IN THIS ISSUE
Essential news for NMPP Energy members Staff news: Kevin Gaden elected to
wind integration board ...............Page 2
Lighting program: Lighting
program ends year, gets funded again
for 2010-11 .................................... Page 5
Member News: Iowa utilities earn
June 2010 Vol. 35 Issue 5 N e w s l e t t e r award for reliability ...................... Page 6
Nebraska Municipal Power Pool l Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska l Public Alliance for Community Energy l National Public Gas Agency
Nebraska wind export bill becomes law
New law strikes compromise between public power
benefits and utilizing more of the state’s wind potential
Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman
in April signed a bill into law allow-
ing private developers to build wind
farms in Nebraska to export wind-
generated electricity to other states.
The Nebraska Legislature unani-
mously passed LB1048 (48-0) before
it went to the Governor’s desk.
The bill, introduced by Sen.
Chris Langemeier of Schuyler, Neb.,
is a successful compromise between
upholding the benefits of public
power (low rates and local control)
and tapping into more of the state’s
wind generating potential.
Under the law, private develop-
ers have the opportunity to develop,
own and operate renewable energy
facilities to export the majority of the
energy output to other states. Projects
developed will be subject to review A technical group consisting of
and approval by the Nebraska Power
industry experts, including public
Review Board. power constituents, provided input
Some of the law’s major provi- For more on the close of during the bill’s drafting process. The
sions include: the legislative sessions, see result was a bill that was widely sup-
• An exemption from public Chris Dibbern’s Legislative ported.
power’s use of eminent domain for Notes column on page 3. Nebraska Municipal Power Pool
wind export projects; and Municipal Energy Agency of Ne-
• The requirement of private braska representatives Gary Stauffer,
developers to show they have out- over the life of the project. Chris Dibbern and Phil Euler were
of-state customers to buy the wind Nebraska utilities will have part of the process that shared input.
power and pay for any new transmis- the option to purchase some wind Proponents of the bill included
sion lines needed for their facility to generated electric output from large the Nebraska Power Association,
reach the electric grid; projects, however at least 90 percent which represents the state’s public
• A new tax structure that will go to other states. Nebraska will power utilities.
requires developers to pay taxes based benefit through increased tax dollars,
on the megawatts generated per hour lease revenue and jobs.
Gaden elected to national workshop for
wind energy integration board directors
Municipal Energy Agency nology for utility applications and The National Public Gas
of Nebraska Director of Whole- to serve as a source of credible Agency held a Board of Direc-
sale Electric Operations Kevin information on the status of wind tors workshop in April following
Gaden was elected to the Board technology and deployment. The its regularly scheduled board
of Directors group includes more than 150 na- meeting.
of the Utility tional and international members The workshop included
Wind Integra- and including investor-owned, sessions on natural gas hedging
tion Group public power and rural electric practices, an update on activities
(UWIG) at the cooperative utilities; transmission by Public Gas Partners, com-
group’s annual system operators and associate munications and contract goals.
membership member corporate, government Director of Wholesale Gas
meeting in and academic organizations. Operations John Harms also led
Kevin Gaden Portland, Ore., Gaden oversees the short discussion on updating NPGA’s
in April. and long-term planning and strategic plan, which was last
Established in 1989, operations of MEAN, which updated in 2007.
UWIG’s mission is to accelerate supplies wholesale electricity to
the development and applica-
tion of good engineering and
66 communities in Colorado,
Iowa, Nebraska and Wyoming
operational practices supporting and one joint-action agency Wyoming rank in
the appropriate integration of
wind power into the national
in Colorado. MEAN currently
supplies wind-generated energy
top 10 of lowest
electric system. from four facilities throughout electric retail rates
UWIG provides a forum for the region to its participating
Nebraska, Wyoming and
the critical analysis of wind tech- communities.
Iowa ranked in the top 10 of
lowest average retail electric
NMPP welcomes two staff members rates, according to the latest
report by the U.S. Department
Thanh Le began as a full-
of Energy’s Energy Information
time rate analyst and is assigned
to duties assisting the Municipal
The report, released in Mid-
Energy Agency of Nebraska.
