Energy Northwest Becomes Marketing Affiliate of Hometown Connections

LAKEWOOD, Colo. (November 11, 2014) — To help its members gain access to innovative utility management products and services, Energy Northwest will serve as a marketing affiliate of Hometown Connections, the utility services subsidiary of the American Public Power Association. Energy Northwest, the joint operating agency serving nearly every public power utility district in the state of Washington and several municipalities, will help promote to its membership the metering, SCADA, outage management, distributed generation and other vendors allied with Hometown Connections, the organizations announced today.

“In addition to providing our region with safe, reliable and cost-effective power, Energy Northwest works to support the operational and service needs of its members – the Washington state public power utilities which serve nearly 1.5 million ratepayers,” said Jim Gaston, General Manager, Energy Services and Development. “By helping our members learn about the innovative products and services offered through Hometown Connections, we are helping them access premier solutions for meeting the region’s future energy needs.”

Tim Blodgett, Hometown Connections President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are honored to welcome Energy Northwest to our network of public power officials. By sharing our advertising, articles and other information, Energy Northwest will help its members identify leading products at discount pricing and access Hometown’s deep knowledge of utility management best practices gathered through our work with more than 850 public power systems across the U.S.”

About Hometown Connections International, LLC, Lakewood, Colorado
Hometown Connections is the utility services subsidiary of the American Public Power Association, offering public power utilities guidance and access to quality products/services from a trusted entity with public power’s best interests in mind. Hometown Connections personnel provide consulting support in the areas of organization assessment, strategic planning, governance development, and staffing. In addition, Hometown Connections is a resource to APPA members large and small, providing discounted pricing on technology, services, and other solutions from industry-leading companies. The products and services offered through Hometown Connections include the full range of advanced grid solutions, as well as financial and organizational management tools and consulting. Along with Energy Northwest, the Hometown Connections sales and marketing network consists of the Alabama Municipal Electric Authority, AMP, Electric Cities of Georgia, ElectriCities of North Carolina, Florida Municipal Electric Association, Illinois Municipal Utilities Association, Indiana Municipal Electric Association, Indiana Municipal Power Agency, Kansas Power Pool, Kentucky Municipal Utilities Association, Michigan Municipal Electric Association, Missouri Public Utility Alliance, Missouri River Energy Services, Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma, Nebraska Municipal Power Pool, Piedmont Municipal Power Agency, Tennessee Municipal Electric Power Association, Texas Public Power Association, Walter McGrath (Northeast) and Thomas Nanney (Tennessee). Please visit www.hometownconnections.com

About Energy Northwest, Richland, Washington
Energy Northwest develops, owns and operates a diverse mix of electricity generating resources, including hydro, solar and wind projects – and the Northwest’s only nuclear energy facility. These projects provide enough reliable, affordable and environmentally responsible energy to power more than a million homes each year, and that carbon-free electricity is provided at the cost of generation. As a Washington state, not-for-profit joint operating agency, Energy Northwest comprises 27 public power member utilities from across the state serving more than 1.5 million ratepayers. The agency continually explores new generation projects to meet its members’ needs. Please visit www.energy-northwest.com

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Tim Blodgett
Hometown Connections
303-526-4515
tblodgett@hometownconnections.com 

Robin Rego
Energy Northwest
509-372-5173
rarego@energy-northwest.com

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