Report ................................ 2
Training & Education .. 10-11
PURMA Report ................... 8
Human Resource Corner .... 9
Vol. 45, No. 7 July 2009
Newsletter of the Northeast Public Power Association Around New England ....... 13
Member Notes ................ 13
Calendar ........................... 16
Lineworker fitness and lifestyle is
topic of NEPPA conference & expo
Keoki Kamau, a former trainer for the tunity to visit with NEPPA equipment and
Washington Redskins and the San Diego service providers in the exhibit hall and
Chargers football teams, outside, Linda Calderiso highlighted the
led off NEPPA's 2009 benefits of proper ergonomic training for
Safety & Operations utility field staff, referring to points made
Conference, June 23, at by Kamau regarding the unique nature of
the Boxborough Holiday line work and ergonomics.
Inn in Boxborough, Mass. A discussion of meter safety followed
Kamau, who presently presented by John Kirkland of PowerTech
runs a fitness program Associates, inc.
for lineworkers at the After lunch Bill Hesson and David
San Diego Gas & Electric Fabrizius, NEPPA trainers, addressed the
"Flex Center," spoke on importance of keeping safety in the fore-
the importance of stretch- front during crisis situations. Attendees
ing, exercise and fitness viewed safety films and joined in safety
training for "industrial discussions before returning to the exhibit
athletes" such as utility hall and participating in raffle drawings.
Keoki Kamau lineworkers. At San Diego See photos on page 6
Gas & Electric, Kamau teaches line-
workers how to maximize their per-
formance and minimize their risk of
injury through proper care, training training program for
and treatment of their bodies.
public power field
Kamau was joined by John
McRae, performance support analyst supervisors
and lineworker trainer at San Diego
Gas & Electric and former gen-
eral foreman at Taunton Municipal
A full breakfast was provided by
The Okonite Company before and
during the session.
Oct. 7 – 8, 2009 - Sterling, Mass.
After participants had an oppor-
Executive Director’s Report
The Importance of Recognition
For many years, a national consulting Each year, NEPPA provides a wonder-
firm which specializes in employee devel- ful opportunity to its members to recog-
opment and motivation has conducted nize outstanding employees and com-
surveys to determine what makes them missioners. This is done at our Annual
tick. Specifically, they ask employees Conference, where a public presentation
at all different levels of their organiza- is made to individuals who have been
tions to describe the things that really nominated by their managers in sev-
motivate them to perform at a high level. eral different categories. These include
Consistently, year after year, the responses “Distinguished Service” to a NEPPA utility,
are the same. For most employees, the “NEPPA Service” for contributions to the
opportunity to grow, to use their skills, and association, “Commissioner Service” to
to be recognized for their contributions, recognize Light Board members, and the
far outrank compensation as motivational “Person of the Year,” which honors an indi-
by Patrick Hyland
factors. vidual “for sustained, outstanding service
Among these factors, recognition is and contributions to NEPPA and to public
frequently the most overlooked by super- power.”
visors and managers. While opportuni- Having witnessed the reaction of many
ties abound for recognizing outstanding individuals to receiving an award from an
performance, they are not often taken in association of their professional colleagues,
many organizations for a variety of reasons. I believe strongly that public recognition
Often, supervisors and managers are sim- can profoundly affect employee’s feelings
ply unaware of how meaningful recognition about themselves, their jobs, and their
is for most employees, and focus instead organizations. It may be a small gesture
on the traditional “carrots” of compensa- for some people, but for many others it is
tion, benefits, working conditions, etc. a moment that they remember forever.
Staff Board of Directors Continued next page
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email@example.com included in dues), non-members, $53. Extra
Vincent Cameron subscriptions available to utilities for $17.50 and
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Continued from So, please take some time to consider and approve all awards. Award categories
previous page whether an employee or an official in and criteria have been sent to all member
your organization is worthy of recogni- managers, and are listed below. Also,
tion for their work or their contributions. previous award recipients may be seen on
We invite any NEPPA general manager the NEPPA website.
to submit nominations for NEPPA awards Take this opportunity to say thanks for
until August 7th, at which time the NEPPA a job well done.
