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APGA Launches Natural Gas Mutual Aid Program

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, August 27, 2019

The American Public Gas Association (APGA) now offers a mutual aid program for municipal natural gas systems to provide and receive assistance from program participants around the country in the event of a disaster or emergency situation.

The APGA Mutual Aid Program supplements the Iowa Mutual Aid System, allowing other utilities from around the country to help in Iowa when needed and allowing for Iowa utilities to help out in other areas of the country.

Participation in the program is voluntary, but APGA and IAMU encourage as many members as possible to sign the Mutual Aid Agreement form to create a robust and effective nationwide mutual aid program. If your utility has already signed the Iowa Mutual Aid Agreement, your utility must ALSO sign the APGA agreement to be able to participate in the national program. If your municipal natural gas system would like to participate, the Mutual Aid Agreement form needs to be signed by the designated point of contact for the program. The forms should then be mailed or faxed to APGA or scanned and emailed directly to scook@apga.org.

In the event of an emergency, a utility can call for aid by sending a Request for Aid (RFA) form to APGA. APGA staff would identify potential matches based on what the system is requesting and then put the two (or more) systems in contact with each other. After the match has been made, the requesting and responding systems coordinate the logistics of the relief until completion.

The APGA Mutual Aid program was formally approved by the APGA Board of Directors in May 2019 and was developed with input from the APGA Operations & Safety Committee and APGA’s Mutual Aid Task Group, including IAMU. The program guidelines aim to allow as close to 100% participation from APGA members
as possible.

The final agreement addresses concerns brought forward by APGA membership, including indemnification, workers compensation, and Operator Qualification.

  • Indemnification - The APGA Mutual Aid Agreement states that the Requesting System indemnifies Responding Systems “to the full extent permitted by law, but without waiving and subject to all defenses including all constitutional, statutory and common law immunities and limits of liability, to release, indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Responding System...”

  • Workers Compensation - The APGA Mutual Aid Agreement maintains that “At all times, employees of a Responding System continue to be employees of the Responding System and are not ever deemed to be employees of a Requesting System.” The agreement states that the Requesting System will compensate the Responding System’s employees’ “wages and salaries for paid time spent in Requesting System’s service area and paid time during travel to and from such service area, plus Responding System’s standard payable additives to cover all employee benefits and allowances.”

  • Operator Qualification - The APGA Mutual Aid Agreement puts the onus on the Requesting System to ensure that those working on their system are Operator Qualified. It states that the “Requesting System must specify in their request for aid what tasks are covered tasks per 49 CFR 192 subpart N. The Requesting System receiving personnel pursuant is required to confirm that Responding Company personnel’s knowledge, skills and ability are consistent with Requesting Company’s needs.

If your municipal natural gas utility has any questions about the APGA Mutual Aid Program, contact APGA staff at (202) 464-2742 or by email at scook@apga.org or visit www.apga.org/mutual-aid.

Tags:  APGA  Gas  Mutual Aid 

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Electric Members: Make Plans to Attend the APPA Business & Financial Conference

Posted By Administration, Monday, August 26, 2019

The Business & Financial Conference is the annual meeting for public power professionals in the areas of business and finance, offering more than 60 sessions bringing you the latest in:

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Customer Accounting & Services
  • Human Resources & Training
  • Information Technology
  • Pricing & Market Analysis
  • Risk Management & Insurance 

Registration

Registration for the 2019 B&F Conference is currently open. Book your hotel reservations directly with the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. For more information go to https://www.publicpower.org/event/business-financial-conference

Who Should Attend

Conference attendees get the latest information from experts in their fields, learn about the national issues and industry-wide activities and trends that are affecting their communities and utilities, and share experiences and strategies for dealing with key issues and challenges at more than 50 breakout sessions and roundtables. Bringing together more than 450 public power professionals, the conference is ideal for both industry veterans and those new to the electric utility industry who are interested in professional development and networking.

Conference sessions are designed for utility employees at both the professional and management levels, in the fields of accounting and finance; customer accounting and services; human resources and training; information technology; and pricing and market analysis. Attendees typically include specialists, coordinators, analysts, managers, directors and vice presidents in their area of specialty. The conference is also recommended for utility employees with interests and responsibilities in conference topics and with cross-departmental responsibilities, as well as rising stars and future leaders those who would benefit from learning more about these strategic areas and making connections with the national public power community.

Tags:  APPA  Electric 

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2019 Fall eLation User Meeting

Posted By IAMU, Monday, August 26, 2019

MARK YOUR CALENDAR AND PLAN TO ATTEND THE

2019 eLation Fall User Meeting
October 8 – 9, 2019
Highland Conference Center

All General and Optional Sessions are Free of Charge

Calling all eLation users! Innovative Systems invites you to attend the 2019 Fall eLation Billing & Financials User Meeting in Mitchell, SD. Join us for two days packed with information regarding updates and enhancements to the software and optional training opportunities. Don’t miss this opportunity to expand your knowledge of the eLation software and to see what the future holds for eLation.

eLation User Meetings are a great opportunity for you to meet face-to-face with our Billing and Financials Support Teams as well as to network with other Telco staff from across the country to see how they are utilizing our products.

Follow this link to register:  http://www.innovsys.com/innovsys/news-events/elation-user-meeting/

Thank you!

Tags:  eLation  Innovative Systems 

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Status of Filing Part B of Annual Reports

Posted By IAMU, Monday, August 19, 2019

The Iowa Utilities Board issued an order on Aug. 14 outlining the timeline for comments on the proposed report forms. Initial comments must be filed by Aug. 30 with reply comments by Sept. 13. Although IAMU has not heard anything definitive, we don’t expect to hear anything until after Sept. 13. IAMU is monitoring this issue and will provide an update as we know more.

If you have any questions, you may contact IAMU General Counsel Tim Whipple at twhipple@iamu.org or Krista Wenzel at eefiling@iamu.org or by phone at 712-579-6000.

Here is a link to the order if you would like to review it: https://efs.iowa.gov/cs/groups/external/documents/docket/mdax/ody0/~edisp/1864224.pdf

Tags:  IUB  Part B 

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Register Now: You Won't Want to Miss Equipment Demo & Exhibit Day

Posted By IAMU, Monday, August 19, 2019

IAMU is planning to hold its Equipment Demo & Exhibit Day on Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 1 – 6 p.m. on our Training Field. Demo Day is a time for IAMU members to connect with vendors who can demonstrate or showcase their equipment, tools, processes, and materials in a real-life setting.

The event is FREE for utility members and associate members. If you’re not a member, contact us to find out how you might be able to participate. For more information or to register for the event, click here.

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