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2018 USA Agreement Utilization

Author: Jim Kitchens

The second annual USA Agreement Utilization Analysis (AUA) kicked off in late November. The goal of this process is to increase awareness and optimize use of our USA Agreements at each of the member sites and to identify best practices and ideas for improvement. The AUA is executed entirely online using data generated through quarterly...

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Indiana Michigan Power names new plant manager for Cook

Author: Bill Schalk

Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) has named Kelly Ferneau, current plant operations director, as the new plant manager for the Cook Nuclear Plant. Ferneau, is the sixteenth person to hold the position since plant construction began in 1969, and she is the first female plant manager. “Kelly’s skill set goes well beyond the necessary plant operational...

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Innovation takes to the sky at Prairie Island plant

Author: Margaret Church

A high flying drone was used in July to inspect Minnesota's Prairie Island Nuclear Plant's two landmark reactor buildings. This was the first time an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) was deployed at one of Xcel Energy's nuclear plants to fulfill a technical function, and based on the mission team's enthusiasm, it won't be the last....

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USA/STARS Personnel Sharing Team meets to map out 2019 sharing

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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2018 USA Executive Summit recap

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 new...

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USA raises money for Children of Fallen Patriots

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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2017 Suppliers of the Year

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 be eligible,...

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2017 Optimizer Award

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 a dedicated...

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