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November 15, 2018

Creation of New Position Notice


MEDIA NOTICE


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

CREATION OF POSITION: (Classified)
Equipment Operator Superintendent

This petition is in compliance with 4 GCA, Chapter 6, §6303 (d) (added by Public Law 28-112).  The petition is also required by 4 GCA. §6205 and §6303 as public documents for the purposes of 5 GCA, Chapter 10, Art. 1 (Sunshine Law).

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.

                                                                                   


John M. Benavente, P.E.
                                                                                    General Manager

September 7, 2018

GPA BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS FOR FY 2019


With the approval of the GPA Fiscal Year 2019 Budget by the Consolidated Commission on Utilities (CCU) on September 6, 2018, there are many financial highlights indicating system improvements.  The total GPA FY19 Budget is approximately $438 million dollars with significant notables:
Highlights of FY 19 O&M Budget
Breakdown as follows:
O&M Labor & Non-Labor      $76.8M
Fuel Oil                                    $272M
IPP Contracts                           $16.1M
Debt Service                            $44.1M
CIP (Revenue Funded)            $26.4M

·        FTEs (Full Time Employees) level lowered from 510 to 500
·        Increase in revenue funded CIP by $1.2 M
·        New cycle apprenticeship program
·        Vegetation Management
·        Physical Security Services

Also notable are the expected Capital Improvement Projects (CIPs) slated to begin during FY19.  GPA expects to invest $26.4 million into the Island Wide Power System over the next five years with projects involving the following:

  • Upgrade and improvements of power plant facilities
  • Investments into substation upgrades and fiber communication
  • Acquisition of more heavy equipment such as diggers, bucket trucks, excavator etc.
  • Programs to overhaul peaking units (fast track generators) and base load units.
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August 23, 2018

GPA TO SIGN ANOTHER RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECT CONTRACT


The Guam Power Authority will enter into a renewable energy contract tomorrow as part of a Phase II Renewable Acquisition of a proposal with KEPCO-LG CNS Consortium for another 60 MW.

The contract signing ceremony with the KEPCO LG CNS Consortium for Friday, 24 August 2018 at 10:00 a.m.  The contract with KEPCO LG will the second renewable energy partnership for clean energy.  The ceremony will be held in to Board Conference Room at the Gloria B. Nelson Public Service Building in Fadian, Mangilao.

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August 20, 2018

GPA TO SIGN CONTRACTS FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS


The Guam Power Authority will enter into two renewable energy contracts as part of a Phase II Renewable Acquisition of 60 MW proposals each to Hanwha Energy Corporation and KEPCO-LG CNS Consortium for a total of 120 megawatts (MW).

Two contract signing ceremonies are scheduled for this week.  The first is with Hanwha Energy Corporation on Wednesday, 22 August 2018 at 10:00 a.m. and the other is with KEPCO LG CNS Consortium for Friday, 24 August 2018 at 10:00 a.m.  Both ceremonies will be held in to Board Conference Room at the Gloria B. Nelson Public Service Building in Fadian, Mangilao.

GPA has determined that the Hanwha and the KEPCO-LG proposals would provide substantial savings to GPA ratepayers over the term of the contracts based on current and projected LEAC rates.  It is estimated the first five-year savings would be over $43 Million.  All these savings will go directly to ratepayers as part of the LEAC adjustment.

“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).

Both Phase II Renewable Energy contracts have received the approval of both the Consolidated Commission on Utilities and the Public Utilities Commission.  Upon commissioning of these projects, the Authority will be well on its way to 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 and the award of its next 40 MW renewable bid, 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 fluctuations.”
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Description
Project Size
5 Year Projected Savings On Current LEAC ($115/MWH)
5 Year Projected Savings on Projected LEAC
Present Value Utility Cost Savings thru Contract Term
Hanwha Proposal 1&2 (60MW) and KEPCO Proposal 1&2 (60MW)
120MW
$  43,290,919
$  88,266,040
$  417,315,926

August 16, 2018

APPOINTMENT OF UTILITY SERVICES ADMINISTRATOR FOCUS ON IMPROVING SERVICES


The Guam Power Authority welcomed a new member to its management team with the appointment of a Utility Services Administrator.

