operations Eddie Taunton said, "MEA values this important relationship and thanks Eklutna, Inc. for their support in this endeavor that will benefit this region for decades to come."


 

MEA's Eklutna Generation Station is a Cook Inlet natural gas-fired, 171 mW power plant that serves more than 100,000 people from Eagle River to Talkeetna.   

  
Upcoming Event: Islanded Wind Power Conference in Anchorage

 

Online registration closes February 25 for the Islanded Grid Wind Power Conference. The two and a half day conference will take place March 4-6 at Alaska Pacific University. Conference sessions include:

  • The State of Islanded Grids Today 
    Breaking the High Contribution Ceiling
  • Energy Storage
  • Market Updates
  • Building on the Microgrid Movement 
  • Supply Chain Speed Dating 
  • Business Models 
  • Demand Management         
  • The Way Forward: Collaborative Opportunities and Next Steps

  
 
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Employment Opportunities    

 

Matanuska Electric Association is seeking a Floating Customer Service Representative.

The purpose of the Floating Customer Service Representative position is to provide exemplary customer service to the Association's members by balancing the concerns of the members and the needs of the Association when determining resolutions in a timely manner. Reporting location will vary as dictated by the needs of the department.

Essential functions of the position are: Provides accurate, prompt responses to customer inquiries based upon the Association's Tariff, Rules and Regulations, Bylaws, and Policies;
Receives applications for membership, new service applications, service changes, connects, disconnects, and landlord agreements;
Issues work order numbers and inputs/updates status of work orders and routes necessary paperwork;
Receives payments from customers, in person or through the mail, including drop box and credit card payments;
Balances cash and prepares bank deposits daily. Maintains cash balance at approved level and obtains change from bank as required;
Prepares cash control sheets, payment stubs, tapes, and all supporting documents on a daily basis;
Types with a high degree of accuracy and performs all types of word processing; Operates computer terminal for input and retrieval of information, cash payments, connects and disconnects and membership applications.

The closing date for this position is Wednesday, February 25 at 5 p.m.


 

Matanuska Electric Association is seeking applicants for the position of Dispatcher II.

The Dispatcher II is responsible for oversight of MEA's electrical system operations and performance of dispatch center activities while on shift.  Oversees and directs power restoration activities of line crews, meter relay and contract line crews.

This position coordinates and directs the "real time" operation of electrical generation, transmission and distribution facilities throughout the cooperative's service area. These duties include performance of technical duties in coordinating and monitoring generation, transmission and distribution system reliability, performance, and safety on a day-to-day basis; to monitor system load and power flows into and out of the MEA system; and to prepare and implement switching for planned and emergency clearances, load shifting, load reduction, and energizing new equipment.

 For more information about this and other MEA job openings, visit the MEA website at www.mea.coop/about-mea/job-opportunities.


 

Municipal Light and Power is seeking a Rates & Tarrifs Analyst.

Under the general supervision of the Rates & Tariffs Supervisor, performs analytical work for the Rates & Tariffs Section including preparation of revenue requirement studies, cost of service studies, rate design studies, fuel cost determinations, cost of power adjustment filings, rate comparisons, and various forecasts and financial analyses, as assigned or required. Assists in the production of all filings with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA), including testimony and legal pleadings. Maintains load research database. Other related duties as assigned or required. Utilizes knowledge of principles, practices, procedures and economic theories of financial analysis, rate design, revenue requirements and load research; knowledge of ratemaking principles, concepts, and issues; knowledge of forecasting and financial analysis methods and techniques.

Minimum qualifcations/substitutions/special qualificaitons: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a four (4) year degree in Finance, Accounting, Economics or a related field, and four (4) years of progressively responsible financial auditing, rate making, accounting, or budgeting experience, two (2) years of which include development and/or analysis of rate and pricing in a regulated or manufacturing industry.

Substitution: A post-graduate education in finance, accouning, economics or relevant field may be substituted on a year for year basis for up to two years of the required experience.

Must possess a valid state of Alaska Driver's License by the time of hire.

Apply online at www.muni.org/jol or 632 W. 6th Avenue, Suite 605, Anchorage, Alaska 99501

 

Middle Kuskokwim Electric Cooperative is recruiting for a General Manager. The General Manager is responsible for the safe, efficient, and reliable operation of MKEC's electrical power generation and distribution systems and bulk fuel tank farms in Chuathbaluk, Crooked Creek, Red Devil, Sleetmute and Stony River. For more information, call (907) 524-3361 or email ernie@raventechservices.com.

 

 
Meetings & events calendar
 

Meetings and events

APA Federal Legislative Fly-in 

June 2-4, 2015, Washington, D.C.

Industry Events and Training:

Alaska Wind-Diesel Conference  
Mar. 5-6, 2015  Anchorage, APU
 

Administrative Professional Series - Level 3

March 17-20, 2015 Anchorage, AK

NWPPA 75th Annual Conference & Membership
 

May 17-21, 2015 Anchorage, AK
(Open for registrations in late January)

 

Enterprise Risk Management - Part 1 

Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2015 Anchorage, AK
 

Frontline Leadership #2 - Leadership Challenges
 

Sept. 29-30, 2015 Anchorage, AK

 

Lineman Skills Training 

October 26-27, 2015 Anchorage, AK
 

Grounding and Power Quality
 

October 26, 2016 Anchorage, AK
 

Power Factor & Harmonic Analysis and Power Quality
 

October 27, 2015 Anchorage, AK
 

NWPPA/APA Alaska Electric Utility Conference
 

October 26-29, 2015 Anchorage, AK

 
  
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