Job Opportunity at KMEA

Director, Regulatory & Rates

At Kansas Municipal Energy Agency we have one Vision.  KMEA is passionately committed to the success of our members fulfilling their primary mission of providing reliable and cost effective energy to their communities.  We pledge our relentless focus and dedication to providing new and innovative solutions to help our members achieve this mission.

This Vision is shared by each and every one of our employees.  If you too share this Vision, our Agency would like to talk to you in our search for a Director, Regulatory & Rates.  This position is responsible for managing the regulatory affairs and rate support for the Agency and our member cities.

Please email cover letter and resume to mahlberg@kmea.com.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities

  • Manage regulatory needs of the Agency before the Kansas Corporation Commission, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and other regulatory bodies
  • Coordinate with regulatory staff on regulatory issues
  • Provide written and oral testimony before the regulatory bodies
  • Coordinate with legal counsel and political/rate advisors regarding regulatory strategy
  • Provide strategic guidance with KCC, FERC and SPP filings and activities
  • Assist with Agency needs before the Southwest Power Pool
  • Perform impact analysis of new regulations from a quantitative perspective. Identify benefits and risks associated therewith on the Agency
  • Assist in forecasting rates and revenue requirements for member cities
  • Provide rates modeling support for member cities
  • Perform or coordinate cost of service and rate design studies for member cities
  • Provide guidance on rate strategies, cost allocations, and industry trends, and impact on KMEA and its member cities
  • Coordinate responses to member city inquiries regarding regulatory activities and rate questions
  • Maintain relationships with industry peers to stay abreast of new regulatory and rate issues

Supervisory Responsibilities

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

Qualifications

Candidate will possess a bachelor’s degree in business, economics, engineering or technical area or have five or more years the in the field or in a related area.  A suitable combination of education and relevant experience will be considered.

Additional qualifications

  • Candidate must be extremely comfortable interacting with third parties such as lawyers, regulatory staff and corporation commissioners, and peers in industry, as well as the ability to competently present and testify regarding the Company’s positions in regulatory dockets and processes.
  • The candidate must be proficient in the use of Microsoft Office applications, including Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Outlook, and have the ability to learn and adapt to other industry-related, proprietary software.
  • Candidate should exhibit extensive knowledge of commonly-used concepts, practices, and procedures within the Energy and Gas industry; knowledge of accounting theory and energy markets. Employee should preferably exhibit knowledge in cost-of-service and rate design.
  • Candidate should possess analytical skills typically accompanied by seven plus years’ experience in a utility rate analyst role, with rate management; Experience with regulatory filings and testimony experience strongly preferred.
  • Must demonstrate ability to prioritize workflow and organize diverse material and ability to handle multiple, competing and changing priorities; ability to perform effectively without supervision and within established time limits and ongoing deadlines;
  • All Agency employees are expected to exhibit exemplary customer service skills, both with external customers, vendors, visitors, co-workers, and management staff. Their written and verbal communication skills should be concise and effective, they should aspire to excellence in both work and customer service, they should show courtesy to all they encounter while representing the Agency.  They are also expected to maintain an air of professionalism in their interpersonal relationships and personal grooming, exercise confidentiality concerning the affairs of the Agency, exhibit a willingness to learn, willingness to problem solve and willingness to step in to help others, and openly and actively participate in the direction of our Agency.  KMEA views each of these traits as performance indicators, and employee appraisals reflect each of these attributes as an element of performance upon which employees are rated.

 

Salary Range

  • $83,447-$164,335

City of Argonia, City Maintenance Worker

MAINTENANCE POSITION
JOB: The City of Argonia, Argonia KS, is accepting applications for City Maintenance Worker.
TYPE: Full Time
SALARY: To be determined

POSITION SUMMARY:
Under the supervision of the City Council and City Maintenance Supervisor, this position is applicable to FLSA and ADA. This employee is responsible for monitoring the operation, maintenance and repair of the City operations (cemetery, airport, streets, parks, water system, wastewater system and natural gas system); meter reading, maintenance of City equipment. This employee should possess a strong mechanical aptitude and effective public relations and communication skills. This employee shall earn and maintain state certifications as listed at time of employment.

2018 – A Big Year for our Agencies

As we reflect on the past year for the two agencies, 2018 will be marked as one of importance.

The year started off with an unexpected twist when the Kansas Corporation Commission ruled that the state statutes provided for full jurisdiction by the Commission over municipal energy agencies, such as KMEA, even though this right had never been exercised by the KCC.  After several months of working with and educating the State Legislature and other interested parties, the Governor signed Senate Bill 323 which amended the state statutes to allow for KMEA to “opt out” of full KCC jurisdiction. In June, the KMEA Board elected to exercise this opt-out option.

For KMEA, two key long-term projects started energy deliveries during this year – the Dogwood Energy Project and the Buckeye Wind Project. After completing the sale of bonds for the purchase price of the facility in March, five member cities began receiving the benefits of KMEA ownership in this large, efficient, gas-fired combined cycle plant. The Dogwood Facility had an outstanding year setting many operational records including amount of generation, revenues, and net margins. These five cities will continue to receive the benefits of KMEA’s ownership in this plant for many years to come.

In June, twenty-one cities began receiving energy from the Buckeye Wind Project located in Ellis County, Kansas. The benefits of this low cost, environmentally friendly resource will continue for a term of 15 years. For many of these cities, it is the first wind resource in their power supply portfolios. These two projects are prime examples of the value of joint action and the agency fulfilling its primary mission of providing reliable and cost effective energy to the member communities.

