The U.S. Senate passed a resolution honoring all linemen for their work in keeping the power on by designating April 18 as National Lineman Appreciation Day. READ MORE
The turbine is at the heart of power generation. Maintaining peak performance of turbines at PowerSouth’s Vann Plant is essential for the delivery of reliable, competitively priced power to our distribution members. READ MORE
PowerSouth’s Relay For Life team and their supporters contributed $7,481 toward finding a cure for cancer. READ MORE
Transmission Engineer and Construction Supervisor John Twitty was supposed to meet his family at the finish line after completing the Boston Marathon April 15. Instead, he heard an explosion behind him. READ MORE
Rose Hill native Stephanie Williams knew PowerSouth was a well-respected company and major part of the community, so when an Administrative Clerk position in Communications opened up, she knew she had to apply. READ MORE
A team from the Southeastern Electric Reliability Council (SERC) evaluated PowerSouth April 15-17 for compliance with North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Standards.
Upon completion of the audit, SERC notified PowerSouth that there were no areas of concern identified during the audit process. In addition, there were no recommendations identified.
The U.S. Senate passed a resolution honoring all linemen for their work in keeping the power on by designating April 18 as National Lineman Appreciation Day. Portions of the resolution read as follows:
Recognizing linemen, the profession of linemen, the contributions of these brave men and women who protect public safety, and expressing support for the designation of April 18, 2013, as National Lineman Appreciation Day.
The turbine is at the heart of power generation. Maintaining peak performance of turbines at PowerSouth’s Vann Plant is essential for the delivery of reliable, competitively priced power to our distribution members.
Thirty-two PowerSouth employees and family members participated in the American Cancer Society’s Covington County Relay for Life celebration at the Kiwanis Center Fairgrounds in Andalusia April 26.
PowerSouth was one of 15 teams participating in the 2013 event.
Transmission Engineer and Construction Supervisor John Twitty was supposed to meet his family at the finish line after completing the Boston Marathon April 15.
Source: Michele Gerlach, Andalusia Star News, Tuesday, April 16
By: Gary Smith, President and CEO
Last summer I went home for my 40th high school reunion. I continue to be amazed at how the 12 years we spent in school seems longer than the 40 years since.
In the meantime, if you have a chance to visit downtown Corinth, Miss., stop in at JB’s Outdoors or the Pizza Grocery next door. Jimbo has a great line of outdoor equipment, clothing and great pizza. Tell them I sent you. Thank you for reading. I hope you have a great month.
PowerSouth employees traveled to Washington, D.C., April 28-May 2 to support PowerSouth’s efforts at the 2013 Legislative Conference. They joined 2,500 other representatives to help boost rural cooperatives’ legislative positions on several fronts.
ACRE is one of the most recognized and well-respected political action committees in Washington, D.C. It serves as the grassroots political action committee of the NRECA and represents the interests of the nation’s nearly 1,000 not-for-profit electric cooperative systems and their 37 million consumers by supporting federal and state candidates who will speak for and protect their interests.
Threats from cyber hackers are an increasing concern for electric utilities, including electric co-ops. While computer and telecommunications technologies allow us to serve members more reliably and efficiently, they also open up potential gateways for “cyber-tage” of critical electric systems.
“The NERC developed, monitored, and enforced Critical Infrastructure Protection standards as approved by FERC are applicable to several G&T co-ops, including PowerSouth,” said Craig Kilpatrick, Information Systems Manager. “The application of these regulations have aided in reducing the vulnerability of cyber devices associated with the electric grid; through education, continual process review, monitoring, and implementation of various security appliances and methodologies.”
The following is a column from Lance Brown, Executive Director of the Partnership for Affordable Clean Energy (PACE).
Lawmakers in states across the nation are thinking twice about policies that drive up the cost of power. In fact, according to an article March 28 in the Wall Street Journal, 14 states with renewable energy mandates are currently considering laws that repeal or significantly roll back provisions that require utilities to build or purchase more renewable power. An additional eight states considered such measures last year.
In North Carolina, for example, where renewable power sources and energy efficiency must meet a 12.5 percent standard by 2021, lawmakers are considering whether such a mandate makes sense anymore. Some critics have argued that North Carolina’s mandate could cost the state’s consumers hundreds of millions of dollars and close to 4,000 jobs. At least one of the state’s lawmakers agrees, offering the Affordable and Reliable Energy Act.
