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Alaska Power Association Newsletter February 2017


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Alaska Power Association
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 2017
 Dear APA/AIE Members and Friends,
 
Alaska Power Association's annual State Legislative Conference was a resounding success. APA members took part in panel discussions with the House and Senate leadership, commissioners and other high level officials from the state's administration. Gov. Bill Walker also addressed the conference, and took questions from APA members. The state is facing turbulent times these days, and our membership jumped at the chance to question those in a position to make major decisions, and to add our comment and advice from the expertise we all have.
 
While the state legislature continues its work in Juneau, APA is planning for our 2017 Safety Summit. We'll cover the logistics of the event later in this newsletter (it's open to non-APA members as well), but the idea of a Summit came from APA's and our members' dedication to a culture of safety. The Summit will be another in a growing group of services from APA.
 
We're also planning for a workshop addressing legal issues commonly faced by electric utility managers. The APA Alaska Electric Utility Legal Workshop for Managers and Supervisors will provide attendees with relevant information on legal issues prevalent in our industry. If APA can arm its members with current practices and expertise, our entire industry will be strengthened.
 
Don't forget, this newsletter welcomes submissions from members who have news or services they'd like to advertise. Nearly 400 people subscribe to this newsletter, so the reach is far and wide. If you have news to share, contact Michael Rovito, APA Director of Member and Public Relations, at mrovito@alaskapower.org, or 907-771-5711.
  
As always, keep in touch!
 
 
Crystal Enkvist, APR
APA Executive Director
ARECA Insurance Management Inc., Executive Vice President
  
MDF Human Resources Consulting Producing National Salary Survey
 
Alaska Power Association Supporting Member MDF Human Resources Consulting is now in its fourth year of production of its National Salary Survey.  The survey product, known as the Database of Cooperative Salary Information (DBCSI), is a downloaded application.  Users can run reports based on: Utility Plant Size; Consumer Size; Revenue; and Geography.   In addition to these traditional parameters, users can also run reports by contributor. (Users must select at least 5 organizations to maintain confidentiality of the data).  After production is complete in late March, all contributors will be provided a participant list, and a link to download the product.   The survey is try before you buy, you only pay for it if you decide it is useful for your organization.
 
Contributing data is Free, Fast, Easy, Painless, and does not obligate you in any way.   
 
Run your NRECA November 15, report to Excel
Delete any positions you do not want to report
Delete every column except: Job Code; Job Title; and Pay Rate
 
For inclusion in this year's edition, please submit data by March 8, 2017.  If you do not have an NRECA report, and would still like to contribute, contact MDF HR Directly.
 
For more information and to download a demo version go to the MDF HRC website at:
 
 
You can also contact Mr. Frizzell at MDF HR Consulting Michael@MDFHRConsulting.com, (336) 406-4075.  
  
APA 2017 Safety Summit April 6-7
 
As the trade association for Alaska's electric utilities, we're constantly innovating our programs to address the most pressing and relevant topic areas for our members. The APA Safety Summit, scheduled for April 6-7, at the ACS Business Technology Center in Anchorage, carries on that innovation. The Summit will feature national speakers from NRECA and Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange, along with roundtable discussions. Mel (Hutch) Hutchison, ARECA Insurance Exchanges' Director of Loss Control, will present a APA Observations - Strengths and Opportunities. The Summit is designed to promote and foster the stellar culture of safety that APA's members live by each day.
 
The member price for the two-day summit is $250 per person (non-members: $500) and lunch is provided (a big thanks to Copper Valley Electric Association for sponsoring lunch!). To register click here, and to view the Safety Summit agenda, click here.
  
APA Alaska Electric Utility Legal Workshop for Managers and Supervisors
 
 
From safety to legal matters, APA has the industry covered this spring. The APA Alaska Electric Utility Legal Workshop for Managers and Supervisors will feature long-time APA attorney Andy Leman, of Kemppel, Huffman, and Ellis, who will present a compelling agenda of relevant legal issues often faced by electric utility management. The event will take place May 4-5, in the APA Conference Room. The member cost for the Legal Workshop is $750 for both days ($1,150 for non-members). Deadline to register for the workshop is April 17, 2017.
 