Staff and the Executive Committee for the gas agency spent considerable amount of time and effort on a couple unique projects. One of these efforts included discussions with a group of Nebraska cities and the potential of expanding our agency beyond the state borders of Kansas. After many discussions and providing a formal proposal to this group, it was ultimately decided by the Nebraska group not to move forward. Although not successful as a group, we do believe it will open the doors for potential to add a number of new members in the coming years.

The other KMGA project that staff and the membership have been working on is a prepay gas. Much of 2018 was spent learning about the benefits of a prepay gas project and eventually we identified a project for consideration by the KMGA members. We are currently working on agreements and expect that we will complete this project in the coming months bringing significant savings to our gas members that elect to participate.

Finally, the two agencies came together this year and completed a joint strategic plan for the agencies. KMEA President, Mike Muirhead, and KMGA President, Randy Frazer, established a task force of member cities and staff that participated in a 2 day retreat.  A comprehensive plan was developed that focuses on three areas of focus – strategic growth, communications/identity, and organization. We will present the strategic plan to both the KMEA and KMGA boards during our May meetings. We, as staff, are very excited about the direction that our members have set for us.

As we move into 2019, we will follow our mission statement of pledging our relentless focus and dedication to providing new and innovative solutions to help our members achieve reliable and cost effective energy to their communities. Finally, we would like to thank the entire membership for all the trust and support that you have provided us over the past year.  Thank you!

City of Ottawa, Journey Level Lineman

Journey Level Lineman

 

Position Summary:         The City of Ottawa, Kansas is recruiting for a Journey Level Lineman.  Under the supervision of the Electric Distribution Assistant Superintendent, the Journey Level Lineman performs skilled work in the construction and maintenance of the electric distribution system for the City of Ottawa. The employee in this position is responsible for exercising judgment as to the details of assigned work within prescribed operating procedures. The Journey Level Lineman is responsible for maintenance of power lines, electrical equipment, and transformers. Work is performed according to departmental procedures, practices, and safety regulations.

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Reliability means business

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The Difference a Bulb Makes!

“Our 10 Best Stories of 2018”

As you know I am kind of stuck on Utility Dive as my go to source for the latest information. Sometimes controversial but right to the point. They have published their top ten 10 best stories of 2018 and wow, what a year it has been in the electric utility industry. We have seen renewables flood the grid, battery storage becoming a viable resource, regulation and policy changes, political controversy, coal plant retirements and on and on. In Kansas we have experienced the acquisition of Westar by Great Plains energy resulting in a corporation that sells more electricity in SPP than any other entity. I can’t wait to see what surprises that 2019 brings. Anyway, I’ll quit rambling and let you read the story from the link below.

Happy Holidays to everyone!

https://www.utilitydive.com/news/our-10-best-stories-of-2018/544925/

Open House in Baldwin City

Public Power Is a Great Cause

Public Power is a Great Cause

Ben Kostick has served as a commissioner of the Lewis County Public Utility District in Washington state since 2007 and serves as chair of the American Public Power Association’s Policy Makers Council. This interview occurred in conjunction with the Policy Makers Council Summer Fly-In meeting in late July.

Why are groups like the Policy Makers Council important for public power?

We’re told that being elected officials talking to other elected officials is more impactful and effective than a paid staff person doing the same thing. Their constituents are our constituents, we share that common bond.

I feel like this is an effective group. Since we meet in small groups, the summer fly-in feels like both sides are more relaxed and more willing to listen and interact.

Meeting two times a year (at the fly-in and the Legislative Rally), they get to recognize us and know us, and that makes conversations easier. Members and their staff usually are engaged and already informed on the topics we bring to them. If not, they are not afraid to ask questions.

We should be the people they come to if they have questions on energy issues. In my follow-up emails, I tell them that: “Please think of us first.”

How important is the relationship between the public power utility and local elected boards/commissions?

People have a wide range of thoughts on how the board should interact with the staff and management of the utility. I think it is important that we keep in touch. They know much more about the inner workings than any commissioner ever could.

In Washington state, the board has the responsibility for three employees at the utility — the general manager, the auditor, and the comptroller/chief financial officer. For some commissioners, those are the only three people they have any contact with. I try to interact with employees but not micromanage the utility. I don’t mind sitting down and having a cup of coffee with a tree trimmer or an IT department. Before I came to the summer fly in, I sat down with our power supply manager who is directly involved with Bonneville Power Administration to ask about specific issues, so that I could have more intelligent questions for our representatives.

Are there any legislative or regulatory concerns that keep you up at night?

It is our job to defend the principle of what public power stands for. Our job is really to fend off all the attacks on public power — and we’re getting attacked from many different sides.

Selling the power marketing agencies is a topic that won’t go away. Every administration seems to think it is a big, juicy apple hanging low on the tree. But once you pick that apple, it is gone. It is a one-time shot to the treasury, and then you don’t have that asset anymore.

The latest discussion around pole attachments is another attack on our philosophy. We own the poles, and we rent space on the pole at a rate based on our cost. Each utility is going to have a different cost. The effort to get the [Federal Communications Commission] to have a standard rate for every pole in the country takes away our local control and this cost-based approach.

How does your background as a CPA help when it comes to advocating for public power?

When I started coming [to Washington, D.C.] 11 years ago, being a CPA, I was asked to talk about the preservation of the tax-exempt status of municipal bonds. I can give examples of bond owners that aren’t rich millionaires. After about seven years, I asked the executive director of our state association if I was being effective. And his response was, “They are still tax exempt, right?”

Having a utility board made up of people with varied backgrounds makes a more well-rounded board. If you had a three-member board and all three were CPAs, I think you’d be in trouble. You need people with different backgrounds to bring different perspectives to each issue.

Our newest board member is the administrator of a nonprofit hospital. That’s a great background for a commissioner because they have seen both sides of the boardroom table.

I truly believe in the philosophy of public power — it is a great cause and it’s easy to advocate for.