June 2019

The Season of Celebration

by Bonnie Biocchi, Executive Director

When Bobby Orr scored the winning goal in sudden death overtime against St. Louis way back in 1970, Bruins fans everywhere celebrated as never before.  It had been a long drought for Boston hockey fans and the victory was savored completely. But this year was a different story. The Cup did not come to Boston. Although I was disappointed, I quickly remembered that our region is still full of champions and we still have many important heroes to celebrate.

Take for example, Brian Jerome from Chicopee Electric Light who won NEPPA’s Apprentice Lineworker Rodeo, besting a field of dozens of equally qualified competitors. Or how about Devon Tremont from Taunton Municipal Light Department who won APPA’s Robert Roundtree Award recognizing him as a future leader. Then there is Connor Reardon from Littleton Electric Light and Water, who claimed the prize for creating our new Benevolent Fund logo. 

Last week, I was fortunate to be at the APPA National Conference when both Ellen Burt of Stowe Electric Light and Nick Lawler of LELWD were elected to the APPA Board of Directors. This is a significant achievement which will pay long-term dividends for our region and we thank them for their service to Public Power. 

At the Customer Service Conference on June 19 th, we will award the Carol A. Tracy Award for Outstanding Customer Service and we are accepting nominations now for our annual awards to be given out at the Annual Conference in August. Don’t forget to honor your favorite teammate.

In this, the season of awards ceremonies, I am thankful that we have so many highly motivated and dedicated individuals to celebrate. I am mindful however, that there are also many, many unsung heroes in our midst.  Our capable training crew is one such group. They are the incredible road warriors who travel to all the @Your-Site trainings, coaching your folks to the best safety records in the industry. So the next time you see Lou, Pete, Bill, Linda, John, Dennis, Dan, and of course our head coach Steve, (who is usually back at headquarters training our future workforce) don’t forget to tip your hat to them.
There is another group that rarely receives the credit they are due. The Lineworker. Although they don’t seek recognition or the limelight, they certainly have earned it. And we at NEPPA are determined to give them the credit they deserve.  Over the course of the next few months we will be reaching out to capture their story, and I hope you will help us tell it well.

Upcoming Training & Events
June 19, 2019
Wylie Inn & Conference Center at Endicott College
Beverly, MA

June 24
NEPPA Training Center
Littleton, MA

June 27, 2019
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
July 17, 2019 * New Date
NEPPA Training Center
Littleton, MA

Aug. 5 & 26; Sept. 9 & 30; Oct. 21; Nov. 4 & 18; Dec. 9
NEPPA Training Center
Littleton, MA

Aug. 6 - 9; Aug. 27 - 30; Sept. 24 - 27; Oct. 8 - 11
NEPPA Training Center
Littleton, MA

August 7, 2019
NEPPA Training Center
Littleton, MA
August 14, 2019
NEPPA Training Center
Littleton, MA

August 18 - 21, 2019
Omni Mount Washington Hotel
Bretton Woods, NH

Year I:  Aug. 27 - 30; Oct. 29 - Nov. 1
Year II:  Sept. 17 - 20; Nov. 5 - 8
Year III:  Sept. 24 - 27; Nov. 19 - 22
Year IV:  Oct. 8 - 11; Dec. 10 - 13
Apprentice Graduation: Dec. 12
NEPPA Training Center
Littleton, MA

Sept. 10 - 13; Oct. 1 - 4; Oct. 22 - 25; Nov. 19 - 22
NEPPA Training Center
Littleton, MA

September 11, 2019
NEPPA Training Center
Littleton, MA

September 12, 2019
NEPPA Training Center
Littleton, MA
Lineworkers Rodeo *
September 26-27, 2019
NEPPA Training Center
Littleton, MA

October 3, 2019
Weidmann Electrical Technology
St. Johnsbury, VT

Outage Management & Emergency Communications Roundtable *
October 23, 2019
NEPPA Training Center
Littleton, MA

October 29 - 31, 2019
NEPPA Training Center
Littleton, MA

November 6 - 7, 2019
NEPPA Training Center
Littleton, MA

Annual Membership Meeting *
December 6, 2019
Courtyard Marriott
Nashua, NH

December 16, 2019
NEPPA Training Center
Littleton, MA
www.neppa.org for more information.
@Your-Site Training
Make Up Classes: Course Dates & Topics *

NEPPA is offering the following make-up classes at the Training Center for anyone who was unable to attend their regularly scheduled @Your-Site session:
July 17, 2019 Lock Out/ Tag Out and Switching & Tagging
 * Please note that dates are subject to change. 
@Your-Site Online Training

Beginning in 2019, NEPPA is pleased to partner with J.J. Keller & Associates to provide on-demand, online training.
For more information, please visit the @Your-Site Online page at neppa.org .

Advocacy Toolkit
Summer is a good time
to get engaged!

The Northeast Public Power Association (NEPPA) regularly engages with our federal delegation to Congress to further our member’s federal policy priorities. Our strategy is based on building relationships and trust so that NEPPA’s views and expertise on energy policy are considered and acted upon. Summertime is a particularly good time for NEPPA members to engage their Member of Congress locally when Members of Congress spend more time in their districts. These in-district engagements are designed to solidify congressional investment in public power interests as well as your relationships with lawmakers.

With the considerable help of Meguire Whitney, we have created a toolkit for you to help you engage your Member of Congress locally. In it are recommendations for three ways of conducting such engagement: special events, tours of utility facilities, and meetings with district/state congressional staff. The appendices contain helpful reference materials, including contact information and scheduling e-mail templates. As part of a coordinated outreach effort, NEPPA will track these events and will be happy to assist with scheduling and participate in events when possible. Please be sure to stay in touch with us as you are planning these events! 

If you would like to receive a copy of our toolkit, please call the NEPPA office at 978-540-2200.
Member Spotlight
Ashburnham Municipal Light Plant Cuts Ribbon on Energy Storage Project
Ashburnham, MA -- May 30, 2019 – Local and state officials gathered in Ashburnham yesterday to cut the ribbon on the Ashburnham Municipal Light Plant’s (AMLP) new three-megawatt, five-megawatt-hour battery storage project. The lithium ion battery, located adjacent to the municipal utility’s substation on Turnpike Road, went online in January 2019.

Pictured (Left to Right) – Light Board Chairman Richard Ahlin, Amy Fischer of AMLP, Brooke Czasnowski of AMLP, Steve Fludder of NEC, Galen Nelson of MassCEC, DOER Commissioner Judith Judson, Light Board Vice-Chairman Mark Carlisle, AMLP General Manager Kevin Sullivan 
In the News
Kelly Frazier named as a winner of “Communicator of the Year” by the Municipal Electric Association of Massachusetts

Plymouth, MA – May 8, 2019 The Municipal Electric Association of Massachusetts has announced that Kelly Frazier, has been named the 2019 Communicator of the Year as awarded by the Communications and Energy Services committee. 

Bring Your Own Charger Program Helps Wellesley Reduce Peak Electric Demand

Wellesley, MA and Woburn, MA - May 15, 2019 The Wellesley Municipal Light Plant (WMLP), the Town of Wellesley Sustainable Energy Committee (SEC), and Sagewell are pleased to announce the launch of a new program for electric vehicle (EV) drivers called Bring Your Own Charger ® (BYOC) .

Energy New England (ENE) launches EV Awareness Programs for 2019

Mansfield, MA - June 3, 2019 - Energy New England (ENE) has launched several new EV awareness programs on behalf of municipal utilities in Massachusetts. ENE and their municipal utility clients are uniquely positioned as the trusted and reliable resource for customers for all things EV related.

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