To register for the Legal Workshop, click here. To see the agenda, click here.
 
 
 
  
Looking way ahead.....2017's Annual Meeting 
 
 
 
 
The Alaska Power Association and ARECA Insurance Exchange Annual Meeting is scheduled to take place September 13-15, in beautiful Kodiak, Alaska. The Annual Meeting is the yearly gathering of APA members and guests from across Alaska and the United States who convene for three days of informative presentations, calls to action and networking.
 
We couldn't ask for a better location than Kodiak, and we are so appreciative that APA Member Kodiak Electric Association is hosting the Annual Meeting. Staff at APA is working on the details of the meeting, and more information will follow over the coming months, if you have any questions about the meeting or sponsorship opportunities, contact Michael Rovito, APA Director of Member and Public Relations, at 907-771-5711 or mrovito@alaskapower.org
Do you have news to share? Our members want to know
 
 
One of the benefits of APA membership is the chance to have your products and services marketed in our newsletter. Reaching nearly 400 newsletter subscribers, your message can be spread far and wide through our long-running, monthly newsletter.
 
Whether it's a company anniversary, a new product or service, or a new employee or retirement, we're happy to add it to our newsletter. To submit an item to the Alaska Power Association newsletter, contact Michael Rovito, APA Director of Member and Public Relations, at 907-771-5711 or mrovito@alaskapower.org. Please send all submissions by the 20th day of the month for publication. 
Are you a member of APA? Would you like to be?

 
 
 
Are you a member of APA? Would you like to be?
Some of our avid newsletter readers aren't members of Alaska Power Association, but you can be. Those with substantial interest in the activities of the Association, who aren't utilities, can join as Supporting Members for $500 per year.
Benefits of APA membership include:
  • Be part of the forum for networking and information sharing with industry members
  • Link to your organization's website on the APA website
  • Monthly newsletter helps you stay current on industry-specific news and events
  • Access to our streaming training video service
  • Organization listing in the annual membership directory (hardcopy directory deadline has already passed)
  • Marketing and public relations opportunities via the newsletter, event sponsorships and trade shows
For more information, contact Michael Rovito, Director of Member and Public Relations, at 907-771-5711, or mrovito@alaskapower.org
 
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Employment Opportunities (As of February 28, 2017)
 
Alaska Village Electric Cooperative is seeking a Customer Service/Utility Billing Representative
 
Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, Inc. has an immediate opening for a Customer Service/Utility Billing Representative. Educational and experience requirements include a High School Diploma, or equivalent, plus 1 - 3 years of experience in Accounts Receivable, Customer Service, and/or Utility Billing processing. Excellent communication and customer service skills, ability to process and understand accounts receivable and billing processes and functions. Excellent skills using complete Microsoft Office Suite is also required. Primary functions of this job include answering high volume multi-line phone system, taking customer payments, answering customer inquiries, performing monthly billing processes, maintaining and updating consumer account records, processing of new applications for service and membership, and assists with all other necessary functions to support the success of the department. Starting wage is DOE. AVEC offers a stellar benefits package. Standard pre-employment background check and drug & alcohol screenings are also required. Interested candidates must submit a completed company application is required and may be submitted to applications@avec.org or mailed to:
 
Human Resources Department
Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, Inc.
4831 Eagle St.
Anchorage, Alaska 99503
Applications may be downloaded from www.avec.org . Resumes submitted without a completed application will not be considered. Open until filled. EOE
 