Executive Committee will meet to review
The award categories are as follows:
Person of the Year
for sustained, outstanding service and contributions to NEPPA and to public power
Francis “Skip” Willey Individual Achievement Award
for an employee of a NEPPA system who demonstrates a professional commitment
to public power through personal development and participation in NEPPA’s
educational programs and other association activities
for outstanding service to a NEPPA utility
for significant contributions to the association
for Commissioners or elected Light Board members who have provided
outstanding leadership to their public power systems for three full terms or at least
for member systems which celebrate their 100th anniversary during the year
We welcome written nominations for any of these awards, along with a brief
description of the individual’s contributions or achievements. Please feel free to
nominate more than one individual for Distinguished Service, NEPPA Service, or
Commissioner Service, as multiple awards can be made in these categories. For
your information, past recipients of NEPPA awards can be found on the NEPPA
Please send nominations to the NEPPA office by no later than Aug. 7.
FAX: 508-482-0932; email: email@example.com. We look forward to receiving
NEPPA News Line 3
CMMEC receives Energy Innovator
Award from APPA
The American Public Power Association to achieve the highest return and savings to
has honored the Connecticut Municipal customers per dollar spent. The joint action
Electric Energy Cooperative with its agency’s measurement and verification
prestigious Energy Efficiency and program (approved by ISO New England)
Environmental Award. This award, identifies conservation programs that
sponsored by APPA’s Demonstration achieve the most savings.
of Energy-Efficient CMEEC, with its members, experimented
Developments (DEED) with different methodologies and programs
program, recognizes to distribute compact fluorescent light
innovative programs bulbs to their customers in a coordinated
that help utilities manner. The agency’s Home Energy
provide better service Savings program, launched last fall,
to electric customers helps homeowners to reduce energy
or increase the consumption, and the Energy Key™ theme
efficiency of utility increased awareness of the systemwide
operations. portfolio of energy efficiency initiatives
Connecticut available to customers.
Municipal Electric In 2008 the program achieved life-
Energy Cooperative cycle economic and environmental
APPA Board Chair Maude
Grantham-Richards pres- and its utilities offer a broad range of benefits including an overall benefit-cost
ents award to Jeff Brining energy-saving programs and rebates for ratio of $5.20 for every $1 spent; overall
of Norwich Public Utilities
and George Adair, director residential, commercial, and industrial effective capacity equivalent reduction of
of public utilities, Town of customers. The programs are customized approximately 3,000 kW; approximately
Wallingford. to benefit the demographic and business 175 million kWh saved; 133,000 tons of
needs of each municipality. CMEEC focuses CO2 avoided; 12.6 million gallons of oil
on easy-to-understand, locally run programs equivalent avoided; and electricity savings
that are clearly identified with the local utility equivalent to 20,000 homes for one year.
Hyland receives APPA service award
Patrick J. Hyland, executive direc- ning and management of programs and
tor of the Northeast Public Power services to 75 public power utilities in
Association (NEPPA) in Milford, Mass., the six New England states. Prior to his
received the American Public Power appointment as NEPPA executive director,
Association’s (APPA) Harold Kramer-John he served as town manager of Stoughton,
Preston Personal Service Award at the Mass., and budget director of Arlington
Association’s national conference in Salt County, Va. Hyland served on APPA’s
Lake City, Utah. This award recognizes ser- Legislative and Resolutions, Nominations
vice to APPA through substantial contribu- and Awards, and Advisory committees. He
tions toward Association goals. also participated in the Ad Hoc Task Force
Hyland has served as the executive on Tax-Exempt Financing and is on the
director of NEPPA since 1989. In that PowerPAC Board of Directors.
APPA Board Chair Maude
Grantham-Richards presents capacity, he is responsible for overall plan-
Hyland with his award.