March, ranks Wyoming second,
He graduated from the
Nebraska seventh and Iowa 10th
University of Nebraska with a
nationally. Wyoming’s average
degree in finance and math. He
electric retail price was 5.61
previously worked as a pricing Thanh Le Hiruth Haile cents per kilowatt-hour while
analyst for First Comp Insurance
Nebraska is at 6.58 and Iowa at
company in Omaha, a software affairs from the University of
6.89. Colorado’s average rate
analyst for Kenexa in Lincoln Nebraska-Lincoln and recently
and as an analyst for National completed her first year of law
The highest rate was Hawaii
Research Corporation. school at UNL. Previously she
at 29.2 cents per kilowatt hour fol-
Hiruth Haile began her part- worked as a legal assistant at
lowed by several East Coast states
time position as law clerk. She McHenry, Haszard, Hansen,
such as Connecticut (17.79),
earned a degree in international Roth & Hupp law firm.
New York (16.57), Massachusetts
(16.27), Rhode Island (16.01) and
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New Hampshire (14.65).
bills pass through
Legislative sessions in Colorado, Iowa, Ne-
braska, Kansas and Wyoming are finished but
campaigns and ballot measures are now in full
force. NMPP monitored and participated in
Legislative several innovative wind, energy
Notes & Quotes efficiency and regulatory matters
in several states during the 2010
Much has been written
about LB 1048 regarding Nebras-
ka Sen. Chris Langemeier’s bill
on private wind development.
His approach to workshops and NMPP Energy photo
By Chris Dibbern consensus building is another ACE gears up
interesting aspect of the legisla-
tive process to be commended. ACE Retail Gas Services Coordinator
Two major noteworthy energy bills passed in Beth Ackland trains call center staff prior
Colorado this session. to the two-week Choice Gas selection
HB10-1001, signed into law by Colorado Gov. period, which ran from April 16-29. More
Bill Ritter in March, requires a 30 percent Renew- details about the selection period will be
able Portfolio Standard and distributed generation in the next issue of the Essent newsletter.
mandate for Black Hills and Excel Energy.
HB 10-1365 requires all rate regulated utilities
that own or operate coal fired electric generating APPA offers summer webinars
units to submit to the Colorado Public Utilities The American Public Power Association is offer-
Commission an emission reduction plan for emis- ing five webinars on various utility topics in June and
sions from those units covering the lesser of 900 July. The sessions include:
megawatts or 50 percent of the utility’s coal fired • Complying with the EPA’s New Diesel RICE
electric generating units in Colorado. Emission Standards — Tuesday, June 8, 2-3:30 p.m.
Full rate recovery is anticipated under both
• Making Sense of CO2 Legislative & Regula-
these programs and will be passed through directly
tory Issues — Monday, June 14, 2-5 p.m.
• Succession Planning: Assessing Risk and
Developing a Plan — Thursday, July 22, 2-3:30 p.m.
“Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible After each webinar, participants receive copies of
in your approach.” the presentations, an audio recording of the webinar,
— Tony Robbins and a certificate documenting continuing education
credits. Cost is $79 for APPA members and $159 for
non-members (the 3-hour CO2 legislative session is
Chris Dibbern is general counsel of NMPP $159 for members/$319 for non-members).
Energy. Contact her at email@example.com or For more information, visit www.APPAnet.org
(800) 234-2595. and click on Events or contact Heidi Lambert at
202/467-2921 or hlambert@APPAnet.org.
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Checklist can help with streetscapes
I’ve preached about how im-
Clip and Post
portant attractive entrances are
to communities — all entrances Effective Communication
are important. These words/phrases can be helpful when communicating
Recently, on a visit to with your customers:
Frederick, Colo., I drove past
one of the nicest entrances I • Efficient
have seen. It was an attractive, • Cost Effective
raised boulevard with plants and • Customer Satisfaction
evergreens spanning a quarter • Smart Technology
of a mile from the highway to • Economic Growth
the city entrance. Wind sculp- • Step Forward
tures whirling • Improve the Environment
Pedersen is Development in the wind • We’re Supportive
manager of Clips were added at • We’ve Upgraded
member develop- one location,
• We’re Committed to Service
ment of NMPP giving one the
• We’re Dedicated
Energy and can feeling of a
be contacted at quiet, relaxing A proper response, according to Merrie Spaeth*, to such
cpedersen@ atmosphere. questions as, “Aren’t these rate increases outrageous?”
nmppenergy.org. The day I was “On the contrary. Our goal is to provide reliable service at
there, it was
reasonable prices, and we have an excellent track record.
By Corrinne Our prices are among the lowest in the whole nation. It is
brings me to true this will be an increase, but we also have a number of
the Commercial District and ways to help you conserve and save money.”
