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USA raises money for St. Bonaventure

July 25th, 2017
Author: USA Communication
St. Bonaventure Indian Mission and School received $17,500 during this year’s USA Executive Summit. “This is the second year the USA team donated to St. Bonaventure and I’m thankful for the support from our corporate donors and USA members,” said USA President and CEO (acting )John Christensen. St. Bonaventure will use the donation for their safe...
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Curtiss-Wright Sweeps USA’s 2016 Supplier of the Year Awards

July 24th, 2017
Author: USA Communication
During USA’s Executive Summit last month, Curtiss-Wright received USA’s Supplier of the Year award for 2016 in both the Materials and Services categories. Each year USA members vote for the Supplier of the Year based on a variety of criteria important to their success. To be eligible, a USA Supplier-Partner has to achieve a pre-determined...
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USA 2017 Executive Summit recap

July 20th, 2017
Author: USA Communication
The Utilities Service Alliance (USA) fleet members hosted representatives from more than 106 companies on the Florida’s coast last month for the Annual Nuclear Generator & Supplier Executive Summit. This year marked the 23rd annual conference hosted by USA, which welcomed leadership and membership alike to this idyllic setting for several specific reasons. USA board...
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Sawatzke reelected to second term as USA Board Vice Chair

July 17th, 2017
Author: USA Communication
The USA board of directors elected Bradley (Brad) Sawatzke to a second term as its Vice Chair at its June 6 meeting in Amelia Island, Fla. Brad, who is also Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nuclear Officer for Energy Northwest, is responsible for the operation of its Columbia Generating Station in Richland, Wash. His new...
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Columbia nabs USA’s Optimizer Award

July 12th, 2017
Author: Anna Markham, Energy Northwest
Energy Northwest received Utilities Service Alliance's Optimizer Award at the 2017 USA Executive Summit last month. During calendar year 2016, Columbia Generating Station saved nearly $10 million through use of USA's programs and contracts. "Supply Chain Services takes advantage of USA's cost-competitive contracts to support multiple commitments for Columbia and not just one opportunity," said Brent...
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Annual Contaminated Injury Drill a success for community: USA Member Susquehanna coordinates six offsite agencies

July 7th, 2017
Author: Chip Palazzo, Susquehanna Nuclear
USA Member Susquehanna Station conducted its annual Contaminated Injury Drill successfully, safely and event-free at the end of June in accordance with Emergency Planning procedures. Six offsite agencies participated in this drill, which included ‘patient’ movement from the site to ambulances—including Team Susquehanna member Rosie Gerlach who served as the injured party and was flown via...
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EN receives recognition for veteran hiring

June 28th, 2017
Author: Anna Markham, Public Affairs
YesVets and Washington Employment Security Department recently honored Energy Northwest for the agency's commitment to hiring veterans. Washington Employment Security Department presented EN members with the Hire-A-Veteran award during a special ceremony at WorkSource Columbia Basin last week and YesVets recognized the agency along with 11 other Washington state employers during a celebration June 14....
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New USA Supplier-Partner for Senior Reactor Operator/Reactor Operator Candidate Screening

May 15th, 2017
Author: Margaret W. Vinsant, Manager-Supplier Relations for USA
Utilities Service Alliance (USA) is excited to announce Human Resources Consulting (HRC) as a new USA Supplier-Partner. To become a USA Supplier-Partner, the supplier is vetted by the member representatives making up USA’s supply chain team and awarded a USA agreement through one of the established sourcing channels. As a prerequisite to receiving a USA...
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Material Cost Reduction Initiative is Gaining Momentum

April 25th, 2017
Author: Brad Vickery, USA MCR Project Manager
One of the primary Material Cost Reduction (MCR) initiatives and probably the biggest savings opportunity for USA Members is on the Launchpad! Five key suppliers for commercial grade dedication (CGD) and reverse engineering (RE) services received a request for proposal. USA and site Supply Chain Managers received bids from all five suppliers and reviewed them...
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Susquehanna executes outage safely, event-free: Brings Unit 2 Refueling & Inspection Outage home in 36 days

April 21st, 2017
Author: Chip Palazzo, Susquehanna Nuclear
Utilities Service Alliance (USA) member Team Susquehanna delivered its Unit 2 18th Refueling and Inspection Outage (U2 18RIO) safely, with no significant events, under dose, under budget and close to outage plan, coming in at 36.6 days, zero OSHA recordable injuries, zero site clock resets, and under personal contamination events and outage dose goal. “I...
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Feedwater Heater (FWH) Replacement Project: Learnings from 2016 keeps workers safe, improves overall project performance

April 21st, 2017
Author: Chip Palazzo, Susquehanna Nuclear
One of the most challenging projects during Utilities Service Alliance (USA) member Susquehanna Station’s Unit 2 18th Refueling and Inspection Outage (U2 18RIO) has been to remove and replace three Feedwater Heaters on Unit 2. And because the station learned lessons from last year’s project FWH Replacement Project during the Unit 1 outage in 2016,...
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Reactivity Management GAP Focus Area

