November 2020
America the Beautiful in 2020

by Bonnie Biocchi, Executive Director

The familiar words of this poem were written in 1893 by Katherine Lee Bates after crossing the country on a grand tour. Some might assume that when she wrote it, it was a kinder, gentler, simpler time in America. In reality, Jim Crow laws were in full force, women did not have the right to vote, the financial panic of 1893 had bankrupted thousands of families, labor strikes were taking hold across the land and the Chinese Exclusion Act had been adopted, effectively ending immigration from that country for nearly a century. America was arguably not the beautiful place described in this poem.

Despite these challenges, America continued to grow and prosper. In fact, about twenty million people emigrated to America between 1880 and 1920. Why did they come here? What made them leave their ancestral lands, many knowing that they would never again see their parents and grandparents, their aunts and uncles, their neighbors and friends? They came for a promise: the promise of a better life.

There are many today who question whether America has lost her way. They wonder If the dream has died and the promise of a better life no longer exists.  The past two election cycles have shown that there is a great and growing divide in this nation. About fifty percent of our citizens do not agree with the other fifty percent. For the second time in recent memory, almost every poll got it wrong, predicting a double-digit win for Joe Biden.  There will be much analysis of this phenomenon in the coming months and hopefully a soul-searching on both sides of the aisle. With over 145 million people casting their vote, one thing is clear, Americans want a voice in how this country runs and still desire self-governance.

I believe America still holds a promise. Yes, we have the legacy of slavery and yes, racism persists. Yes, there are many people who live in poverty and many who are disenfranchised and yes, we need to address the effects of climate change. We would also do well to remember the sacrifices of millions of Americans over the years who dedicated their lives to ensure freedom and liberty and who strove for the betterment of society. While we still have far to go, let’s not forget the rivers we’ve forded and the mountains we’ve crossed to secure that dream.

The promise of America is in our commitment to freedom and the pursuit of happiness. The promise of America lies in the middle ground between two opposing points of view which will continue to transform this nation. If we come together, we will be able to tackle our problems and this great experiment of democracy will not fail. It is my deep hope that the new administration will be able to bridge this growing divide and that soon all of America’s citizens will be able to live out the words of this now cherished song. As for me, I still think America is beautiful - scars and all.
Upcoming Training & Events
Please join us for NEPPA's Annual Membership Meeting being held Friday, December 4, 2020 (10:00 am - 11:45 am) - Virtually. 
Review 2020, learn about NEPPA's plans for 2021, build relationships with your professional colleagues and industry partners and meet with old and new friends. 

NEPPA has developed a program to help you obtain your hoisting license.  Authorized by the State of Massachusetts’ Office of Public Safety and Inspection (OPSI), NEPPA offers Continuing Education & Test Prep Classes for: 

1B - 1D Hoisting Licenses: December 8, 2020

2A - 2C Hoisting Licenses: December 9, 2020
This is a mandatory class for Massachusetts employees wishing to obtain their hoisting license.
Registration Now Open!
We are pleased to announce that registration for the 2021 @Your-Site Safety & Technical Training and Apprentice Lineworker Programs are now available!

As with any in-person trainings, meetings or events, we ask that you remain flexible as we approach the coming year. 

Whenever possible, NEPPA will strive to hold in-person training in accordance with federal, state and local guidelines however we expect the coming year will be a combination of in-person, hybrid and virtual sessions.

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2020 Apprentice Lineworker Program, Year I
2021 E&O Conference & Expo*
May 13 - 14, 2021
Doubletree Manchester Downtown
Manchester, NH

2021 Annual Conference *
August 22 - 25, 2021
Westin Portland Harborview
Portland, ME

2021 Lineworker's Rodeo*
September 23-24, 2021
NEPPA Training Center
Littleton, MA for more information.
Congratulations to our New York graduates! It's been a difficult year and we are especially proud of you for adjusting and continuing your training with us. A very special shout out to our NY trainer, Bill Hesson, for all his hard work, dedication, and commitment to our students. We'd also like to thank Fairport Electric for allowing us to train in their space through it all.
Be prepared for Storm Season
In advance of storm season, don’t forget this comprehensive guide from the ESCC and please take a moment to review the NEPPA Mutual Aid Agreement and Pandemic Protocols.
Members In the News
RMLD Launches New Service to Assist Customers Interested in Adopting Efficient Air Source Heat Pump Technology
Reading, MA, October 2, 2020 - Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD) has launched a new service to build awareness of the benefits of air source heat pumps and make it easy for residents to explore and install this efficient technology which provides both home heating and cooling...

Energy New England (ENE) provides Home Energy Assessments for Block Island Utility District 
Mansfield, MA - October 19, 2020 - Energy New England (ENE) is pleased to offer Home Energy Assessment to the customers of Block Island Utility District (BIUD). ENE provides Residential Conservation Services to 22 MLPs in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. ENE was chosen by Block Island Utility District to provide Home Energy Assessment for both residential and small business customers. ENE will be using SnuggPro software to provide a comprehensive evaluation and engaging report. 

FERC Sides with Consumer-Owned Utilities in Rejecting Fuel Security Proposal
Ludlow, MA, November 4, 2020 -- In a victory for New England consumers, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) late Friday sided with three consumer-owned utility organizations--Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company (MMWEC), New Hampshire Electric Cooperative (NHEC), and the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative (CMEEC) -- in rejecting ISO New England’s (ISO-NE) costly Energy Security Improvements (ESI) proposal.

MMWEC Signs Flow Rights Agreement, Power Deal with Hydro-Québec
Ludlow, MA - November 6, 2020 The Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company (MMWEC), and the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative (CMEEC), the joint action agencies for municipal electric utilities in their respective states, have acted together to maximize the benefits of five-year power flow rights agreements with Hydro-Québec (HQ), a Canadian public utility.

Northfield, MA - November 12, 2020 - In the largest municipal electric department purchase of clean, renewable power in New England history, 21 public power entities from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont have agreed to purchase 200 million kilowatt-hours per year of hydroelectric power produced by FirstLight Power in Western Massachusetts.

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