Highway Streetscape check- * Mary Spaeth is founder of Spaeth Communications and spoke at the 2010
lists I’ve developed for you to NMPP Energy Annual Conference.
check your commercial business
district and highway general ap-
newsletter with Merrie Spaeth’s “good” words and phrases that
digested version of the 2-hour were developed at the seminar.
The checklists include
seminar that was held at the We have work to do with our
examining the signage, overall
NMPP Energy Annual Meeting customer communications!
image of the streets/sidewalks,
& Conference – please take the
lighting, banners/flags, empty
time to read it. Things I like to see…
buildings, alleys and adjoin-
She provided some “good” In Colorado, I noticed signs
ing streets. It can be a real eye
words that need to be posted in various locations with the fol-
opener and this is the time of
all over the office, in outlying lowing message:
year when communities are
offices/departments plus break “Drive Safely”
“selling their community!”
rooms and wherever employees In Memory of (insert name)
For copies of the checklists,
congregate. The signs are a product of the
call me (800) 234-2595, I would
City officials are encour- Colorado Department of Trans-
be happy to share.
aged to include them in their poration’s Memorial Sign Pro-
“everyday vocabulary” and gram. The program offers families
“weave” them in their “talk the of traffic crash victims an oppor-
talk” conversations. In case you tunity to honor their loved ones
® If you did not take time
want to “clip and post” – see the
4 Essent June ‘10 to read the April/May Essent
box on this page for a few of the
and remind passengers to drive
www.nmppenergy.org safely. Good idea Colorado!
Lighting program has successful year
The ENERGYsmart Com- better. This program made these
mercial and Industrial Lighting
ENERGYsmart changes cost effective and entic-
Program ended the fiscal year program refunded ing for future cost savings.”
with $55,040 in dispersed incen- for 2010-11 The reduction in energy
tives. from the conversion projects
The program, sponsored The MEAN Board will keep more than 800 tons of
by MEAN for Schedule M, of Directors approved fund- CO2 out of the atmosphere per
long-term power participants, ing the ENERGYsmart Com- year. It will also reduce MEAN’s
featured 49 projects among 23 mercial and Industrial Light- peak demand more than 200
member communities. About 88 ing Program for 2010-11. KW, which helps offset future
percent of these projects were All MEAN long-term energy/capacity investments.
conversion of power participants (Schedule The projects also provided lo-
Ideas T12 fluores- M) are eligible for cash in- cal contractors approximately
cent lighting centives to convert to more $60,000 in labor revenue.
fixtures to more efficient lighting. “Customers really appreci-
efficient T8 Also, the program now ate the fact their local utility
lighting. The covers LED lighting for is trying to save them money,”
projects were grocery store refrigerated says Larry Naiman, assistant
evenly distrib- cases and high-bay induction utility superintendent at Fair-
uted among florescent lights. bury, Neb., and president of the
four categories: Businesses that received MEAN Services Committee.
By Andrew Ross funding the previous year
schools, grocery “It’s another example of how lo-
stores, city/community facilities are again eligible for up to cal ownership and public power
and other retail businesses. $2,500 in cash incentives for can effectively interact with
The completed projects will the new program year. customers and work together
reduce approximately 1,100 Go to www.nmppenergy. toward a common goal of energy
megawatt-hours annually, saving org/mean or call Andrew Ross conservation.”
local businesses and govern- at (800) 234-2595 for details. ***
ment owned facilities more than
$110,000 a year. version has improved our interior ENERGYsmart ideas appear
“This past year we replaced classroom lighting tremendously, regularly and include information
166 classroom fixtures,” said Dr. has decreased utility expenses to share with your utility custom-
Ted DeTurk, superintendent of and ultimately has aided in ers. For information on how to
West Point Schools. “This con- making our school environment save energy, contact Andrew Ross
at NMPP (800) 234-2595.
