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Day of Giving community service opportunity at National Conference

The Public Power Day of Giving is a community service opportunity for attendees of APPA’s 2015 National Conference and guests. The 8th annual Public Power Day of Giving is on Friday, June 5, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Join APPA staff and your colleagues across the country to serve with one of three local service organizations for a day.

Feed My Starving Children: Hand pack meals that are shipped out to feed malnourished children in nearly 70 countries.

Minneapolis Parks: Plant, weed, and help with gardening projects in Minneapolis’ Lyndale Park Gardens on the shore of Lake Harriet.

Tubman: Paint, garden, and spruce up facilities at Tubman, an organization serving women, children, and families struggling with relationship violence, substance abuse, and mental health challenges.

Volunteers must sign up online before May 15. Registering for the National Conference does not automatically sign you up for the Day of Giving. You must sign up separately.

All APPA National Conference attendees and guests are all welcome to participate in the Day of Giving. Unskilled volunteers are welcome and tools and materials are provided.

The APPA National Conference helps utility leaders connect with partners and peers while learning about the complex issues facing public power utilities. The program features leading political, economic, business and public policy thinkers addressing the critical issues shaping our industry’s future.

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Commissioner Bay named to FERC chair

Commissioner Bay, on being named Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by President Barack Obama

“I thank President Obama for this opportunity to be the Chairman of FERC,” Chairman Bay said. “I am honored and humbled to work with my extraordinary colleagues on the Commission, as well as the many dedicated and talented staff at the Commission. This is a time of great change in the energy space, and it is more important than ever that the Commission use its authority with respect to infrastructure, markets, and reliability to further the public interest. I thank former Chairman Cheryl LaFleur for her leadership at FERC and look forward to working with my colleagues on the Commission and staff, as we build on the progress of the past to address the challenges of the future.”

Chairman Bay has served as a Commissioner since August 2014, and his term expires June 30, 2018. For his full biography, please go here.

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Six Heartland customers make upgrades, receive grants

March was a busy month for energy efficiency projects in Heartland customer communities.  Heartland awarded six energy efficiency grants to utilities for making street lighting upgrades and installing new meters.

Miller, SD began a street lighting project upgrading 40 lights from high pressure sodium to LED.  With annual energy savings expected at 14,510 kWh and a simple payback period of less than five years, Miller was awarded a grant of $4,200.

Heartland Communications Manager Ann Hyland, second from left, presents an energy efficiency grant to Miller Electric Superintendent Bill Lewellen, Mayor Ron Blachford and Finance Officer Sheila Coss.

Heartland Communications Manager Ann Hyland, second from left, presents an energy efficiency grant to Miller Electric Superintendent Bill Lewellen, Mayor Ron Blachford and Finance Officer Sheila Coss.


Bryant, SD received a grant for $5,000 as they recently started upgrading street lights throughout the city, replacing 45 mercury vapor lights and six high pressure sodium lights with LEDs.  The project is a viable one for the city with savings estimated at 29,842 kWh per year and a simple payback of three years.

Heartland Communications Manager Ann Hyland, center, presents an energy efficiency grant to Bryant Electric Superintendent Garry Ladwig and Mayor Albert Yalowizer.

Heartland Communications Manager Ann Hyland, center, presents an energy efficiency grant to Bryant Electric Superintendent Garry Ladwig and Mayor Albert Yalowizer.


Madelia, MN started the second phase of their street lighting upgrade this year, replacing 60 high pressure sodium fixtures with LEDs and receiving a grant of $5,000. Annual energy savings are expected at just over 36,000 kWh and the project is expected to pay for itself in energy savings in just over four years.

Heartland Communications Manager presents an energy efficiency grant to Madelia Municipal Light & Power General Manager Jim Maras.

Heartland Communications Manager presents an energy efficiency grant to Madelia Municipal Light & Power General Manager Jim Maras.


High pressure sodium street lights along the highway in Volga, SD are being upgraded to LED.  The city was awarded a grant for $2,800 for replacing 18 fixtures for expected annual savings of 11,245 kWh and a simple payback period of just under five years.

Heartland Communications Manager Ann Hyland presents an energy efficiency grant to Volga City Administrator Andrew Bremseth.

Heartland Communications Manager Ann Hyland presents an energy efficiency grant to Volga City Administrator Andrew Bremseth.