 
Matanuska Electric Association is seeking a Meter Relay/Substation Technician
 
This position will be an integral part of the ongoing substation maintenance program at the Association. Successful candidates will utilize test instruments to perform condition assessments on power transformers, regulators, reclosers, breakers, and other ancillary devices. Evaluations of the test results will be used to determine required maintenance and/or repair of the equipment.
Qualified candidates are required to have a high school diploma, or equivalent, supplemented by formal post-secondary electronics training, civilian or military.
 A general knowledge of power metering and relaying in a high voltage electrical system is desirable.
 Extensive experience and demonstrable ability to perform the duties of the position may be considered in lieu of or equivalent to a portion of the education requirements.
 Preference will be given to those candidates with ten or more years of electrical experience (12.4 kV to 230 kV) with an emphasis on the maintenance, commissioning and startup of substation equipment such as breakers, transformers and LTC's including directly related experience in power metering and protective relay testing.
 Candidates must provide verification of OSHA CFR 1910.269 training within the past year (if the selected applicant does not have this training, or cannot provide this documentation, the Association may make training materials available to the selected applicant).
 Qualified candidates must have a valid Alaska driver's license (or ability to obtain as required under State of Alaska regulations) and a driving record, which is acceptable and insurable by the Association and the Association's insurance carrier at standard group rates.
 A valid first aid card is required.
 A current Medical Examiner's Certificate (MEC) is required.
 Candidates must have personal hand tools, to include screwdrivers, pliers, and cutters
The application period for this position is open until the position is filled. Fore more information on this and other positions at MEA, visit MEA's career page by clicking here
 
Copper Valley Electric Association is seeking a Fleet Mechanic. 
 
CVEA is seeking applications for the position of Fleet Mechanic. This position will be based out of either Glennallen or Valdez. Starting compensation is in accordance with the current IBEW CBA.
 
A complete application packet is available at www.cvea.org, careers section. Questions should be directed to Nancy Heidelberg by email to jobs@cvea.org
, or by phone at 822-8342.  The position is open until filled.  CVEA is an EEO Employer.
 
Matanuska Electric Association is seeking a District Engineer
 
This position is responsible for supervising the District Engineering section, which provides the engineering required to extend, improve, and maintain the Association's electric distribution system.
Qualified candidates for this position are required to have a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering or Project Management.
 Qualified candidates are required to have five years of directly related electric utility experience
 A minimum of five years of progressively responsible supervisory experience is required.
 Additional related experience in the electric utility distribution area may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year for year basis.
 Proficiency with RUS construction specifications is desirable.
 Preference will be given to those candidates whose prior experience evidences responsible engineering experience in electrical distribution facilities or related areas.
 Prior experience administering and interpreting collective bargaining agreements is desirable.
 Qualified candidates must have a valid Alaska driver's license (or ability to obtain as required under State of Alaska regulations) and a driving record, which is acceptable and insurable by the Association and the Association's insurance carrier at standard group rates.
 
The application period for this position is open until filled. For more information about this and other job opportunities at MEA, visit MEA's careers page by clicking here.
 
 
Homer Electric Association is seeking an Engineering Technician II in its Kenai office
 
Duties include the design of overhead and underground single and three-phase power lines; field staking, inspections and preparing cost estimates for line extensions, new services and system improvements; maintaining system inventories, record keeping, file maintenance, and finalizing work orders; updating and maintaining system electric maps using GIS software; inspecting distribution lines for compliance, performing periodic maintenance inspections of electrical facilities and preparing work orders as required for maintenance work. Technicians also assist in field survey work for securing rights-of-way and easements for power line as-builts, and locating line extensions and other system facilities. Must be able to work with and around customers.
The successful candidate will demonstrate two years of college level staking/surveying education or training, and two years of related work experience, at least one of which must be in the Engineering Technician I classification or equivalent. Two years of field surveying experience or knowledge of electrical theory may be substituted for the year of Engineering Technician experience. Four years of applicable work experience can be substituted for education requirements. GIS experience is desirable. Candidates may be required to demonstrate proficiency in algebra and geometry as part of the application process.
 
