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Tantalus Graduates to the Toronto Stock Exchange

Tantalus

Focus on public power and electric cooperative utilities results in continued growth

Burnaby, BC – September 14, 2021 –– Smart grid technology leader Tantalus Systems (TSX: GRID) today welcomed the multi-commodity utility servicing the City of Escanaba, MI to its user community, bringing the total number of utilities leveraging its solutions to 200.

Tantalus provides mission-critical smart grid solutions to the public power and electric cooperative utility market segment across North America and the Caribbean Basin. The company’s dedication to this segment continues to yield growth and scale of its active user community—a community that includes more than 4 million endpoints capturing 30 billion consumption and power quality data points per year.

“Securing the 200th member of our user community is a tremendous milestone for our organization and the utilities that already rely on our team,” said Tantalus President & CEO Peter Londa. “Throughout our history, Tantalus centered its purpose on developing technology solutions in support of the public power and electric cooperative market segment by transforming existing distribution grids into digital networks capable of resolving an increasing number of challenges confronting the utility industry.”

As has been widely reported, utilities are under growing pressure to maintain operations despite disruptions from extreme weather, mandates to decarbonize and shifting consumer demand. Despite these disruptions, utilities are called upon daily to deliver safe, reliable and affordable services, all while relying on legacy distribution grids that are limited in their ability to withstand these challenges. By helping public power and electric cooperative utilities modernize their distribution grids and rise to these modern-day challenges, Tantalus has established a community of loyal customers through decades-long relationships.

“The one thing that stands out the most about Tantalus is how much they care about their customers. That makes a difference,” said Greg Williams, General Manager of Appalachian Electric Cooperative. “We were early adopters of smart grid to automate our metering infrastructure, and we continue to partner with Tantalus to enhance our system, expand our services and improve the lives of our members. Working with Tantalus is more than just a technology match—it’s a people match, too.”

CLICK HERE to read the full press release.

 

Generac Power Systems Announces the Formation of Grid Services GroupGenerac Logo


WAUKESHA, Wis. – Sept. 8, 2021 – Generac Power Systems (NYSE: GNRC) today announced the formation of a new group called Generac Grid Services. In addition, Bud Vos, currently president of Enbala Power Networks, a Generac subsidiary, has been named president – Generac Grid Services, and will now report to Aaron Jagdfeld, president and chief executive officer.

Generac Grid Services will provide solutions directly to utilities, grid operators and energy markets, leveraging products from across the enterprise including home standby generators, PWRcell storage systems, industrial natural gas generators and others. This will allow Generac Grid Services to create economic and environmental value by delivering turn-key distributed energy assets to customers, grid operators and energy markets.

“This is another significant step toward our strategic evolution into an energy technology and services company,” said Jagdfeld. “The future of energy is quickly changing as consumers look for alternative ways to generate, store, and manage the power they need to help address the challenges associated with an electrical grid that is outdated. Generac Grid Services will enable our company to provide an array of solutions and an entirely new value stream for our customers.”

CLICK HERE to read the full press release.

 

Call for Self-Nominations for PLMA At-Large Director Positions Ends September 22

Self-nominations are now being accepted from PLMA At-Large Representatives to run for election for one of up to four positions as a PLMA At-Large Director for the Fall 2021 - Fall 2023 term. If you plan to seek election, please complete the At-Large Director Nomination Form. The form requests that you include a brief statement of your qualifications, your goals for the organization, and initiatives that you want to champion. Self-nominations will be accepted through Wednesday, September 22, 2021. You must be signed in as a At-Large Representative to access the nomination form. if the link does not work, cut and paste this url into your browser: https://plma.memberclicks.net/at-large-director-nomination-2021.

PLMA seeks nominations from At-Large Representatives to be At-Large Directors. All At-Large Directors' (see roster at www.peakload.org/plma-leadership) terms expire at the conclusion of the 44th PLMA Conference. Up to four (4) At-Large Directors will be elected to a two-year term with no term limits by current At-Large Representatives in good standing.

Job Description.  At-Large Representatives from all Associate-level and Academic-level member organizations have the opportunity to elect At-Large Directors to serve as voting members of the PLMA Board of Directors.  The current At-Large Directors and Board of Directors are listed at www.peakload.org/Leadership.  PLMA (traditionally) has two "in-person" meetings of the Board each year, the first being the evening before the Spring Conference and the second one being the evening before the start of the Fall Conference. Although it is rare, PLMA does infrequently have an all board conference call or email that requires your member input/vote. Board members will have advanced notice of the timing and subject matter for either of these as they occur. PLMA’s Officers and Executive Committee provide on-going oversight for PLMA, then present recommendations to the entire board for final decisions. The Officers and Executive Committee members are listed at www.peakload.org/Leadership.  Board policies can be accessed online at www.peakload.org/Policies.  

Nomination Process. Any PLMA  At-Large Representative of an Associate-level or Academic-level member organization in good standing may self-nominate. If someone other than the  At-Large Representative from a PLMA member organization wishes to self-nominate, they must become the designated  At-Large Representative for their organization.

Election Process. The At-Large Director election will be conducted electronically before the Board meeting takes place on November 1. Candidates will be invited to record a brief statement for a Meet the Candidates webcast to be produced for At-Large Representatives in October. The Election Policy and By-laws are posted behind your member password at www.peakload.org/at-large-rep-home-page.

