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The Power of Women: Non-partisan Legislative Solutions

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As the Kansas legislative session grappled with a calamitous budget situation, tempers flared and solutions were elusive. A large contingent of women from both chambers and both parties came together and developed the framework for a workable tax plan. People want leaders who work hard to provide workable solutions for their community and are not bogged down by partisan wrangling.

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Consider Customer Benefits First in Changes to CAISO

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An issue that had been dormant since last year — expanding California’s energy markets to other parts of the Western United States — resurfaced at a hearing in the Assembly on June 7. Despite a major push by the Governor and significant public attention in the past year, “regionalization” of the grid had been placed on the back burner except for a few discussions in wonky energy policy circles. With the issue rising again, it’s important to revisit the facts and arguments on regionalization with the goal of finding consumer benefits.

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Why Utilities Should Invest in their Communities: EmPowering the Next Generation

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As a municipal, multi-service utility, GRU takes pride in the fact that we are owned by the people we serve. Our Community Relations department is committed to advancing the values of GRU and actively participating in the betterment of our community. Camp EmPower is a free, weeklong camp for Alachua County middle-schoolers that introduces them to the fields of conservation, energy supply, energy delivery, natural gas, water, wastewater and telecommunications through guided tours of GRU facilities.

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Powering Strong Communities by Giving Back

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The Association’s annual Day of Giving in Orlando, Florida on June 16 is now in its tenth year. This event showcases public power’s commitment to community service and gives our National Conference attendees the opportunity to volunteer with local service projects. We hope many of you can join us. If not, maybe there’s something you can do right in your local community. Share some pictures of your community service projects on social media on June 16.

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WannaCry Ransomeware: What Every Utility Needs to Know

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There are many articles and official sources of information about WannaCry, the ransomware that was unleashed on Friday, May 12th, 2017 and quickly spread to 150 countries around the world. This post is intended to provide the basics to guide utility senior management in understanding what happened, what to do if WannaCry is detected on their network, and what to do going forward to prevent this type of risk to their networks.

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Energizing local leaders to promote public power

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More of the utility’s revenues stay in the community to support critical city operations. Unfortunately, this fact has become lost on the public, as communities have not done a good job of communicating that message. The OMPA board of directors decided it was time initiate a multi-year Value of Public Power campaign to educate the public and legislature on the value of having their local electric utility.

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Build your own newsroom, build customer trust

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It’s getting harder to connect with customers through traditional news media and outreach. Engage with them directly by creating a digital newsroom, where you share your own articles, photos and videos through a journalistic lens and deliver relevant, honest, and credible content. Custom content is 92 percent more effective than traditional TV advertising at increasing awareness and 168 percent more powerful at driving preference.

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