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USA Best Practices Procedure Developed

December 21st, 2012
Author: John Windschill, USA Performance Improvement Team Lead
The USA Performance Improvement Core Peer Team has developed a procedure for the fleet’s benchmarking practices. For the past several months, the team has been incorporating best practices from each member site to create and refine the procedure. Its objective is to leverage the benchmarking action of a single station or members of a core...
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Xcel Energy’s Supplier Fairs a Success

September 24th, 2012
With over a dozen vendors and a steady flow of employees visiting the booths throughout the day, the Supplier Fairs recently held at Xcel Energy’s Monticello and Prairie Island plants provided a unique opportunity for employees to network with industry suppliers and to learn about new and existing products and services available through the USA...
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OPPD to Tap Capabilities and Expertise of Exelon, Nation’s Largest Nuclear Power Producer

August 20th, 2012
On Thursday night, August 16, OPPD’s Board of Directors authorized management to enter into an operating services agreement with Exelon Generation, LLC to manage Fort Calhoun Station’s nuclear operations for up to the duration of its operating license. Exelon Nuclear Partners, a division of Exelon Generation, has been assisting with the recovery of the plant...
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USA Names Director of Fukushima Response

August 2nd, 2012
Carl Parry, President and CEO, Utilities Service Alliance, Inc. (USA), has announced that Xcel Energy and USA have agreed to assign Scott Northard to the staff position of USA Director of Fukushima Response. Scott will remain an Xcel Energy employee but will report to the USA Director of Operational Performance, John Christensen. In his new...
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Cooper Nuclear Station Accomplishes One Year of Working Injury Free

July 2nd, 2012
On Friday, June 22, Cooper Nuclear Station surpassed 365 consecutive days without an OSHA recordable injury.   “This kind of achievement, like consecutive days on-line, is the result of doing the right things day to day,” said Vice President of Human Resources and Corporate Support Roy Steiner. “It is a terrific accomplishment.” “Since joining the CNS...
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Wolf Creek Wins the USA Optimizer Award for the Third Time

June 21st, 2012
Author: Lynne Hilton, Utilities Service Alliance
With a whopping $5,393,784 in savings and avoided costs, the most ever achieved by a USA member in a single year, Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Company (WCNOC) won the coveted Optimizer Award for the third time since the award’s inception. “Any investment that returns $41.09 for every $1 invested in one year is pretty much...
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Suppliers of the Year: AP Services Wins for the Third Time, PKMJ for the Second

June 21st, 2012
Author: Lynne Hilton, Utilities Service Alliance
The 2011 USA Suppliers of the Year were named at the USA’s 18th Annual Executive Summit, held in Colorado Springs, CO. AP Services was named the Material Supplier of the Year for the third year in a row, and PKMJ Technical Services was named Services Supplier of the Year for the second year in a...
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PSEG CNO and President Tom Joyce Re-elected as USA Board Chairman

June 20th, 2012
The Utilities Service Alliance (USA) Board of Directors gathered in Colorado Springs, CO., recently to conduct its annual meeting and reelected Thomas P. Joyce, President and Chief Nuclear Officer of PSEG Nuclear for a second term as USA Board Chairman, said USA’s President and Chief Executive Officer Carl Parry. Joyce has served as chairman of...
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USA Team to Assess SOER 10-2 Implementation at Monticello

June 19th, 2012
Author: Deanna Sheely, Xcel Energy
Utilities Service Alliance (USA) members have joined efforts to respond to the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations’ (INPO) Significant Operating Experience Event Report (SOER) 10-2. A USA team is visiting the Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant this week for an assessment of its implementation. The team consists of:Russ Lovell from South Texas Project (Team Lead)Brian Evans...
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Political, Civic Leaders Celebrate Columbia’s License Renewal

June 1st, 2012
Author: Kevin McCullen, Energy Northwest
Political and civic leaders affirmed Energy Northwest’s status as a safe, reliable and clean provider of affordable power to the region during a celebration May 24 of Columbia Generating Station’s license renewal. Employees, elected officials, members of Energy Northwest’s Executive Board and dignitaries – including retired CEO Vic Parrish - gathered in the parking lot...
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USA Supports Ops Evaluation at Prairie Island

May 9th, 2012
Author: Lisa Kuehl, Xcel Energy
The positive benefits of being a member of the Utilities Service Alliance (USA) continued to be realized at the Prairie Island plant. An example of this is a recent visit by Brian Evans, Operations Training Manager from the Cook Nuclear Plant. Evans visited Prairie Island to help leaders in the Control Room identify areas in...
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NRC Next Stop for Columbia License Renewal Application

April 24th, 2012
Author: Kevin McCullen, Energy Northwest
Columbia Generating Station’s license renewal application now rests with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission after clearing its last major hurdle.The Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards, or ACRS, voted April 13 to recommend to the NRC that Columbia’s operating license be extended an additional 20 years through 2043. Columbia’s application now goes to the director of the...
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USA Conducts Outage Management Training for Columbia

March 6th, 2012
Author: Kevin McCullen, Energy Northwest
The Utilities Service Alliance (USA) provided a week of outage training to Energy Northwest employees, the first site-specific outage management training conducted by USA’s outage team.Dick Ehr, Energy Northwest outage manager, said the outage managers from Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station, Callaway, and a retired Institute of Nuclear Power Operations outage management evaluator worked with about...
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Members, Suppliers Snag Awards at the 2012 USA SCM Winter Meeting

February 16th, 2012
Author: Lynne Hilton, Utilities Service Alliance
Each year for the past three years, several outstanding member utilities and supplier partners are honored at the USA Supply Chain Management (SCM) Winter Meeting. This year was no exception. The USA SCM staff was pleased to present awards to the following individuals and companies. SCM Optimizer Award: Each year at the annual Executive Summit...
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USA Maintenance Core Peer Group Meets to Further Business Plan Initiatives

February 13th, 2012
Author: Deanna Sheely, Xcel Energy
The Utilities Service Alliance (USA) Maintenance Core Peer Team’s role is to improve performance, promote cost reduction, and influence the industry in the maintenance function within the USA fleet through the identification of areas for improvement and initiation of appropriate resolution fleet-wide or at individual fleet member facilities. On Jan. 24, seven members of the...
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