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2009 Annual Conference
The Winds of Change
Massachusett's Energy Future Smart Grid
Secretary of the Executive Office of Marcy L. Reed, senior vice president,
Energy and Environmental Affairs, Ian public affairs at National Grid, will discuss
A. Bowles, will address Massachusett's Smart Grid and the Utility of the Future at
energy future at NEPPA's 2009 Annual NEPPA's Annual Conference.
Conference. Bowles oversees the She is responsible for all govern-
Commonwealth’s six environmental, natu- ment relations in the U.S., as well as the
ral resource and energy regulatory agen- corporate giving programs & community
cies, and also serves as chairman of the relations for National Grid. She is deeply
Massachusetts Water Resources Authority involved with policy development, advanc-
and chairman of the Energy Facilities ing the company’s climate change agenda,
Siting Board. and ensuring the tie between the com-
He brings nearly 20 years of experience pany and the community is strong. Marcy
in the energy and environmental sectors. joined National Grid over 20 years ago
He was a director or advisor to three early and has held various positions in finance,
stage clean energy technology compa- merger integration, and corporate affairs.
nies and has broad leadership experi- She also spent 3 years living in London
ence in environmental policy. He served as the National Grid Head of Investor
in the Clinton Administration as associ- Relations.
ate director of the White House Council She is the global executive sponsor for
on Environmental Quality and as senior National Grid’s Women in Networks affin-
director of the Global Environmental ity group. She sits on the Boards of The
Affairs directorate at the National Security Partnership, the Massachusetts Business
Council. Roundtable and the United Way of Central
A Cape Codder, Bowles grew up Massachusetts, and she is extremely active
in Woods Hole and is a graduate of in community programs in New York and
Falmouth High School. He holds an A.B. Massachusetts.
in Economics cum laude from Harvard She is a graduate of Dartmouth
College and a Masters degree from College and holds a Masters degree from
Oxford University, where he remains an Northeastern University. Married with two
adjunct member of the teaching faculty at children, she lives in Concord, MA.
the Graduate School of the Environment
Ocean Edge Resort, Brewster, Mass. September 20-23
NEPPA News Line 5
2009 Safety and Operations Conference & EXPO
NEPPA's 2009 Safety and Operations Conference and Expo featured a trade show with over four
hours of time reserved for participants to spend with exhibitors. Exhibitors were as follows:
ABB Inc. James A. Kiley
Accurate Controls CRS. Lincoln Hoist
ALTEC Industries McFarland Cascade
Arthur J. Hurley mPower Innovations
Cal-Tek Mohawk, Ltd.
Cembre North American Equipment
Cooper Power Systems Upfitters
D.C. Bates Equipment Co. NOVINIUM
E.L. Flowers & Associates with Omnilite
Preformed Line Products On Target Utility Services
EDI (with Maloney Electric) Osmose Utilities Services, Inc.
Fleet Electrical Service Power Sales Group
GE Energy Powertech Associates
HasGo Shamrock Power Sales
Hassett Utility Sale, Inc. Southeastern Transformer Leah Moreschi of Middleton Light confers with Kevin
Hawkins Safety Equipment Stuart C. Irby Co. Sullivan of Cembre.
Hendrix Wire & Cable TCI of NY, LLC
Hometown Connections (with The Okonite Company
Milsoft) Three C Electric
Hubbell Power Systems Wesco
of Hydron and
Wayne Lottman Lincoln Hoist and Three C Electrical were represented at the
of Power Tech event.
