January 20, 2022

   MINUTES OF REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING
OF
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF NORTHWEST RURAL PUBLIC POWER DISTRICT

 A regular meeting of the Board of Directors of Northwest Rural PPD was held at the headquarters Thursday, January 20, 2021 at the hour of 1:00 p.m. The meeting was called to order by Vice President Lee Ahrens. The following Members were present and constituted a quorum: Lee Ahrens, Lucas Bear, Christopher Garrett, Marcus Sandberg, Lynden Smith and Bruce Troester.

Also present were General Manager Chance Briscoe, Operations Manager Ron Olson, Office Manager Tony Hindman, employee Erik Persons and District Counsel Terry Curtiss.

Unless otherwise noted, all votes were taken by roll call on motion duly made and seconded and unanimously passed.

Excused Director: A motion was made to excuse Director Gary Fuchser; motion carried.

Open Meeting Law: The Open Meeting Law was acknowledged.

Agenda: Motion to accept the agenda; motion carried.

Approval of Minutes: A motion was made to accept the minutes of the Regular Meeting of December 16, 2021; motion passed.

Public Comments: None.

Check Register and Payroll Summary Review: The Check Register and Payroll Summary for the previous month were reviewed. Vice President Ahrens declared the items as informational items requiring no Board action.

Action Items: Vice President Ahrens turned the meeting over to District Counsel Curtiss to conduct the election of officers. A nomination was made to elect the same slate of officer positions as currently held. A motion was made to cease nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for the slate of officers; Gary Fuchser as President, Lee Ahrens as Vice President, Chris Garrett as Secretary, Marcus Sandberg as Treasurer, Bruce Troester as Assistant Treasurer, Chance Briscoe as the NREA Director and Lucas Bear as the Tri-State Director; motion passed and the meeting was turned back to Vice President Ahrens.

The Board of Directors considered whether a change was necessary to the NRPPD Charter related to voting districts due to the recently completed 2020 US Census. Nebraska Statute 70-612 allows that voting subdivisions are exempt from the regulation requirement to analyze population changes so long as county or voting precinct lines are followed. Since that is true, a motion was made to affirm that no changes are necessary to the Charter; motion passed.

The board previously adopted a motion at an emergency meeting to submit a conditional notice to withdraw from Tri-State in effect December 29, 2021 based upon a pending FERC ruling on a
buyout method. A motion was made to ratify that decision and reaffirm the withdrawal notice; motion carried with Director Bear abstaining.

The board considered an engagement letter for audit services for years ending 2021 through 2023. The cost of services were proposed to be $9,500, $9,750 and $10,000 for each of the three years. A motion was made to accept the audit engagement letter with DeCoria, Blair and Teague for three years; motion passed.

Financial Report: Manager Briscoe reviewed the preliminary operating statement for December, however since the month closing is not final, no action was taken.

Safety Report: Operations Manager Olson reviewed the safety statistics and safety report for the previous month. A motion was made to accept the safety report; motion carried.

Staff Reports: The staff made the following reports and answered Board questions:
          a. Operations Manager Olson reviewed the Outage Report for the previous month and noted NRPPD expects to hire a lineman in February.

General Manager’s Report: Manager Briscoe generally reported on or discussed, among other things: (1) attendance at the Tri-State Board Committee Meetings; (2) attendance at the NRECA CEO Close-up; (3) attendance at a Tri-State Manager Meeting; and (4) recent developments in the Tri-State matter before FERC.

Tri-State Report: Director Bear gave a report on the Tri-State board meeting where among other things he discussed operating statistics for the previous month, working to increase coal reserves, a planned Eastern CO Transmission Expansion project to cost approximately $185M, extra market power purchases due to price and coal reserves, and the annual peak of 2021 was set on July 19 at 3,010 MW.

Items for Next Agenda: The next meeting date was set for February 16
th at 1:00 pm.

Legal Update: Reserved for Executive Session.

Other Business: None.

Executive Session: A motion was made to enter Executive Session at 2:10 p.m. to discuss litigation matters; motion carried with Director Bear abstaining and Director Bear left the meeting. A motion was made to exit Executive Session at 3:05 p.m.; motion carried.

Adjourn: The meeting was adjourned at 3:06 p.m.

APPROVED:
____________________________________ ____________________________________
President                                                          Secretary

 

February 16, 2022

MINUTES OF REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING
OF
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF NORTHWEST RURAL PUBLIC POWER DISTRICT

 


A regular meeting of the Board of Directors of Northwest Rural PPD was held at the headquarters Thursday, February 16, 2022 at the hour of 1:00 p.m. The meeting was called to order by President Gary Fuchser. The following Members were present and constituted a quorum: Lee Ahrens, Lucas Bear, Gary Fuchser, Christopher Garrett, Marcus Sandberg, Lynden Smith and Bruce Troester.

Also present were General Manager Chance Briscoe, Operations Manager Ron Olson, Office Manager Tony Hindman, employee Terry Knapp and District Counsel Terry Curtiss.

Unless otherwise noted, all votes were taken by roll call on motion duly made and seconded and unanimously passed.

Open Meeting Law: The Open Meeting Law was acknowledged.

Agenda: Motion to accept the agenda; motion carried.

Approval of Minutes: A motion was made to accept the minutes of the Regular Meeting of January 20, 2022; motion passed.

Public Comments: None.

Check Register and Payroll Summary Review: The Check Register and Payroll Summary for the previous month were reviewed. President Fuchser declared the items as informational items requiring no Board action.

Action Items: The Board was presented with a proposed revision to Policy 501 which set some fees higher beginning in 2022. After discussion, a motion was made to accept the revised policy; motion passed.

