AMP is the nonprofit wholesale power supplier and services provider for 132 municipal Members in the states of Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia; as well as the Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation, a joint action agency with 8 Delaware municipal members. Settled in 1801, Quakertown, PA, today boasts a population of about 9,200. Read More about Quakertown Pennsylvania & 27 other communities benefit from PowerSecure’s Distributed Generation »
Affiliates and Partners will gather in Denver in late August to discuss industry trends and explore opportunities to advance the cause of public power. The meeting begins on Tuesday afternoon with an HCI board meeting and concludes Thursday around noon. For more information, please fill out the form below, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recent Substation Attacks Raise Concerns About Physical Security
NYC Tragedy Inspires Innovation
On a slushy East Village street in New York City one January morning in 2004, 31 year-old Jodie Lane was walking her two dogs. Suddenly and without warning, Jodie and her dogs were hit by 57 volts of electricity. A metal sidewalk plate had become energized by a weathered and poorly maintained wiring system beneath the street. The shock knocked Jodie to the pavement and sent her dogs into a frenzy. Pedestrians and police officers attempting to assist Jodie were turned away, when they also were shocked. By the time properly equipped emergency and utility teams arrived, Jodie was dead. Read More about Osmose’s Power Survey Hunts Contact Voltage »
Recently, a utility contracted Osmose to deploy their Power Survey™ solution to perform a comprehensive mobile contact voltage survey of their underground distribution areas. The client sought a new solution for an old labor-intensive process of identifying faults. They were unaware of any ongoing faults in their underground distribution system and had no record of electric shock reports from the public over the past decade. Read More about Osmose Solution Quickly Identifies Hazardous Condition in Schoolyard »
In 2018, the city of Palmdale, California, purchased thousands of streetlights from Southern California Edison so the city could convert its system to long-lasting, energy efficient LED lighting. But just a year later, a resident reported a streetlight outage. When city crews responded they discovered a more dangerous situation than expected. Whatever caused the burnout also energized the streetlight, which could severely shock people and pets upon touch. Where else might this hidden hazard exist? The city now had a larger problem: how to expedite the inspection of 18,000 streetlights to protect its residents from possible harm. Read More about Power Survey in Palmdale, California »
Hometown Connections, Inc. (HCI), an organization devoted to promoting public power in the United States, has selected Stem, a global leader in AI-driven clean energy solutions and services, as a trusted partner to help make clean energy asset ownership simpler and more valuable for its public power members. The announcement was made today by Marc Gerken, interim CEO of HCI. Read More about Hometown Connections Selects Stem as Trusted Clean Energy Partner »
Strategic Planning Services
With a vast number of changes, challenges and choices facing public power utilities today, it has never been more important for utility leaders to do three things:
- Define a compelling purpose for their organization.
- Identify the most important strategies for success.
- Unleash the talent of their team to execute on those priorities.
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Doug Westlund of AESI discussed how AESI can assist municipal utilities with Cyber and Physical Security issues. Click the link below to view Doug’s presentation.
Mark McCain is Hometown Connections’ new Executive Consultant/Strategic Planning.
McCain last served as VP of Member Services and Public Relations for Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA). In his 35 years at FMPA, McCain provided communications counsel on challenging issues and events, while building strong relationships with utility industry leaders and elected officials. For his years of outstanding contributions to public power, McCain was awarded the American Public Power Association’s James D. Donovan Individual Achievement Award in June 2022 at the association’s annual conference. Read More about Mark McCain Will Lead Strategic Planning Effort »