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September 18, 2017

Lane Closure Advisory for Southern Residents

Re:                              Lane Closure Notice

For Release:               On Receipt

End Date:                  22 September 2017 @ 8:00 a.m.

The Guam Power Authority announces lane closure advisory notice is issued for the following areas on the dates & times noted:

Location:     Route 4 Inarajan (from Talofofo Bay area towards DPW transfer Station) in Malojloj.

Date:               Friday, 22 September 2017

Time:              12:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.

Reason:          Line crews will be clearing vegetation off power line and repairing streetlights.

The lane closure advisory notice is necessary as a safety precaution to line crews as work is completed.  Your patience and understanding is most appreciated.
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September 16, 2017

Creation of Positions



MEDIA NOTICE


The Guam Power Authority petitions the Consolidated Commission on Utilities (CCU) the following:

CREATION OF POSITIONS:

This petition complies with 4 GCA § § 6303(d) and 6205.  This media notice complies with 4 GCA § 6303.


For more information, please visit the Guam Power Authority’s website at www.guampowerauthority.com/gpa_authority/careers/gpa_petitions.php or you may contact the Human Resources Division at 648-3130.

July 25, 2017

CCU APPROVES MASTERCARD PAYMENTS FOR COMMERCIAL ACCOUNTS

During a regular meeting of the Consolidated Commission on Utilities this evening, Commissioners approved a resolution authorizing GPA to extend the use of MasterCard debit and credit cards as payment for commercial accounts.

“For years, GPA was only authorized to accept debit and credit card payments from residential customers,” stated John M. Benavente, P.E. General Manager, However, recently “GPA was able to obtain favorable Utility Interchange rates for MasterCard and with tonight’s CCU approval, GPA can now offer to commercial customers the convenience of paying their energy statements with MasterCard debit and credit cards - We thank our commercial customers for their patience.  We have finally received favorable rates which reduces commercial transaction costs making the service possible at a reasonable cost."

June 21, 2017

RATINGS FIRM CONTINUES TO REMAIN CONFIDENT ON AUTHORITY’S STABLE OUTLOOK

Moody’s Investment Services reaffirmed the Guam Power Authority’s outstanding revenue bonds rating of Baa2, citing a strong stable outlook.

“We (GPA) remain an investment grade utility,” stated Cora Montellano, Assistant Chief Financial Officer, “Moody’s has recognized GPA’s continued progress towards improving our financial position, cost cutting initiatives, as well as GPA’s operational performance.”

The Authority’s very strong liquidity profile and increase in its customer base resulting in a solid 2016 financial performance cited by the rating agency offset its susceptibility to weather-events and its recovery from the 2015 Cabras 3 & 4 event.  Additionally, the planned diversification of GPA’s resource mix through the construction of a new dual-fuel 180MW power generation plant and the incorporation of utility-scale renewable energy generation and storage are factors that could lead to an upgrade of the utility’s bond ratings in the near future.

“GPA constantly examines ways to reduce the overall cost of energy service to its ratepayers,” remarked Montellano.  “Strong bond ratings greatly assist the utility in maintaining stable rates as we continue to upgrade the island-wide power system and provide clean, reliable power.”
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June 7, 2017

CCU APPROVES PETITION FOR PHASE II RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS

During a regular meeting of the Consolidated Commission on Utilities last night, Commissioners approved a resolution authorizing GPA to petition the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to award Phase II Renewable Acquisition Bid of two 30MW proposals each to Hanwha Energy Corporation and KEPCO-LG CNS Consortium for a total of 120 megawatts (MW).  GPA has determined that the Hanwha and the KEPCO-LG proposals would provide substantial savings to GPA and it’s ratepayers over the term of the contracts based on current and projected LEAC rates.  It is estimated the first five year savings beginning in 2019 would be over $43 Million.

“GPA considers renewable energy as an effective hedge against rising fuel oil prices,” stated John M. Benavente, P.E. General Manager, “Over the course of the contract, GPA ratepayers can expect significant fuel oil savings based on current and projected Levelized Energy Adjustment Clause (LEAC) rates (see editor’s notes below).

With the PUC’s approval of the Phase II Renewable Energy Contracts and upon commissioning of these projects, the Authority will exceed the Renewable Portfolio Standard as set by P.L. 29-62 wherein GPA must have 25% of its energy supplied by renewable technologies by 2035. 


“With both contacts online in about three years, the Authority will exceed the 2035 mandate by 2021,” remarked Benavente, “Utility scale renewable projects like these will make the benefits of solar energy available to all ratepayers at rates that are affordable, stable and not subjected to world oil prices.”  

May 12, 2017

GPA & U.S. TO NAVY ENTER INTO LAND LEASE FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS

The Guam Power Authority and the U.S. Navy will enter into a land lease agreement to celebrate planned renewable energy projects for Guam this coming Tuesday, 16 May 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in the CCU Board Room at the 3rd floor of the Gloria B. Nelson Public Service Building in Fadian, Mangilao.

