January 2018
What's on Tap in 2018 
by Dave White, Executive Director
While 2018 is starting off a lot colder than anyone would like, things will soon be heating up at NEPPA.  As we continue to pursue our vision of being the best and most advanced utility resource and training organization in the Northeast, we will be rolling out some exciting new programs in the coming weeks and months.  That list includes the following:
  • Safety Observations - NEPPA is partnering with Workplace Safety Solutions, Inc. to provide you with worksite observations and safety audits
  • Vistage Inside Group - we are also working with the Vistage organization to facilitate a peer-to-peer networking and professional development program for top-level managers
  • 2018 E&O - the agenda for the 2018 E&O is already underdevelopment, but there are still opportunities for speakers and product demos

Stay tuned for more information about these programs and many other exciting announcements throughout 2018! 

Got questions? Call the office at (978) 540-2200.  Thank you!

 Upcoming Training & Events

Registration Now Open for 2018 Training & Education and @ Your-Site Programs.

Lunch & Learn: Salesforce, January 30 (Littleton, MA)

Metering I Program, Feb. 5; March 12; April 9; May 14 (Littleton, MA)

Substation I Program, Feb. 6 - 9; March 13 - 16; April 10 - 13; May 15 - 18 (Littleton, MA)

Year I: Feb. 13 - 16; March 20 - 23; Aug. 28 - 31; Oct. 23 - 26
Year II: Jan. 30 - Feb. 2; March 27 - 30; Sept. 11 - 14; Oct. 30 - Nov. 2
Year III: Feb. 27 - March 2; April 24 - 27; Sept. 25 - 28; Nov. 6 - 9
Year IV: March 6 - 9; May 22 - 25; Oct. 2 - 5; Dec. 4 - 7
Apprentice Lineworkers Rodeo: June 6 - 7

NEPPA Vistage Inside Group, March 14 (Manchester Village, VT)

NEPPA Board of Directors Meeting, March 15 - 16 (Manchester Village, VT)

Advanced Lineworker April 10 - 13; May 15 - 18; Sept. 18 - 21; Oct. 16 - 19 
(Littleton, MA)

Engineering & Operations Conference and Expo, May 2 - 3, 2018 (Worcester, MA) *

Customer Service Conference, June 13 (Location TBD) *

Metering II Program, Aug. 13 & 27; Sept. 10 & 24; Oct. 15; Nov. 5 & 26; Dec. 10
(Littleton, MA)

Annual Conference, August 19 - 22 (Falmouth, MA) *

Crew Leadership, September 5 - 6 (Littleton, MA)

Substation II Program, Sept. 25 - 28; Oct. 16 - 19; Nov. 27 - 30; Dec. 11 - 14 
(Littleton, MA)

* Registration Not Yet Open.
If you're interested in attending any of the above events, please
email Jackie Campbell at jcampbell@neppa.org to be notified as soon as registration becomes available.

 Training & Events Highlight
Register now for 2018 programs.

Lunch & Learn - Salesforce

Utility companies that engage with their customers through more personalized services give consumers the chance to integrate with these options and provide environmentally green energy.  Put yourself on a path to modernization. 

Be sure to join Salesforce at this upcoming lunch and learn!

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018
Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm 
Location: NEPPA Training Center (Littleton, MA)

Interested? Please contact Colleen Del Signore cdelsignore@neppa.org.
What Is Your Outage Communication Plan?

Join your professional colleagues to discuss lessons learned, successes and best practices at NEPPA's Outage Management & Emergency Communications Roundtable.

Click here for more information

  Committee Meeting Calendar


Advocacy & Reporting Committee, January 25 (Teleconference)

Executive Committee, January 26 (Teleconference)

Annual Conference Subcommittee, February 1 (Littleton, MA)

Finance Committee, February 14 (Teleconference)

Executive Committee, March 2 (Teleconference)

Conference Oversight & Planning Committee, March 6 (Littleton, MA)

Board of Directors, March 15 - 16 (Manchester Village, VT)

Education Development Committee, March 19 (Littleton, MA)

Advocacy & Reporting Committee, April 5 (Teleconference)

Member Value Committee, April 6 (Littleton, MA)

Finance Committee, April 18 

Executive Committee, April 27

 In the News
ENE Strategies Congratulates Clients on 
Battery  Storage Grants
From left; Tom Ollilia(RMLD), Ken Goulart(TMLP), John Tzimorangas(ENE), Secretary Matthew Beaton, Commissioner Judith Judson, Bill Bottiggi(BELD)

Marlborough and Foxboro, MA - December 7, 2017 - ENE Strategies, a division of Energy New England, LLC is proud to congratulate four of their clients in receiving $3.45 million dollars in state grants through the Baker-Polito Energy Storage Incentive, Advancing Commonwealth Energy Storage. These awards were made through a competitive process of applying for the grants and proposing projects that would be in-line with the Commonwealth's State of Charge report that was released late last year. There were 69 applications for various projects and 26 were awarded grants in a ceremony at UMASS Medical Marlborough Hospital.
Governor Charlie Baker, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton and Department of Energy Resource Commissioner Judith Judson were present for the awarding ceremony and touted the raising of the grant money from the original $10 million to $20 million dollars, which would jump start the battery storage initiatives in the Commonwealth through these chosen projects.
The Braintree Electric Light Department received a grant of $700,000(covering 30% of their project) to provide a 2 MW Virtual Power Plant model at three of their substations helping them reduce costs to their customers. The project also provides a pilot for community storage as service model to help customers reduce their peak load.

The Reading Municipal Light Department received a grant of $1,000,000(covering 42% of their project) to provide a 5MW peak load reducing model, co-located at their substation with a 2.5 MW generator, creating a microgrid project model. This project is located in a highly constrained area within the ISO-NE network.

