Xcel Energy Garners AESP Award for Personalized Video Messaging Program by Apogee Interactive

Enhancing Customer Experience and Improving Brand Perception   On January 22, 2019, during the Association of Energy Service Professionals’ (AESP) 29th National Conference in San Antonio, Texas, Xcel Energy was recognized for outstanding achievement in customer engagement. Xcel Energy’s outbound … Continued

Apply for RP3 Status — It’s Easier than You Think

Hometown Connections Guides Applicants through Valuable Process   January 22, 2019 By Paul H. Allen, P.E. From May 1 through September 30, 2019, public power utilities may apply online for designation by the American Public Power Association’s Reliable Public Power Provider … Continued

Milsoft Releases New Upgrade for WindMil and LightTable Stand-Alone Users

Milsoft has released its latest Version 8.7.23 for both Stand-Alone Installers and E&O Enterprise Upgrades. WindMil customers with an active support contract will be able to download the upgrade directly from milsoft.com.  When you sign in, you will have access to the … Continued

BMU Strategic Plan Available Online

By MAX REINHART mreinhart@bryantimes.com Jan 4, 2019 The Bryan Board of Public Affairs approved a strategic plan for Bryan Municipal Utilities during its year-end session on Dec. 31 and the plan is now available to the public on the BMU … Continued

Firewalls Fall Short!

N-Sentinel finds threats that firewalls and antivirus software miss   January 2019 It is now 2019 and hackers today are creating sophisticated attacks that routinely slip through firewalls and then lie in wait on your networks, virtually invisible to antivirus … Continued

Ten Types of Cyber Attack Electric Utilities Suffered in 2018

N-Dimension Blog 24 Dec 2018 The following synopsis are paraphrased and anonymized for the protection of the utilities and their customers. These are real attacks that have happened since 2016 that were either reported or known to companies like us. … Continued

Al Weber Brings Public Power Smart Grid Sales Expertise to Staff of Hometown Connections

January 2, 2019 A highly recognized smart grid sales executive with demonstrated leadership success in the utilities market, Al Weber has joined the staff of Hometown Connections as Vice President, Business Development. He has a long and acclaimed track record … Continued

Oklahoma Electric Cooperative Puts Members in Control of their Energy Use

December 11, 2018 | Blog Building Stronger Relationships, Communicating Rates, Awareness of Programs and Services Problem: Since the onset of mandatory TOU rates in 2013, Oklahoma Electric Cooperative realized it was crucial to help members better understand their bills. Autumn … Continued

Schedule Your RP3 Check Up

December 2018 The 2019 application window will open soon for designation by the American Public Power Association’s Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) program. The RP3 program recognizes utilities for high proficiency in reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvement. Turn to Hometown Connections … Continued

Navigate the Challenges Ahead with Strategic Planning Support from Hometown Connections

Technology costs, workforce shortages, new regulations, power supply changes, budget pressures, cyber threats… The path forward is easier when you bring in Hometown Connection for Strategic Planning Support. We understand your struggle to balance the demands of daily operations with the … Continued

The Connections Summit by ElectriCities of North Carolina

Municipal Leaders are Seeking Technology Solutions February 20 – 22, 2019 The Connections Summit Marriott City Center – Raleigh, NC Your Audience is Waiting! Sponsorship and exhibitor spots are still available for the Connections Summit – sign up today to … Continued

Hometown Connections Winter Meeting 2019

Mark Your Calendar and Reserve Your Hotel Room Hometown Connections Winter Meeting 2019 for Staff & Affiliates January 23 (all day) & 24 (morning) Table Mountain Inn Golden, CO The Hometown Connections Winter Meeting 2019 is set for Wednesday, January … Continued

Vendor Expo – American Public Power Association Engineering & Operations Technical Conference

American Public Power Association’s Engineering & Operations Technical Conference Vendor Expo April 1-2, 2019 ● The Broadmore ● Colorado Springs, CO Network with Public Power Decision-Makers 450+ Engineering & operations professionals 180+ Utilities 35+ States Reserve Booth Space via Hometown … Continued