I believe we’re reaching a point where the bill for aggressive environmental measures is starting to come due, in the form of higher power rates and restricted economic growth. Someone has to pay the cost of renewable mandates, and those people vote.
PowerSouth just completed work with Asplundh on aerial rights-of-way clearing of roughly 66 miles of transmission line in the areas of Escambia River EC (Jay, Fla.) and Clarke-Washington EMC (Jackson, Ala.)
The before (top middle photo) and after (top bottom photo) photos show work completed behind the Chumuckla Substation on the Chumuckla to Oak Grove 46 kV line.
This summer, 60 Alabama high school students will learn more about cooperatives at the 31st Annual Alabama Cooperative Youth Conference.
Representatives from FM Global assisted PowerSouth employees with a semi-annual performance test of the emergency fire pump at the McWilliams Plant on May 1. The test ensures the pump is capable of meeting water supply needs in the event of a fire at the plant.
More than 1,500 electric co-op leaders gathered in Washington, D.C., April 29-May 1 for NRECA’s 2013 Legislative Conference to learn the latest developments on key issues, including the Rural Utilities Service loan program, coal ash and water heater efficiency.
Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., the senior Republican on the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, noted that federal policy should employ domestic resources, such as coal, and apply “common sense” and “good judgment” when it comes to regulating fuel sources. “More American energy equals more American jobs,” he said.
Employees at PowerSouth’s McIntosh Power Plant understand the value of working safely.
“Safety is not just a word, it is top priority for PowerSouth’s management staff,” said Gary Smith, PowerSouth President and CEO. “Equipment can be replaced, but a life cannot. Never having a lost time accident at the McIntosh Plant is good but not good enough. My goal is that you get home the same way you got to work. The safety program is not mine, it’s not our management’s — it’s your program and you make it what it is.”
Rose Hill native Stephanie Williams knew PowerSouth was a well-respected company and major part of the community, so when an Administrative Clerk position in Communications opened up, she knew she had to apply. As a result, she was hired Jan. 18, and she has loved it ever since.
Simply observing your coworkers when they work safely isn’t enough. You also need to talk with coworkers about safety as they do their jobs. Talk with employees about safe work or addressing unsafe work conditions – with an emphasis on encouraging safe work whenever possible.
Remember, safe work practices are more likely to continue when they are recognized. So, next time your coworker drives a fleet automobile safely or wears all the proper safety gear, say, “Thanks for practicing safety today. I appreciate it.” The compliment will go a long way toward continuing safe work practices at PowerSouth.
The weather is getting warmer, the sun is shining and the days are longer. While eating healthfully and exercising can often feel like a chore during the long winter months, summer is a perfect time to enjoy outdoor activities, eat fresh, seasonal foods and relax. Get together with friends and family and take advantage of all this season has to offer!
Congratulations to Savannah Cotton, granddaughter of Cheryl Cotton (Communications) for her submission to PowerSouth’s 2013 Art Contest.
Savannah is the daughter of Chase and LeAnne Cotton of Andalusia.
Gantt rainfall: 4.13 inches for the month
PowerSouth’s Human Resources Department regularly posts useful information to our portal website. Whether you are looking for job postings, information provided by American Behavioral on PowerSouth’s employee assistance program, HR forms, organizational charts or other tools, portal provides convenient access. Check it out today at Portal > Corporate Information > Human Resources.
Seventeen PowerSouth employees weighed out during the Scaleback Alabama program in April, losing a total of 76 pounds. Combined with the weight loss results of last autumn’s Biggest Loser challenge, PowerSouth employees have lost a combined 1,141 pounds!
Congratulations to Martin Richburg on his retirement effective April 30. He served most recently as Safety Coordinator in the Safety Department.
Congratulations to Matt Diamond (Environmental) and his wife, Stacy, on the birth of a son, Shepherd Matthew (left), on April 23. Shepherd weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces and measured 20.5 inches. He was welcomed home by big sister Daisy, 2.
Congratulations to Lisa Wiggins (Bulk Power) on the birth of her grandson, Cayden Thomas Wiggins (right), born May 1. He weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce and measured 21.5 inches long. Proud parents are Carli Douglas and Matthew Wiggins.
Congratulations to Candice Cravey (right), daughter of Lisa Cravey (Corporate Real Estate) and niece of Heather Cravey (Procurement). Candice was recently named Salutatorian of her graduating class at Andalusia High School.