“The lease agreement will be for properties totaling 164 acres of land able to support approximately 40MW (megawatts) of Solar PV generation to the Island Wide Power System (IWPS),” stated John M. Benavente, P.E. General Manager, “The Authority will contract with private partners for solar PV farms on these properties– the facilities will the part of the Authority’s utility scale renewable project to further diversify our energy resources.”

The Authority continues to works towards exceeding the renewable energy goals as outlined in P.L. 29-62, an Act to Promote the Development of Renewable Energy on Guam.  The lease agreement represents a “One-Guam” collaborative effort to provide affordable and utility scale solar energy to all GPA customers.  This partnership with the U.S. Navy will lessen Guam’s dependency on imported fuel and promote new renewable energy job opportunities for residents.


"This One Guam collaborative effort is a win for the Navy, the island of Guam and our planet,” stated Rear Admiral Shoshana Chatfield, Commander Navy Region Marianas, “It will provide clean and affordable energy to all Guam residents, help reduce our use of carbon fuel and contribute to our military readiness.”

May 11, 2017

GPA TO ENTER INTO ENERGY STORAGE CONTRACT

The Guam Power Authority will enter into a contract to procure 40MW (megawatts) of energy system storage (ESS) with LG CNS based out of South Korea during a ceremonial contract signing ceremony this coming Monday, 15 May 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the CCU Board Room on the 3rd floor of the Gloria B. Nelson Public Service Building in Fadian, Mangilao,

“This contract will represent a $35M investment of the ESS Phase I Project into the Island Wide Power System (IWPS) involving design, procurement, installation and interconnection of two utility scale energy storage systems – one 24MW ESS at the Hagåtña Substation and another 16MW ESS at the Talofofo Substation,” stated John M. Benavente, P.E. General Manager, “This investment will help alleviate system frequency issues, outages and support renewable integration.”  Our ratepayers typically experience short outages whenever a generator trips in the system in order for us to avoid a blackout.  It is estimated the ESS would eliminate about 77% of those outages thereby substantially improving service reliability to our ratepayers.

The contractor shall design, procure equipment and materials, obtain required permitting, construct, install, interconnect, test and commission the ESS.  GPA will also enter into a 25-year Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Contract with LG CNS.  The ESS will be commissioned within 12 months after the contract is awarded and will deliver energy directly to the existing IWPS.

“As the Authority continues its procurement of additional utility scale renewable projects e.g Phase II Renewables, ESS will become part of the solution to expand this industry on Guam,” remarked Benavente, “GPA will continue to explore and implement industry innovation that makes sense for our island conditions.”

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April 6, 2017

CUSTOMER SERVICES OPEN ON SATURDAYS

The Guam Power Authority will begin extended hours of operations on Saturday beginning 8 April 2017.  Hours of operation will be from 9:00 a.m. through 1:00 p.m. at the GPWA Customer Service Satellite Office in Upper Tumon.


“We are pleased to add Saturday service at the GPWA Customer Service Satellite Office in Upper Tumon,” stated Mercy A.F. Castro, Utility Services Administrator, “A GPA Customer Service Representative will be available to handle services ranging from new service applications to account(s) inquiries.”

April 3, 2017

GPA ANNOUNCES SUMMER ENGINEERING INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

GPA is accepting applications for the upcoming GPA Summer Internship Program until April 28th, 2017.  The internship program is designed to provide engineering majors at colleges and universities an opportunity to spend up to 12 weeks at the Guam Power Authority working alongside engineering professionals gaining hands-on experience.

“This is the 13th year for the GPA Summer Internship Program here at the Authority,” stated John M. Benavente, P.E., GPA General Manager, “Some of GPA’s present engineers were interns during their school years - this is a great program for local students studying abroad to come back home and get some experience.”

Interns are given the opportunity to apply their academic skills by working in Generations, Transmission & Distribution, Engineering and Planning & Regulatory Divisions.

“Applicants can visit our website for more information, download an application or contact our Human Resources Department at 648-3130 to answer any questions they may have.
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March 28, 2017

Road Closure Advisory for Sinajana Agana Intersection

Re:                         Road Closure Advisory

For Release: On Receipt

End Date: 30 March 2017 @ 2:30 p.m.

The Guam Power Authority announces road closure advisory is issued for the following areas:

Location:     Top of Hill Sinajana (Highway 7B) toward Triangle Park location and McDonalds                                 Restaurant.

Date:      Thursday, 30 March 2017

Time:       8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Reason: GPA line crews will be performing maintenance on lines and hardware equipment to improve power quality and reliability.

The lane closure is necessary as a safety precaution to line crews as work is completed.  Your patience and understanding are appreciated.