Management then presented the Board with a proposal to advance funds from the newly adopted PowerVision loan facility provided by CFC. It was discussed that NRPPD needed to pay off a Line of Credit which was advanced in 2021 in the amount of $750,000. However, after discussion regarding expected supply issues, inflationary impacts on material purchases and expected interest rate increases, a motion was made to advance $1,500,000 now on a 25 year term and have management come back with additional information next month to review if additional long term debt would be prudent to increase inventory stock further; motion passed.

Financial Report: Manager Briscoe reviewed the operating report for the previous month. A motion was made to accept the financial report; motion carried.

Safety Report: Operations Manager Olson reviewed the safety statistics and safety report for the previous month. A motion was made to accept the safety report; motion carried.


Staff Reports: The staff made the following reports and answered Board questions:

          a. Operations Manager Olson reviewed the Outage Report for the previous month and an issue with a bushing at a substation discovered during routine testing.
          b. Member Service Representative Tlustos reviewed the scholarship applications received, achievement of 100% ACRE for board and management, and reviewed a
              potential solar installation that the City of Chadron is discussing with NRPPD.

General Manager’s Report: Manager Briscoe generally reported on or discussed, among other things: (1) attendance at the NREA Board Meeting and Legislative Reception; (2) attendance at the NREA Manager’s Meeting and testifying at the Natural Resources Committee on LB 1045; (3) attendance at a Western United Board Meeting and the heavy discussion of supply chain issues; (4) attendance at the Tri-State Rate Committee which was essentially review of past actions on Tri-State rates; and (5) recent developments in the Tri-State matter before FERC.

Tri-State Report: Director Bear gave a report on the Tri-State board meeting where among other things he discussed operating statistics for the previous month, the board held a strategic planning session, Tri-State used approximately $70M of deferred revenue last year, there was concern from the board over holding the rate reductions agreed to during the FERC settlement, the Rifle gas generation plant is set to close in 2022, and that the hydrogen generation plant conversion at Escalante is still moving forward.

Items for Next Agenda: The next meeting date was set for March 17, 2022 with the time to be announced. The review of inventory and additional Long Term Debt will be reviewed.

Legal Update: None.

Other Business: None.

Executive Session: A motion was made to enter Executive Session at 2:06 p.m. to discuss litigation matters; motion carried with Director Bear abstaining and Director Bear left the meeting. A motion was made to exit Executive Session at 3:07 p.m.; motion carried.

Adjourn: The meeting was adjourned at 3:08 p.m.

APPROVED:
____________________________________ ____________________________________
President                                                          Secretary



 

March 17, 2022

MINUTES OF REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING
OF
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF NORTHWEST RURAL PUBLIC POWER DISTRICT

A regular meeting of the Board of Directors of Northwest Rural PPD was held at the headquarters Thursday, March 17, 2022 at the hour of 11:30 a.m. The meeting was called to order by President Gary Fuchser. The following Members were present and constituted a quorum: Lee Ahrens, Lucas Bear, Gary Fuchser, Christopher Garrett, Marcus Sandberg, Lynden Smith and Bruce Troester.

Also present were General Manager Chance Briscoe, Operations Manager Ron Olson, Office Manager Tony Hindman, employee Drew Loutzenhiser, District Counsel Terry Curtiss, Rick Nelson NREA Interim CEO, and Greg Strehle NREA Vice President.

Unless otherwise noted, all votes were taken by roll call on motion duly made and seconded and unanimously passed.

NREA Discussion: Rick Nelson and Greg Strehle were introduced from NREA to review the current state of NREA. Mr. Nelson began with an introduction of himself and then introduced Mr. Strehle. Mr. Strehle discussed the purpose of NREA and mission of NREA to provide value to the membership.  Upon conclusion of the NREA Discussion the meeting was suspended to have lunch at 12:05.

Mr’s Nelson and Strehle left the meeting and President Fuchser called the meeting back into session at 12:45.

Open Meeting Law: The Open Meeting Law was acknowledged.

Agenda: Motion to accept the agenda; motion carried.

Approval of Minutes: A motion was made to accept the minutes of the Regular Meeting of February 16, 2022; motion passed.

Public Comments: None.

Check Register and Payroll Summary Review: The Check Register and Payroll Summary for the previous month were reviewed. President Fuchser declared the items as informational items requiring no Board action.

Action Items: Management discussed some extra equipment that has been ordered but then management discussed additional time was needed to compile other quotes and delivery dates to consider further material inventory stock and the corresponding Long Term Debt that may be required. A motion was made to table the Long Term Debt Discussion until the next meeting; motion carried.


Financial Report: Manager Briscoe reviewed the operating report for the previous month. A motion was made to accept the financial report; motion carried.

Safety Report: Operations Manager Olson reviewed the safety statistics and safety report for the previous month. A motion was made to accept the safety report; motion carried.

Staff Reports: The staff made the following reports and answered Board questions:
          a. Operations Manager Olson reviewed the Outage Report for the previous month and informed the Board that an employment offer has been made and accepted
              for a new lineman to begin in May.

General Manager’s Report: Manager Briscoe generally reported on or discussed, among other things: (1) attendance at a MDM Meeting; (2) the on-site portion of the annual financial audit has concluded with no outstanding issues and final report expected in early April; (3) attendance at a Basin Manager’s Conference; (4) attendance at the Tri-State Rate Board Meeting; and (5) recent developments in the Tri-State matter before FERC.

Tri-State Report: Director Bear gave a report on the Tri-State board meeting where among other things he discussed operating statistics for the previous month, increasing stockpiles of coal at generation stations, net margins for 2021 were $26M after use of $78M of deferred revenue, REC’s from solar, wind and hydro and that Tri-State implemented the FERC Settlement 2% rate reduction as of March 1
st.