How a “Sarbanes Oxley mindset”
can benefit municipal energy buyers
Municipal energy buyers are among so do your rate payers. When that process
Operating to a the most resourceful in the industry. is conducted online, you also have a well-
Long before the mantra of “doing more documented paper trail to support your
higher standard with less” became a staple of corporate contract award and decision-making process,
while saving America, “munis” prided themselves on streamlining future approvals with your
their efficiency and thrift, working with governing board and arming you if ever
money limited resources to provide great value questioned about the legitimacy of your
and stewardship to their customers. After method or results.
all, munis are the communities they serve. So, do you really need all this firepower
Owned by their bill-paying members, munis for your next energy procurement? Didn’t
are highly motivated to deliver energy to your broker get you a pretty good deal last
their customers at attractive rates. time? I’ll answer these lines of inquiry with
That’s why I’m suggesting that munis even better questions, the ones you should
today have an opportunity to both deepen be asking. Do you know with certainty that
their commitment to their constituents AND you got the best deal the market could
save money by embracing best practices offer? More importantly, do you have the
currently transforming energy procurement evidence to convince your customers, Board
in the larger public sphere. Just as private and, potentially, your critics? Would more
utilities are adopting Internet procurement competition help you secure lower prices?
to maximize their supply pool, test market While munis are not held to the Sarbanes-
pricing, reduce costs and meet the Oxley rigors of their private-utility cousins,
By Tom Hawes, Vice transparency, fairness and documentation they can benefit from a like mindset to
demands of Sarbanes Oxley, munis, too, can achieve operational excellence and uphold
tap the power of the Net to both safeguard something sacred – the trust of their
World Energy Solutions, Inc. and advance their role as their community’s communities. Online energy procurement
www.worldenergy.com; energy stewards. has its roots in the efficiency and economy
firstname.lastname@example.org Online energy procurement offers a that have always guided munis, while
host of benefits without placing unrealistic delivering new tools, inexpensively, that help
demands on small staffs. While many munis make good decisions better.
rely on existing broker relationships and And that’s all on the record.
paper based processes to buy their energy
today, the power of an Internet procurement
About the Author
to attract more suppliers, increase
Tom Hawes is Vice President of Wholesale
competition (often through real-time, online Markets, Northeast, at World Energy
auctions), test various product structures Solutions, Inc. (www.worldenergy.com;
NASDAQ: XWE). Headquartered in
and terms, and automatically document Worcester, MA, World Energy runs online
the entire process, is an undeniable asset. exchanges for energy and green commodi-
ties. The Company, an associate member of
Simply put, best practices in online energy
NEPPA, helps numerous government and pri-
procurement can help your organization vate-sector entities around New England with
“play big” and “play fair,” without adding their strategic energy procurements. Hawes
can be contacted at thawes@worldenergy.
headcount or overhead. com; or 610-496-9527.
When multiple suppliers bid for your
business, the muni wins, and by extension,
NEPPA News Line 7
PURMA Risk Management Report
New Rules Affecting Liability Insurers AND Self-Insurers
Section 111 of the Medicare, Medicaid, ment of a retention or deductible under
and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 a General Liability policy is paid first from
by Diane Belanger
(MMSEA) includes a requirement for liabil- your own account, rather than your insurer.
ity insurers, including self-insurers, and At the time the RRE registers with
providers of workers’ compensation and CMS, the RRE must identify two key
no-fault insurance to provide information and different individuals: an Authorized
to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Representative, who completes the regis-
Services (CMS) that would assist CMS in tration process and has ultimate respon-
identifying and securing its secondary sibility for the RRE’s compliance under
payor position on claimants who may be MMSEA reporting requirements, and
PURMA (The Public receiving Medicare and other benefits. an Account Manager, who controls the
Utilities Risk Management While insureds can be assured that insur- administration of the RRE’s account and
Association) is a regional ers, including captive and risk retention manages the overall reporting process.
association serving the groups will be responsible to assure The RRE may also designate a Reporting
risk management and compliance with these new rules, utilities Agent, such as a third-party administrator,
insurance needs of public self-insured for claims which may involve to perform the quarterly claim reporting;
power systems throughout potential payment for medical related however, the RRE retains ultimate respon-
New England. As affiliated expenses for an occupational, bodily inju- sibility for compliance.
service providers to the ry, or personal injury need to act.