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RECRUITMENT OF TWO ASSISTANT GMs FOCUSES ON IMPROVING SERVICES AND COST SAVINGS

The Guam Power Authority welcomes two new assistant general managers in the areas of engineering & technical services and administration.

“The Consolidated Commission on Utilities approved the reorganization of GPA and the creation of Assistant General Manager positions for Engineering & Technical Services as well as Administration,” stated, John M. Benavente, P.E., General Manager, “Both positions will support efforts and initiatives in support of ongoing work focused on improving services to customers as well as increase cost saving programs.”

The first is Mr. John J. Cruz, P.E. whom will serve as the new Assistant General Manager of Engineering & Technical Service which oversees operations for these respective divisions:  Planning & Regulatory, Engineering, Information Technology (IT) and the Strategic Planning & Operational Research Divisions (SPORD).

John holds degrees in BSEE (Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering), BA Mathematics and an MBA. He holds the following certifications: Professional Engineering license in electrical engineering (Guam), a Certified Energy Auditor, and has passed the Certified Energy Manager exam. He has been published in several peer publications and conferences including the IEEE, Distributech, Pacific Power Association, World Fuel Oil Summit, and others. 

He has led teams that have provided the seminal direction for and executed GPA's Performance Management Contracts, Smart Grid Program Management Office contracts, Integrated Resource Planning, Long-Range Transmission Planning, Renewable Acquisition, large customer Demand-Side Management, Smart Grid, and Strategic Planning. Over the past several years, he has led teams that have played lead roles for the acquisition of and execution of nearly $32 MM of federal grants, the contracting for 35 MW of renewable energy, and GPA's smart grid program. 

The second is Ms. Beatrice Perez Limtiaco whom will serve as the new Assistant General Manager, Administration to oversee the operations of Customer Services, Procurement, Safety and Human Resources Division.  Limtiaco comes to the Authority with an extensive experience in the public and private sectors dealing with safety, human resources, and grants management in corporate leadership roles.

Limtiaco holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Boston University and a Juris Doctor from the California Western School of Law in San Diego, CA.  She is also a member of the Guam Contractor’s Association, the Guam Chamber of Commerce and the Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM) National & Guam Chapters

Limtiaco most recently served as Governor Calvo’s Special Assistant during which she worked on local issues  through the Office of Insular Affairs of the Department of Interior that included biosecurity, invasive species, renewable energy and other at the direction of the 
Assistant Secretary.  She also managed approximately $800k in federal grants and facilitated working groups on local community issues like energy, labor and natural resources at the Direction of the Governor.

“Both individuals bring a wealth of expertise in their respective fields which is reflective of the level of professionalism that will help the Authority perform at a higher level,” remarked Benavente, “GPA remains committed towards operational efficiency and organizational effectiveness to continue delivering reliability, quality service and affordability to our ratepayers.”
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March 24, 2017

GPA HONORED WITH NATIONAL AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SAFETY PRACTICES

The Guam Power Authority has earned the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Safety Award of Excellence for safe operating practices for the qualifying year of 2016.  The utility earned third place award in the category for utilities with 250,000 to 999,999 – Group “F” worker-hours of annual worker exposure.

“Safety is and always will be our industry’s top priority,” said Kenneth Gutierrez, Safety Administrator, “This recognition is an achievement of the Guam Power Authority as a whole committed to delivering safe, reliable and quality electrical services.”

More than 250 utilities enter the annual APPA Safety Awards, which is among the highest number of entrants in the history of the program.  Entrants were placed in categories according to their number of worker hours and ranked based on the most incident-free records during 2016.  The incidence rate, used to judge entries, is based on the number of work-related reportable injuries or illnesses and the number of worker-hours during 2016, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

“We at the Guam Power Authority are proud of the service we provide to our customers,” said Kenneth Gutierrez, Safety Administrator, “But above all else, we are proud of our safety record—proud that we do everything we can to send our people home to their families each and every night.”

January 31, 2017

Puglic Service Announcement for Lane Closure Affecting Route 2 in Umatac

Re:                              Lane Closure Notice

For Release:               On Receipt

End Date:                   4 February 2017 @ 3:00 p.m.

The Guam Power Authority announces lane closure advisory notice is issued for the following areas on the dates noted:

Location:        Southbound Lane on Route 2 by Cetti Bay Lookout Point in Umatac.

Date:               Saturday, 4 February 2017

Time:              8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Reason:           GPA line crews will be clearing vegetation off transmission power lines.

Crews will block off southbound lane and divert traffic to inside northbound lane leaving only one northbound lane available to motorists from 8am to 3pm.  The lane closure advisory notice is necessary as a safety precaution to line crews as work is completed.  Your patience and understanding is most appreciated.

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January 27, 2017

PUC APPROVES LEAC ADJUSTMENT

During a regular meeting of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) last night, Commissioners approved the Authority request to phase in an adjustment to the current Levelized Energy Adjustment Clause (LEAC) or Fuel Recovery Surcharge on monthly billing.

