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Open Position at IAMU - Safety Specialist

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, May 8, 2018

IAMU currently has an opening for a safety specialist.

For more information, and to apply for this new opportunity, please click here.

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State & Federal Labor Law Posters

Posted By IAMU, Monday, May 7, 2018

IAMU would like to provide an update on the availability of Federal and State Labor Law posters for employee bulletin boards and break rooms.  Free All-in-One posters used to be available through Workforce Development, but this service became unavailable.  In the past many third-party vendors offered their own versions, though many were quite expensive.  IAMU recently ordered a 2018 State and Federal All-in-One poster for $17.99 plus shipping through State and Federal Poster, Inc.  It’s large (27 x 40), laminated, very good quality and ships in a protected tube.  There are a number of versions to choose from and you can contact the vendor here to order your own copy.

Tags:  Labor Law  Posters 

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Iowans to See Benefits After Governor Signs Energy Bill into Law

Posted By IAMU, Monday, May 7, 2018

Governor Reynolds’ helps Iowa maintain national leadership in energy with new legislation

 

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed Senate File 2311, which modifies various provisions relating to utilities, into law on May 4.

 

“We would like to applaud Governor Reynolds and the Iowa legislature for supporting legislation to move Iowa energy policy in the right direction,” said Troy DeJoode, Executive Director of the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities (IAMU). “Governor Reynolds’ action will ensure Iowans receive the benefits of greater opportunities for economic growth throughout Iowa.”

Senate File 2311 includes regulatory efficiency updates, and joint financing for municipal utilities that will allow utilities to partner and finance to build out energy infrastructure to expand natural gas services.

“As the state’s Energy Plan has recognized, many rural areas of our state do not have adequate access to natural gas service.” said Tim Whipple, General Counsel for IAMU. “Senate File 2311 provides municipal utilities even more tools now to better serve our customers across Iowa. ”

Provisions in this bill will allow energy providers to operate even more efficiently while helping customers save money and providing opportunities for economic development.

Tags:  Governor  Legislative  SF 2311 

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ALERT: Phishing Scam

Posted By IAMU, Thursday, May 3, 2018

IAMU has been made aware of emails, NOT originating from IAMU but pretending to be from IAMU. These emails contain malicious attachments and are being sent to members and to the general public.

The best course of action: Simply delete any email that is of questionable origin. IAMU is investigating the source, but often there is little that can be done about someone pretending to be IAMU from outside our organization.

Tags:  Alert  Cyber Security  Phishing  Scam 

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IAMU Welcomes New Regional Energy Services Specialist

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, May 2, 2018

IAMU would like to introduce Jeremy Caron, who recently joined the staff as the new Regional Energy Services Specialist. To get to know Jeremy, take a few minutes to read over the Q&A below.

Question: What attracted you to IAMU?

Answer: As the Regional Energy Services Specialist at the IAMU, I have the rare opportunity to manage energy efficiency and renewable energy efforts at the nexus between the building and utility scales. This is something I am passionate about, and an area of the industry that I believe deserves more focus. It’s also clear that our members are passionate about public power and the relationships they share with their customers, many of whom just so happen be their neighbors. I look forward to helping our members identify creative ways to generate savings, increase reliability, and improve their communities all at the same time.

Question: What is your background, and how does it fit with what you’ll be doing in this role?

Answer: With over 20 years of experience in the architecture, engineering and construction industries, I provide comprehensive program and project management services. Most recently, as a Sr. Energy and Sustainability Project Manager with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, I managed the study, design and construction of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects at universities, state office buildings, corrections centers, power plants and other facilities. My work also focused on improving building performance and operations through retro-commissioning, building performance evaluation, O&M planning and deferred maintenance work. As the agency lead on sustainable design and resilience, I managed the LEED Certification process for all state buildings designed and constructed by the agency and recently completed the statewide resilience master plan, evaluating the vulnerability of state facilities to natural hazards and developing solutions to address deficiencies.

Prior to my work in Massachusetts I worked for the State of Maine, managing public policy issues and legislative affairs for the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services, with much of my work focusing on state facility operations, building design and construction issues, fleet services, and environmentally preferable procurement. I have also worked in various project management and trade positions for public utilities, design, and construction companies at both the commercial and residential scales.

Question: What is the scope of your duties/responsibilities?

Answer: My primary focuses at the IAMU will be to develop, implement, and administer energy services programs and tools, identify new opportunities for our members, and act as a technical and planning resource to the Association’s 137 electric and 51 natural gas utilities. This work will include training and workshops on various topics, developing toolkits and resources for members, assisting with customer relations. I will be a resource on energy efficiency, distributed renewable generation and interconnection, rate design and analysis, and will be working with members to use data to help drive decisions related to investments in utility and customer systems and facilities.  Most importantly though, I’m interested in hearing what you would like to see. If you have some ideas or a project you are interested in at your utility please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly.

Question: What do you look forward to the most about your new position?

Answer: Having spent much of my time in recent positions focused primarily on improving the efficiency and performance of individual buildings and portfolios I look forward to the opportunity to engage with projects at the utility and grid scale. More importantly though, I look forward to being a resource for our rural and underserved members. It’s important that all of IAMU’s members are able to take advantage of efficiency opportunities and clean energy solutions while providing reliable energy to their customers. Identifying savings opportunities that can be reinvested in our communities will certainly be a motivating factor in the work I will be doing for all of our members.

Jeremy can be reached at jcaron@iamu.org or by phone at 515.289.1999.

Tags:  Energy Services  IAMU Staff  Jeremy Caron 

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