This report is intended to raise aware-
northeast public power The rules require the applicable ness of these impending requirements
community, PURMA and Responsible Reporting Entity (RRE) to and their timelines and to motivate those
NEPPA collaborate on a register on-line by logging into the CMA affected to take action. Additional details
variety of informational and website by September 30, 2009, begin and guidance is available directly from
educational activities. a data testing phase on January 1, 2010, the CMS website at http://www.cms.
and begin required quarterly submission hhs.gov/MandatoryInsRep/Downloads/
of claims data on April 1, 2010. A test to NGHPUserGuide031609.pdf .
determine if your company is the RRE is
PURMA Members may also contact
whether or not your account is funding
PURMA for information and assistance in
the payment to the claimant. Any com-
addressing MMSEA Section 111 reporting
pany self-insured for liability under Excess
Liability retention is considered an RRE.
You may also qualify as an RRE if pay-
Service Partners Board of Directors Staff
Contributing members Gail Cohen, President
Braintree Diane Belanger
Associated Electric & Gas Insurance Director of Risk Management
Service, LTD Dale Cronan, Vice- President
Concord Andrea Friberg
Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Administrative Director
Brokerage, Inc. Wayne Doerpholz, Treasurer
S. Hadley Joan Mirabile
Risk Management Coordinator
AIG Global Energy Tomasa Bermudez, Director
American Appraisal Associates Chicopee
James Moynihan, Director
Braver Accountants and Advisors North Attleborough
352 Turnpike Road , Suite 302
Jeff Dobbins, Secretary Southborough, MA 01772
James Lavelle, Director Tel: (508) 624-6700
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NEPPA News Line Holyoke
Human Resource Corner
It’s lonely at the top
The axiom “it’s lonely at feedback, and formulate stra-
the top” is often so very tegic goals.
true. Today many general Coaches help the gen-
managers find themselves in eral manager to look at issues
a world filled with isolation, objectively. Sometimes general
uncertainty and challenge managers are encumbered by
with no one around to lend various issues, personalities,
support. Recognizing that and political agendas. The
they can’t do it alone, suc- coach can help him/her to
cessful general managers are sort through the issues so that
turning to someone whom the general manager can be
they can talk to and who will carefully lis- objective and reach a better decision.
ten- - an executive coach.
How often have you been sucked
By Rick Dacri, General managers often find it difficult into the dynamics of your organization
Dacri & Associates, LLC or nearly impossible to discuss certain losing all perspective on the issues and
issues with their staff. They need to speak problems? In fact, it is often the case that
Rick Dacri is a manage- with someone candidly, confidentially, in the process, you become part of the
ment consultant, execu-
without being concerned about what it very problem you are trying to solve! You
tive coach and expert in
human resources. He is sounds like and without the fear of offend- can no longer see the problem - you get
the author of the forthcom- ing.
ing book: Uncomplicating pulled into the day to day issues at hand
Management: Focus on As one general manager told me, and the dynamics of the situation, and
Your Stars & Your Company “Sometimes I just need a reality check... your perspective is eroded. You can lose
Will Soar. Rick helps NEPPA
members improve individual I can’t get that from my direct reports. sight of the big picture - the very essence
and organizational perfor- My people are often so concerned about of your role. Effective coaches help gen-
mance. Dacri & Associates
is a NEPPA member and what they think I want to hear and I just eral managers to “step off the merry-go-
consults to many members. don’t need that! Frankly, I’m just not round” and step back from the problem
Rick can be reached at 800- comfortable telling them certain things. I in order to recapture their objectivity
892-9828, email@example.com or
www.dacri.com want to be able to formulate my ideas first - allowing them to once again see the big
and I need to be able to bounce them picture.
around...to get different perspectives with- The coach’s role should not be to swing
out being encumbered by the politics of a general manager in a particular direc-
the organization. As an outsider, you give tion, nor to provide the general manager
me this.” with the answers. Merely it is a trusted
So what are executive coaches? individual who helps the general manager
Coaches are consultants, confidants, or to reach his/her own answers. Coaches
friends with whom general managers can can be tough and direct, but their role is
turn to talk through issues, strategize to listen intently, ask thought provoking
on critical issues, bounce ideas off, tell questions, and thereby help the general
intimate thoughts, or merely someone manager to think through the issues in a
with whom they can just vent. Coaches clear, objective and unencumbered man-
can help general managers think through ner.