“The latest decision by the PUC reflects an increase of approximately 10.2% on the overall residential customer bill,” stated John M. Benavente, P.E. General Manager, “This means that a residential consumption of 1000 Kwh will increase approximately $18.44 effective 1 February 2017.”

While this latest announcement regarding the LEAC rate reflects increasing price of oil per barrel worldwide in particular with the recent decisions by OPEC (Oil Producing & Exporting Countries to cut production and the uncertainty on what impact any new policies President Trump may have on oil prices.  The Authority recommended that LEAC be adjusted gradually so as to alleviate burden to customers during this period of uncertainty. The increase is about half of what the typical adjustment would have been.

The LEAC rate had been dropping since 2013 when LEAC was as high as $0.209/Kwh and had dropped to $0.086 for all of 2016 last year.  The currently approved increase brings our rate to $.105/Kwh which is still about half of what it was in 2013 when prices begun to drop.

Benavente remarked, “GPA will continue to explore and evaluate opportunities to reduce our operating costs most especially during this period of oil price volatility”.

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January 9, 2017

RATINGS FIRM CONTINUES TO REMAIN CONFIDENT ON AUTHORITY’S STABLE OUTLOOK

The Guam Power Authority has received notice from S&P (Standard & Poors) Global Ratings, a bond rating company that the Authority’s current rating of BBB with a stable outlook, has been affirmed. 

“We (GPA) remain an investment grade utility – S&P continues to have a stable outlook for the Authority,” stated John J. Kim, Chief Financial Officer, “S&P has recognized GPA’s continued progress towards improving our financial position, cost cutting initiatives as well as GPA’s operational performance.”

Some of the reasons cited for affirming the positive rating were the solid track record of GPA’s governance structure, continued improvements on system reliability, an improved financial profile and a good working relationship between GPA, the Consolidated Commission on Utilities (CCU) and the Public Utilities Commission (PUC).  S&P also cited that GovGuam remains current on all department of education and department of public works payments, and overall cash flow and reserves have improved greatly since 2012.

“Improving system reliability, operational efficiency and fuel cost recovery continue to lead the Authority’s drive to maintain investment grade,” remarked Kim, “With current plans to add more alternative energy technologies to our power grid, reduce operational costs and engage partnerships for new generation facilities, maintaining investment grade will improve efforts to obtain the financing needed to build and invest into energy solutions that will mitigate future LEAC increases.”

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December 6, 2016

GPA PETITIONS TO ADJUST LEAC

During a regular meeting of the Consolidated Commission on Utilities this evening, Commissioners approved the Authority request to phase in an adjustment to the current Levelized Energy Adjustment Clause (LEAC) or Fuel Recovery Surcharge on monthly billing.

“The latest petition reflects an increase of approximately 8.1% on the overall residential customer bill,” stated John M. Benavente, P.E. General Manager, “This means that a residential consumption of 1000 kwh will increase approximately $14.76 effective 1 February 2017.”

While this latest announcement regarding the LEAC rate reflects increasing price of oil per barrel worldwide in particular with the recent decisions by OPEC (Oil Producing & Exporting Countries to cut production and the uncertainty on what impact any new policies President-Elect Trump may have on oil prices.  The Authority recommended that LEAC be adjusted gradually so as to not over react during this period of uncertainty. The increase is about half of what the typical adjustment would have been.

“With the CCU’s approval of our petition, GPA will officially file with the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for their approval,” remarked Benavente, “GPA will continue to explore and evaluate opportunities to reduce our operating costs most especially during this period of oil price volatility”.

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November 17, 2016

AUTHORITY ADVISES CUSTOMERS ON FALSE REPRESENTATIVES PITCHING SERVICES

The Guam Power Authority is advising customers that individuals or companies making claims that they represent GPA for services e.g. energy services, are not authorized or endorsed to represent the Authority in any manner.

“GPA has received calls from concerned customers regarding individuals/companies claiming to represent GPA either for energy efficient products or solar photovoltaic services,” stated GPA General Manager, John M. Benavente, P.E, “Customers have been asked to provide account information, copies of bills or even on some instances to enter houseold to survey their energy needs – the Authority is not conducting any such survey nor does it endorse or have any company representing GPA as a partner or service provider.”

There have been previous reports on individuals claiming to represent GPA for collecting on delinquent or disconnected accounts via 800 area code number or by individuals without proper identification or utilizing non official vehicles.

