Ideas wanted: Submit your proposal for RMUE presentations

Deadline: March 16

The Advisory Committee is now accepting session proposals You are leaving for the 12th Rocky Mountain Utility Exchange. Presentations that address this year’s theme, “United We Understand,” as it relates to utility end-users will receive preference. The theme leverages concepts from the recent Shelton Group EcoPulse Report.You are leaving

This is your opportunity to share your experiences collaborating with other utilities and other departments within your own utility to achieve greater impacts in residential, commercial and industrial end-use applications through a customer-oriented approach.
The event will explore case study best practices and lessons learned about customer-facing programs related to energy (gas and water) efficiency, strategy, issues and integration with renewable energy, demand response and more.

Special consideration will be given to presentations that highlight:

  • Consumer engagement and unifying messages
  • Gas, electric and/or water utility programs cooperating across departments or service territories to improve the customer experience
  • New energy-efficiency and demand management technology, storage and electric vehicles
  • Energy-efficiency and renewables programs collaborating with local and regional efforts on carbon action or greenhouse gas goals
  • Strategic on-site energy and distribution system management

The conference provides general and breakout session interaction as well as networking opportunities. Proposed presentation formats may include:

  • General or breakout sessions up to 20 minutes long with Q&A
  • Snapshot panel talks of up to five minutes
  • Poster discussions during the Wednesday evening reception
  • Friday morning workshops or round table discussions two to four hours in length

The Rocky Mountain Utility Exchange is an intimate forum for networking and professional development that takes place at Aspen Meadows Resort in Aspen, Colorado. Around 150 utility and government organization staff and trade allies attend, giving everyone the chance to learn about utility customer programs and services, and products to support them. This year’s event is scheduled for Sept. 19-21.

For professionals who have not previously attended the RMUE, a limited number of scholarships are available. See the FAQ sheet for details and to download an application.

Silicon Valley Power responds to electric utility worker shortage with local scholarship awards

Deadline: Nov. 3, 2015

The utility industry is plagued by an aging workforce and by the challenge of finding employees qualified to replace those headed for retirement. In an effort to build its local pool of skilled electrical workers, Silicon Valley Power You are leaving Western's site. (SVP) in Santa Clara, California, is investing in the engineers and technicians of tomorrow.

Kara Johnson, 2009 Silicon Valley Power Scholarship recipient and Santa Clara High School graduate, works on a prototype circuit for a sensor used in her alternative biofuel research. Johnson is a Ph.D. candidate at U.C. San Diego after earning degrees in genetics and biological systems at U.C. Davis. (Photo by Silicon Valley Power)
Kara Johnson, 2009 Silicon Valley Power Scholarship recipient and Santa Clara High School graduate, works on a prototype circuit for a sensor used in her alternative biofuel research. Johnson is a Ph.D. candidate at U.C. San Diego after earning degrees in genetics and biological systems at U.C. Davis. (Photo by Silicon Valley Power)

College and technical school students living in Santa Clara and pursuing careers related to the electric utility industry may be eligible to receive scholarships or tuition grants from the city and SVP. The city is offering $5,000 scholarships to new and continuing college students and $2,000 to trade school trainees who will be enrolled by October 2016 for the 2016-17 school year. Students must apply by Nov. 3, 2015.

Career opportunities and salaries are on the rise for engineers, technicians and power line workers in the industry. SVP, Santa Clara’s municipal electric utility, wants to encourage students to explore those options. “Like SVP, utilities all over the country are looking for qualified workers to be part of the exciting new world of the smart grid,” said John Roukema, Director of SVP. “Satisfying and lucrative career opportunities abound for students completing courses that prepare them for work in the many fields of the electric utility industry.”

The program has awarded 30 college scholarships and six technical school grants totaling $162,000 since it started in 2006.

Applicants studying energy services, electric utilities, or fields associated with the power industry in general may download the application, or call 408-261-5036 for more information. Santa Clara residents have until Nov. 3, 2015 to submit applications for the SVP Scholarship Awards program.