Items for Next Agenda: The next meeting date was set for April 21, 2022 at 1:00 pm. An audit report and review of inventory and additional Long Term Debt set for the next meeting.

Legal Update: None.

Other Business: None.

Executive Session: A motion was made to enter Executive Session at 2:10 p.m. to discuss litigation matters; motion carried with Director Bear abstaining and Director Bear left the meeting. A motion was made to exit Executive Session at 3:09 p.m.; motion carried.

Adjourn: The meeting was adjourned at 3:10 p.m.

APPROVED:
____________________________________ ____________________________________
President                                                          Secretary


 

April 21, 2022

 

 

MINUTES OF REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING

OF

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF NORTHWEST RURAL PUBLIC POWER DISTRICT

A regular meeting of the Board of Directors of Northwest Rural PPD was held at the headquarters Thursday, April 21, 2022 at the hour of 1:0 p.m. The meeting was called to order by President Gary Fuchser. The following Members were present and constituted a quorum: Lee Ahrens, Lucas Bear, Gary Fuchser, Christopher Garrett, Marcus Sandberg, Lynden Smith and Bruce Troester.

Also present were General Manager Chance Briscoe, Operations Manager Ron Olson, Member Service Representative Les Tlustos, employee Toby Rasmussen, and District Counsel Terry Curtiss.

Unless otherwise noted, all votes were taken by roll call on motion duly made and seconded and unanimously passed.

Open Meeting Law: The Open Meeting Law was acknowledged.

Agenda: Motion to accept the agenda; motion carried.

Approval of Minutes: A motion was made to accept the minutes of the Regular Meeting of March 17, 2022; motion passed.

Public Comments: None.

Check Register and Payroll Summary Review: The Check Register and Payroll Summary for the previous month were reviewed. President Fuchser declared the items as informational items requiring no Board action.

Action Items: Brandon Blair from DeCoria, Blair and Teague joined the meeting by phone to present their audit findings for year ending 2021. The audit report included a clear and unqualified opinion as to all material respects of the financial statements being fairly presented. Upon conclusion of the presentation, Brandon left the meeting and a motion was made to accept the audit report as presented; motion carried.

Legal Report: Mr. Curtiss began his legal report with a quick overview of the recent FERC activities. Mr. Briscoe then supplied additional information as it related to other events regarding the FERC proceeding on the CTP, such as depositions, preparations for the upcoming hearing and an expectation of the timeline for conclusion of the proceeding. Additionally a couple recent rulings from FERC were discussed. First was a ruling from the Commission that the conditional withdrawal notices that United, NRPPD and Poudre Valley have submitted are invalid. Second was a ruling by the Chief Judge to dismiss a motion made by Tri-State to compel responses from
United and Guzman Energy which had been withheld under the confidentiality established by the Joint Interest Agreement signed between United, NRPPD and Guzman. The next phase is a hearing scheduled for the first two weeks of May, 2022 and expected recommendation by the judge in late July or early August.


Action Items: A discussion was held regarding a carry over item related to additional long-term debt for materials. Due to the supply chain problems and it being unlikely to receive large quantities of materials it was the consensus of the Board to continue to order material but not to extend additional debt at this time. No action was taken.

Management then presented options to replace the current riding lawn mower that has fallen in some disrepair. After discussion and consideration, a motion was made to approve purchase of an EGo electric riding lawn mower in the amount of $7,000; motion carried.

Policy 501, Fees, was considered. The change was to establish a single amount due for work being conducted by employees after-hours and on weekends for work related to customer services. After discussion, a motion was made to accept the recommended changes; motion carried.

A discussion was held regarding changes to the retirement plan documents. The two items to be changed related to additional options for employees to invest and to add the Board President as a trustee of the plan. The actual document was still being drafted by the retirement plan administrators. A motion was made to authorize management to sign the documents upon completion; motion carried.

Financial Report: Manager Briscoe reviewed the operating report for the previous month. A motion was made to accept the financial report; motion carried.

Safety Report: Operations Manager Olson reviewed the safety statistics and safety report for the previous month. A motion was made to accept the safety report; motion carried.

Staff Reports: The staff made the following reports and answered Board questions:
          a. Operations Manager Olson reviewed the Outage Report for the previous month and discussed some back feed connections currently in place.
          b. Member Service Representative Tlustos discussed large interest in solar development and several calls fielded in that regard.

General Manager’s Report: Manager Briscoe generally reported on or discussed, among other things: (1) attendance at Tri-State’s Annual Meeting; and (2) Activities of the Tri-State manager’s meeting and Rate Committee.

Tri-State Report: Director Bear gave a report on the Tri-State board meeting and Annual Meeting, where among other things he discussed operating statistics for the previous month, recent reports received from Tri-State regarding FERC proceedings, and that there were no changes to the Executive Committee during the re-organization vote.

Items for Next Agenda: None.

Other Business: None.


Adjourn: The meeting was adjourned at 3:53 p.m.

APPROVED:
____________________________________ ____________________________________
President                                                          Secretary


  

May 26, 2022


MINUTES OF REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING
OF
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF NORTHWEST RURAL PUBLIC POWER DISTRICT

 


A regular meeting of the Board of Directors of Northwest Rural PPD was held at the headquarters Thursday, May 26, 2022 at the hour of 1:0 p.m. The meeting was called to order by President Gary Fuchser. The following Members were present and constituted a quorum: Lee Ahrens, Lucas Bear, Gary Fuchser, Christopher Garrett, Marcus Sandberg, Lynden Smith and Bruce Troester.

Also present were General Manager Chance Briscoe, Operations Manager Ron Olson, Member Service Representative Les Tlustos, employee Denny Thorson, District Counsel Terry Curtiss, customer Kevin Christy, and scholarship recipients Sam Hindman and Ashley Tobiasson.