April 21st, 2017
Author: Alex McGalliard, USA Site Representative
The Reactivity Management Gap Focus Area assessments looked in detail at both equipment reliability and human performance aspects pertaining to issues impacting the Reactivity Management KPIs for the USA Fleet Member Stations. The assessment combined interviews, document reviews, and meeting observations. Identified GAPs and recommendations from each assessment are entered into the sites tracking program...
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Planning and Preparation GAP Focus Area

April 20th, 2017
Author: Dick Ehr, USA Representative
The Planning and Preparation GAP Focus Area assessments looked in detail at resource utilization and milestone adherence in the on-line work management process. The assessment combined interviews, document reviews and meeting observations. Identified GAPs and recommendations from each assessment are entered into the sites tracking program and monitored along with several key performance indicators.In summary,...
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Nuclear support takes form throughout the state

April 5th, 2017
Author: Mike Paoli, Energy Northwest Public Affairs
Four member utilities issued resolutions during the past two months calling for the continued operation of Columbia Generating Station during its lifecycle. Pacific County Public Utility District 2 commissioners were first to place their signatures behind the economic and environmental value of Columbia, followed last week by Benton and Franklin PUDs and Grant County PUD 2.  ...
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Tri-Cities receives first-of-a-kind exhibit

March 29th, 2017
Energy Northwest’s Executive Board chair Sid Morrison describes the amount of energy a nuclear pellet provides to community members attending the grand opening of the Columbia Fountain, an outdoor exhibit promoting the benefits of nuclear, at The REACH Museum March 29. Pictured from left to right behind Morrison are Bob Dutton, general counsel and chief...
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Efficiency (Class C) Members Invited to USA teams

March 2nd, 2017
Author: USA Communication
In December 2016, Utilities Service Alliance (USA) announced new membership levels and benefits based on member feedback. As a culmination of these changes, USA Efficiency team members (Class C members) were recently invited to participate on monthly team networking teleconferences. Current membership benefits are noted below: As John Christensen, USA President & CEO (Acting) noted, “Our...
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EN participates in advanced nuclear summit

March 1st, 2017
Jim Gaston, Energy Services and Development general manager, and Ted Rampton, Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems, (center), speak with an attendee at the Advanced Nuclear Summit and Showcase. The Washington, D.C. event, sponsored by Third Way, a think tank, sought to raise awareness about the policy needs of advanced nuclear technology, including small modular reactors....
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14th Annual USA Winter Conference, Tucson: USA 2016 Supply Chain SuperSaver award recipient is Energy Northwest

March 1st, 2017
Author: Chip Palazzo, Susquehanna Nuclear
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson was packed with Utilities Service Alliance (USA) supply chain management professionals and nuclear suppliers who gathered for the 14th Annual USA SCM Winter Conference Jan. 24-27. Conference participants came to the desert southwest from across the country to learn the latest in delivering sustainable, positive change to the organizations...
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EN employees give a hoot

February 22nd, 2017
Kelsey Lotz, U.S. Fish and Wildlife specialist, (right) describes the importance of cleaning the Western burrowing owl artificial habitats on Columbia Generating Station property to Corey O'Donnell, environmental scientist. Contrary to their name, the Western burrowing owl doesn't dig its own burrows. It takes up residence in burrows left behind by ground squirrels, prairie dogs,...
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Bi-Annual USA Valve Team Challenge Meeting

February 17th, 2017
Author: Margaret Vinsant, Manager-Supplier Relations
On December 13th thru 15th, USA Supplier CRANE Nuclear met with the valve team leads from our member sites at CRANE Nuclear’s main office in Kennesaw, Georgia.  USA is CRANE Nuclear’s largest valve services customer by sales volume.  The USA valve leads and CRANE teams are responsible for ensuring the approximately 7,000 to 15,000 man-hours...
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Winter conference day two winner

January 26th, 2017
Day two's random drawing for a Tailgator Gas Powered Blender (3000 margaritas/gallon) was awarded this morning to DC Cook's Contract Analyst Don Turney by USA Supplier Relations Manager Margaret Vinsant, USA Director of Economic Strategies Jim Kitchens, and Pipeline Syntempo Account Executive Ricky Myers.
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USA Fleet Experiences Multiple Performance Improvements in 2016

January 24th, 2017
As a fleet, Utilities Service Alliance members experienced significant safety and operational performance improvements in 2016 thanks to involvement by USA Corporate Functional Area Managers (CFAMS) and engagement by USA teams.“As a direct result of the focus of our 2016 CFAMs, our members have seen significant, measurable improvement in Operations, Outage Performance, Maintenance and Work...
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Members save nearly $60 million through Utilities Service Alliance in 2016

January 24th, 2017
Utilities Service Alliance (USA) members realized nearly $60 million in savings in 2016, an increase of more than $12 million over 2015 savings.The total includes savings from programs and projects, supply chain savings, as well as rebates earned in 2015, but paid in 2016.“In 2016 USA members received an average Return on Investment (ROI) of...
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USA Announces Membership Benefits Change

January 23rd, 2017
In response to member feedback, the Utilities Service Alliance (USA) will give Efficiency Member utilities the benefits of team networking call participation and use of the “Jump-Up” call process and software. John Christensen, John Christensen, USA Acting President and CEO, says the new benefits for Efficiency members are effective immediately.  The change comes in response...
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