On the Road Content

Power Sources
Proposing the sale of the PMAs is much like proposing the sale of a public power utility - it is usually an attempt to get a one-time cash pay-out for short-term gain, at the cost of losing a valuable asset that otherwise would continue to benefit customers for many years.
Community
I have been watching a lot of baseball this fall. The Washington Nationals’ amazing comeback to get into the World Series, after having been left for dead this spring, has been awe-inspiring to watch. Dancing in the dugout, turning an entire ballpark of uptight Washingtonians into “Baby Shark” fans,
Communications and Customer Care
Since our National Conference in Austin in June, I have spent more time on the road visiting members prior to my retirement at the end of this year. I have joked that I am like an aging rock star on her farewell tour — I need to get a t-shirt printed up with all my speaking engagements listed on the
Community
In May, I did back-to-back trips through O’Hare to visit members in the upper Midwest. The week of May 6, I went to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, for the Annual Conference of Missouri River Energy Services. The week of May 13, I went to the Annual Conference of the Municipal Electric Utilities of
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In late March, I went to Portland, Oregon. I have been there quite a few times before, but the City of Roses is always impressive. It has great natural beauty, with the downtown on the bank of the Willamette River, and a walking path that takes you from one bank to another across some picturesque
Community
Winter is never a great time for business travel. After going to cold and snowy Minnesota in December, I went to cool and rainy Washington state in January. My purpose was to speak to a joint meeting of the Executive Board and the Board of Directors of Energy Northwest (EN). EN is a joint action
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December is often a tough time for business travel. But the time I spend visiting Association members always amply repays the effort it can take to get there. The week of December 2, I visited both Arkansas and Minnesota. I originally planned to fly out of Washington Reagan on a direct flight to
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After visiting Conway, Arkansas in early December, I flew straight on from Little Rock through Chicago O’Hare to Rochester, Minnesota. Both flights were late for the same reason—the dreaded delays at O’Hare to “de-ice” the wings before takeoff. (While these winter flight delays are inconvenient, I
Community
Fall is very busy for our Association. Not only do we have a series of what I call our “subject matter” conferences—Business and Financial, Legal and Regulatory, and Customer Connections—but we have our Fall Institute and our fall Board meeting (the longest of the year, where we often deal in-depth
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The week of September 24, I went back out on the public power annual meeting trail. The first stop was Cleveland, Ohio, for the American Municipal Power, Inc. (AMP) and Ohio Municipal Electric Association (OMEA) Annual Meeting. The Victory Fridges had finally been emptied the week before, when the