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USA BOD Approves Performance and Incentive Policy

November 29th, 2011
Author: Lynne Hilton, Utilities Service Alliance
At the Utilities Service Alliance (USA) Board of Directors (BOD) Meeting held November 10, 2011 in Atlanta, the Directors approved a policy that would make USA team participation expectations part of an individual’s job and documented in performance reviews and incentive plans. Previously, team participation was considered by many team members to be an “extracurricular...
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USA/STARS plants loan employees for Callaway Refuel 18 support

November 21st, 2011
Author: Kathy Carroll, Ameren Missouri
Our personnel sharing agreement with the various USA and STARS nuclear plants provided much benefit in Refuel 18. Shared employees assisted in several departments and we greatly value having their knowledge, expertise and support. Shared employees and their home plants are: Operations: Terry Romig, Wolf Creek, Fred Scadin, Fermi, Mark Cimadon, Fermi, Clifton Bowen, Fermi,...
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Team Susquehanna Digs In: Helps Neighbors to Dig Out

October 5th, 2011
Susquehanna Team members voluntarily took turns helping one community north of the plant clean up homes and businesses ravaged by the recent flooding. From Tuesday, Sept. 14 until Saturday, Sept 24, teams of Susquehanna employees joined the clean-up efforts in Shickshinny, Pa. Each day, a group of plant volunteers headed out, with approval of their...
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Regulatory Training and Qualification

August 22nd, 2011
Author: Steven Zawalick; 805-545-4040, SSZ1@pge.com
Have trouble with Regulatory Issues? Knowledge Transfer? The USA Regulatory Affairs Training and Qualification website offers extensive, qualification level training 24/7 AND formal, stand-up training typically twice per year. The internet-based Computer Based Training (CBT) is available anywhere there is an internet connection. This resource is used extensively and successfully by many utilities and the...
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Fermi 2 Wins Fourth USA Optimizer Award

July 29th, 2011
Fermi 2 recently won the coveted Utilities Service Alliance (USA) Optimizer Award.  In 2010, Fermi saved a whopping $4,162,675, a 31.76 to 1 return on membership investment, which garnered the award for the fourth time. “We are proud to accept this award once again. As winners three of the last four years, it is truly...
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USA Suppliers of the Year Announced

July 29th, 2011
The 2010 USA Suppliers of the Year were named at the USA’s 17th Annual Executive Summit, held in Grapevine, TX. PKMJ Technical Services was named Services Supplier of the Year, and AP Services was named the Material Supplier of the Year for the second year in a row.  Suppliers are chosen for this prestigious award...
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USA Supports Prairie Island’s Refueling Outage

June 3rd, 2011
Author: Deanna Sheely, Xcel Energy
A refueling outage at Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant began April 29 following more than 500 days of continuous operation since Unit One was last refueled. More than 600 nuclear workers from across the country have traveled to Prairie Island to provide additional support to ensure the success of this outage. According to Prairie Island’s...
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USA Members OPPD, PSEG, and AEP Honored with NEI TIP Awards

May 12th, 2011
Author: NEI and communications personnel from OPPD, PSEG, and AEP
Omaha Public Power District
Omaha Public Power District team members at Fort Calhoun Station in Nebraska garnered the Westinghouse Combustion Engineering Design Vendor Award by looking back 10 years to determine the future of critical metal components at their plant. The Omaha Public Power District team devised a method to accurately track the development of...
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USA/STARs Members Align to Leverage Strengths: Plant Safety and Performance Being Improved Across the Alliance

March 30th, 2011
Author: Deanna Sheely, Xcel Energy
In 2010, the Utilities Service Alliance (USA) Site Leadership Team (SLT) and USA staff developed a process through which various plant functions are being evaluated through their corresponding  Alliance Teams comprised of a subject matter expert from each of the stations. Alliance Teams have been established for the following functions: Chemistry, Emergency Preparedness, Engineering, Maintenance,...
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USA Members Lend a Hand to Cooper Nuclear Station

March 21st, 2011
Author: Drew Niehaus, Nebraska Public Power District
Anyone in the nuclear industry knows refueling outages are busy, congested and labor-intensive. Managing the tremendous workload can be complicated, particularly with so many hardhats sporting “New to Nuclear” stickers. Through its partnership in the Utilities Service Alliance (USA), Cooper is hosting 20 industry peers, with the majority not qualifying for a “New to Nuclear”...
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NEI Remains the Best Source for Accurate Information Regarding Japan's Nuclear Plants

March 17th, 2011
Anyone interested in learning more about what is happening at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants is encouraged to visit the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) website as well as the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum (JAIF) website. A link to NEI's FAQ document is also below. http://www.nei.org/resourcesandstats/documentlibrary/newplants/factsheet/faq---japanese-nuclear-energy-situation/
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NewsByte: USA Engineering Team Lends Valuable Assistance to Monticello

March 11th, 2011
Author: Mark Huting, Program Engineering Director, Xcel Energy
Yesterday (3-10) we had an issue with a special lifting device at Monticello. During vessel disassembly it was discovered the newly procured Steam Dryer strong back would not properly connect to the Dryer. This led to an effort to design a different lifting rig using a combination of strong backs. There were concerns as to...
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Some Arizona Sunshine for RFO25: Utilities Service Alliance Exchange Program

March 3rd, 2011
The Utilities Service Alliance exchange program is providing some Arizona sunshine to Monticello’s refueling outage that gets under way this weekend. Working with Xcel Energy workforce relations and Thomas Koehler, business manager at International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Union Local 160, USA is providing maintenance support from the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station west of...
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FCS Chemistry 1st in USA/STARS Fleet

February 25th, 2011
Author: Bobbi J. Drueke, Omaha Public Power District
The USA/STARS Chemistry Peer Team recently released the fleet’s scorecard for the fourth quarter of 2010. FCS Chemistry has toped the list with the best chemistry performance for the quarter. “Fort Calhoun Chemistry’s number 1 ranking in the Utilities Service Alliance is mostly based on a strong INPO Chemistry Effectiveness Indicator (CEI) performance,” said Chemistry...
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RAPID Provides Quick Payback for PPL

February 17th, 2011
Author: George Kinek, PPL Generation
For over 20 years, RAPID has provided utilities with sourcing options for urgently-needed parts that have saved RAPID participants millions of dollars in replacement generation costs. PPL Generation has recently experienced two events in two months that have driven home RAPID’s value with clarity. George Kinek (Manager, Generation Purchasing at PPL) shared the details: Event...
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NewsByte: Columbia Training Accreditation Results

February 16th, 2011
Author: Peter Tocci, Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG)
Columbia was successful today at the National Nuclear Accreditation Board receiving accreditation renewal for their Maintenance and Technical Training programs. Congratulations to Chip and the Columbia team.  This supports our USA peer team goal of 100 percent accreditation renewal success.  Next up is Cooper and Cook.
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