EEI Diversity Conference

CALINC Services Banner

CALINC Services Banner from their booth.

CANUS Corporation proudly accompanied our Diversity Subcontractor CALINC Services to the EEI Supplier Diversity Conference held in New Mexico earlier this month.  There were many great presenters presenting interesting and innovative perspectives on the use of diversity spend within the Utility Industry.  CANUS and CALINC Services participated in the events excellent match making session to help foster both additional opportunities for utilities to source diverse labor as well as provide additional mentoring opportunities for additional diverse subcontractors.

Presenters representing the following utility companies set the tone for an excellent event:

  • PNM Resources
  • Duke Energy
  • First Energy
  • Consolidated Edison
  • Southern California Edison
  • APS
  • Entergy
  • PG&E

What We are Reading – CANUS Link Roundup

Articles and links we found interesting relating to the Utility Industry for your reading pleasure.

Source: Southern California Edison Media Pack

ISO New England warns of threat to grid reliability over gas supply shortage - ISO New England reports that its six-state transmission system is at risk of failing customers because the region’s increasing dependence on natural gas may not be met by existing pipeline and liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage capacity.

Tension From Utility Companies Casts A Shadow On Rooftop Solar Industry - Melissa Block and Joby Warrick discuss the growing tension between distributed generation of rooftop solar panels and centralized generation philosophies traditionally seen in Utility Companies.  Direct link to download audio.

DOE may stockpile large transformers to thwart grid threats - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is considering stockpiling transformers to guard against widespread blackouts and potential threats to the nation’s electric grid, E&E Publishing reports.

Maine PUC study values solar at 33 cents/KWh, more than double the price of utility power - The Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has released a study valuing solar power produced in the state at 33 cents per KWh — or more than twice what most residents pay for traditional power, the Portland Press Herald reports. Direct link to Maine Distributed Solar Valuation Study.

Utility of the Future: Think Uber, Not AT&T – Katherine Tweed discusses how the electric utility industry is endlessly being compared to telecoms. The telephone utilities were deregulated, and many have called for the same transformation for electric utilities. More competition; more choice. Sure, you may pay more in the future, but at least you’ll be getting something that you value.

Why SRP’s controversial demand charge unlocks a huge opportunity for solar-plus-storage - The utility wants customers to help with peak demand but they may buy batteries instead of more grid power.

PPL Corp. electricity spinoff receives Pennsylvania approval; two more reviews ongoing - Allentown-based PPL Corp. is halfway through approvals needed for the spinoff of its competitive electricity generation business into a new company.

PG&E Wins Right to Develop Two New Transmission Substations - The new high voltage substation at Wheeler Ridge Junction will help improve electric service reliability in Bakersfield, especially in the hot summer months when demand for power is higher. The new Spring substation will help improve service reliability and provide additional grid resiliency for customers in the Morgan Hill area.

FirstEnergy builds Brunswick substation to support growth, reduce outages – FirstEnergy is builiding a $1.2 Million substation in Brunswick.

 

CANUS 2014 Diversity Spend Outperforms

CANUS Diversity Spend

CANUS Diversity Mentoring and Engagement continues to exceed client need.

CANUS Corporation continues on the outstanding diversity spend pace that our clients have come to expect.  Through CANUS’s Diversity Mentoring and Engagement programs in 2014 CANUS realized a 44% diversity spend.  Every dollar helped bring our clients’ tier 2 diversity spend closer to their overall goal to become compliant with the Public Utility Commission’s mandates.  CANUS continues the Culture of Continual Improvement by continuing to exceed our client’s needs while maintaining a superior standard of service.  To find out more about our tier 2 diversity services and programs please contact us.

 

Thanksgiving 2014

Happy ThanksgivingHappy Thanksgiving from the CANUS Corporation family.  Our corporate offices will be closed on Thursday the 27th and Friday the 28th.  If you need to get a hold of us on those days please utilize our contact us form which we are always monitoring.  Thank you and have a wonderful holiday.

CANUS’s Utility Industry Labor Sourcing Strategy Cost Analysis Has Been Published

CANUS’s White Paper has been published and is available for free via Scribd and Amazon Kindle.  Below you will find the Scribd publication embedded.  To download the white paper to your kindle just click the amazon kindle link below or sign in to https://kindle.amazon.com/ and search for “Utility Industry Labor Sourcing Strategy Cost Analysis”.

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Utility Industry Labor Sourcing Strategies

TVA Age Demographics

TVA Age Demographics

As the U.S. Federal reserve’s decision to taper quantitative easing (stimulus) spending the associated rising interest rates that have already been realized and are projected to continue rising will weigh heavily on the utility industry’s share prices.  Along with weak power demand and generation fundamentals that are eroding industry growth forecasts the utility industry has to be more and more focused on their costs of service (EEI Finance Committee, 2014).  Labor costs both internally and contracted make up a large portion of costs of goods sold.  As the utility industry’s core workforce of “baby boomers” begin to meet retirement age the ratio of the internal labor force to contract labor will continue to grow in favor of a contract workforce.  The line worker workforce expected to retire within the next five to ten years could approach 50% in certain organizations (U.S. Department of Energy, 2006).  This means that evaluating the best and most cost efficient way to utilize a contract workforce must be established.

Find out more about the cost comparisons of the different utility industry’s labor sourcing strategies here.

CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE: CANUS Attended The Western Protective Relay Conference 2014

Spokane River Front Park

Spokane River Front Park

It was a great event this year.  There were lots of great presenters sharing interesting papers and cutting edge innovations.  We got to hear presentations from;

  • SEL
  • BC Hydro
  • PG&E
  • Calpine
  • ABB
  • Siemens
  • Portland General Electric
  • Beckwith
  • GE
  • San Diego Gas and Electric
  • Southern California Edison
  • Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative
  • American Electric Power
  • Puget Sound Energy
  • Etc.

Perfect weather to take in the river front park in Spokane between sessions as well.  We plan to attend again next year.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHT: Substation Testing – 500kV

Photovoltaic Field

Photovoltaic Field

CANUS Corporation recently completed acceptance testing of a brand new transmission substation fed by a major photovoltaic (PV) field.  The publicly owned utility outsourced the engineer, procure and construct (EPC) responsibilities to a third party that CANUS supported with substation testing services.   Continue Reading →

CANUS Launches New Home Page

CANUS Home Page

New CANUS Home Page

CANUS Corporation has launched a new home page!!!  The new home page found at http://www.canus.co should give prospective clients additional information about the values added to our costumers as well as valuable insights on how to stay connected with CANUS as well as the different services we provide.  We have also updated the site to be more visibly pleasing than the previous web page.  CANUS is excited to hear any feedback you may have on our new site.  Thanks.

CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE: CANUS Will be Attending Western Protective Relay Conference 2014

Western Protective Relay ConferenceThis year CANUS will be attending the annual Western Protective Relay Conference in Spokane, WA 10/13/14-10/16/14.  This is a great opportunity to keep our thumb on the pulse of the protective relay best practices and understands trends and issues.  CANUS is also attending to support a few of our clients who are presenting vital information to the Utility community at large.   Continue Reading →