Unless otherwise noted, all votes were taken by roll call on motion duly made and seconded and unanimously passed.

Open Meeting Law: The Open Meeting Law was acknowledged.

Agenda: Motion to accept the agenda; motion carried.

Approval of Minutes: A motion was made to accept the minutes of the Regular Meeting of April 21, 2022; motion passed. A motion was made to accept the minutes of the Special Meeting held April 29, 2022; motion passed, Director Bear abstained.

Public Comments: Director Troester introduce Mr. Christy as his guest to observe the meeting.

Scholarship Recipients: Mr. Tlustos reviewed that NRPPD selects recipients for four scholarships and the qualifications for selection. He then introduced the recipient of the Arbor Wealth Scholarship, Ashley Tobiasson. He then introduced one of the two Tri-State Scholarship recipients, Sam Hindman. Each of the recipients gave a brief overview of their future plans. The other two recipients were not able to attend the meeting. The other Tri-State recipient was Tatianna Higgins and the Basin recipient was Jacey Garrett.

Check Register and Payroll Summary Review: The Check Register and Payroll Summary for the previous month were reviewed. President Fuchser declared the items as informational items requiring no Board action.

Action Items: The Board reviewed their action from the Special Meeting held April 29th. A motion was made to ratify their action of submitting a non-conditional withdrawal notice from Tri-State; motion passed, Director Bear abstained.

Financial Report: Manager Briscoe reviewed the operating report for the previous month. Amotion was made to accept the financial report; motion carried.

Safety Report: Operations Manager Olson reviewed the safety statistics and safety report for theprevious month. A motion was made to accept the safety report; motion carried.

Staff Reports: The staff made the following reports and answered Board questions:
          a. Operations Manager Olson reviewed the Outage Report for the previous month and mentioned that a new employee has been hired, Cole Coss.
          b. Member Service Representative Tlustos discussed that no students have submitted application for the Youth Energy Leadership camp. Also, discussed were that                82 accounts have been signed up in the Irrigation Load Control Program.

General Manager’s Report: Manager Briscoe generally reported on or discussed, among other things: (1) attendance at NREA’s Manager Meeting; (2) activities of the Tri-State Rate Committee; (3) the Western United Board Meeting and the continued challenges due to supply chain issues; and (4) attendance at a MDM Meeting at Wheat Belt. Lengthy discussion was held on the two-week hearing at FERC on the Tri-State exit methodology and questions about the next steps in the process. Finally, a ruling by the judge on the Stated Rate reserve issues was posted at the FERC. Tri-State was not successful in defending their positions against most of United Power’s protests.

Tri-State Report: Director Bear gave a report on the Tri-State board meeting where among other things he discussed operating statistics for the previous month, low water levels at Amity and Lake Powell, expected rate increases from WAPA due to low hydro levels, fires in New Mexico, and changes to the financial forecast to use $32M of deferred revenue instead of booking an additional $25M to deferred revenue.

Items for Next Agenda: None.

Legal Report: None.

Other Business: None.

Adjourn: The meeting was adjourned at 2:52 p.m.

APPROVED:
____________________________________ ____________________________________
President                                                          Secretary
 

 

June 29, 2021

MINUTES OF REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING
OF
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF NORTHWEST RURAL PUBLIC POWER DISTRICT

 

A regular meeting of the Board of Directors of Northwest Rural PPD was held at the headquarters Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at the hour of 1:00 p.m. The meeting was called to order by President Gary Fuchser. The following Members were present and constituted a quorum: Lee Ahrens, Lucas Bear, Gary Fuchser, Christopher Garrett, Marcus Sandberg, Lynden Smith and Bruce Troester.  Also present were General Manager Chance Briscoe, Operations Manager Ron Olson, Office Manager Tony Hindman, employee Cale Anderson and District Counsel Terry Curtiss.

Unless otherwise noted, all votes were taken by roll call on motion duly made and seconded and unanimously passed.

Open Meeting Law: The Open Meeting Law was acknowledged.

Agenda: Motion to accept the agenda; motion carried.

Approval of Minutes: A motion was made to accept the minutes of the Regular Meeting of May 27, 2021; motion carried.

Public Comments: None.

Check Register and Payroll Summary Review: The Check Register and Payroll Summary for the previous month were reviewed. President Fuchser declared the items as informational items requiring no Board action.

Safety Report: Operations Manager Olson reviewed the safety statistic, safety report and safety meeting minutes for the previous month. A motion was made to accept the safety report; motion carried.

Outage Report: Operations Manager Olson reviewed the Outage Report for the previous month.

Action Items: Operations Manager Olson reviewed revisions to the NRPPD Safety Manual. Changes from the previous version included provisions for hauling long poles and use of rotary mulching discs on skid steers. A motion was made to accept the NRPPD Safety Manual with proposed changes; motion carried.

Manager Briscoe reviewed information requested at the previous meeting related to the proposed purchase of an electric vehicle. Information reviewed included a comparison to current reimbursement for personal vehicle use, warranty and maintenance concerns, financing options, expected delivery timeframes, among other items. After lengthy discussion a motion was made to direct management to purchase a Tesla Model 3; motion carried, with Director Troester voting Nay.

Financial Report: Manager Briscoe reviewed the operating report and load charts for the previous month. A motion was made to accept the financial report; motion carried.

Staff Reports: The staff made the following reports and answered Board questions:

          a. Office Manager Hindman reviewed the sequence of events that led to a billing error on all irrigation accounts for May. The error resulted in no demand charges billed for irrigation accounts and revised billing statements were delivered.

General Manager’s Report: Manager Briscoe generally reported on or discussed, among other things: (1) a NREA Manager Meeting; (2) the previous Tri-State CEO Town Hall; and (3) recent orders issued by FERC against Tri-State.

