From left, UAMPS CEO Doug Hunter, DPU Utilities Manager Tim Glasco, Deputy Utilities Manager–Electric Production Steve Cummins and UAMPS Board Chair Jackie Flowers. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos County and its Department of Public Utilities received a System Improvement Award at the recent 2016 Member Meeting of the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) in Salt Lake City.
DPU Manager Tim Glasco and Deputy Utilities Manager–Electric Production Steve Cummins accepted the award, which was presented by UAMPS Board Chair Jackie Flowers and UAMPS CEO Doug Hunter.
The System Improvement Award recognizes UAMPS member utilities for undertaking system upgrades, capital improvements and preventive maintenance measures to modernize facilities, improve system reliability, reduce losses, reduce outage times or improve power quality.
Los Alamos County greatly improved its electrical system reliability over a number of years, reducing outage times with a focused team approach. The system average interruption duration index dropped from 300 minutes in 2008-2009 to only 19 minutes in September 2016. The effort has required involvement by field personnel, engineering, finance and management.
Presentations and speeches at the Member Meeting focused on UAMPS 2016 accomplishments; the challenges facing public power, including new technologies enabling distributed energy generation; regulatory issues; and continued investigation of a small modular nuclear reactor energy project.
UAMPS officers include Jackie Flowers, general manager of Idaho Falls Power, as board chair; Jason Norlen, representing Heber Light & Power, as vice chair; Les Williams, representing Beaver City, as secretary; and Dwight Day, representing Oak City, as treasurer.
UAMPS is a joint action agency providing wholesale electricity andelectric energy services to 47 public power utility members in seven western states. Established in 1980, UAMPS helps its members with planning, financing, development, acquisition, construction, operation and maintenance of various projects for the generation, supply, transmission and management of electric energy.