Western salutes our customer Silicon Valley Power for taking a proactive approach to workforce development.

Source: Silicon Valley Power, 10/9/15

RMEL Foundation now accepting applications

Deadline: January 30, 2015

The challenge of building the next generation electric industry workforce is one that haunts many a utility, especially those in small towns and rural communities. The RMEL (Rocky Mountain Electric League) Foundation You are leaving addresses this issue by offering scholarship opportunities through its members.

The Foundation is currently accepting applications from students seeking baccalaureate degrees as well as students entering craft or certificate programs. Scholarships are available to high school seniors or college undergraduates enrolled in and pursuing an undergraduate or associate degree or entering an appropriate certificate program with the goal of a career in the electric energy industry.

Students from all parts of the RMEL service territory may apply. The RMEL Foundation selection committee evaluates applications based on goals and aspirations in the electric energy industry, motivation to succeed, service to community and school and academic ability.

Scholarships provided in the name of a donor are also available through the RMEL Foundation. The number of scholarships and amounts awarded depend on donations. Immediate family and employees of the donor are not eligible for these scholarships. Email James Sakamoto or call 303-865-5544 to donate a corporate named scholarship.

To apply, students must create an account with RMEL Foundation and complete the online form. All scholarship applications must be submitted online by 5 p.m. MST, January 30, 2015. No mailed submissions will be accepted.

The Foundation relies on RMEL member companies to promote these scholarships, and encourages members to share this opportunity throughout their companies and communities.  Help grow the electric energy workforce of tomorrow by sharing the 2015 scholarship application with your industry and education contacts.

DEED program seeks applications for grants and scholarships

The American Public Power Association Redirecting to a non-government site is inviting members of its Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Developments (DEED) program to apply for as much as $125,000 in funding for innovative utility projects. The application deadline for DEED grants and scholarships is Feb. 15, 2014.

Utilities can use DEED grant money for projects that increase efficiency and reduce costs; or to investigate new technologies, offer new services, or improve processes and practices to better serve customers.

DEED members also may apply for a $4,000 scholarship to have a student work at their utility. Utilities may apply without designating a specific student.

For more information, contact the DEED program or see the DEED funding opportunities page.

SEPA offers scholarships for utilities to attend annual conference

Utility professionals who need to brush up on the solar industry, but just don’t have the travel budget, may be eligible for a scholarship to Solar Power International Redirecting to a non-government site (SPI), Sept. 10 to13 in Orlando, Fla.    

The Solar Electric Power Association Redirecting to a non-government site (SEPA) is offering a limited number of scholarships Redirecting to a non-government site for utility employees to attend this business-to-business solar conference and trade show. This event brings together the solar industry to build and advance important business relationships, stay current on industry developments and find new solutions.

Conference registration will include attendance at all conference sessions and idea swaps, as well as Tuesday’s block party at Hard Rock Live and Café. In addition, join utility peers as they discuss solar successes and challenges at SEPA’s exclusive utility events, which include a breakfast with the regional directors and a utility-only networking reception.

Scholarship recipients will receive a complimentary full conference registration, valued up to $1,095, plus a stipend of up to $1,000 for coach airfare and hotel accommodations. SEPA intends the scholarships to encourage attendance of utility executives who would not otherwise be able to attend SPI due to budgetary and/or travel restrictions. No other obligations apply.

Completed applications must be submitted by June 15, 2012. Contact Jessica Sliva with questions about the scholarship program. To learn more about the conference, watch SEPA President and CEO Julia Hamm address Redirecting to a non-government site the SPI 2011 conference body on SEPA’s YouTube channel.

