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Material Cost Reduction (MCR) Team Hits $10,000,000 Savings Goal for 2018

October 11th, 2018
Author: Brad Vickery
ANOTHER HUGE USA SAVINGS MILESTONE MET Material Cost Reduction (MCR) Team Hits $10,000,000 Savings Goal for 2018As of September 30, 2018, the USA fleet has recorded $11.4M in savings for 2018 through the USA MCR Project team, more than double the 2017 savings of $3.8M! The $10M savings goal...
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Monticello achieves industry best Chemistry Effectiveness Indicator (CEI)

August 28th, 2018
Author: Sean Spillum, Monticello Chemistry Manager
Monticello has lowered the CEI to a new station best performance with an overall score of 0.140 at the beginning of June. CEI is the indicator used by the industry (INPO) to consistently promote the highest standards in chemistry and materials for asset protection in order to preserve the option to operate plants for the...
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2018 USA Executive Summit recap

August 9th, 2018
Author: USA Communication
The Utilities Service Alliance (USA) fleet members hosted representatives from more than 102 companies in the Pacific Northwest last month for the 24th Annual Nuclear Generator & Supplier Executive Summit. Several key meetings took place along with the conference general session attended by executives from across the world. USA board members reviewed results from the...
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USA/STARS Personnel Sharing Team meets to map out 2019 sharing

August 9th, 2018
Author: USA Communication
The USA/STARS Personnel Sharing program has been in place for a number of years. The team members share expertise between their plants during outages or emergent work. With the ever present need to improve outage performance, sharing personnel can contribute to improved performance. Plants currently participating are Columbia, Comanche Peak, DC Cook, Cooper, Diablo Canyon,...
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USA Board elects new leadership at 2018 Executive Summit

August 8th, 2018
Author: USA Communication
During the recent Utilities Service Alliance (USA) 2018 Executive Summit hosted in Seattle, Wash., its Board of Directors announced the election of Chairman Joel P. Gebbie, who currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer of American Electric Power’s Cook Nuclear Plant. He is joined in USA Board leadership by Vice Chairman Ken...
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2017 Optimizer Award

August 8th, 2018
Author: USA Communication
Xcel Energy received Utilities Service Alliance’s Optimizer Award at the 2018 USA Executive Summit last month. During calendar year 2017, the Monticello and Prairie Island plants saved more than $6 million through use of USA's programs and contracts while amassing a remarkable $49.53 return on each dollar of their Alliance membership investment! “This was truly...
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2017 Suppliers of the Year

August 8th, 2018
Author: USA Communication
USA’s coveted Supplier of the Year awards were presented at the recent Executive Summit to recognize the “best of the best” for 2017 performance. Supplier of the Year voting is a cross-functional effort conducted among key stakeholders across the Fleet based on pre-determined criteria such as savings, technical support, work performance and continuous improvement. To...
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USA raises money for Children of Fallen Patriots

August 8th, 2018
Author: USA Communication
Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation received $25,000 during this year’s USA Executive Summit. “We are excited about what we hope will be a long-term relationship with this excellent organization,” said USA President and CEO John Christensen. Children of Fallen Patriots Mission is to provide college scholarships and educational counseling to military children who have lost...
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Comanche Peak Brings the Heat for 2018 Supplier Fair

June 18th, 2018
Author: USA Communication
Despite triple digit Texas heat, everything was “cool” inside the USA Supplier Fair hosted by Comanche Peak June 6.  Tom McCool, Comanche Peak Site Vice President, kicked off the fair and set the tone, thanking attendees, providing a message of support for suppliers, and encouraging everyone to redouble efforts for maximizing efficiency and savings in...
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Susquehanna welcomes USA’s recommendation of Syntempo: Helps to deliver Outage safely, on-time and under budget

June 14th, 2018
Author: Chip Palazzo, Susquehanna Nuclear, LLC
Historically, outages at Utilities Service Alliance (USA) member Talen Energy’s Susquehanna Station have been done safely, however, they have traditionally exceeded 40 days in duration. This, in comparison to world class nuclear sites of comparable size/design whose outages have traditionally targeted 30 days.Previous outages at Susquehanna were negatively influenced by:• a lack of focus and visibility on...
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Monticello Posts $7.8M USA Material Cost-Reduction Savings

June 14th, 2018
Author: Lisa Kuehl, Xcel Energy
The Monticello Nuclear Plant recently reported a $7.8 million cost-savings as a part of their participation in the Utilities Service Alliance (USA) Material Cost-Reduction (MCR) project. The USA MCR project, which started in January 2017, has driven significant cost-savings across the Alliance since that time. This item from Monticello shows the project is picking up...
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Utilities Service Alliance (USA) is excited to announce a new partnership with the Luminant Power Optimization Center (POC) for advanced remote monitoring technologies and services.

May 31st, 2018
Author: USA Communication
Utilities Service Alliance (USA) is excited to announce a new partnership with the Luminant Power Optimization Center (POC) for advanced remote monitoring technologies and services.  “This partnership is the culmination of more than two years of work between the two organizations resulting in a signed agreement effective April 20,” said John Christensen, USA President &...
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Minnesota legislation proposes new way to consider nuclear plant investments

March 16th, 2018
Author: Lisa Kuehl, Xcel Energy
Xcel Energy has an industry leading vision of reaching 85 percent carbon-free generation by 2030 in the Upper Midwest region of the U.S. The Monticello and Prairie Island nuclear plants can be resources to achieving that vision and to meeting the state of Minnesota’s clean energy goals. This requires investing in the plants while keeping...
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SSES receives NRC’s Annual Assessment Letter: Station in highest performance category of Reactor Oversight Process

March 8th, 2018
Author: Chip Palazzo, Susquehanna Nuclear, LLC
Susquehanna Station’s Chief Nuclear Officer Tim Rausch received the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) Annual Assessment Letter for Units 1 and 2 Wednesday, Feb. 28.  The NRC deems the performance of Susquehanna Units 1 and 2 during the most recent quarter to be within the Licensee Response Column, the highest performance category of the NRC’s...
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America's Nuclear Energy Challenge

March 6th, 2018
Commercial nuclear energy is an industry that was invented in the U.S., but that traditional leadership position is at risk if Washington policymakers don't take action now. That's the message of a custom content package that NEI has produced with Politico. Called America's Nuclear Energy Challenge, the interactive narrative went live this week. "Today, a...
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USA Site Representatives Announced

March 6th, 2018
Author: USA Communication
As part of the new Utilities Service Alliance (USA) 2.0 Business Model, the following individuals were selected as USA Site Representatives by their respective station Chief Nuclear Officers effective the beginning of 2018.  These individuals will serve as the primary point-of-contact at their respective organizations for all USA activities. You are encouraged to reach out...
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USA 2.0 introduced to member stations across the country: Refined goals and objectives ignites membership, participation

February 21st, 2018
Author: USA Communication
In the fall of 2017, the Utilities Service Alliance (USA) Board of Directors (BOD) charged USA leadership to take a hard look at its existing business model and make changes that would help to reengage its membership and set a fresh course for the organization.After much deliberation by the USA leadership team, it was unanimously...
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Energy Northwest supports annual Day on the Hill

February 21st, 2018
​Commissioners, managers and staff from public utility districts across Washington state descended on the capitol campus to educate and advocate on behalf of PUDs during the annual Washington Public Utility Districts Association Day on the Hill. PUD displays in the capitol rotunda shared the PUD story and highlighted the value PUDs provide to communities and...
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