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CMMPA/CMPAS Announces CEO Steve Thompson Retirement

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Every year brings change, and for CMMPA/CMPAS, we welcome Chris Kopel as Interim-Chief Executive Officer. Although new in this role, Chris is very familiar with CMPAS’s short-term and long-term goals serving as the Agency’s Chief Operating Officer since 2013. Chris continues to lead a number of key strategic initiatives in power supply, transmission, distribution mapping, and financial and human resource planning for the Agency and its members.

As much as we are glad to welcome Chris to this new role, we will miss Steve Thompson, who decided to retire from the Agency in January 2018. CMMPA/CMPAS expresses its deep appreciation for the valuable leadership and significant contributions that Steve has provided to CMMPA/CMPAS over the years.

Steve’s many accomplishments include leading the Agency and its members in the planning and procurement of their first wholesale power portfolios to replace their legacy full requirements contracts with Xcel Energy; diversifying their power supply portfolios with long-term nuclear and wind purchases; spearheading our entry into transmission ownership with precedent-setting FERC approval; launching an array of innovative member services, such as R4 Solar; and enhancing CMMPA/CMPAS’s reputation as a low cost, reliable and member-oriented joint action agency. We thank Steve Thompson for his 18 years of service.

Thanks to the efforts of Steve, Chris, and the entire CMPAS team, we are well positioned to continue providing reliable, competitively-priced, and environmentally-sound electricity for our cities.

We look forward to our continued working relationship with our public power partners and others in the electric utility industry!

Read the full announcement here.

Tags:  CMMPA  CMPAS  Retirement  Steve Thompson 

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Join Us for a "Solar Conversation" on March 15th

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, January 30, 2018

IAMU will be hosting a solar conversation on March 15th, 2018 at IAMU.  There is a lot of misinformation about solar and you may have questions.  This will not be a formal presentation, it is more of a conversational discussion to help you determine if solar might be a good fit for your utility. 

There is NO CHARGE for this meeting.  Our presenters and sponsor for the event will be Eric Bleckinger and Steve Steenhoek from Ziegler Power Systems.

Click here to register (IAMU Utility members only).

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018

Where: IAMU boardroom

Check-in Time: 9:30 - 10:00 – Coffee and donuts, sponsored by Ziegler Power Systems

Meeting Time: 10:00 – Noon. Agenda below.  Lunch at noon, sponsored by Ziegler Power Systems

Cost: Free

Limited to first 20 registrants.

Who should attend? Anyone considering solar - community, or otherwise - could benefit from this discussion.

Why should I attend? Gain a better understanding of the driving factors of Renewable Energy development and finance – and how they might affect your specific municipal group.  We will go beyond CAT specific product, and highlight how we can assist as a true development partner and systems integrator.

What will we talk about?

  • Application strategies
  •  Financial decision points for Municipal Utilities considering solar.
  •  Solar site selection and development
  •  Site and layout optimization for LCOE

Tags:  Solar 

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Don't Forget to Register for the IAMU Legislative Forum & Annual Business Meeting

Posted By IAMU, Monday, January 29, 2018

There is still time to register for the IAMU Legislative Forum & Annual Business Meeting next week.

  • Get up-to-date on issues and regulations impacting municipal utilities.
  • Let lawmakers know what you think about potential legislation that could affect your utility.
  • Help to shape IAMU for the next year.

The Legislative Forum is Wednesday, Feb. 7 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Iowa Hall of Pride in Downtown Des Moines. The forum is immediately followed by a Legislative Reception, and many legislators from around the state plan to attend. If you want to know if your legislators have RSVPed for the event, contact Jen Cronin at

Then, on Thursday morning, Feb. 8, don’t miss out on the “Harassment & Discrimination – What Managers Need to Know” training at the IAMU office at 8:30 a.m., followed immediately by the Annual Business Meeting, which goes from 10:45 – 11:30 a.m.

To learn more about the event or to register, click here.

Tags:  Annual Business Meeting  Legislative Forum 

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Free Active Shooter Preparedness Workshop

Posted By IAMU, Monday, January 29, 2018

Did you know that active shooter situations are often over within 3 minutes – before First Responders can arrive on scene? Do you know what to do in an active shooter situation? While no one wants to ever be involved in an active shooter situation, it’s critical to know what to do in one. knowing what you should and shouldn’t do if you find yourself in one can mean the difference between life and death for you and others.

The Department of Homeland Security is offering a FREE Active Shooter Preparedness Workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 13, from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill.  The deadline to register is 12 p.m., Feb. 11. Each organization is limited to two registrations. For more information and to register for the event, click here.

Tags:  Department of Homeland Security 

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Bloomfield Going Big With Solar

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The City of Bloomfield's journey to energy independence has taken a big step forward, after years of research, evaluation, and planning by many of the top energy professionals around the Midwest, and beyond. Bloomfield, with a population of less than 3,000 people, has installed a massive 1.86-megawatt solar field to generate their own power.

The solar field completed construction at the end of December, and will produce 10% of Bloomfield’s annual energy. This project is the largest tracking solar array in Iowa to date. A tracking solar array, compared to a traditional fixed array, rotates on an axis to follow the sun as it moves during the day. This gathers significantly more solar power.

Bloomfield’s solar project, is part of what city officials have hailed as, “a community effort to become energy independent by 2030.”

The project was a long time coming, after the Bloomfield City Council decided to pursue energy independence in the Fall of 2014, following a study conducted by the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities. The study revealed that small towns could “save big” with efficiency renewables.

To learn more about Bloomfield’s story, be sure to check out the next issue of IAMU Connection magazine, due out in March.  

Tags:  Bloomfield  Solar 

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