Tri-State Report: Director Bear gave a report on the Tri-State board meeting which was mostly held in executive session to discuss strategic planning. Additionally, Director Bear discussed forthcoming changes to Tri-State board meetings in relation to a recently adopted Colorado law requiring Tri-State’s meetings to be open to the public.

Items for Next Agenda: Director Troester requested a review of the Load Control program for Irrigation and Manager Briscoe mentioned that a designee will be necessary for Tri-State’s Annual Meeting in August.

Legal Update: None.

Other Business: None.

Executive Session: A motion was made to enter executive session to discuss litigation at 2:32 p.m.; motion carried, with Director Bear voting to abstain. Director Bear left the meeting. A motion was made to exit executive session at 3:47 p.m.; motion carried and the meeting adjourned.

APPROVED:
____________________________________ ____________________________________
President                                                           Secretary

July 29, 2021

 MINUTES OF REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING
OF
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF NORTHWEST RURAL PUBLIC POWER DISTRICT

A regular meeting of the Board of Directors of Northwest Rural PPD was held at the headquarters Tuesday, July 29, 2021 at the hour of 1:00 p.m. The meeting was called to order by President Gary Fuchser. The following Members were present and constituted a quorum: Lee Ahrens, Lucas Bear, Gary Fuchser, Christopher Garrett, Marcus Sandberg, Lynden Smith and Bruce Troester.

Also present were General Manager Chance Briscoe, Operations Manager Ron Olson, Office Manager Tony Hindman, Member Service Representative Les Tlustos, employee Darren Drabbels and District Counsel Terry Curtiss.

Unless otherwise noted, all votes were taken by roll call on motion duly made and seconded and unanimously passed.

Open Meeting Law: The Open Meeting Law was acknowledged.

Agenda: Motion to accept the agenda; motion carried.

Approval of Minutes: A motion was made to accept the minutes of the Regular Meeting of June 29, 2021; motion carried.

Public Comments: None.

Check Register and Payroll Summary Review: The Check Register and Payroll Summary for the previous month were reviewed. President Fuchser declared the items as informational items requiring no Board action.

Action Items: A motion was made to appoint Manager Briscoe as the delegate for the Tri-State Annual Meeting of the Membership and to appoint Director Bear as the alternate; motion carried.  A motion was made to appoint Manager Briscoe as the delegate for the NRECA Region VII Meeting and to appoint Director Ahrens as the alternate; motion carried.

Manager Briscoe led a discussion regarding the current and future agreements for net metered customers and a requirement for NRPPD to be named as an Additional Insured on the customer’s liability policy. District Counsel Curtiss added comments and concerns for the Board’s consideration. After discussion, a motion was made to eliminate the requirement for Additional Insured from the agreement; motion carried.

Financial Report: Manager Briscoe reviewed the operating report and load charts for the previous month. A motion was made to accept the financial report; motion carried.

Safety Report: Operations Manager Olson reviewed the safety statistic, safety report and safety meeting minutes for the previous month. Olson also reviewed the recent RESAP inspection and the high marks NRPPD received. A motion was made to accept the safety report; motion carried.

Staff Reports: The staff made the following reports and answered Board questions:
          a. Operations Manager Olson reviewed the Outage Report for the previous month.
          b. Customer Service Representative reported on activities for the Youth Energy and Leadership Camp along with activities of local parade entries.

General Manager’s Report: Manager Briscoe generally reported on or discussed, among other things: (1) new JT&S instructors hired; (2) meetings held with NPPD regarding potential EV charging stations in the area; and (3) recent activities by Tri-State at FERC. Briscoe also gave an overview of the 2021 Irrigation Load Control and consideration for an additional option in the program. After lengthy discussion it was determined to continue the discussion prior to the following year’s implementation.

Tri-State Report: Director Bear gave a report on the Tri-State board meeting regarding the changes to the meeting format due to the Open Meetings law passed in Colorado, update on TriState activities regarding FERC filings, recent storm damage transmission lines, and operational statistics.

Items for Next Agenda: Continued discussion on Irrigation Load Control programs.

Legal Update: None.

Other Business: None.

Executive Session: A motion was made to enter executive session to discuss litigation at 3:00 p.m.; motion carried, with Director Bear voting to abstain. Director Bear left the meeting. A motion was made to exit executive session at 3:34 p.m.; motion carried and the meeting adjourned.

APPROVED:
____________________________________ ____________________________________
President                                                          Secretary
 


 

August 25, 2021

 

MINUTES OF REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING
OF
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF NORTHWEST RURAL PUBLIC POWER DISTRICT

 

A regular meeting of the Board of Directors of Northwest Rural PPD was held at the headquarters Tuesday, August 25, 2021 at the hour of 1:00 p.m. The meeting was called to order by President Gary Fuchser. The following Members were present and constituted a quorum: Lee Ahrens, Lucas Bear, Gary Fuchser, Christopher Garrett, Marcus Sandberg, Lynden Smith and Bruce Troester.

Also present were General Manager Chance Briscoe, Operations Manager Ron Olson, Office Manager Tony Hindman, Member Service Representative Les Tlustos, employee Matt Anderson and District Counsel Terry Curtiss.

Unless otherwise noted, all votes were taken by roll call on motion duly made and seconded and unanimously passed.

Open Meeting Law: The Open Meeting Law was acknowledged.

Agenda: Motion to accept the agenda; motion carried.

Approval of Minutes: A motion was made to accept the minutes of the Regular Meeting of July 29, 2021; motion carried.

Public Comments: None.

Check Register and Payroll Summary Review: The Check Register and Payroll Summary for the previous month were reviewed. President Fuchser declared the items as informational items requiring no Board action.

