Earning recognition as a Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) demonstrates many things about your utility. An RP3 designation signifies leadership in reliability, safety, work force development, and system improvement. It shows your commitment to keeping the lights on for your customers, and it’s no easy feat – the RP3 application process is rigorous and takes months to complete. An RP3 designation can also indicate good financial health.Read More
Public power utilities aren’t only concerned with protecting the electric grid from cyber attacks, they’re also busy countering a far more pernicious foe: the squirrel!
Squirrels are among the top causes of power outages across the U.S.
It has been just over ten years since the North American Electric Reliability Corporation was certified by federal energy regulators as the North American electric reliability organization and in an interview with the American Public Power Association, NERC President and CEO Gerry Cauley detailed several accomplishments that the reliability group has been able to achieve since that milestone event.Read More
At the first sign of trouble, our community decides to disconnect from the broader grid. Why worry — we live on our own little microgrid with a limitless supply of electricity, right? The problem is that when we disconnect from the main grid, the collective amount of generation in our microgrid is suddenly unable to supply 100 percent of load.Read More
On the evening of December 19, 2011, the San Francisco 49ers were preparing for the final home game of the season in their 40th year in Candlestick Park. As tailgating fans began cascading into the stadium to watch their home team, a PG&E transformer exploded and the stadium went dark. Crews scrambled to get everything back to normal quickly – this was, after all, the marquee Monday Night Football game for the week – and their efforts were successful as power was restored after only delaying kickoff by 20 minutes.Read More
According to APPA’s eReliability Tracker, one of the top causes of sustained outages for subscribers in 2013 and 2014 was the squirrel. Fortunately, the APPA Reliability Team has been tracking squirrels and their menacing habits to help utilities in the fight against squirrel-related outages.Read More
I remember working in Washington, DC in the fall of 1999 as the U.S. was bracing for the “big one.” The end of the world. Armageddon. A scare known as Y2K. The electric industry was put under a microscope to ensure that the electric grid would survive the stroke of midnight on the evening of December 31, 1999.Read More
From the over 3,000 utilities in this country, how many would make our utility Hall of Fame? How would we even discern who deserves those H.O.F. initials behind their names?Read More
It’s not rocket science to figure out what customers want from their electric utilities — reliable power supply, reasonable prices and good customer service. The more efficiently a utility operates, the more likely it is to keep the lights on and customers happy.Read More