“GPA is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. James C. Borja as Utility Services Administrator,” stated, Tricee P. Limtiaco, Assistant General Manager of Administration, “Mr. Borja will be responsible for managing the Customer Service division and assuring a high level of customer satisfaction.”

Borja holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from University of Guam with a focus on Business Management.  He is also a board member of the Guam Fishermen’s Cooperative Association, the Guam National Olympic Committee and an advisory panel member for the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council.

“Borja brings a wealth of expertise from his extensive background which is reflective of the level of professionalism that will help the Authority perform at a higher level,” remarked Limtiaco, “GPA remains committed towards operational efficiency and organizational effectiveness to continue delivering reliability, quality service and affordability to our ratepayers.”
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July 26, 2018

GPA CUSTOMER ONLINE SERVICE INTERRUPTION NOTICE


Re:                              GPA Customer Online Service Interruption Notice

For Release:               On Receipt

End Date:                   8:00AM., Monday 30 July 2018


PayGPA Website, PayGPWA Mobile App and MyEnergy

The Guam Power Authority wishes to advise all customers that there will be an Online Service Interruption to allow for software maintenance to GPA’s customer service systems beginning at 6:00p.m., Friday, 27 July 2018 through 8:00a.m., Monday, 30 July 2018.

The PayGPA Website, PayGPWA Mobile App and MyEnergy will be offline during this time. Users will not be able to access their accounts until GPA’s software maintenance has been completed.

We apologize for the inconvenience but the software maintenance is necessary so that GPA may better serve all customers.

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July 24, 2018

GOVERNMENT MEETING NOTICE / CONSOLIDATED COMMISSION ON UTILITIES - JULY 24 / SECOND NOTICE


ATTN:    GOVERNMENT MEETING . . .
  
CONSOLIDATED COMMISSION ON UTILITIES

NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING

FOR

GUAM POWER AUTHORITY
AND
GUAM WATERWORKS AUTHORITY


at 5:30 p.m., TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2018.


VENUE:
CCU Conference Room
3rd Floor, Gloria B. Nelson Public Service Bldg.,
Rte. 15, Mangilao


The Agenda will be sent to the media in advance of the meeting.


Individuals requiring special accommodations, auxiliary aids or services, may contact Lou Sablan at 648-3002.





Respectfully,

B. Lou Sablan
Board Secretary
Consolidated Commission on Utilities
Admin Asst., Legal Counsel, GPA
GLORIA B. NELSON PUBLIC SERVICE BLDG.
3RD Floor, Executive Division
688 Route 15, Mangilao, GU 96913
P.O. Box 2977, Hagatna, GU 96932
Tel: (671) 648-3002
Fax: (671) 648-3290


July 17, 2018

GPA TO RECOGNIZE YOUNG LOCAL RESIDENT AS HONORARY LINEMAN


The Guam Power Authority will recognize one young local resident as an Honorary Lineman during tonight’s Consolidated Commission on Utilities GPA Working Session at the Gloria B. Nelson Public Service Building in Fadian, Mangilao at 4:30 p.m. in the Board Room.

“Line crews were working Friday evening, 6 July 2018 troubleshooting along Ramirez Street in Ordot. The crew cleared bamboo in contact with service lines in the area and were restoring four homes that were without power,” stated John M. Benavente, P.E. General Manager “One of our lineman was setting a ladder against a pedestal to tie in and repair the customer service drop when a seven year old boy walked up to the ladder and held on to it. The young boy was cautioned to move away but the young boy insisted saying, “No, I want to hold the ladder.”

The GPA line electrician supervisor quickly obtained a hardhat and advised the young boy to wear the safety gear if he was to be near GPA crews.  A hardhat was properly fitted on the young boy and he proceeded to hold the ladder while the lineman restored power to the residence.

“GPA is thankful for the community’s support during recent restoration efforts. The Authority wanted to especially recognize the assistance of Mr. Rene “Rumble” Purruganan. We thank him for his contributions in the field,” remarked Benavente. GPA will recognize him as an honorary lineman and provide him with an official lineman jacket, hardhat, safety vest, and goggles. GPA extends a special thanks to Mr. Purruganan and all our customers for their support and patience during and after Tropical Storm Maria.


