EXCAVATORS and FACILITY OPERATORS: If you call 811 for locates but wish to request locates electronically, this training is for you. By using the NEW portal electronic ticket entry process, you will greatly reduce your time on the phone with the South Dakota One Call Center and learn how to immediately receive your locate ticket online.
FACILITY OPERATORS: Learn about the NEW process for mapping buried facilities online with Google.
Please plan to attend one of the following training sessions:
|Wednesday, March 19 – Aberdeen
||10 a.m. CDT. Ramada, 2727 Sixth Ave. SE
|Thursday, March 20 – Watertown
||3:30 p.m. CDT. Watertown Municipal Utilities Conference Room, 901 fourth Ave. SW
|Friday, March 21 – Brookings
||9 a.m. CDT. Fireside Restaurant & Lounge, 2515 Sixth St.
If you are unable to attend one of the training courses, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request a quick demonstration on how to enter tickets on the NEW portal. Facility operators can contact South Dakota One Call at memberservices@SD811.com or 1-888-771-1877 to learn more about the NEW mapping process.
Courtesy Larry Janes, Executive Director, South Dakota One Call/South Dakota 811
The White House has nominated Norman Bay, the director of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Enforcement, to chair the commission. Upon confirmation by the Senate, he would take over from Cheryl LaFleur, who has served as acting chairman since Nov. 25 and would remain on the commission until her term expires in June.
As head of the agency’s enforcement office since 2009, Bay has received kudos—and brickbats from some quarters—for combating manipulation in energy markets. Since the Energy Policy Act of 2005 increased FERC’s enforcement powers, the commission has imposed approximately $873 million in civil penalties and disgorgement of profits, Bay told a Senate Banking subcommittee on Jan. 15. That amount does not include fines in electric market manipulation matters that are pending in federal courts, such as the approximately $453 million civil penalties assessed by FERC in the Barclays Bank market manipulation case.
While Bay’s nomination is not likely to attract the sort of controversy that derailed President Obama’s previous selection of Ron Binz (see Public Power Daily, Oct. 2, 2013), the days of FERC nominees flying under the radar are over. A conservative group, the American Energy Alliance, said Bay’s nomination “is due the same level of scrutiny that was applied to Mr. Binz, and we are hopeful that his confirmation process will leave no stone unturned.”
Prior to joining FERC, Bay was a professor of law at the University of New Mexico from 2002 to 2009. From 2000 to 2001, he was the U.S. attorney for the District of New Mexico, after serving as an assistant U.S. attorney from 1989 to 2000 and an attorney-adviser at the Department of State from 1988 to 1989. He was a law clerk for Judge Otto R. Skopil Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 1986 to1987. Bay earned a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
By Robert Varela, American Public Power Association. Reprinted with permission.
Heartland is pleased to announce the hiring of Ryan Brown as director of economic development. Brown comes to Heartland with extensive experience working with state and federal financing programs.
“Heartland is a leading organization in the industry, and I am thankful for the opportunity to be part of the team,” said Brown. “I’m looking forward to serving Heartland’s customers and contributing in every way I can.”
Brown joins Heartland after spending the past nine years in the banking industry, working for Great Western Bank in Sioux Falls, S.D. since 2007. He most recently served as vice president of business banking, where he was responsible for building relationships and advising commercial clients while helping them to manage and grow their businesses.
“Ryan has a strong financial background as well as experience working with a diverse customer base,” said Heartland CEO Russell Olson. “We look forward to putting his knowledge to use and are excited to have him join our team.”
Brown is a South Dakota native, originally from Watertown. He graduated from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. Brown has been actively involved in the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Embrace Church and several other service organizations.
American Public Power Association (APPA) is offering a new series of webinars for individuals serving on public power governing boards, such as utility boards and city councils. The “Utility Governance Webinar Series” will feature nine webinars developed primarily for those who are new to public power governance responsibilities.
January 21: How Public Power is Governed
February 25: Duties, Responsibilities and Legal Obligations of Public Power Governing Boards
March 31: Federal Legislative and Regulatory Issues for Boards
April 30: Industry Issues and Challenges Facing Public Power Governing Bodies
May 13: Overview of Utility Financial Operations for Board and Council Members
June 30: Rate Making for Utility Boards and City Councils
July 29: Strategic Planning for Utility Boards and City Councils
August 12: Performance Monitoring and Accountability for Boards
September 30: Achieving Excellence in Public Power Governance
All webinars will take place at 1:00 pm CST and last approximately 90 minutes. APPA members may purchase individual webinars for $90 each or the entire series for $700. Non-APPA members must pay $179 or $1,400, respectively. Heartland customers have a complimentary APPA membership and qualify for the discounted rate.
Click HERE for more information.
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The Mid-West Electric Consumers Association announced that Bill Drummond will join Mid-West March 1, 2014, as Deputy Executive Director. He will succeed Thomas Graves, who retires as Executive Director later this year.
“Bill brings a world of experience to Mid-West,” said Graves. “He’s got the knowledge, dedication and commitment to consumer-owned electric utilities and the federal power program. We’re fortunate to have someone of Bill’s caliber taking over at Mid-West.”
Bill started out at the Public Power Council in 1985. PPC is the umbrella organization for consumer-owned electric utilities in the Northwest. Bill left PPC in 1994 to serve as Manager of the Western Montana Electric Generating and Transmission Cooperative. At the same time, Drummond founded Prairie Power Ltd., Canada’s first generation and transmission cooperative. Most recently, Drummond was the Administrator and CEO of the Bonneville Power Administration.
Drummond’s career has involved him in virtually every regional and national electricity issue affecting consumer-owned electric utilities. He was a member of the Northwest Governors’ Comprehensive Review of the Electricity Industry where he co-chaired the Transmission Committee. Bill served 17 years on the NRECA Power and Water Resources Standing Committee. His service on task forces on wind integration and resource adequacy and transmission demonstrates his deep involvement in current issues.
“I’m thrilled to be going back to work for consumer-owned electric utilities and federal power preference customers,” Drummond said. “It’s something I believe in and a place where I want to continue to serve for the benefit of our consumers.”
Drummond will start his service at Mid-West on March 1, 2014.
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