Action Items: A motion was made to appoint Manager Briscoe as the delegate for the CFC and Federated Region VII Meetings and to appoint Director Ahrens as the alternate; motion carried.

Financial Report: Manager Briscoe reviewed the operating report and load charts for theprevious month. A motion was made to accept the financial report; motion carried.

Safety Report: Operations Manager Olson reviewed the safety statistic, safety report and safety meeting minutes for the previous month. A motion was made to accept the safety report; motion carried.

Staff Reports: The staff made the following reports and answered Board questions:
          a. Operations Manager Olson reviewed the Outage Report for the previous month and commented on backfeed plans for the Town of Hay Springs later in the fall.
          b. Customer Service Representative Tlustos reported on two entries submitted for the DC Youth Tour. A consensus was reached to send two students and request                  was made to add as an Action Item at the next Regular Meeting of the Board.

General Manager’s Report: Manager Briscoe generally reported on or discussed, among other things: (1) the release of the NREA GM by the Executive Committee; (2) activities at the TriState Board and Annual Meetings; (3) pending receipt of the Tesla Model 3; (4) recap of the NRECA CEO Close-up meeting; (5) attendance at a Town Hall by NPPD to discuss future resource mix planning; and (6) that FERC had denied Tri-State’s request for abeyance to respond to FERC’s Order to Show Cause.

Tri-State Report: Director Bear gave a report on the Tri-State board meeting where a new Chairman was elected, Tim Rabon from New Mexico, and that Tri-State intends to use deferred revenue to meet their goal of a 1.190 DSR.

Items for Next Agenda: Continued discussion on Irrigation Load Control programs and consideration of sending an additional student on the Youth Tour.

Legal Update: None.

Other Business: None.

Executive Session: A motion was made to enter executive session to discuss litigation at 1:53 p.m.; motion carried, with Director Bear voting to abstain. Director Bear left the meeting. Amotion was made to exit executive session at 2:09 p.m.; motion carried and the meeting adjourned.

APPROVED:
____________________________________ ____________________________________
President                                                          Secretary
 


 

September 23, 2021

 

MINUTES OF REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING
OF
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF NORTHWEST RURAL PUBLIC POWER DISTRICT

 

A regular meeting of the Board of Directors of Northwest Rural PPD was held at the headquarters Tuesday, September 23, 2021 at the hour of 1:00 p.m. The meeting was called to order by President Gary Fuchser. The following Members were present and constituted a quorum: Lee Ahrens, Lucas Bear, Gary Fuchser, Christopher Garrett, Marcus Sandberg, Lynden Smith and Bruce Troester.

Also present were General Manager Chance Briscoe, Operations Manager Ron Olson, Office Manager Tony Hindman, Member Service Representative Les Tlustos, employee Trampas Belknap and District Counsel Terry Curtiss.

Unless otherwise noted, all votes were taken by roll call on motion duly made and seconded and unanimously passed.

Open Meeting Law: The Open Meeting Law was acknowledged.

Agenda: Motion to accept the agenda; motion carried.

Approval of Minutes: A motion was made to accept the minutes of the Regular Meeting of August 25, 2021; motion carried.

Public Comments: None.

Check Register and Payroll Summary Review: The Check Register and Payroll Summary for the previous month were reviewed. President Fuchser declared the items as informational items requiring no Board action.

Action Items: Two individuals applied to attend the 2022 Youth Tour to Washington, DC. The two applicants are siblings and the board considered whether to send both applicants. After discussion and consideration of setting precedent and review of missing last year due to COVID cancellations, a motion was made to send one as scheduled but also split the cost 50/50 of sending the second; motion carried.

Financial Report: Manager Briscoe reviewed the operating report and load charts for the previous month. A motion was made to accept the financial report; motion carried.

Safety Report: Operations Manager Olson reviewed the safety statistic, safety report and safety meeting minutes for the previous month. A motion was made to accept the safety report; motion carried.

Staff Reports: The staff made the following reports and answered Board questions:
          a. Operations Manager Olson reviewed the Outage Report for the previous month and a recap of fire damage from the recent fire south of Crawford.

General Manager’s Report: Manager Briscoe generally reported on or discussed, among other things: (1) attendance at the NREA Manager Meeting and Legal Seminar; (2) appointment of Rick Nelson as the interim GM of NREA; (3) Tesla use and planned decals; (4) review of the recently hosted MDM; (5) attendance at a Western United Board Meeting; and (6) and update on FERC activites.

Tri-State Report: Director Bear gave a report on the Tri-State board meeting where among other things he discussed the Nucla decommissioning activites, operational statistics, the United Power battery and Tri-State use of deferred revenue

Items for Next Agenda: Continued discussion on Irrigation Load Control programs and appointment of Basin delegate for the Annual Meeting.

Legal Update: None.

Other Business: None.

Adjourn: The meeting was adjourned at 2:50 p.m.

APPROVED:
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President                                                          Secretary
 

 

October 28, 2021

  MINUTES OF REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING
OF
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF NORTHWEST RURAL PUBLIC POWER DISTRICT

A regular meeting of the Board of Directors of Northwest Rural PPD was held at the headquarters Thursday, October 28, 2021 at the hour of 1:00 p.m. The meeting was called to order by President Gary Fuchser. The following Members were present and constituted a quorum: Lee Ahrens, Lucas Bear, Gary Fuchser, Christopher Garrett, Marcus Sandberg, Lynden Smith and Bruce Troester.

Also present were General Manager Chance Briscoe, Operations Manager Ron Olson, Office Manager Tony Hindman, Member Service Representative Les Tlustos, employee John Hessler and District Counsel Terry Curtiss.

Unless otherwise noted, all votes were taken by roll call on motion duly made and seconded and unanimously passed.

Open Meeting Law: The Open Meeting Law was acknowledged.

