July 2018
From Memorial Day to Labor Day, NEPPA will follow summer hours:
Mon. - Thurs. (7:30 am - 3:30 pm)  |  Fridays (7:30 am - 2:00 pm)

Welcoming NEPPA's New Executive Director
by Jim Bakas, President, NEPPA Board of Directors
In case you missed the earlier announcement, I'm very pleased to announce that Bonnie Biocchi has been selected as NEPPA's next Executive Director and will be joining staff on July 16, 2018.
Bonnie joins NEPPA after most recently serving as the Director of Development at Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester.

"I'm thrilled to be joining NEPPA," says Biocchi. "As a nonprofit leader in Greater Boston and as a resident of Groton, a public power community, I've been long aware of the great work done by NEPPA and its members. I am very excited to work with the exceptional staff and committed Board to position the organization for continued success in the rapidly changing energy sector."

Please join us in welcoming Bonnie to NEPPA, and thank you for your continued support of the association and its work.

 Upcoming Training & Events

NEPPA Vistage Inside Group , July 18 (Babson Park, MA)
* Still accepting applications.  Registration fees are prorated.  Contact NEPPA for more information.

Year I (Add-On): July 24 - 27 

General Manager's Roundtable, July 25 (Littleton, MA)

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

Annual Conference, August 19 - 22 (N. Falmouth, MA)
The Sea Crest Beach Hotel is SOLD OUT.  Visit the event's page at neppa.org for a list of nearby hotels

Year I: Aug. 28 - 31; Oct. 23 - 26

Crew LeadershipSeptember 5 - 6 (Littleton, MA)

2A-2C Hoisting Class,   September 5 (Littleton, MA)

1B-1C Hoisting ClassSeptember 6 (Littleton, MA)

Apprentice Lineworker Program  (Littleton, MA)
Year II: Sept. 11 - 14; Oct. 30 - Nov. 2
Year III: Sept. 25 - 28; Nov. 6 - 9

Lineworkers Rodeo , September 20 - 21 (Littleton, MA) 
Registration now open!

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

Apprentice Lineworker Program (Littleton, MA)
Year IV: Oct. 2 - 5; Dec. 4 - 7 (Graduation on Dec. 7th)

General Foremen's Roundtable , October 10 (Littleton, MA)

TENTATIVE: Public Utility Accounting, October 22 - 23 (Littleton, MA) *
Details will be posted as soon as possible. 

Credit & Collections Roundtable, October 24 (Littleton, MA)

NEPPA Vistage Inside Group, November 1 (Littleton, MA)
* Still accepting applications.  Registration fees are prorated.  Contact NEPPA for more information.

Annual Membership Meeting, November 30 (Nashua, NH) *

* Registration Not Yet Open.

If you're interested in attending any of the above events, please  email Sarah Klingler at sklingler@neppa.org to be notified as soon as registration becomes available.

 Training & Events Highlight
Lunch & Learns @  NEPPA
July 17, 2018
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

As the energy landscape continues to evolve, how can you provide them with the right solutions to keep their operations efficient, secure, reliable, and optimized through digitalization?

Learn how Siemens has helped customers turn challenging opportunities into outcomes across the entire energy chain - generation, transmission, distribution, all the way through consumption.
July 31, 2018
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

In an age of tech innovation, why are overhead distribution systems still being designed by outdated standards using basic means instead of precise engineering tools and 3D simulation?

Join Lazen PE for more information about the software, how it's used, and how you can benefit from this technology.
August 2, 2018
9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Please join Hendrix on Thursday, August 2nd for a Lunch & Learn presentation and installation demonstration of spacer cable.

Register for NEPPA's Annual Conference!

Register now for NEPPA's Annual Conference being held August 19 - 22, 2018 at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel (N. Falmouth, MA).

Thanks to everyone who supports the Benevolent Fund!