Sixty street lights are being replaced in Sioux Falls, SD for expected savings of just over 48,000 kWh annually.  High pressure sodium lights in different sections of the city will be upgraded to LED and the project will see a simple payback of less than five years.  The city was awarded a grant from Heartland for $5,000.

Heartland Communications Manager Ann Hyland presents an energy efficiency grant to Sioux Falls Light & Power Superintendent Jerry Jongeling and Sustainability Coordinator Jessica Lantgen.

Heartland Communications Manager Ann Hyland presents an energy efficiency grant to Sioux Falls Light & Power Superintendent Jerry Jongeling and Sustainability Coordinator Jessica Lantgen.


Truman, MN was awarded an energy efficiency grant of $5,000 for two separate projects.  The city is upgrading 30 high pressure sodium street lights with LEDs for expected annual savings of 22,000 kWh and the project will pay for itself in savings in less than two and a half years.  Truman is also upgrading a portion of the city’s electric meters with an AMR system.

Heartland Communications Manager Ann Hyland, second from left, presents an energy efficiency grant to Truman Commission Chair Brad Nickerson, Public Utilities Foreman Justin Anderson and Public Utilities Office Manager Judi Davis.

Heartland Communications Manager Ann Hyland, second from left, presents an energy efficiency grant to Truman Commission Chair Brad Nickerson, Public Utilities Foreman Justin Anderson and Public Utilities Office Manager Judi Davis.


Heartland awards energy efficiency grants to customers for projects that improve efficiencies within the city. For more information contact Heartland Communications Manager Ann Hyland at 605-256-6536 or visit www.youcanpowerforward.com.

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South Dakotans reminded to dig with care

Springtime in South Dakota means an increase in construction activity, outdoor home projects and a heightened awareness to call 811 before any digging project, according to the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission and the South Dakota One Call Board. For these reasons and more, Governor Dennis Daugaard is proclaiming April as Safe Digging Month in South Dakota.

Before starting a home renovation or landscaping project, take the important step to have a professional locator mark all underground utility lines. South Dakota law requires excavators and homeowners to contact South Dakota One Call at least two working days before beginning any digging project.

There are multiple ways to contact One Call. Simply dial 811 to talk to a representative in person, enter a request online at www.SDOneCall.com, or use the new South Dakota 811 mobile app available for iPhone and Android users.

811 is a free service that connects excavators and homeowners to South Dakota One Call Center personnel who quickly notify all affected utility companies of the upcoming excavation plans. The utility companies then dispatch their crews within 48 hours to mark the underground lines at the respective dig site.

Using the 811 program decreases the risk of hitting a buried utility line. Damaged lines can cause service interruptions, environmental harm, injury or even death.

“The depth of each buried line varies. The risk of striking a line or pipe exists even a few inches below the ground,” PUC Chairman Chris Nelson said. “It’s imperative that homeowners and professional excavators take time to have all underground utilities located and marked before breaking ground.”

Last year the South Dakota One Call Center received nearly 134,000 locate requests and sent out more than 802,000 locate tickets across the state – a comparable number of requests received in 2013, which shows that overall South Dakotans are conscientious when digging. 

“The process is simple: Call before you dig, be mindful of the marks and dig with care,” said Erin Hayes, South Dakota One Call Board chairman and director of corporate construction for Midcontinent Communications. “We want to make sure everyone is safe while working near buried service lines.”

To learn more about 811 and safe digging practices, visit www.onecall.sd.gov.

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SDML accepting nominations for Finance Officer of the Year

If your local finance officer has made significant contributions to your community and municipality, recognize him or her with the 2015-2016 Finance Officer of the Year award, presented by the South Dakota Governmental Finance Officers’ Association. South Dakota Municipal League (SDML) is currently accepting nominations in writing through May 15, 2015. Visit sdmunicipalleague.org for the nomination form or download the PDF below.

Nominations are kept confidential and multiple entries are accepted. Plan to list the nominee’s personal and professional accomplishments and contributions as well as the number of years of service to the municipality. The winner will be named during the 2015 Finance Officers’ School, scheduled for June 10-12, 2015 in Pierre, SD.

Please submit nominations to: South Dakota Municipal League, 208 Island Drive, Ft. Pierre, SD 57532 or Fax (605) 224-8655

Finance Officer of the Year Nomination Form 2015 (PDF)