Agenda: Motion to accept the agenda; motion carried.

Approval of Minutes: A motion was made to accept the minutes of the Regular Meeting of September 23, 2021; motion carried.

Public Comments: None.

Check Register and Payroll Summary Review: The Check Register and Payroll Summary for the previous month were reviewed. President Fuchser declared the items as informational items requiring no Board action.

Action Items: Manager Briscoe presented the paperwork and resolution for the Board to approve NRPPD’s application to CFC for a PowerVision loan facility in the amount of $5,000,000.00. After discussion a motion was made to approve the PowerVision loan facility; motion carried.  The Board was then presented an estimate from Van Pelt Fencing to install a remote operated gate to the equipment yard in the amount of $15,477.57. In addition to the estimate, there will be some internal labor and electrician work to complete the installation. A motion was made to approve the remote operated gate; motion carried.  The Mid-West Electric Consumer’s Annual Meeting is to be held in December. It was discussed that Director Smith planned to attend and a motion was made to appoint Director Smith as delegate and Manager Briscoe as alternate for the meeting; motion carried. The Basin Annual Meeting is to be held in November. Manager Briscoe plans to attend and a motion was made to appoint Manager Briscoe as the voting delegate for the meeting; motion carried.  The November and December meeting dates were reviewed. Due to conflicts of Thanksgiving
and Christmas it was determined to move the dates of those meetings. A motion was made to hold the November meeting on the 22nd and the December meeting on the 16th; motion carried.

Financial Report: Manager Briscoe reviewed the operating report and load charts for the previous month. A motion was made to accept the financial report; motion carried.

Safety Report: Operations Manager Olson reviewed the safety statistics and safety report for the previous month. A motion was made to accept the safety report; motion carried.

Staff Reports: The staff made the following reports and answered Board questions:
          a. Operations Manager Olson reviewed the Outage Report for the previous month, update on personnel, and upcoming line switching with NPPD and Tri-State G&T.

General Manager’s Report: Manager Briscoe generally reported on or discussed, among other things: (1) attendance at the Tri-State Board Meeting; (2) recap of the NRECA Regional Meeting; (3) the recent Tri-State Manager’s Meeting; (4) attendance at a Western United Board Meeting; and (5) and lead a discussion regarding irrigation rates and load control program. After conclusion of the irrigation discussion the Board gave director to purchase additional load control devices with an expectation of a fully designed load control program presented in November.

Tri-State Report: Director Bear gave a report on the Tri-State board meeting where among other things he discussed employee and equipment levels in the Maintenance Department, discussion at the Finance Committee related to settlement in the Partial Requirement docket at FERC, and renewable generation statistics.

Items for Next Agenda: Irrigation Load Control program.

Legal Update: None.

Other Business: None.

Executive Session: A motion was made to enter Executive Session at 3:02 p.m. to discuss litigation matters; motion carried with Director Bear abstaining and Director Bear left the meeting. A motion was made to exit Executive Session at 4:20 p.m.; motion carried.

Adjourn: The meeting was adjourned at 4:20 p.m.

APPROVED:
____________________________________ ____________________________________
President                                                          Secretary
 

 

November 22, 2021

 

MINUTES OF REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING
OF
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF NORTHWEST RURAL PUBLIC POWER DISTRICT

 A regular meeting of the Board of Directors of Northwest Rural PPD was held at the headquarters Thursday, November 22, 2021 at the hour of 1:00 p.m. The meeting was called to order by President Gary Fuchser. The following Members were present and constituted a quorum: Lee Ahrens, Lucas Bear, Gary Fuchser, Christopher Garrett, Lynden Smith and Bruce Troester.

Also present were General Manager Chance Briscoe, Operations Manager Ron Olson, Office Manager Tony Hindman, Member Service Representative Les Tlustos, employee Craig Housh and District Counsel Terry Curtiss.

Unless otherwise noted, all votes were taken by roll call on motion duly made and seconded and unanimously passed.

Director Excused: A motion was made to excuse Director Sandberg; motion carried.

Open Meeting Law: The Open Meeting Law was acknowledged.

Agenda: Motion to accept the agenda; motion carried.

Approval of Minutes: A motion was made to accept the minutes of the Regular Meeting of October 28, 2021; motion carried.

Public Comments: None.

Check Register and Payroll Summary Review: The Check Register and Payroll Summary for the previous month were reviewed. President Fuchser declared the items as informational items requiring no Board action.

Action Items: Manager Briscoe discussed continued development of the 2022 Irrigation Load Control Program but did not have a final plan for approval. This item will be added to the agenda the following month.

Financial Report: Manager Briscoe reviewed the operating report and load charts for the previous month. A motion was made to accept the financial report; motion carried.

Safety Report: Operations Manager Olson reviewed the safety statistics and safety report for the previous month. A motion was made to accept the safety report; motion carried.

Staff Reports: The staff made the following reports and answered Board questions:
          a. Operations Manager Olson reviewed the Outage Report for the previous month, and upcoming line switching with NPPD and Tri-State G&T.

          b. Member Service Representative Tlustos reviewed some of the changes for the 2022 rebate program and a Tri-State consumer survey currently being circulated.

General Manager’s Report: Manager Briscoe generally reported on or discussed, among other things: (1) attendance at the Tri-State Board Committee Meetings held virtually; (2) attendance to the Basin Annual Meeting in Bismarck; (3) attendance at MDM held at PREMA; and (4) presented a preliminary 2022 budget forecast to be considered for approval at the December meeting.

Tri-State Report: Director Bear gave a report on the Tri-State board meeting where among other things he discussed operating statistics for October, purchase power including Basin and WAPA, capital credit refunds of $493M since 1957, $979M capital credits allocated still on the books to retire, and Tri-State dealing with mandatory vaccinations for federal contractors.

