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IAMU currently has an opening for a safety specialist.
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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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 515.289.1999.
Mark your calendars for the IAMU Plastic Pipe Fusion & Operator Qualification Workshops. Two sessions will be available again this year. Both workshops will take place at the IAMU Training & Office Complex.
Workshop 1 – May 8-9, 2018
Tuesday, May 8: 8:00-4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 9: 8:00-11:00 a.m.
Registration link - http://members.iamu.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1090805&group=
Workshop 2 – May 9-10, 2018
Wednesday, May 9: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 10: 8:00-4:00 p.m.
Registration link - http://members.iamu.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1090812&group=
This workshop is designed for gas distribution system fusion technicians and distribution operators who work for municipal utilities or contractors. Participants will familiarize themselves in the properties of:
Training Topics & Operator Qualification Tasks:
Hands-on qualifications will be available for polyethylene fusion procedures, mechanical fitting joint methods, and squeeze-off procedures.
Additional information including brochure, schedule, and registration may be accessed at the links above.
We look forward to seeing you this year.
Mark your calendars for the IAMU Water Distribution & Leak Detection/Line Locating Workshops. The workshops will take place May 23 - 24 at the IAMU Training and Office Complex.
Water Distribution Training topics will include:
Water Leak Detection / Line Locating topics will include:
0.6 CEUs each day for Water Distribution.
Early Registration (on or before May 18)
Registration is open. For more information about the workshops, brochure, and online registration, click HERE.
Mark your calendars for the Arc Flash & 2018 NFPA 70E Updates class. This one-day course will take place on Wednesday, May 30 at the IAMU Training & Office Complex.
This course will be taught by Dave Sullivan of Sullivan Training & Consulting, LLC. Dave has taught electrical training courses for over 25 years covering topics such as National Electrical Code updates, grounding and bonding, power factor correction, arc flash, and the NFPA 70E. He is a member of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors and conducts trainings throughout the Midwest.
This course will cover Arc Flash and explain the rules and changes in the new 2018 NFPA 70E Codebook. Course highlights will include:
Who Should Attend:
Managers, safety professionals, water/wastewater supervisors, electric utility engineers & supervisors, designers, technicians, and all field personnel who are responsible for or who make decisions concerning electrical safety and operations. The course is conducted at a practical level and is appropriate for degreed professionals, including engineers and engineering technicians, as well as skilled craft personnel, field supervisors and non-degreed high school graduates with a general knowledge of the electric system.
Need Flexible Credit Hours / PDH? A certificate good for four (4) contact hours will be awarded.
Where and When:
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
10:00 A.M. to 2:30 P.M.
IAMU Training Office
1735 NE 70th Avenue
Ankeny, IA 50021
Minimum 20 participants; Maximum 60 participants.
For additional information and registration, please click HERE.
Wall Lake experienced a gas leak and disconnection on April 5. The community had 295 customers without gas service. Nine communities, as well as the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities, sent help through the Mutual Aid Program to re-light furnaces and the like. Some 14 certified gas operators along with firemen spent six to eight hours performing no-flow tests and re-lighting appliances.
Wall Lake would like to thank all those who responded to the Mutual Aid call for doing an awesome job:
A friendly reminder that the 2018 IAMU Overhead Electric Transmission and Distribution Workshop is quickly approaching. This year’s workshop will take place May 16-18, 2018 at the IAMU Training and Office Complex.
Once again, we will be having an official T-shirt for this workshop. This keepsake for workshop attendees is a great marketing tool! Display your company name proudly as an official workshop sponsor during and after this year’s Overhead Electric Transmission and Distribution Workshop.
Your sponsorship also provides for the workshop reception. Taking place after training on Thursday, May 17, this event allows participants to network in a social setting. Sponsors are welcome to attend the reception to network with workshop attendees. Sponsors may also have a display booth during the reception.
This year’s reception location will be at the Holiday Inn Des Moines - Northwest, located at 4800 Merle Hay Road, Urbandale, IA 50322. Please mention the IAMU workshop when booking your room for the IAMU workshop rate. A block of rooms has been reserved for a short period of time.
T-Shirt & Reception Sponsorship is $130 for IAMU Associate Members and $155 for Non-Members. This includes one complimentary T-shirt. (Additional shirts are available at $15 each.)
The registration deadline for the T-Shirt sponsorship is Tuesday, May 1, 2018. After this date, you may still register to be a reception sponsor.
For additional information including online registration, please click HERE. If you have questions regarding the workshop, please contact IAMU Electric Services Coordinator, Dan Llewellyn (email@example.com).