Scholarships available to utilities for 2012 SEPA events

The Solar Electric Power Association is offering a limited number of scholarships for electric utility staff to attend one of their conferences in 2012. The scholarships are intended to encourage attendance by utility staff that would not otherwise be able to attend due to budgetary and/or travel restrictions. Municipal, cooperative and investor-owned utility staff are eligible to apply for a scholarship to:

  • PV America 2012 West, March 19-21 in San Jose, CA – Deadline is Jan. 20; applicants will be notified no later than January 30, 2012.
  • Utility Solar Conference, April 17-18 in Tucson, AZ – Deadline is Feb. 17;  applicants will be notified no later than February 27, 2012.
  • Solar Power International, Sept. 10-13 in Orlando, FL – Deadline is June 15, 2012; applicants will be notified no later than June 25, 2012.

Recipients will receive complimentary full conference registration, and a travel stipend for coach airfare and hotel stay (receipts reimbursed). For PV America and USC, the travel stipend is up to $750. For SPI the stipend is up to $1,000 because of the conference’s duration. SEPA will consider geographic location, utility-type and SEPA membership status to ensure diversity of recipients. Only one scholarship is available per utility, per event, and is available only to utilities. Applicants must be at a management level or above.

Apply today! Questions about the scholarship program can be directed to Jessica Sliva.

Scholarships available to SEPA Utility Solar Conference

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) is offering a limited number of scholarships to attend the 2011 Utility Solar Conference, July 26-27, at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego. 

Scholarship recipients will receive a complimentary full conference registration, valued up to $1199, plus a stipend of up to $750 for coach airfare and hotel accommodations. 

Created by utilities for utilities, the conference’s educational content will target employees across departments with a role in solar program and project development and implementation, from executives to distribution engineers to program marketers. Attendees will enjoy a variety of networking opportunities, including:

  • 2010 Top 10 Utility Awards Luncheon
  • Utility Solar Interest Groups (USIGs) face-to-face meetings
  • Evening receptions
  • Networking breakfast with your regional colleagues and SEPA regional director

Don’t miss this forum where utilities can explore solar issues free from outside influences.  The deadline to submit applications is March 7, 2011, and scholarship recipients will be notified by March 14, 2011.

Wealth of resources available to tribes

DOE’s Tribal Energy Program offers many publications and programs to help Indian tribes develop clean energy and energy efficiency resources:

  • Renewable Energy Development in Indian Country: A Handbook for Tribes is an accessible reference for those who are new to energy project development or seek a refresher on key development issues as they navigate the project development process. Developed by Douglas MacCourt of Ater Wynne LLP for the Tribal Energy Program, the handbook supports tribal leaders, tribal economic and energy enterprises with overviews of the renewable energy project development process, discussion on how to protect tribal interests and exploration of financing options.
  • The recently updated Renewable Energy Development on Tribal Lands brochure provides an overview of the program, including mission and purpose, 129 funded tribal energy projects, renewable energy resource information, education and training, technical assistance, and information resources. Download a copy on the Tribal Energy Program website.
  • Technical assistance and services offered by the Division of Energy and Mineral Development (DEMD) in the Bureau of Indian Affairs. DEMD provides technical assistance and scientific information to help tribes and allottees maximize their resource potential from oil and gas, renewable energy, or mineral resources.
  • Technical assistance to tribal EECBG recipients—DOE’s Technical Assistance Program (TAP) will be undertaking some new initiatives to provide technical assistance to Tribal Energy Efficiency Community Block Grant recipients.  Learn more about TAP for tribal EECBG recipients.
  • More technical assistance opportunities are available to assist Federally-recognized Indian tribes, bands, nations or other organized groups and communities with renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. It may include renewable energy technology information, renewable resource information, energy efficiency techniques, project support, system performance modeling, policy information, design review, special studies, strategic energy planning and training. Download the technical assistance request form, fill it out, and forward it to the Tribal Energy Program.
  • Student internships are available to current college upper-classmen and graduate students for summer 2011 internships. Students must be U.S. citizens and Native Americans with specific interest in renewable energy. Applications are due Feb. 18, 2011. Download the application, or learn more the internship program, and see comments of past interns and their papers.