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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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USA Board elects new leadership at 2018 Executive Summit

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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Comanche Peak Brings the Heat for 2018 Supplier Fair

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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Monticello Posts $7.8M USA Material Cost-Reduction Savings

Author: Lisa Kuehl

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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Susquehanna welcomes USA’s recommendation of Syntempo: Helps to deliver Outage safely, on-time and under budget

Author: Chip Palazzo

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...

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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.

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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