“GPA employees conducting business in the field utilize clearly marked officials and have identification badges,” remarked Benavente, “If you are approached in such a manner from these individuals or companies, do not allow entry onto your property or provide them any information and please contact our hotline phone number @648-3199 or Email:  ia-rps@gpagwa.com

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November 10, 2016

IMPROVED RELIABILITY AT EMERGENCY WATER WELL GENERATORS

The availability and reliability of over 200 standby generators has increased to 95% percent. These generators service Guam Waterworks Authority (GWA) water wells, booster pumps & waste water facilities.  It was through Consolidated Commission on Utilities (CCU) Resolution No.: 2015-64 authorizing GPA to operate & maintain all GWA standby generators that the Water Systems Diesel (WSD) Section of the Generations Division and GWA employees initiated efforts to increase the operational effectiveness of these critical infrastructure assets.

“In January, the availability status of these emergency backup generators were 64% operational,” stated GPA General Manager John M. Benavente, P.E., “With investments into new generators, fuel tanks and miscellaneous equipment, the WSD Section reports that standby generator availability is at 95% - this is a significant improvement over the past 10 months.”

“This effort came after a brief period of evaluation and coordination with GWA whose commitment to this endeavor included $500k for generator upgrades and repairs – much of this work, which include new generators, automatic transfer switches and larger fuel tanks, will be installed over the next few months and at that time will bring availability up to about 100%,” remarked Benavente, The synergy between GWA and GPA and their excellent working relationship is the main reason of their success.; this is important to provide continuity of operations during storms or typhoons.”


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November 4, 2016

PUC APPROVES NEW LED STREETLIGHT TARIFF

The Guam Power Authority received approval from the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) of its petition to reduce the existing HPS streetlight tariff to the new LED streetlight tariff an average of 22 percent.

“We pleased with this latest order from the PUC,” stated John M. Benavente, P.E., GPA General Manager, “Existing High Pressure Sodium (HPS) streetlight system were the most efficient type of its time, but new LED streetlights today are much more efficient which provides GPA the opportunity to invest in a new system which reduces cost . . . there are approximately 10,360 HPS lights remaining to be changed over to the more efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology out of a total of 16,000 streetlights installed islandwide.”

As of September 2016, a total of 5,675 LED replacements or change-outs have been completed. GPA estimates approximately $5 million to change out the remaining public and private streetlights from HPS to LED with the program’s expected completion to be within one to two years.

“The decrease in fixture prices is effective 1 November 2016 for public & private streetlights while providing an opportunity to fund the program internally. Original estimate was around $15M, however, funding required today is about $5M,” remarked Benavente, “The planned source of funding is the line extension and internal CIP with annual maintenance costs to drop by about 80% saving nearly $400K per year. The reduced tariff provides the Department of Public Works the opportunity to add additional streetlights in the villages by working alongside each village Mayor.”


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November 1, 2016

NEW BUCKET TRUCKS ADDED TO UTILITY FLEET

The Guam Power Authority will add three (3) new 55’ bucket trucks to its existing fleet of 27 bucket trucks to be immediately utilized for preventive maintenance work throughout GPA’s transmission & distribution system island-wide; the new bucket trucks are the latest additions to GPA’s fleet of 27 bucket trucks since 2006.  Of the 27 existing bucket trucks, 21 are operational with the remaining 6 are scheduled for salvage for FY17.

“These new bucket trucks are capable of reaching upwards of 55 feet and cost approximately $209,362.00k each; each will be assigned to an overhead line crew to continue ongoing preventive maintenance (PM) work out in the field,” stated GPA General Manager John M. Benavente, P.E., “You’ll be seeing these trucks on the road and in the field providing more support to other line crews – with these additions, GPA can engage PMs on other bucket trucks or do more work e.g. outage response, service calls and installing new LED streetlights.”

GPA will be receiving more new bucket trucks early next year – Three (3) 65’ bucket truck.  All together, the total cost of the new bucket trucks are approximately $1,381,086.00 from revenue funds.

“With the move to operate more efficiently, reduce operating expenses and recover revenues, GPA has been able to reinvest ratepayer funds back into assets (bucket trucks) to do maintenance and prepare for the next typhoon,” remarked Benavente, “Our line men apprentices will get plenty of hands on training with our experienced line crews to make sure GPA continues providing electrical services.”
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October 28, 2016

PUC APPROVES PETITION FOR NEW POWER PLANTS

The Guam Power Authority received approval from the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) last night during a regular meeting on the Authority’s petition (GPA Docket No. 15-05) for approval of procurement of up to 180 MW of new generation combined cycle units and to proceed with implementation which could see the units being commissioned by end of 2020.

“Last night’s approval sets the stage for GPA to begin the procurement process to bring online up to 180MW of combined cycle generation which will utilize a cleaner source of fuel, comply with USEPA requirements and deliver reliability and efficiency to our power system,” stated John M. Benavente, P.E., GPA General Manager, “It also allows GPA to pursue and integrate an additional 120MW of renewable energy resources to meet renewable energy standards for Guam.”