(L-R):  Howard Kinlock, Electrician Troubleshooter; Roque Munoz, Electrician Troubleshooter; Zachary Crisostomo, Line Electrician II and Edward Leon Guerrero, Line Electrician Supervisor

July 12, 2018

4TH CYCLE GPA APPRENTICES GRADUATE TO JOURNEYMEN


The Guam Power Authority will recognize 15 graduates during a recognition ceremony on Friday, 13 July 2018 at 10:30 a.m., at the 3rd Floor GPWA CCU Board Conference Room in Fadian, Mangilao.  The GPA graduate apprentices represent trades in the power plant mechanic, lineman, and power systems control center fields of work at the Guam Power Authority.

“These graduate apprentices will receive U.S. Department of Labor certification in their respective trades,” stated John M. Benavente, P.E. General Manager, “Each graduate has completed three and four year on-the-job training as well as academic requirements from the Guam Community College to receive a certificate of completion and becoming certified skilled workers.”

GPA’s Apprenticeship program was established in 2003 and has been a partnership between the U.S. Department of Labor, the Agency for Human Resources Development and the Guam Community College that supports the GPA’s program to develop a skilled workforce to meet the growing demands of Guam’s island wide power system.

“Many within GPA’s existing workforce will soon reach retirement eligibility,” stated Benavente, “Over time, these apprentices, now Journeymen-certified workers will fill critical positions and additionally, they may also serve as journeymen mentors to train future apprentices as the Authority strengthens its workforce to meet the demands of providing reliable power to our island.”
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July 3, 2018

Voltage Fluctuations during Tropical Storms


Re:                              Voltage Fluctuations

For Release:               On Receipt

End Date:                   5 July 2018

Voltage Fluctuations

During and after a tropical storm, the island wide power system may experience instances of unstable, high and low voltage fluctuations in homes and commercial establishments.

If you detect voltage fluctuations such as extremely bright lighting or very dim lighting emanating from lamps or lights, immediately unplug your "sensitive" appliances which include:  refrigerators, air conditioners, computer and computer-related equipment, microwave ovens, etc.  Then immediately report this electrical problem to GPA's 24-Hour Trouble Dispatch at 475-1472/3/4.

Your prompt action may prevent damage to your appliances caused by power surges/spikes or power dips.
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SHUTTING OFF MAIN BREAKERS


Re:                              Shutting Off Main Breakers

For Release:               On Receipt

End Date:                   5 July 2018

SHUTTING OFF MAIN BREAKERS

In the event of a power outage, if you are operating a generator, especially a large generator, please SHUT OFF THE MAIN BREAKER(S) OF ALL THE HOUSE(S) OR BUILDING(S) THAT ARE CONNECTED TO YOUR GENERATOR.  This will prevent a "back feed" of power from your generator unit into the island wide power system.

Your actions will prevent serious injury or death to GPA's line crews who are energizing the primary and secondary power lines across Guam.
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Checking Your Home Appliances Left "ON" during tropical storm



Re:                              Checking Your Home Appliances Left "ON" during tropical storm

For Release:               On Receipt

End Date:                   5 July 2018

GPA advises and reminds all customers to make an internal electrical inspection of their home or business establishment, to ensure the safety of loved ones and customers.

Double check all electrical appliances or electrical switches that may be "ON" during any interruption of power brought on by the coming tropical storm.  Turn "OFF" all electrical items, especially cooking stoves and irons, to ensure safety, should electrical power be restored to your home or business during sleep-time hours or when you are away.

A small lamp or a single light fixture switched "ON" can be used to monitor the power status in your home or business.  Once power is restored in your area, you will be aware of it and can resume the operation of appliances within your home and/or business.
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June 15, 2018

Public Meeting Notice: Net Metering Program

The final public meeting regarding the Net Metering (NEM) Program will be held as follows

Date: July 18, 2018
Time:  5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Gloria B. Nelson Public Service Building, 
Board Conference Room, 3rd Floor Fadian, Mangilao

GPA has prepared policy recommendations for review and action by the Consolidated Commission on Utilities. The final NEM policy will then be forwarded to the Public Utilities Commission for action. Your feedback is crucial in this process. 

