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Monday, May 22, 2017

Legislative Announcements

FERC Confirmation Hearing Scheduled; Environmental Groups Call for Delay; House Ways and Means Committee Holds First Hearing on Tax Reform; Senate Panel Votes on Regulatory Reform Bills; EPA Asks Court to Indefinitely Extend Pause in Clean Power Plan Litigation; Senate Infrastructure Subcommittee Discusses Federal Funding for Infrastructure; Resources Committee Reviews WAPA Oversight, Water Rights Bill; and House Leaders Create Bipartisan Task Force on Intergovernmental Relations.

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Public Power Industry Announcements

Salem Electric Announces Director Elections; BPA Selects Joel D. Cook as New Senior Vice President of Power Services; Okanogan County PUD Commissioner Huston Elected to Nuclear Energy Facility’s Board; SMUD and GRID Alternatives Partner to Provide Solar Panels, EE Upgrades to Low-Income Customers; Chelan PUD Finances Are Better than Budget for the First Three Months of the Year; Columbia Generating Station Begins Biennial Refueling and Maintenance Outage; BPA Will Not Build I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project; and Alameda PUB Updates Solar Program’s Credit Rate for Customers.

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Associate Member Announcements

SEL Celebrates the Opening of Regional Integration Center in Saudi Arabia; ABB’s CMS-700 Energy Monitor and Control Unit Provides Easy Access for Data Management; and OSI Celebrates 25th Anniversary.

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Email Phishing Alert!

Hackers have stolen the customer email database of DocuSign, the company that allows companies to electronically sign documents. These criminals are now sending phishing emails that look exactly like the real DocuSign ones, but they try to trick you into opening an attached Word file and click to enable editing.

But if you do that, malware may be installed on your workstation. So if you get emails that look like they come from DocuSign and have an attachment, be very careful. If there is any doubt, pick up the phone and verify before you electronically sign any DocuSign email. Remember: Think Before You Click.

Help us reach the goal of 100% Directory updates – NWPPA’s 2017-2018 Northwest Electric Utility Directory Update Surveys are due

All NWPPA member main contacts should have received an email from NWPPA with a link to Survey Monkey to update their Directory listing electronically. No paper forms will be sent out this year so make sure to update your listing via the Survey Monkey link. If you have questions or need the Survey Monkey link again, please contact Beth Iversen at NWPPA by phone (360) 254-0109 or by email at

Upcoming Educational Opportunities

Plan now for your 2017 & 2018 training. Check out NWPPA’s 2017-2018 class offerings in the 2017 eCatalog. Click on the button below.

Event eCatalog

Don’t miss these upcoming training events:

Industry Calendar of Events

Mark your calendars for these upcoming public power industry meetings.

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Utilities: NWPPA offers its utility members the opportunity (at no cost) to post RFPs and RFQs on our website at no charge. Reach out to NWPPA’s almost 4,000 associate member contacts that supply goods and services to the utility industry and might be interested in responding to your utility RFP/RFQ. To post your RFP/RFQ, visit our RFP/RFQ page. For more information, contact Debbie at or Mark at

Associate Members: Make sure to check out NWPPA’s RFP/RFQ Web page to view utility RFP listings. Listings are posted as they are received by NWPPA.

New multiple RFPs posted May 16, 2017!

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Recent Industry Job Openings

View the job opportunities posted to NWPPA’s website in the past week.

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On This Day in History

Great Emigration Departs for Oregon; The Pact of Steel Is Signed; the Axis Is Formed; “Winning” Released, Stars Paul Newman as a Race Car Driver; and Jimmy Carter Reaffirms His Commitment to Human Rights.

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