The new combined cycle units will be more efficient than existing baseload units and would result in the consumption of less fuel.  The site of the proposed new generation will be adjacent to the Guam Waterworks Authority Sewage Treatment Plant and would utilize re-use water to augment cooling requirements for power plant operations.

The main driver for the IRP development is the need for GPA baseload generation units to comply with United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) regulations.  Some of the regulations include provisions under the RICE MACT and the EGU MATS rules.

“GPA is well on its path for improving generation reliability with this approval,” remarked Benavente, “With additional work on other units like Dededo Combustion Turbine (CT) 1 & 2 expected to return to service (RTS) in March of 2017, Macheche CT expected to RTS by early November and the major overhaul of our diesel units over the next two years, GPA will be positioned well to provide dependable generation while adding more renewable energy sources to the power grid - I would like to personally express my thanks to the Consolidated Commission on Utilities and PUC for their approval of this monumental decision and thank all the hard working GPA staff for making this achievement a reality.”
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RICE MACT: Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engine – Maximum Achievable Control Technology

EGU MATS: Electric Generation Utility – Mercury & Air Toxic Standards

October 26, 2016

Scheduled Local Outage Notice for areas of Chalan Pago

Re:                   Scheduled Local Outage Notice

For Release:    On Receipt

End Date:        3 November 2016 @ 3:00 p.m.

The Guam Power Authority announces that a scheduled local outage notice is issued for the following areas:

Location:  Customers located in Chalan Pago along Quinata Street and other customers in this area.

Date:         Thursday, 3 November 2016

Time:        9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Reason:     Line crews will be performing maintenance work.

Customers utilizing backup generators, please ensure your main breaker is in the open position to ensure the safety to GPA Crews working on the power lines. The outage is necessary as a safety precaution to line crews as work is completed.  Your patience and understanding is most appreciated.


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Scheduled Local Outage Notice for areas of Agana Heights

Re:                   Scheduled Local Outage Notice

For Release:    On Receipt

End Date:        2 November 2016 @ 3:00 p.m.

The Guam Power Authority announces that a scheduled local outage notice is issued for the following areas:

Location:  Customers located in Agana Heights along Taigigao Road and other customers in this area.

Date:         Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Time:        9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Reason:     Line crews will be performing maintenance work.

Customers utilizing backup generators, please ensure your main breaker is in the open position to ensure the safety to GPA Crews working on the power lines. The outage is necessary as a safety precaution to line crews as work is completed.  Your patience and understanding is most appreciated.


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Scheduled Local Outage Notice for areas of Chalan Pago

Re:                   Scheduled Local Outage Notice

For Release:    On Receipt

End Date:        1 November 2016 @ 3:00 p.m.

The Guam Power Authority announces that a scheduled local outage notice is issued for the following areas:

Location:  Customers located in Chalan Pago along Kongga Road and other customers in this area.

Date:         Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Time:        9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Reason:     Line crews will be performing maintenance work.

Customers utilizing backup generators, please ensure your main breaker is in the open position to ensure the safety to GPA Crews working on the power lines. The outage is necessary as a safety precaution to line crews as work is completed.  Your patience and understanding is most appreciated.


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Scheduled Local Outage Notice for areas of Chalan Pago

Re:                  Scheduled Local Outage Notice

For Release:    On Receipt

End Date:        1 November 2016 @ 3:00 p.m.

The Guam Power Authority announces that a scheduled local outage notice is issued for the following areas:

Location:  Customers located in Chalan Pago along Daso Road and other customers in this area.

Date:         Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Time:        9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Reason:     Line crews will be performing maintenance work.

Customers utilizing backup generators, please ensure your main breaker is in the open position to ensure the safety to GPA Crews working on the power lines. The outage is necessary as a safety precaution to line crews as work is completed.  Your patience and understanding is most appreciated.


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October 19, 2016

GPA SEEKS REDUCTION IN STREETLIGHT TARIFF

The Guam Power Authority is proposing to reduce the streetlight tariff an average of 22 percent if the petition is approved by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC).  The Authority began making public presentations on its intent to lower rates in Hagåtña last night at the PUC Public Hearing Room in the GCIC Building, tonight at the Dededo Senior Citizens Community Center and the Agat Mayor’s Office on Thursday evening.  All meetings begin at 6:00 p.m.

“The existing High Pressure Sodium (HPS) streetlight system were the most efficient type of its time, but new LED streetlights today are much more efficient which provides GPA the opportunity to invest in a new system which reduces cost,” stated John M. Benavente, P.E., GPA General Manager, “There are 16,000 streetlights installed on Guam and approximately 10,360 HPS lights remain to be changed over to the more efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology.”

As of September 2016, a total of 5,675 LED replacements or change-outs have been completed. GPA estimates approximately $5 million to change out the remaining public and private streetlights from HPS to LED with the program’s expected completion to be within one to two years.