Items for Next Agenda: Irrigation Load Control program and 2022 Budget.

Legal Update: None.

Other Business: None.

Executive Session: A motion was made to enter Executive Session at 3:00 p.m. to discuss litigation matters; motion carried with Director Bear abstaining and Director Bear left the meeting. A motion was made to exit Executive Session at 4:14 p.m.; motion carried.

Adjourn: The meeting was adjourned at 4:15 p.m.

APPROVED:
____________________________________ ____________________________________
President                                                          Secretary


 

 MINUTES OF BUDGET HEARING
OF
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF NORTHWEST RURAL PUBLIC POWER DISTRICT

A Budget Hearing was held on December 16, 2021 at the hour of 1:00 p.m. The meeting was called to order by President Gary Fuchser. The following Members were present and constituted a quorum: Lee Ahrens, Lucas Bear, Chris Garrett, Gary Fuchser, Marcus Sandberg, Lynden Smith, and Bruce Troester.

Also present were General Manager Chance Briscoe, Operations Manager Ron Olson, Office Manager Tony Hindman, Member Service Representative Les Tlustos, employee Brad Johnson and District Counsel Terry Curtiss.

Unless otherwise noted, all votes were taken by roll call on motion duly made and seconded and unanimously passed.

Open Meeting Law: The Open Meeting Law was acknowledged.

Order of Business: A motion was made to accept the Order of Business; motion carried

2022 Budget Review: Manger Briscoe reviewed presentation that was made in November regarding the 2022 Budget with slight modifications for plant items. Several questions were asked by the Board and discussion was held.

Adjournment: After questions were reviewed, President Fuchser declared the meeting adjourned at 1:15 p.m.


APPROVED:

____________________________________
President
____________________________________
Secretary-Treasurer

  

December 16, 2021

 

MINUTES OF REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING
OF
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF NORTHWEST RURAL PUBLIC POWER DISTRICT


 

A regular meeting of the Board of Directors of Northwest Rural PPD was held at the headquarters Thursday, December 16, 2021 at the hour of 1:15 p.m. The meeting was called to order by President Gary Fuchser. The following Members were present and constituted a quorum: Lee Ahrens, Lucas Bear, Gary Fuchser, Christopher Garrett, Marcus Sandberg, Lynden Smith and Bruce Troester.

Also present were General Manager Chance Briscoe, Operations Manager Ron Olson, Office Manager Tony Hindman, Member Service Representative Les Tlustos, employee Brad Johnson and District Counsel Terry Curtiss.

Unless otherwise noted, all votes were taken by roll call on motion duly made and seconded and unanimously passed.

Open Meeting Law: The Open Meeting Law was acknowledged.

Agenda: Motion to accept the agenda; motion carried.

Approval of Minutes: A motion was made to accept the minutes of the Regular Meeting of November 22, 2021; motion carried.

Public Comments: None.

Check Register and Payroll Summary Review: The Check Register and Payroll Summary for the previous month were reviewed. President Fuchser declared the items as informational items requiring no Board action.

Action Items: Manager Briscoe referenced the Budget Hearing and presentation of the budget forecast for 2022. A motion was made to accept the 2022 Budget as presented; motion passed.

Financial Report: Manager Briscoe reviewed the operating report and load charts for the previous month. A motion was made to accept the financial report; motion carried.

Safety Report: Operations Manager Olson reviewed the safety statistics and safety report for the previous month. A motion was made to accept the safety report; motion carried.

Staff Reports: The staff made the following reports and answered Board questions:
          a. Operations Manager Olson reviewed the Outage Report for the previous month and the JT&S Committee at NREA Board Meeting.
          b. Member Service Representative Tlustos discussed the scholarship applications have been sent to local schools and that Tri-State will again provide scholarships.
          c. Office Manager Hindman reviewed actions from the Public Information Committee meeting at the NREA Board Meeting.

General Manager’s Report: Manager Briscoe generally reported on or discussed, among other things: (1) attendance at the Tri-State Board Committee Meetings; (2) attendance to the MidWest Electric Consumers Annual Meeting; (3) attendance at the NREA Annual Meeting; and (4) recent developments in the Tri-State matter before FERC.

Tri-State Report: Director Bear gave a report on the Tri-State board meeting where among other things he discussed operating statistics for November, coal reserves being low at the Springerville plant, TerraPower plans to install a pilot test project for small modular nuclear reactor in Wyoming, FERC docket review regarding the Contract Termination Payment, and Patronage Capital Credit retirement plans for 2021 of $10 million.

Mid-West Electric Consumers Annual Meeting: Director Smith gave a report on some of the topics covered at the meeting such as WAPA’s drought conditions affecting lake levels in Colorado, low levels in dams on the Missouri River, and a presentation from Lincoln Electric System regarding electric vehicles.

Items for Next Agenda: None.

Legal Update: District Counsel Curtiss updated the Board that the next Nebraska legislative session will be a short session and that a main component of the actions will decisions on how to spend over $1 billion federal dollars received by the state.

Other Business: None.

Executive Session: A motion was made to enter Executive Session at 2:30 p.m. to discuss staff wages for 2022; motion carried. A motion was made to exit Executive Session at 3:12 p.m.; motion carried.

Staff Wages: A motion was made to approved staff wages as recommended; motion carried.

Executive Session: A motion was made to enter Executive Session at 3:13 p.m. to discuss litigation matters; motion carried with Director Bear abstaining and Director Bear left the meeting. A motion was made to exit Executive Session at 4:01 p.m.; motion carried.

Adjourn: The meeting was adjourned at 4:02 p.m.

APPROVED:
____________________________________ ____________________________________
President                                                          Secretary-Treasurer