Project Upgrade group conducts line rebuild in Stuart
Utilities from the Nebraska circuit. Stuart earlier purchased membership. The groups, which
Municipal Power Pool’s Project a substation and installed a step- include 32 utilities, are divided
Upgrade safety and training group up transformer into the substa- geographically and conduct
met in Stuart, Neb., for a one- tion. Project Upgrade member regular safety and training ses-
day line rebuild and voltage con- utilities include Arnold, Broken sions. Line rebuild projects such
version project that also served as Bow, Callaway, Stuart, Ansley, as the one in Stuart not only
a training and safety session. Sargent and Burwell, Neb.. provide training with a focus on
Utility personnel participat- Active for more than 25 safety to new utility personnel,
ed in the project, which includ- years, Project Upgrade is the but also highlight mutual aid –
ed setting 14 poles and stringing oldest of the four training groups area municipal utilities helping ®
about one mile of wire on one that NMPP facilitates within its one another in a time of need. 5 Essent June ‘10
Iowa utilities earn reliability award
Two member communities practices and represent a utility- prior to considering utilities for
in Iowa: Indianola Municipal wide commitment to safe and an award.
Utilities and Waverly Light and reliable delivery of electricity.
Power, earned Reliable Public This is the fifth year that the Gering, Hartington, Laurel
Power Provider (RP3) recogni- RP3 designation was offered. earn certification status
tion from the American Public Nebraska NMPP member
Power Association for providing NPPD, Crete earn utility communities Gering, Laurel and
consumers safety recognition Hartington earned their Eco-
with the high- The Nebraska Public Power nomic Development Certified
est degree of District and the City of Crete status recently.
reliable and (Neb.) Department of Public The program, sponsored by
safe electric Works were among 80 pub- the Nebraska Diplomats, is one
service. lic power utilities earning the of a handful nationally that rec-
The two American Public Power Asso- ognize communities’ economic
utilities were ciation’s Electric Utility Safety development preparedness. The
among 94 Awards of Excellence for safe Nebraska Department of Eco-
utilities over- operating practices in 2009. nomic Development administers
all to earn the Marc Gerken, chair of the application process.
recognition the APPA Board of Directors Communities earning the
out of more than 2,000 public and President/CEO of Ameri- certification meet specific cri-
power utilities throughout the can Municipal Power, Inc. in teria to be considered proactive
country. Paul Allen, vice presi- Columbus, Ohio, presented the economic development com-
dent, engineering at Nashville, awards on March 29, during the munities ready to attract new
Tenn., Electric Service and association’s annual Engineering businesses.
chair of APPA’s RP3 Review & Operations Technical Con- There are currently 30
Panel, presented the designees ference, held in Omaha, Neb. Nebraska communities that
on March 29, during the asso- “Safety is the top concern have earned the designation.
ciation’s annual Engineering & when it comes to working with For more information on how
Operations Technical Confer- electricity,” said Gerken. “These your community can become
ence, in Omaha, Neb. utilities have demonstrated that certified, contact Linda Black
“The RP3 designation rep- they are the best of the best at the Nebraska Department
resents a high level of service when it comes to guarantee- of Economic Development at
to communities all over the ing that safety is always top of (308) 991-2986 or Linda.black@
country,” said Allen, “These 94 mind.” nebraska.gov.
utilities stand out as models of Crete earned first place
safe and reliable utility opera- recognition for electric systems Wahoo celebrates 100 years
tions.” with 15,000 to 29,000 worker of public power
The RP3 recognizes public hours of exposure. NPPD earned The Wahoo, Neb., Board
power utilities that demonstrate second place in the more than 4 of Public Works and the City
proficiency in four key disci- million worker hours of exposure of Wahoo celebrated 100 years
plines: reliability, safety, train- category. of public power in May. The
ing and system improvement. More than 200 utilities en- celebration included food for the
Criteria within each category tered the annual contest, which community, displays and tours of
are based on sound business reviews three years worth of data the city’s light plant.
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Champions are businesses and organizations that support
NMPP Energy’s effort to provide products and services to
members. Consider these businesses when your utility or
municipality has a business need. If your business is interested in
becoming an NMPP Energy Champion, call Tim Sutherland at
Featured ChampioN Financial Services
Ameritas Investment Corp. Omaha, Neb.
D.A. Davidson & Co. Omaha, Neb.
REM Electric, Inc. Goldman Sachs & Co. New York, N.Y.
Nebraska Energy Federal Credit Union Columbus, Neb.
REM Electric, Inc. is a supplier of hard to find circuit
RBC Capital Markets Denver, Colo.
breakers, switchgear and parts. It also rebuilds, upgrades Smith Hayes Financial Corporation Lincoln, Neb.
and tests equipment. REM supplies new equipment when
requested and stocks all manufacturers in inventory and Utility Services & Supplies
supplies to the U.S., Canada and Mexico. American Marking Corporation Omaha, Neb.