Applications may be completed on line at http://homerelectric.applicantpro.com/jobs. If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation as part of the employment selection process, please contact Human Resources at (907) 235-3369 or hr@homerelectric.com.
HEA is an Equal Opportunity Employer; Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled.
 
 
Alaska Village Electric Cooperative is seeking an Information Technology System Administrator
 
This position is responsible for the design, installation, configuration, administration and system security of a multi-platform computing environment. Environment includes Microsoft Windows, Active Directory, IBM AS/400, Microsoft Exchange, IP Telephony systems and associated routers, switches and protocols, LAN/WAN, VMWARE, wireless technologies, and mobile computing.
Position Specifications
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Business Information Systems, Computer Science or equivalent.
Preferred: MCSE, CCNA, CCNP or other related certifications are highly preferred. Experience: Five (5) Years of similarly complex experience, with at least two (2) years of leadership or supervisory experience.
Areas of Experience: Experience with similarly complex systems and responsibilities successfully managing network design and capacity planning, managing software and hardware contracts, licensing and associated warranties, maintaining operating efficiency and stability in a secure and compliant environment. Experience providing group, user and desktop support and training as required by the Cooperative and department managers. Maintain and managing the backup of data and integrity of offsite storage of such backups. Extensive knowledge of DHCP, DNS, TCP/IP protocols, routing and VoIP technologies. Experience in routine server and security audits. Experience working with third party vendors regarding implementation and maintenance of integrated software, hardware and infrastructure.
 
Education Substitution:
High School Diploma plus 15 years of directly related experience in a similarly complex IT position, with at least 2 years of supervisory experience can substitute for the Bachelor's Degree in Business Information Systems, Computer Science or equivalent specification requirement.
AA/Two year Degree in Business Information System, computer Science or equivalent plus 10 years of directly related experience in a similarly complex IT position, with at least 2 years of supervisory experience can substitute for the Bachelor's Degree in Business Information Systems, Computer Science or equivalent specification requirement.
 
The application period for this position is open until filled. For more information or to apply, click here.
 
Alaska Village Electric Cooperative is seeking an Electrical Engineer, P.E.
 
This position will design electrical power generation and distribution facilities for isolated utility power systems in rural Alaskan communities, produce design drawings, specifications and procurement documents and provide technical support for facility construction and maintenance.
Essential Functions
A. ENGINEER
1. Develop engineering calculations, design drawings and project specifications for utility construction and maintenance projects
2. Design diesel engine generator installations to operate under minimal supervision with automated and non-automated switchgear to provide continuous utility power
3. Develop supervisory control and data acquisition systems and communication systems to automate plant processes and provide remote monitoring
4. Analyze power distribution and generation systems for capacity, load balance, system protection coordination and arc flash analysis
5. Integrate multiple generators, and ancillary equipment, including distributed renewable generation facilities to operate on small isolated grids, maximizing generating efficiency and maintaining power quality.
6. Design overhead and underground power distribution facilities
7. Maintain accurate system drawings and engineering records
8. Provide technical and project support for construction and maintenance of Cooperative facilities
9. Inspect and test completed installations and certify functionality and compliance with design standards.
10. Take on-call responsibility when assigned in rotation with other engineers and managers to receive and handle emergency and trouble calls after hours as forwarded from the answering service.
11. Complete tasks and provide support as directed by the Manager of Engineering.
ADDITIONAL ESSENTIAL FUNCATIONS:
1. Clearly and concisely communicate using the English language, through the use of drawings, written words and speaking.
2. Provide accurate technical calculations and reasoned design of mechanical and electrical facilities
3. Attend meetings and correspond with AVEC staff, AVEC members, vendors and contractors.
4. Provide organized, self-motivated work progress, prioritizing efforts for the greatest benefit to the Cooperative.
5. Demonstrate general knowledge of AVEC's operations, policies, tariff, products and services.
6. Answer and handle calls directed to you through the call center.
7. Preserve confidentiality of cooperative issues when relating to employees, members and general public.
8. Thoroughly understand the work to be done and understand and adhere to ethical design and construction practices.
9. Travel to work locations in remote Alaskan communities to design, inspect and test power generation and distribution facilities.
 