problems, clarify issues, provide candid
NEPPA News Line 9
Training and Education Update
Time to "cowboy up"
For the first time in four years, it didn’t a big proponent of inviting the GF’s to the
rain. And that wasn’t the only new thing two-day event so that they can witness the
at NEPPA’s Skills Assessment Rodeo in skills the students are developing. And in
Pascoag, Rhode Island this year. addition to the GF’s, Sharon Staz, general
Under two days of sunny skies in early manager at the Kennebunk Light and Power
June, more than eighty students in the District, came all the way down from Maine
Apprentice Lineworker Program were put to see what was going on.
through their annual paces on a variety of For all the newness, however, some
events designed to test their technical and traditions remained. Hands-on vendor
climbing skills. Speed was important (where demonstrations were provided by
appropriate) in these events, but under representatives of Hydron Incorporated, who
the watchful eye of NEPPA instructor Steve coached the new apprentices on climbing
Socoby, who now directs the Apprentice with the Bucksqueeze, and by Shamrock
By Rockie Blunt
Director of Training program, the more critical focus was on Power Sales, who displayed various safety
and Education safety and proper technique. products. And the cooperation of the
In order to emphasize the importance Pascoag Utility District was once again in
of proper technique, Steve put in a new evidence. Whether it was operating bucket
wrinkle with the fourth-year students, who trucks, running errands, or flame-broiling
in the past had acted as timers for the first-, lunch-time hamburgers and hot dogs on
second-, and third-year apprentices. This an industrial-sized grill, Pascoag employees
year, Steve made them “crew leaders,” helped out everywhere.
arming them with scoring sheets and No matter who was asked, the verdict
asking them to rate the less experienced was unanimous: the Rodeo was a great
apprentices according to specific success - and it promises to be even better
performance criteria he had created for each next year!
event: “Hurt Man Rescue Timed Event,”
“Cross Arm Change Out,” “Transformer
Change Out,” “Obstacle Course,” and
“Free Climb/Bucksqueeze Climb.”
The result was a wealth of data on each
student: what they did well and areas where
more instruction might be needed. NEPPA
administrative assistant Sharon Davies,
who works closely with the Training and
Education Department, entered all the data
from the scoring sheets for Steve.
“This year the specific data will be used
for the students’ mid-year evaluations, which
will be sent to the utilities,” said Davies.
Another new feature of this year’s
Rodeo was the presence of various General
Foremen who traveled to Pascoag to
observe their apprentices in action. Steve is
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Training and Education Update
The sun came out for apprentices participating in NEPPA's Skills
Assessment Rodeo. The event, part of the Apprentice Lineworker
Program, was held at the NEPPA Training Facility in Pascoag, R.I. in
Participation is mandatory and students competed in timed events
which included Pole Top Rescue, Transformer and Cross-Arm
NEPPA News Line 11
Energy Efficiency Ideas
Federal tax credits can pay for 30 percent of cost energy efficiency measures
Consumers who want to save energy equipment, are covered by the tax credit:
by adding insulation, reflective roofing or • HVAC systems
From the American Public installing more energy-efficient windows,
Power Association’s Energy • biomass stoves
doors or heating systems, can get the
Efficiency Resource Central • water heaters
(EERCnet.org) federal government to pay for 30 percent of
these home improvements via a federal tax • solar panels
credit authorized by the stimulus bill passed • heat pumps
by Congress earlier this year. • wind energy systems
Consumers can receive a tax credit of • fuel cells.
up to $1,500 for efficiency improvements
Tax credits of between $2,500 and
made this year and next year. That means
$7,500 are available for plug-in hybrid
a household that makes $5,000 worth of
electric vehicles. Tax credits also are
energy efficiency improvements by the end
available for hybrid vehicles, for both
of 2010 can get the maximum tax credit of
personal use and for business use.