What is the Benevolent Fund?
As a family, public power systems in New England have always rallied to provide support when tragedy strikes, donating time, skills and financial resources to assist during a period of need.
NEPPA's Benevolent Fund was established to continue this tradition.  All funds raised and received are designated to be disbursed to public power employees, or their families, undergoing financial difficulties due to personal injury, illness or death. 
All public power employees in New England are eligible to receive assistance from the Fund.  Disbursements are approved by NEPPA's Executive Committee.
Do you know of someone in need of assistance?  Please contact NEPPA's Executive Director by calling the office at (978) 540-2200.  Formal requests should be submitted in writing from a utility general manager or board.

  Committee Meeting Calendar


Engineering Subcommittee, July 11 (Littleton, MA)

Lineworkers Rodeo Subcommittee, July 11 (Littleton, MA)

Executive Committee, August 10

Member Value Committee, August 19 (N. Falmouth, MA)

Board of Directors, August 22 (N. Falmouth, MA)

Finance Committee, August 22 (N. Falmouth, MA)

Conference Oversight & Planning Committee, September 11 (Littleton, MA)

Education Development Committee, September 17 (Littleton, MA)

Member Value Committee, October 3 (Littleton, MA)

Finance Committee, October 17

Executive Committee, November 2

Advocacy & Reporting Committee, November 15

Board of Directors, November 16 

Conference Oversight & Planning Committee, December 4 (Littleton, MA)

Education Development Committee, December 17 (Littleton, MA)

 In the News
Devon Beolke, SELCO
Winners of NEPPA's 
Carol A. Tracey Customer Service Award

June 13, 2018 -  We'd like to take a moment and congratulate all the winners of NEPPA's 2018 Carol A. Tracey Customer Service Award!  

Devon Boelke, Shrewsbury Electric and Cable Operations
  "Devon is an exemplary employee and one of the best CSR's we have.  [She] is excellent with customers and models the type of behavior we want to see from all customer service representatives."

Freddie Hall, Burlington Electric Department
"Freddie is creator of BED's Defeat the Peak pilot program which rewards community nonprofits with a charitable donation when customers achieve certain demand reductions during peak events.  Thanks to Freddie, this program derives additional value for BED, its customers and its community!"

From Left to Right: Freddie Hall, Jessica Walker and Brian Reilly, Burlington Electric Department

Brian Reilly, Burlington Electric Department
"Brian has gone the extra mile, making home visits and providing energy audits to detect spikes in usage...helping our New American customers recognize how small modifications in behavior can reduce energy costs.  [He is dedicated] to providing a more equitable and inclusive customer experience..."

Jessica Walker, Burlington Electric Department
"Jessica's astute eye for detail and problem solving makes her highly efficient at resolving customer's issues and helping navigate gaps of service.  [Her work was instrumental] in making connections that eventually led to BED translating documents on safety, bill payment and community resources during financial hardship into other languages."
Shrewsbury Municipal Electric Company, MMWEC Host Ribbon-Cutting for Solar Array
June 29, 2018 (Shrewsbury, MA) 
Shrewsbury Electric and Cable Operations (SELCO) and the Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company (MMWEC) cut the ribbon today on a new community solar array constructed on a capped and closed portion of the Shrewsbury landfill. 

The project represents a new model for the use of MMWEC's tax-exempt financing authority that enables consumer-owned, municipal utilities like SELCO to invest in clean energy projects. 

Photo (Left to Right): SELCO Commissioner Anthony Trippi; State Representative Hannah Kane; Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton; SELCO Commissioner Kelly Marshall; SELCO Commission Chair Robert Holland; Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito; SELCO General Manager Michael Hale; MDAR Commissioner and Shrewsbury Selectman John Lebeaux; and State Senator Michael Moore

State and local officials, including Matthew Beaton, Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, attended today's ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

The 3.8 megawatt solar array, located on Hartford Turnpike, will produce over four million kilowatt hours of clean, renewable energy annually, or enough to power over 400 single family homes.  The array occupies over 12 acres on top of the landfill cap, and includes approximately 12,000 individual solar panels. During the period of the lease, It will be owned by MMWEC, the joint action agency for municipal utilities in Massachusetts and leased to SELCO, which will operate and maintain the array.  When the lease period expires, SELCO will be the sole owner and operator of the array.  Construction took four months to complete.  It became fully operational earlier this month. 

