Solar Content

Security and Resilience (Cyber and Physical)
Electric Vehicles
There were two major pieces of news in July involving the American Public Power Association and the Department of Energy. The DOE said it will provide APPA with funding for member utility physical and cyber security efforts. Separately, the association and the DOE signed a memorandum of
Workforce
Public power decision makers are constantly evaluating the costs and benefits of capital investments and equipment. However, hiring the right drivers is often based on emotion or politics. Utilities that take a logical, measured approach to hiring and pay experience better performance. It isn't just
Workforce
As public power utilities, you answer to your community. Chances are that your chief executive and other compensation may fall prey to criticism at town meetings — especially if others working for your city or community earn considerably less.
Workforce
An internship program is a good recruiting and retention tool for your utility. Interns are an inexpensive resource. You can evaluate them for fulltime jobs and give them an opportunity to find their career path. It's an excellent way to give back to the community.
Distributed Energy Resources
Moorhead Public Service, based in Minnesota, recently received the Energy Innovator Award from APPA for giving residents what they want: clean solar power. The award-winning, 40-kilowatt (kW) Capture the Sun Community Solar Garden went online in 2015, after public outreach indicated strong support
Environment
Through voluntary action, industry and communities can help to restore pollinator habitats and avoid having the monarch butterfly placed on the endangered species list. It is not that expensive or difficult to be part of the solution if we can engage communities to take action — and who better to