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USA Members OPPD, PSEG, and AEP Honored with NEI TIP Awards

Author: Digital Lagoon

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

Author: Deanna Sheely

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

Author: Drew Niehaus

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

Author: Digital Lagoon

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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Some Arizona Sunshine for RFO25: Utilities Service Alliance Exchange Program

Author: Digital Lagoon

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

Author: Bobbi J. Drueke

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

Author: George Kinek

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

Author: Peter Tocci

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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