The draft policy prior is available for review prior to the meeting. To see the report CLICK HERE. 



March 24, 2018

March 19, 2018

NEW PAY GPWA FOR GPA AND GWA CUSTOMERS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD AT APPLE APP STORE


“Guam Power Authority customers can make use of a new Pay GPWA mobile app for Apple iPhone users, available now for download at the Apple App store,” said GPA General Manager John M. Benavente, P.E.

“This new, downloadable payment portal for Apple mobile phone users just became available to GPWA customers, and compliments the mobile app for android users previously made available, both of which provide a greater convenience for our customers,” added Benavente.

The new payment portal enables GPA and GWA residential customers to make payments on their electric and water accounts. Customers will need to complete a separate registration process for each utility, using their account information.

Currently, account balances and the ability to make payments are available on the just released version. Future features that will become available at a later date will include the ability to view payment history, consumption over a period of time, make changes to an account such as updating a mailing address and phone number; as well as announcements of scheduled outages or new services for customers.

“The mobile payment portal for Apple and Android users alike is but one of the continuing innovative technological improvements GPA has made and the Authority remains committed to exploring new innovations, operational efficiencies and organizational effectiveness to serve its mission of delivering reliability, quality service and affordability to our ratepayers,” concluded Benavente.


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January 10, 2018

PayGPA and MyEnergyGuam Offline for Maintenance

Beginning Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. and ending at 10:00 p.m., the Authority’s PayGPA (online payment portal) and MyEnergyGuam (energy usage monitoring site) will be offline for maintenance.

Real-time processing of electric utility payments made at the GPWA Upper Tumon office after 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 13, 2018 will be manually processed, and posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018.

Please be aware that customer requests made on this day may be impacted by this scheduled maintenance outage.

Normal operations with both online services will resume after 10:00 p.m. on the same day.
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December 21, 2017

Statement on Port Authority of Guam Incident

The Guam Power Authority has completed its initial assessment into the incident involving Port Authority of Guam (PAG) Employees on 20 December 2017 in the afternoon.   Initial statements from the Guam Fire Department (GFD) prior to any testing indicated “possible” exposure to exhaust fumes from the Cabras Power Plant Compound. Units were operating within U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Guam Environmental Protection Agency air/wind direction and emission permit requirements.

“GFD field tests were negative,” stated John J. Cruz, Jr. P.E. Acting GPA General Manager, “While site tests were taken and the presence of pollutants were not found – GPA will continue to work with PAG, GEPA and GFD to determine root causes of this incident.  We are especially concerned about the employees affected by this incident and hope for their speedy recovery.  Special thanks to all responders for their quick actions and professionalism.”
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December 7, 2017

CCU APPROVES LEAC ADJUSTMENT PETITION



Tonight, during a regular meeting of the Consolidated Commission on Utilities (CCU), Commissioners approved the Authority’s petition to phase in an adjustment to the current Levelized Energy Adjustment Clause (LEAC) or Fuel Recovery Surcharge on monthly energy statements.

“Our latest petition approved by the CCU reflects an increase of approximately 15.6% on the overall customer bill,” stated John Kim, Chief Financial Officer, “To illustrate, for a residential customer with a consumption of 1000 kWh, their bill will increase approximately $33 effective 1 February 2018.”

This latest LEAC adjustment reflects the recent decision by OPEC (Oil Producing & Exporting Countries) to support the extension of production cuts until the end of 2018. Consequently, fuel oil market prices will stabilize close to $60/bbl and is projected to continue to be within the $50-$60/bbl range.

“GPA wants to gradually true up fuel oil costs by phasing in adjustments and recommended recovering 75% of the estimated total under recovery over the next LEAC period. We can lessen the impact to our ratepayers as we recover a portion of the fuel expenses,” said Kim,

Kim further remarked, “GPA continues to explore and evaluate opportunities to reduce operating costs; with the recent completion of the overhaul of Cabras Unit No. 1, GPA can fully dispatch the more efficient baseload units to meet customer demand and reduce reliance on the peaking units.”
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