Power Lines Blog

Six pieces of advice for women in energy and environment

sues-wcee-award-thumbnail

At the Annual Gala held by the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment, I reconnected with old friends, and had the opportunity to meet many women who I did not know. I shared six pieces of advice I have learned during my 37 years in DC, to help them avoid making the same mistakes I did! My deep thanks to WCEE for the honor of being named its 2017 Woman of the Year.

Read More

Lineworkers and lawyers, two honorable professions

34-Lineworkers-and-Lawyers-Thumbnail

CFEBA took the opportunity to honor the contributions of lineworkers around the country. We at APPA were happy to host public power lineworkers at the Gala. I was kvelling to see our lineworkers up on stage getting their awards. It was very fitting for the energy lawyers of the CFEBA to acknowledge the crucial role that lineworkers play in keeping the lights on and the Chardonnay chilled.

Read More

In the capital of the public power state

Trip-Lincoln-NE_outlined

I was back in Nebraska — the only state in the Union that is all public power and cooperative electric utilities. I spoke about the impact of the Clean Power Plan. "...policymakers and regulators back inside the D.C. Beltway just assume that these changes can magically happen, and often do not consider the very practical operational issues that can arise." I also got to hear about the joint training program with the local community college to train generation plant operators.

Read More

Avoid being the horse that shows in a 3-horse race

34-Three-Horse-Race-B-1-20-15

One of public power’s long-standing challenges is to make our governing bodies understand that the salaries paid to “enterprise” employees need to be competitive with those offered by other employers in the field. For these specialized skill sets and responsibilities, standard city government pay scales often just will not cut it. The old adage “you get what you pay for” will increasingly apply in our industry as our boomers retire and must be replaced.

Read More