“The decrease in fixture prices provides an opportunity to fund the program internally. Original estimate was around $15M, however, funding required today is about $5M,” remarked Benavente, “The planned source of funding is the line extension and internal CIP with annual maintenance costs to drop by about 80% saving nearly $400K per year. The reduced tariff provides DPA the opportunity to add additional streetlights to increase lighting in the villages island wide.”

August 11, 2016

GPA Net Metering Report

Link to the Net Metering presentation from August 12, 2016, is online at
GPA NET METERING SLIDE PRESENTATION (8/12/16)




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July 15, 2016

INSTALLATION OF CABRAS ONE TRANSFORMER BEGINS


The Guam Power Authority has begun the installation of a new replacement transformer for the Cabras No. 1 Transformer.  The original transformer was damaged during Typhoon Dolphin in 2015, which limited this steam baseload power plant to a little over half its generating capacity.  Cabras No. 1 is rated to produce 66 megawatts (MW) and is currently operating at 42 MW since May of last year.   Two transformers from Dededo had to be transported and installed to keep the unit online – these transformers have been returned to the Dededo Power Plant for use once that facility is rehabilitated.

“This replacement transformer will raise the output of Cabras No. 1 by another 24 megawatts and increase our generation reserves,” stated John M. Benavente, P.E., General Manager, “GPA expects this work to be completed within a couple of weeks as we head into the mid-summer months.  Additionally, we are moving forward with our generation capacity plans to increase generation reserves by the end of the year.”


The Island Wide Power System (IWPS) was at a vulnerable state, lacking adequate generation reserve capacity to support the outage of a large generation unit, as such, the IWPS was susceptible to under frequency outages.  GPA was also recently determined eligible to file a claim for FEMA reimbursement for incurred costs associated with the replacement transformer amounting approximately to $1M.

June 27, 2016

GPA Summer Interns on board

GPA welcomes aboard eight returning students to work with the Authority’s Summer Engineering Internship Program.  The internship program provides college engineering students an opportunity to spend 12 weeks at the Guam Power Authority working alongside engineering professionals gaining hands on experience.


GPA Summer Engineering Interns Pictured (L-R):  Standing: James D. Cuenca with Strategic Planning & Operation Research Division (SPORD); Christian N.A. Chargualaf with SPORD) and William J. Mafnas with Planning & Regulatory.  Seated (L-R): Justin J. Javelosa with SPORD: Kayleena V. Blas with Engineering; Raina M.A. Duenas with Engineering and Kylan D. Fabila with Information Technology Division.  Not pictured is Rebecca R. Rupley.

“This is the eleventh year for the GPA Engineering Summer Internship Program – a total of 83 interns have gone through the program since its inception in 2004,” stated John M. Benavente, P.E., General Manager, “Some of GPA’s engineers were interns themselves during their college years –- this is a great program for Guam’s Engineering students studying at UOG and at off-island universities to learn more about the roles and importance of engineers in operating the power utility.”


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June 6, 2016

ONLINE PAYMENT BACK IN SERVICE FOR RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS

The Guam Power Authority’s Ebill/Epay online payment system is operational effective today, Monday, 6 June 2016.  The Authority’s online payment portal has completed its transition to a new vendor during which online payment services were affected since April 2016.

“We are excited to make this announcement to our residential customers,” stated Mercy A.F. Castro, Utility Services Administrator, “Online paying customers will notice that more features are made available via the new site most especially with those customers with multiple accounts – we encourage all our residential customers to register their electric utility account to avoid long lines, save time and gas by making payments via our safe and secure web portal.”

Existing and new customers will need to register initially on the new www.paygpa.com website to gain access to the service. Once registered, users will have full access to the site to include online payments, management of multiple accounts, current and previous billing/payment review, send inquiries to GPA, view historical power usage and manage account details.

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June 2, 2016

GPA WELCOMES TWO MORE PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS


The Guam Power Authority announces the certification of two engineers achieving the designation of “Professional Engineer” or P.E. in their respective field of discipline.  Mr. Louis C. Camacho, P.E., Engineer III with the Distribution Section of Engineering and Ms. Kristy C. Carreon, P.E., Engineer II with the Substation/Transmission Section of Engineering.

“Our congratulations to these two young engineers for achieving the designation of professional engineer,” stated John M. Benavente, P.E. General Manager, “Their achievement highlights the level of expertise within the Authority and our commitment towards recruiting the best in their respective fields.”

Mr. Camacho has been employed with the Authority since 2009and has been working on reducing the Authority’s line losses and power quality over the past year.  Ms. Carreon has been employed with GPA since 2011 and has worked on the new transmission line that connected the Agrekko power units in Yigo to the Island Wide Power System and is currently working on coordinating the change out of existing breakers to new breakers at substation island wide.   Both are electrical engineers.

“With the addition of Mr. Camacho and Ms. Carreon to our growing list of professional engineers here at GPA – these fine professionals bring our total P.E. on staff to 13,” remarked Benavente, “We’re continuously laying the foundation for GPA to have technical expertise on staff for the years to come.”