An employee in the Engineering department may be required to perform any other reasonable duties assigned in order to fulfill the objectives of the cooperative.
Position Specifications
 
Education: Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering or related field from ABET accredited college program.
 
Experience: A minimum of four years of relevant experience in electrical engineering.
Certification: Professional Electrical Engineering License to practice in the State of Alaska or licensure in another State with ability to obtain Alaska license within 6 months.
 
The application period for this position is open until filled. For more information, visit AVEC's jobs page by clicking here.
 
Homer Electric Association is seeking a Project Accountant in its Homer Office
 
This position will be responsible for a variety of financial and cost accounting tasks related to utility construction projects, capital project budgeting, grant reporting, general ledger accounting for subsidiary, cost analysis for short and long term planning, plus corporate liability insurance.
The successful candidate will have a Bachelor's degree in accounting, or a related field; or have eight years of progressively responsible accounting experience. Applicants must also possess at least five years general accounting experience with cost analysis experience. Experience managing corporate insurance coverage is highly desired as well as an understanding of RUS accounting requirements.
 
Applications may be completed on line at http://homerelectric.applicantpro.com/jobs. If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation as part of the employment selection process, please contact Human Resources at (907) 235-3369 or hr@homerelectric.com. HEA is an Equal Opportunity Employer; Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled.
 
This position will be open until filled.
 
 
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.
 
 
Events and Meetings
 
APA Environmental Regulations Committee
Mar. 3, 2017
Anchorage, APA office
APA Hydropower Working Group
Mar. 9, 2017
Anchorage, APA office
APA 2017 Safety Summit
Apr. 6-7, 2017
ACS Business Cntr, Anch.
APA Workshop: Legal Issues for Electric Utilities
May 4-5, 2017
Anchorage, APA office
APA Federal Legislative Conference
Jun. 6-8, 2017
Washington, D.C.
APA/AIE Annual Meeting
Sep. 12-15, 2017
Kodiak, Conv. Center
Electric Utility Accounting and Finance Workshop
Oct. 12-13, 2017
Anchorage, Lakefront Hotel
APA Communicators' Forum
Nov. 3, 2017
Anchorage, APA office
APA/AIE December Meeting Series
Dec. 6-7, 2017
Anchorage, AK
APA/AIE Holiday Open House
Dec. 7, 2017
Anchorage, APA office
 
 
Electric industryevents and training opportunities:
 
Feb. 23-Mar. 2, 2017
San Diego, CA
 
Mar. 1, 2017
Anchorage, BP Energy Cntr.
 
Mar. 2, 2017
Fairbanks, Wedgewood
 
Mar. 6-7, 2017
Palmer, AK
 
Mar. 8-9, 2017
Palmer, AK
 
High-Efficiency Biomass Boiler System Workshop
Apr. 12, 2017
Ketchikan, AK
 
NRECA Legislative Conference
Apr. 23-28, 2017
Washington, D.C.
 
May 1-2, 2017
Anchorage, Hilton
 
May 3-4, 2017
Anchorage, Hilton
 
May 7-10, 2017
Sun River, OR
 
Southeast Conference Annual Meeting
Sep. 19-22, 2017
Haines, AK
 
Sep. 27-28, 2017
Anchorage, Hilton
 
Nov. 15-17, 2017
Anchorage, Egan Center
 
Nov. 13, 2017
Anchorage, Egan Center
 
Nov. 13, 2017
Anchorage, Egan Center
 
Nov. 14, 2017
Anchorage, Egan Center
 
Nov. 14, 2017
Anchorage, Egan Center
 
To list additional events, APA members may contact Michael Rovito, APA Director of Member and Public Relations, at 907-771-5711 or mrovito@alaskapower.org.

 

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