$1,500, or 30% of the cost.
Home builders are eligible for a $2,000
Some equipment—notably solar panels
tax credit for a new energy-efficient home.
and other home energy systems that use
A tax deduction of up to $1.80 per square
renewable energy—qualifies for the same
foot is available to owners or designers of
tax credit, but with no upper limit. People
new or existing commercial buildings that
who install solar water heaters, solar panels,
save at least 50% of the heating and cooling
geothermal heat pumps, small wind systems
energy of a building that meets ASHRAE
or fuel cells are eligible for a federal tax
credit that will cover 30% of the cost of
these systems. The systems must be in More information about the tax credits is
place by 2016. available from the Environmental Protection
Agency’s Energy Star program.
For the following types of projects, the
installation costs, as well as the cost of the
NEPPA offers power systems review program
A refresher program on the practical theory and its practical applications to the
aspects of electric power systems for world of electric distribution utilities.
public power engineers, techni- The format of the program is two con-
cians and system operations per- secutive days of classroom instruction, pre-
sonnel is planned for November sentations and discussions, complemented
5-6 at the New England Center in by informal group meetings to discuss the
Durham, N.H. This two-day intensive practical aspects of utility engineering chal-
program has been designed to fill lenges. Watch your mail for details or go to
an important need for electrical engi- www.neppa.org to register.
neers and other technical personnel in
the public power industry. It will provide
an opportunity to review basic electrical
Around New England
Energy Efficiency Engineer Jared Carpenter joins RMLD
Conscientiously encouraging the mitted to promoting green energy pro-
growth of alternative fuel generation and grams and the creation of this position is a
increasingly being recognized as an ener- big step in that direction.”
gy-conscious company, Reading Municipal Prior to joining RMLD, Carpenter
Light Department (RMLD) has hired Jared worked as a sales engineer providing
Carpenter as an energy efficiency engi- design and selection choices related to
neer. He will be responsible for carrying heating, ventilation and air conditioning
out energy conservation and efficiency (HVAC) and worked as an acoustical engi-
programs, renewable energy projects neer managing highly technical projects
requiring special expertise and the appli- from design to installation. Most recently
cation of new energy technologies and Jared was a New England regional engi-
procedures. These projects can range neering sales manager for Delta T in
from performing energy audits for residen- Boston where he calculated potential
tial, commercial and industrial customers HVAC energy savings, performed building
to interacting with RMLD’s customers, con- analyses, trained customers on building
tractors and architects. standards, designed specific solutions and
“We are delighted to have Jared on managed installations and start-ups. At
staff and are excited about his reach- Delta T, he also performed energy audits
ing out to our customers,” said General and worked with customers to assist them
Manager Vinnie Cameron. “RMLD is com- in obtaining rebates.
ElectriComm, Inc Appleton, Wisc. The firm is a GIS and
ElectriComm, Inc., of 4327 Kencrest Drive, Mapping solutions provider. With mPower
Syracuse, NY has joined NEPPA as an Integrator, users can:
associate member. The main contact is • integrate maps and data- and access
Robert Miller, Sales Engineer. He may be them from anywhere
reached at (315) 673-4343. ElectriComm
• Collect, query and report from any data
is a manufacturers representative for high
voltage electrical equipment.
• Utilize trace flow analysis and transformer
• Efficiently manage outages and prepare
mPower Innovations has joined NEPPA as
an associate member. They are located
Tom Smock can be reached toll free at
at 1051 N. Lynndale Drive, Suite 2A,
For employment opportunities, go to www.neppa.org and click on Employment on the navi-
gation bar. Employment ad listings are free to members and should be emailed to
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Lockbox Serving the Risk Management
Our sophisticated systems get your money & Insurance needs
working for you faster. of Municipal Utilities in the Northeast
Remote Deposit Public Utilities Risk Management Association
Make deposits via the Internet. AND
With the Century compact check scanner, Public Utility Mutual Insurance Company
you never need to go to the bank. (A Risk Retention Group)
ACH Origination Tel 508-624-6700 Fax 508-624-6222
Take advantage of Century’s leading technology, www.purma.org
personal service and skilled end-to-end support.