Many of its customers have obsolete equipment and EnergySolutions, Inc. Omaha, Neb.
Hometown Connections International, LLC Arvada, Colo.
have a very hard time finding replacements. Kriz-Davis Co. Grand Island, Neb.
Since the lead time for delivery is critical for many NovaTech Lenexa, Kan.
customers, REM can usually ship same day on most items PDS, Inc. Omaha, Neb.
and can match existing equipment for increasing feeders. REM Electric, Inc. Nebraska City, Neb.
With REM’s inventory it can supply 1-40 circuit Solomon Corporation Solomon, Kan.
breakers and completely rebuild and upgrade so the
customer can change out all of the circuit breakers on one i2rd Lincoln, Neb.
outage. This helps save time and lowers costs of rebuilds Salt Creek Software, Inc. Lincoln, Neb.
and upgrade kits.
In business for 17 years, REM is located in the NMPP Engineering Services
member community of Nebraska City, Neb., and has a EA Engineering, Science and Technology, Inc. Lincoln, Neb.
HDR Omaha, Neb.
50,000sq. foot building on 2.6 acres. JEO Consulting Group, Inc. Wahoo, Neb.
Lutz, Daily & Brain, LLC Overland Park, Kan.
Employment Olsson Associates Lincoln, Neb.
Sawvel & Associates, Inc. Findlay, Ohio
Public Works Director Sega Inc. Stilwell, Kan.
The City of Ravenna, Neb., (pop. 1,341) seeks a full-time Stanley Consultants, Inc. Muscatine, Iowa
public works director. The individual would directly supervise,
coordinate, oversee, manage and assist public works em- Legal Services
ployees, city water and wastewater operations, streets and
parks departments. Responsibilities would include, water and Chapman and Cutler, LLP Salt Lake City, Utah
wastewater testing; street repair and patching; snow removal; Spiegel & McDiarmid Washington, D.C.
upkeep of parks and other city properties; operation and
maintenance of vehicles and equipment and other duties as Telecommunication Services
needed. Mechanical knowledge, experience operating equip- River Oaks Communications Corp.
ment and water/wastewater certifications are preferred, but Centennial, Colo.
not required. Must have a valid Nebraska driver’s license.
Good communication skills and strong sense of teamwork
are required. Benefits include insurance and retirement
plan. Wages commensurate with qualifications. Applications
available at Ravenna City Hall, 416 Grand Avenue, PO Box
108, Ravenna, NE 68869. For more information call (308)
NMPP thanks Goldman Sachs and The PFM Group
452-3273. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. for helping sponsor the 2010 NMPP Energy Annual
EOE. Meeting & Conference. They were omitted from last
‘EMPLOYMENT’ cont. on page 8 month’s sponsor listing. ®
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Employment cont. (308) 848-2228; firstname.lastname@example.org
for an application, job description and list
chanical equipment; some experience in
SCADA controls; be able to keep records
of benefits. Resume and references must and perform mathematical computations;
Utility Employee be attached to the application. Position have a valid CDL Driver’s license; and
Village of Arnold (Pop. 630) is ac- open until filled. EOE. have an acceptable driving record.
cepting applications for a full-time utility The starting pay rate for this position
employee. Individual is to assist in the is $19.45 to $23.00 per hour depending
maintenance and upgrade of all the Water Treatment Plant Operator on experience. For information about
departments. Departments include the The City of Auburn (Neb.) Board of and to review a job description for this
pool, parks, community center, street, Public Works is accepting applications for position, please visit our Web site, www.
electric, water, sewer, and solid waste. water treatment plant operator. Applicants auburnne.net
Duties include but not limited to operat- must possess Water Operator Grade III Contact the Board of Public Works
ing heavy equipment, snow removal, with the ability to upgrade to a Grade II at 1600 O Street Auburn, NE 68305 or
street maintenance, mowing and general within one year hire. (402) 274-4981 ask for Dave Hunter of
upkeep of all Village-owned properties. Other requirements include: an Ken Swanson. Deadline for submission of
Pre-Employment drug and alcohol testing educational level equivalent to high school applications July 9, 2010.
required. Certification in wastewater and graduation; work experience in mainte-
water are desired but the Village is willing nance and repairs of water and waste
to train. Must obtain CDL. Wage is based water distributions systems; knowledge of
on experience. Please contact Village of the functions, mechanics, and repairs of
Arnold, PO Box 70, Arnold, NE 69120; pumps, electric motors and other me-
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