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Distributed Energy Resources
The Illinois Municipal Electric Agency has entered into a 15-year agreement to purchase 50 megawatts of wind energy output annually from the Green River Wind Farm in northwestern Illinois.
Community
Fifteen individuals and nine utilities were recognized for service to the American Public Power Association and the public power industry during an awards ceremony at the Association’s National Conference in Austin, Texas.
Community
Decosta Jenkins, president and CEO of Nashville Electric Service in Nashville, Tennessee, was installed as chair of the American Public Power Association Board of Directors at the Association’s National Conference in Austin, Texas, on June 12.
Communications and Customer Care
Customers are increasingly dependent on their mobile phones and rely on apps and texts for all types of transactions, service reminders and alerts. They expect the same from their electric utility. For utilities, text messaging is highly effective for communicating outage notifications, weather alerts, tree trimming operations, and payment reminders to their customers.
Distributed Energy Resources
The state of New Jersey on June 10 released a draft 2019 Energy Master Plan that provides an initial blueprint for the conversion of New Jersey’s energy profile to 100 percent clean energy by 2050, as directed by an executive order from Gov. Phil Murphy.
Disaster Response
In the wake of a recent severe weather system that knocked out power to around 3,000 customers, Minnesota public power utility Rochester Public Utilities called on assistance from other public power utilities in the state to help with restoration work.
Disaster Response
Crews from a large number of American Municipal Power, Inc. (AMP) member utilities recently provided mutual aid assistance to Celina, Ohio, after the city was hit by an EF3 tornado on Memorial Day.
Distributed Energy Resources
Environment
In her keynote at the Association’s 2019 National Conference, Association President and CEO Sue Kelly urged public power utility executives to focus on what she called the industry’s three greatest challenges: customers’ increasing use of technology, cyber and physical security, and greenhouse gas emissions.