Minutes of Regular Meeting NRPPD Board of Directors, October 27, 2016

The regular meeting of Directors of Northwest Rural Public Power District (NRPPD) was held in the Conference Room of the District October 27, 2016 at 1:00 PM.

The meeting was called to order by the president, Lee Ahrens.  Directors who answered the roll call were Bruce Troester, Lee Ahrens, Mike Van Buskirk, Wayne Cobb, Terry Terrell, and Robert Rickenbach. Gary Fuchser was absent.

Also present were Chance Briscoe, manager; Arlene Lahaye, office manager; Ron Olson, operations manager; Russ Reichenberg, line superintendent; Les Tlustos, consumer services; and Abe young, employee.

The Open Meeting Law posting was acknowledged. 

All votes are unanimous upon a roll call vote unless noted.

A motion was made by Robert Rickenbach, duly seconded by Wayne Cobb to accept the order of business as published and supplemented at this meeting; motion carried.

A motion was made by Bruce Troester, duly seconded by Wayne Cobb to excuse Gary Fuchser from the meeting; motion carried.

A motion was made by Robert Rickenbach, duly seconded by Terry Terrell, that the minutes of the meeting held September 29th be approved as published and provided to all directors on October 20th; motion carried.

The Board reviewed the Check Register and Payroll Summary for the month of September.

Chance gave an update on the 2MW solar project being considered by NRPPD. The developer, Innovative Solar LLC, has been talking to some customers in the area and we are awaiting them to secure land before taking the next step or working toward a final contract. No additional action was taken. 

Arlene reviewed the September financial reports, and Chance reviewed the load charts for September.  A discuss was held on the year to date costs of purchased power and the revenue from the kWh sales. A motion was made by Bruce Troester, duly seconded by Mike Van Buskirk to accept the September financial reports; motion carried.

Russ reviewed the Safety Statistics for September. The Safety Report was discussed including the injury that occurred in September. The training for the month was also discussed. A motion was made by Wayne Cobb, duly seconded by Mike VanBuskirk to accept the September Safety Report; motion carried.

A discuss was held on security and safety issues for NRPPD’s office. 

Russ reviewed September Outage Report. In September NRPPD experienced less outages than previous months.

Ron also updated the Board that the Gordon Sub upgrade is currently on schedule and the plan is to have the work completed by the end of the year.

Ron informed the Board that some job titles have changed. Brad is the Planning-Staking Engineer, John is a Groundsman, and Kelli will be the Operations Clerk. Interviews are currently being held to fill the linemen positions. 

Chance reported that at the Legal Seminar several topics were covered including an insight to the Supreme Court, employment law updates procurement standards under FEMA, and REC’s. The FERC/DMEA issue was address by both a Tri-State Attorney and Dave Jarecke, NREA Attorney.

Topics discussed during the Region 7 conference were millennials in the workforce, cyber security, renewable energy, implementation of new technologies, and political races in certain states for Congress and Governor.  

Discussions at the Tri-State Meeting were the two solar farm projects are due to be online prior to year-end, the effect of the Basin rate increase for August was approximately $2.2M, an overview of surplus land Tri-State owns that may be considered for sale, and there has been no movement by FERC regarding the DMEA case.

Chance also informed the Board that Tri-State is starting up an IT Advisory Council, and Tony will represent NRPPD. The main focus for cyber –crime is that utilities are critical infrastructure in relation to terrorist activities along with being a “standard” business with information being pursued by criminals for identity theft or monetary gain. 

United Power and Poudre Valley are currently pursuing a utility scale battery storage project.

The November meeting will be held November 21st at 1:00 PM.

There being no further business to come before the Board, the president declared the meeting adjourned at 3:10 PM.

Approved: President

Signed: Secretary

Published: November 16, 2016