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May 11, 2016

GPA ANNOUNCES SUMMER ENGINEERING INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

GPA is accepting applications for the upcoming GPA Engineering Summer Internship Program until May 31, 2016.  The internship program provides college engineering students an opportunity to spend 12 weeks at the Guam Power Authority working alongside engineering professionals gaining hands on experience.

“This is the eleventh year for the GPA Engineering Summer Internship Program,” stated John M. Benavente, P.E., General Manager, “Some of GPA’s engineers were interns at GPA during their college years –- this is a great program for Guam’s Engineering students studying at UOG and at off-island universities to learn more about the roles and importance of engineers in operating the power utility.”

“Applicants can visit our website for more information and to download an application or they can contact GPA’s Human Resources Division at 648-3130,” remarked Benavente, “Graduate engineers can look forward to professional career opportunities at GPA – we are always looking for the best.”
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April 25, 2016

GPA HONORED WITH NATIONAL AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SAFETY PRACTICES

The Guam Power Authority has earned the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Safety Award of Excellence for safe operating practices in 2015.  The utility earned third place award in the category for utilities with 250,000 to 999,999 – Group “F” worker-hours of annual worker exposure.  Aaron Haderle, chair of the APPA Safety Committee and Superintendent of T&D Operations at Kissimmee Utility Authority, presented the award during the association’s annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference, held in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

“Safety is and always will be our industry’s top priority,” said Haderle. “Each of these utilities should be proud of the work they’ve done to make public power communities across the country safer.”

More than 250 utilities entered the annual Safety Awards, which is among the highest number of entrants in the history of the program.  Entrants were placed in categories according to their number of worker hours and ranked based on the most incident-free records during 2015.  The incidence rate, used to judge entries, is based on the number of work-related reportable injuries or illnesses and the number of worker-hours during 2015, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

“We at the Guam Power Authority are proud of the service we provide to our customers,” said Kenneth Gutierrez, Safety Administrator, “But above all else, we are proud of our safety record—proud that we do everything we can to send our people home to their families each and every night.”


The Safety Awards have been held annually for the last 56 years.  APPA is the national organization representing more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community- and state- owned electric utilities.

“Representative from APPA Safety Awards of Excellence winner Kenneth Gutierrez - Safety Administrator with the Guam Power Authority (center) is pictured with Aaron Haderle, chair of the APPA Safety Committee and Supervisor at Kissimmee Utility Authority (L) and Mike Hyland, APPA Senior Vice President of Engineering Services (R).”

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GPA HONORED WITH SOLAR INDUSTRY RECOGNITION FOR ADDING WATTS OF SOLAR PER CUSTOMER

The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) recognized the Guam Power Authority as one of the top ten electric utilities that added the most watts of solar power per customer in 2015. SEPA, formerly known as the Solar Electric Power Association, unveiled the results of its annual utility solar market survey during SEPA’s annual solar conference in Denver, Colorado.

SEPA is an educational non-profit association providing a trusted platform for education, research and collaboration to help its members deploy and integrate solar, storage, demand response, and other distributed energy resources into the grid, while meeting societal demand for efficient and reliable electric power. SEPA currently has over 1,000 members representing the whole spectrum of industry stakeholders consisting of electric utilities, Independent System Operators (ISO), large energy users, and energy-related corporate and non-profits. SEPA’s electric utility members include multi-state investor-owned utility (IOU) giants like Duke Power and Exelon as well as small electric cooperatives such as Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC).

“This is great news for the Authority and its customers and we are grateful for the recognition,” stated John M. Benavente, P.E., General Manager, “This recognition highlights our (GPA) efforts to align with trends in the electric utility industry with the inclusion of renewable energy technologies.”

GPA ranked fifth amongst the top ten “watts per customer” with private and public power utilities Nationwide whom are members of SEPA that include such electric utilities as Kauai Island Utility Cooperative and Maui Electric.

“With the inclusion of NRG’s Dandan Solar Farm to the Island Wide Power System, net metering customers, our future plans with the U.S. Navy on their property for more solar energy and our upcoming Phase II renewable energy bids, GPA is well poised to further expand our renewable energy portfolio,” remarked Benavente, “GPA is well on its way towards meeting the renewable energy goal(s) outlined in Public Law 29-62 with eight percent net electricity goals by December 31, 2020.” 



Pictured (L-R):  Consolidated Commission on Utilities (CCU) Commissioner J. George Bamba; CCU Commissioner Francis E. Santos; John J. Cruz, P.E. Manager, Strategic Planning and Operations Research Division (SPORD); Julia Hamm, SEPA President and Chief Executive Officer;  John M. Benavente, P.E. Guam Power Authority General Manager and CCU Commissioner Simon A. Sanchez, II.
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