The Norwood Municipal Light Department, through a project sponsored by Next Era for a 1MW installation, received $500,000(covering 25% of their project) to provide a pilot program for a biotech facility to assist in reducing their operating costs on the electric side with peak demand and transmission capacity reduction and demand response opportunities. This type of project could be replicated throughout the Commonwealth.

The Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant received a grant of $1,250,000(covering 36% of their project) to provide a 1.5MW installation collocated with a gas generation plant and proposed solar array to investigate the benefits of these types of combined systems. The load management protocols for this project could be duplicated in other areas and projects in the Commonwealth.

President and CEO John Tzimorangas of ENE remarked, "This is a terrific opportunity the Baker-Polito administration and their vision for the energy future has provided to our clients and the other grant award recipients. The increase of the grant dollars from $10 to $20 million will provide additional projects and funding and allow different types of installations to be completed and reviewed to see how we can duplicate their successes throughout the Commonwealth, in line with our stated goals around energy."

About ENE - Energy New England, LLC (www.ene.org) is a leading provider of wholesale and retail energy services. The company conducts more than $300M in structured transactions annually, manages 1,100 MWs of energy, and has also grown to become the leading provider of conservation and efficiency services for the public power community in the region. The company's customer base has grown exponentially over the past few years. Its comprehensive portfolio includes power supply and risk management services, energy and water conservation services, energy brokering, renewable energy solutions and lobbying and representative services. Energy New England has customers situated throughout New England as well as other power pools. The company works with an increasing number of utilities, independent power producers, industrial, commercial and institutional facilities, municipalities and non-profits.

Thank You 
Robert "Henny" Henriksen 
December 1, 2017  - After years of serving as the "Master Judge" at NEPPA's Annual Lineworkers Rodeo, Bob "Henny" Henriksen has decided to turn in his stop watch and clipboard.

NEPPA presented Henny with a commemorative wall clock to show our continued gratitude for all he has done to support the organization!

You will be missed as a Master Judge and we thank you for your service!

Sterling Municipal Light Department Recognized in Massachusetts for Energy Storage Project
The Town of Sterling, Mass., and Sterling Municipal Light Department on Nov. 30 received an award from the Massachusetts government related to the utility's installation of the first utility-scale battery storage project in New England. 
Three MMWEC Members Receive State Grants
for Battery Storage Projects
Ludlow, MA - December 7, 2017 -- Three municipal utility members of the Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company (MMWEC) are receiving state grants as part of the Advancing Commonwealth Energy Storage (ACES) initiative. The utilities receiving the funding are located in the towns of Ashburnham, Wakefield and West Boylston. MMWEC applied for the grants on the utilities' behalf. 
The ACES Program, a coordinated effort between the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and the state Department of Energy Resources (DOER), is a competitive grant process aimed at piloting innovative, broadly-replicable energy storage projects with multiple value streams in order to advance commercialization and deployment of energy storage technologies in Massachusetts.

A $600,000 grant to the Ashburnham Municipal Light Plant (AMLP) covers 24 percent of the utility's $2.5 million project, which includes the installation of a 2-megawatt NEC Energy Solutions (NEC) lithium ion battery. The battery would be used to reduce the town's electric load and for solar buffering, which will allow for increased installation of additional renewables. AMLP is currently ranked sixth in the United States for solar installed per customer, with over 1,000 watts installed, according to the Smart Electric Power Alliance. The utility has had to halt the installation of any new solar because of this over-saturation. The battery storage project will help alleviate that issue, allowing for the installation of increased solar and other renewables.

The Wakefield Municipal Gas & Light Department (WMGLD) will receive $800,000 in grant funding, or 25 percent of the cost of its $3.2 million project. WMGLD is planning to install a 3-megawatt NEC lithium ion battery as part of a dual-purpose distributed generation and energy storage complex. Located at its recently completed substation on Salem Street, it will feature conventional natural gas generation and the battery storage unit for use in reducing the town's electric load. 

West Boylston Municipal Light Plant is on the receiving end of a $243,000 grant, which covers 50 percent of the $486,000 Amber Kinetics flywheel energy storage project it has proposed. The plan calls for a 128-kilowatt, behind-the-meter flywheel energy storage system interconnected with WBMLP's 370-kilowatt solar project on Shrewsbury Street. Flywheel storage technology is an innovative, chemical-free, battery storage system. The project will be used for peak load reduction, resulting in lower transmission and capacity charges, and the creation of alternative energy portfolio standard certificates. 
"MMWEC is pleased to support its members in bringing these forward-thinking technologies to their communities," said MMWEC Chief Executive Officer Ronald C. DeCurzio. "This is yet another example of the ways municipal utilities are actively supporting the state's policies to address climate change in Massachusetts." 
In 2015, the Baker-Polito Administration announced a two-phase, $10 million Energy Storage Initiative. Its purpose was to advance the energy storage segment of the Massachusetts clean energy industry by expanding storage technology markets, assigning value to storage benefits, accelerating the development of storage technologies and attracting and supporting energy storage companies throughout the Commonwealth. The first phase resulted in an energy storage study, "State of Charge," which helped inform future policy and programs, including this solicitation of energy storage demonstration projects. The ACES grant program is an ongoing part of the initiative.

Welcome to our Newest Affiliate Member!

Legislative Update

Tax Reform:  Congress passes final tax reform legislation...

Energy Policy:  DOE grants extension on grid pricing NOPR, House passes two hydro bills, Senate holds hearing on several energy storage bills...

Environmental Policy:  EPA requests comment on re-proposing the Clean Power Plan...