Through virtual net metering and using SELCO's advanced energy metering system, 100 percent of the output of this array will be offered to individual customers of SELCO through an optional community-shared solar program.  The completion of this solar project will allow SELCO to supply over 40 percent of its energy to customers from renewable and carbon-free sources. 

"The project aligns perfectly with SELCO's long standing mission of providing reliable power and the best price, says Michael Hale, General Manager of SELCO.   "The clean power attributes further add to our strategy of diversifying our energy source portfolio while maintaining our mission".  Hale further added that without the tremendous support MMWEC, this project wouldn't have happened". 

The unique lease arrangement between MMWEC and SELCO came about after the project fell through twice  with the original private developers over the period of three years and the public bidding solicitations.  MMWEC was able to assume ownership of the project and provide financing through its loan lease program.  Through MMWEC's expedited procurement and project development processes, MMWEC was able to meet the construction and economic timetables to enable SELCO to take advantage of the financial benefits of the project. 

"Congratulations to SELCO and MMWEC for cutting the ribbon on this project, which will provide the community and residents with needed renewable energy resources," said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito.

"This is a true partnership between MMWEC and SELCO," says Matthew Ide, MMWEC Executive Director of Energy & Financial Markets.  "It's a demonstration of our ability as a joint action agency to act quickly and provide the capital and engineering expertise to our members to meet their needs and objectives."

MMWEC Named "Innovative Partner of the Year" by National Clean Energy Group

June 12, 2018 (Ludlow, MA) - Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company (MMWEC), the joint action agency for Massachusetts municipal utilities, has received a prestigious national award recognizing its innovative work in emerging energy technologies.

MMWEC was named 2018 "Power Players Innovative Partner of the Year" by the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), a nonprofit organization working to facilitate the utility industry's transition to a clean energy future. Now in their tenth year, the SEPA Power Players Awards honor utilities, their industry partners and individual thought leaders providing the vision, models and momentum for the electric power industry's smart transition to a clean, modern energy future. Chosen by an independent panel of judges with diverse experience in the electric power industry, MMWEC will be honored at SEPA's Grid Evolution Summit in Washington, D.C. on July 10.

"Innovation is the key to enabling municipal utilities to integrate and capture the benefits of clean energy technologies for their customers," said MMWEC CEO Ronald C. DeCurzio. "MMWEC is honored to be recognized by SEPA for its emerging technology initiatives, which are helping municipal utilities keep pace with fast-moving trends in the electric industry," he said.

The SEPA award also recognizes other initiatives of MMWEC's emerging technologies team, including an electric vehicle/charging program; acquisition of grants to fund energy-efficient streetlights, energy storage and reduced-emissions bucket trucks; and a unique Pooled Loan Program that enables members to finance clean energy projects using MMWEC's tax-exempt financing authority.
Washington Electric Co-op Board Approves Climate Change Statement; First Vermont Utility to Adopt Policy Language Addressing Global Warming

June 13, 2018 (East Montpelier, VT) -  The Board of Directors of Washington Electric Co-op (WEC) adopted a statement acknowledging the threat of climate change at the May 30 board meeting of the member-owned, 100 percent renewable electric utility. WEC is the first utility in Vermont to take a formal position on climate change.

The statement reads: "The WEC Board of Directors acknowledges that rapid global warming and associated climate instability are real, and are significantly attributable to human activities. We are concerned that global warming presents great risk of serious and negative economic, environmental and health ramifications to humans, along with challenges to the continued existence of numerous other forms of life on this planet."

The statement goes on to urge industry membership organizations to support utilities' efforts to mitigate the effects of global warming, including through legislation, and to address financial impacts to utilities caused by climate change and legacy power supply commitments. The full statement is available at washingtonelectric.coop.

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