Brian Feeney, Executive Vice President (781) 393-4149
John Lavallee, Senior Consultant (781) 393-4105
Susan Delahunt, Vice President (781) 356-3408 WEB: www.glovetesting.com
Anna Gorska, Institutional Services Officer (781) 393-4025
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an old pro with a new vision.
a proven provider of innovative electrical solutions.
Delivering insights that positively
an industry leader leading a changing industry.
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a Partner who’ll be there for you,
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Supplying Quality WIRE & CABLE Electrical Distributor
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to the Electrical Industry ■
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Service Center to Repair and Refurbish Lineman’s Tools and Power Equipment
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Arthur J. Hurley Co., Inc.
2500 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02119
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E. L. Flowers & Associates
Location Manufacturers Representative
Position Aluma-Form Preformed Line Products
DSG-Canusa Ripley Lighting Controls
24 Hour Description Fairmont/Greenlee Tools S&C Electric Company
Preventive Maintenance ITEC-Instrument Transformers Square-D Breakers
Emergency and Acceptance Testing Newell-PSN Insulators Substation Engineering & Design
Emergency Response and other manufacturers of Transmission, Substation and Distribution Products
508-881-3911 Engineering & Design
Position 113 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA 01566
Phone: 508-347-2351, Fax: 508-347-5366
190 Pleasant St. Build
Meters and Metering
General E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: www.elflowers.com
advertising in Rd.
Augusta, ME Engineers / Consultants &
Line is $30 with a maxi-
Meters & Software Field Services
www.three-c.com Install & Support P ro vi ding Suppo rt and S e r vi ce to the Po wer Indu st ry
mum of Utilities ~ Power Plants ~ Large Industrials
50 words or is free Planning & Design Relay Calibration
Position Systems / Substations Equipment Testing
Transmission / Distribution Preventive Maintenance
to NEPPA Treatment Solutions
Description Technical Studies Power Metering
Relay Coordination SCADA & Controls
Deadline for alizing Amines
the next One Charlesview Road Phone: 508.634.5300
Microbiological & Algicidal Control Hopedale, MA 01747 Fax: 508.634.5400
issue Purobrom Sump Buddy Tablets www.cegconsulting.com
Bellacide Anti Clog Drip Pan Units
Purocide Heat Transfer
Maximize the interest
Corrosion & Scale Prevention Fluids
your power company
generates by working
Flocon with us in applying
WINTREX cash and investment Timothy P. Flynn
Ethylene Glycol management techniques Managing Partner
to your revenue stream. Flynn Financial Partners, Ltd.
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• Electrical Testing Engineering, Design & Services
and Maintenance Consulting Services Hometown Connections supports
public power by securing dis-
Specialists counted pricing, group packaging
and high levels of service for
• Located in Brockton APPA members. Turn to Hometown
Connections to deliver the value
and Norwood your customers require.
Gary W. Warner, P.E. Owned Public Power
Dacri & Associates, LLC Principal National Discount Pricing
114 Lafayette Center, for APPA Members
Kennebunk, ME 04043 Qualified Suppliers
1-800-892-9828 Al Marrocco Information You Can Trust
http://www.dacri.com 71 Legion Parkway
Brockton, MA 02401 The Warner Consulting Group, Inc.
Post Office Box 693
(508) 559-1694-5 Westborough, MA 01581-0693
(508) 842-4035 Fax www.hometownconnections.com
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September 20-23 November 5, 6
Annual Conference Power Systems Review Course
Ocean Edge Resort New England Center
Brewster, Mass. Durham, N.H.
October 20, 27, November 3 November 20
To find detailed information Membership Meeting
on NEPPA events, go to The International
Golden Eagle Resort
www.neppa.org Bolton, Mass.
9:30 am to 3:30 pm
October 7 - 8
Crew Leadership Program
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