Power Lines Blog

General manager compensation: are you paying with the pack?


Public power utilities generally pay less than investor owned electric utilities. Public power utilities need to pay at least the average of what the rest of the public power pays. Electric utility general managers have nationally transferable skill sets and could easily be lured away by others offering more competitive compensation. Looking at more than 100 public power utilities, the American Public Power Association built a model that can be used to benchmark the lower bound of GM pay — see how your utility lines up.

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How solar can reduce congestion and save costs


Distributed utility-scale solar allows utilities to locate electricity generation close to where the loads are heaviest. If you put a PV system near your heaviest users — factories, high-population areas, or heavily loaded substations — you can reduce transmission costs, boost voltage, and improve power quality. Take advantage of the solar revolution to benefit your customers and community.

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Energy conservation ambassadors in high school


E-Tracker, an innovative high school energy education program funded by the American Public Power Association’s DEED program, educates future customers about how the weather influences their families’ electricity bills. Discover how the program is improving customer satisfaction and building goodwill in 13 North Carolina communities. E-Tracker is a favorite among teachers, students, and utility staff — see how your utility can replicate the success.

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