September 2017
Beyond a Shadow of a Doubt
by Dave White, Executive Director
 
The 2017 NEPPA Annual Conference was, beyond a shadow of a doubt, an excellent event that won't soon be eclipsed.  Whether it was insightful speakers, interactive roundtables, viewing the solar eclipse, or networking with peers, there were opportunities for all.  

A special thank you to all of the volunteers and staff who help put together such an engaging event!   And congratulations to our award winners:
  • Person of the Year - Ellen Burt, Town of Stowe Electric Department
  • Francis "Skip" Wiley Individual Achievement Award - Scott Larsen, Littleton Electric Light & Water Departments
  • Distinguished Service Award - Calvin Ames, Madison Electric Works
  • NEPPA Service Award - Judy Gove, NHEC; Robin Jowders, AJ Hurley; Steve Kaminski, NHEC
  • Special Recognition Award - Town of Stowe Electric Department
  • Outstanding Affiliate Member - Sagewell, Inc.
 
We look forward to seeing everyone at our Annual Membership Meeting, December 1 st at the Crowne Plaza in Nashua, NH (details to follow).
 
(Please note: due to unforeseen technical difficulties, pictures from the awards ceremony are not available.  If you took any, please forward them to jcampbell@neppa.org.)
 

 Upcoming Training & Events

POSTPONED:
Lineworkers Rodeo , New Dates TBD  (Littleton, MA)
Due to mutual aid and crew response to the hurricanes in Texas and Florida, the Lineworkers Rodeo has been postponed.  New Dates will be announced ASAP.

Substation II Sept. 19 - 22; Oct. 24 - 27, Dec. 19 - 22; Jan. 8 - 12 (Littleton, MA)

E2 Engineering Event, September 27 (Uncasville, CT)
RSVP and reserve your seat today.

General Foremen's Roundtable, October 11 (Littleton, MA) *

Public Utility Accounting (APPA) , October 16 - 17 (Littleton, MA)
Registration Open!

Work Order & Asset Management (APPA)October 18 (Littleton, MA)
Registration Open!

Advanced Public Utility Accounting (APPA) , October 19 - 20 (Littleton, MA)
Registration Open!

Protection & Control Commissioning of Substations , October 19 (Waltham, MA)
Free Workshop offered by OMICRON.  Advanced registration required.
 
Customer Service Leadership ProgramOctober 19 - 20 (Norwich, CT)
Registration Now Open - Space is Limited, Register Early.

Public Utility Management Program (PUMP), November 15 - 17 (Littleton, MA) *

Annual Membership Meeting December 1 (Nashua, NH) *

* Registration Not Yet Open.
If you're interested in attending any of the above events, please
email Sarah Klingler, Director of Programs & Services at sklingler@neppa.org to be notified as soon as registration becomes available.



 Training & Events Highlight
New Dates Will be Announced ASAP.
September 27, 2017
Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT

Sponsored by NEPPA's Engineering Committee, join the Mohegan Tribal Authority for a full day of informational sessions and tour of their Fort Hill Substation and Central Plant.

Registration
There are no registration fees for this event, but please RSVP/Register so we can plan accordingly.

 Membership
Welcome to Our Newest Affiliate Member!



 In the News
New England Responds
With Harvey and Irma battering the southern United States, with more than 4 million reported outages in Florida alone, New England's public power utilities have stepped up to help. 

30 line crews and supervisors from 27 systems began arriving in Florida by Tuesday, September 12 th and will quickly begin assisting in Homestead, New Smyrna Beach, and Orlando.  

Thank you to all of the responding utilities, including:
  • Connecticut: Norwich
  • Massachusetts: Belmont, Braintree, Chicopee, Concord, Danvers, Georgetown, Groton, Groveland, Hingham, Holden, Holyoke, Ipswich, Littleton, Mansfield, Marblehead, Middleborough, Middleton, North Attleborough, Norwood, Princeton, Rowley, Sterling, Taunton, Wakefield, Wellesley
  • Rhode Island: Pascoag 
New GM at Ashburnham Municipal Light Plant
As of August 14th, Kevin Sullivan is the new General Manager at Ashburnham Municipal Light Plant (formerly at Wellesley Municipal Light Plant).  

Please join the NEPPA Community in congratulating Kevin on his new position and wishing him the best of luck!
New Resource for APPA Members: HR 360

August 3, 2017  APPA members now have complimentary access to HR 360 - an attorney-reviewed source for HR news, tools, forms, and training.

HR 360 is a web-based, attorney-reviewed online resource for HR news, tools, forms, and training and is your single source for:
  • The latest health care reform tools and guidelines
  • Information on interviewing, hiring and terminating employees
  • Guidance on conducting performance reviews at every level
  • An interactive job description builder, salary benchmarking, and employee cost-calculating tools
  • Hundreds of downloadable forms and policies
  • A customizable employee handbook
  • State and federal compliance information
  • State labor laws guidance
  • News alerts on changes to federal-and state-level HR laws and regulations
  • And more.
You can learn more about this product by viewing the HR 360 overview video and can subscribe to this resource through  APPA's Product Store
Legislative Update
 
Energy Policy: New DOE study calls on FERC to address price formation; Quorum restored at FERC...

Infrastructure: President Trump signs Executive Order on infrastructure...

Climate: Clean Power Plan pause extended ...

Upcoming APPA Webinars
APPA Wireless Pole Attachment Webinar Series 
Starts October 19!
Series Overview: The American Public Power Association's Academy is offering a series of two webinars on wireless pole attachments. Hear from industry experts about growing requests for attachments of small cell facilities or distributed antenna systems. Receive updates and insights into the main issues confronting utilities in managing wireless attachments.
This webinar will address the facts and myths surrounding Small Cell Wireless, 5G, and other next-generation wireless technologies, as well as the challenges and opportunities that these developments create for public power utilities. This webinar will also explore current efforts to streamline the make-ready process, including One-Touch-Make-Ready.
 
More than two dozen state legislatures have considered bills aimed at removing supposed local government barriers to wireless broadband deployment in the public rights-of-way, mandating access to public power utility poles and streetlight poles under regulated rates, terms, and conditions. At the same time, the FCC has launched three proceedings that could result in new regulations governing wireless access to public power utility poles. This webinar will provide an overview and update of these developments and will analyze how they could potentially impact public power utilities.