Sincerely,
Laurie Duhan
Executive Committee and Election Officer

Primary Contact: Rich Philip, Executive Director, PLMA, [email protected]; (317) 691-8443

 

E Source Job Opportunity: Senior Consultant - Solutions ArchitectE Source


Do you enjoy helping utilities with big technology projects? Do you thrive when working with cross-functional teams to find solutions to utility technology issues? Do you like to develop and deliver solutions to complex problems encountered by utility companies? Do you find fulfillment in driving change and helping utilities modernize their technologies?

At E Source, our passion for sustainability and energy efficiency fuels our work. We provide research and advisory services to electric, gas, and water utilities with the goal of increasing the effectiveness of their operations, customer programs, and customer relationships. We're on a mission to help our clients evolve into customer-centric organizations that make data-driven decisions. And we like to have fun while we do it! At E Source, work is not an antonym of play.

Here are the values we live by at E Source:

  • Be the best at what you do - provide high-quality work in all aspects of your job.
  • Do the right thing - have integrity, be trustworthy, and put the team above personal gain.
  • Lead the change - lead with curiosity, innovate, and embrace change in order to grow.
  • Cultivate community - build relationships, assume positive intent, and foster a culture of inclusivity.

The senior consultant is a key participant in assigned client engagements. The successful candidate will contribute to consulting projects of all sizes, providing support wherever needed. They'll contribute domain expertise across all practice areas - strategy, planning, and implementation - depending on business needs and skill sets. They'll lead the development of their respective practice area and will take an active role in thought leadership and knowledge-management activities.

This person will also contribute to direct and indirect sales activities, supporting proposal development and identifying opportunities with existing clients. They'll actively build productive networks with our clients staff, subconsultants, and vendors.

CLICK HERE to read the full job opportunity or to apply.

 

Senior Analyst - Customer Engagement Solutions

E Source

Are you a rock star manager with research experience? Are you interested in improving the relationship between utility companies and their customers? If so, E Source would like to hear from you. We’re looking for a manager to lead our Customer Engagement Solutions research team. This person will oversee the delivery of research services that cover customer experience, marketing, communications, account management, and more. We provide independent research, information, advisory, and consulting services to utilities, cities, and their partners. Our mission is to build a sustainable future in partnership with our clients.

Here are the values we live by at E Source: 

  • Be the best at what you do—provide high-quality work in all aspects of your job.
  • Do the right thing—have integrity, be trustworthy, and put the team above personal gain.
  • Lead the change—lead with curiosity, innovate, and embrace change in order to grow.
  • Cultivate community—build relationships, assume positive intent, and foster a culture of inclusivity.

The ideal candidate for this role has: 

  • People management experience. You’ll manage, coach, and support the development of team members.
  • Research experience and passion. You’re a research professional with an impressive track record. We’d prefer a candidate with at least five years of experience. You have experience planning and delivering research projects of varying size, scope, and time frames. We’d prefer a candidate with experience in contact center operations, customer experience, account management, or marketing and communications.
  • Humility, a collaborative attitude, and a team-first mindset. You know there are things you don’t know, and that energizes you. You believe two brains are better than one, and you proactively seek support, advice, and guidance from others. You’re proficient at working across multiple teams to accomplish large and small goals. 
  • Creativity and openness. You aren’t afraid to share your ideas for how we might do things differently, and you’re comfortable with divergent thinking.
  • An affinity for data. You seek good, comprehensive data to inform your decisions, while also acknowledging that sometimes you must rely on your judgement.
  • A strategic, growth-focused mind. You see many paths for growth, but you also know that investing in one thing means not investing in another. You ask great questions and think through the risks and opportunities of decisions.
  • Rigor and discipline. You understand that without discipline and process, big ideas don't go far. You appreciate effective processes and actively work to improve flawed ones. You manage your time well and your coworkers can count on you to do what you say you’ll do.
  • Industry experience. We’d prefer if you had experience working in or with electric, gas, dual-fuel, or water utilities.

The manager will actively participate in cross-team engagements and guide members of the team to successful project deliveries. The manager will need to wear multiple hats and employ a ‘do whatever it takes’ attitude to make sure the team’s needs are supported and the staff is actively growing their expertise.

What will make you a good fit

  • At least five years of professional experience in a combination of research and management roles
  • A bachelor’s degree in journalism, business, marketing, communications, public policy, energy, political science, or related field preferred
  • Experience in customer experience, digital engagement, or contact center operations
  • Experience managing a diverse team of subject-matter experts, market researchers, or content creators
  • Exceptional presentation, writing, and document-preparation skills
  • Strong writing, research, analytical, communications, and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated interest in energy efficiency, water efficiency, or sustainability preferred

Benefits

  • We offer excellent insurance packages, including medical, dental, and vision plans; company-paid life insurance; company-paid long- and short-term disability insurance; and medical and dependent-care flexible spending plans. 
  • We offer flexible schedules and generous paid time off as soon as you start, including three weeks of vacation, eight paid holidays, two floating holidays, and seven sick days a year. We have additional time-off banks for jury duty, bereavement, and parental leave. 
  • We offer a 401(k) with a 3% employer match.

The budgeted salary for this position is $60,000 to $85,000 + annual bonus. Actual pay will be adjusted based on experience.

Ideally this person will work from our Boulder location, but we’ll also consider remote candidates.

Applicants must be authorized to work for any employer in the US. We’re unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of employment visas at this time.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Marnie Urbach
Director, Human Resources | E Source
Tel 303-345-9170
[email protected] | www.esource.com

 
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