ACES’ Generation Operations Services Go Live

On December 4, 2018, ACES began generation operations (GOP) services for Buckeye Power, Inc. (Buckeye Power). ACES built state-of-the-art GOP facilities capable of serving Buckeye Power’s needs around the clock, and will be able to provide the service on a broad scale. As part of this service, ACES’ GOP centers are equipped with robust physical security and cyber security controls, as required by the NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) reliability standards. Meeting the project objectives involved staff from across the company throughout the project timeline.

“Buckeye Power was a founding Member of ACES in 1999, and our organizations have worked together closely since that time. Buckeye Power uses ACES’ services extensively, and when the need arose for GOP services, ACES was the best solution,” said Pat O’Loughlin, President and CEO of Buckeye Power. “Buckeye Power and ACES spent more than two years developing GOP services, including refinements to operations, IT, compliance, and training. Our partnership with ACES allows Buckeye Power to manage our generation fleet in an economic, secure, and reliable manner, and we are pleased to expand that partnership.”

ACES President and CEO, Mike Steffes, added, “We have helped managed our Members’ and Customers’ participation in the energy markets for almost two decades. Our technological tools and staff expertise are well established in the ISO/RTO markets. Generation dispatch services are a natural fit and a logical evolution for ACES, and provide another option for our Members and Customers to achieve economies of scale and manage risk in their mission to provide safe, reliable, and affordable power.”

ACES intends to extend this service to other Members and Customers in 2019.

About ACES
ACES transacts more than 6 billion dollars annually on behalf of its Members and Customers, who operate in nearly every wholesale electric market region of the U.S. and have a collective portfolio of approximately 50,000 MW of load and 50,000 MW of generation. Providing services “as agent,” ACES represents its Members and Customers in the marketplace, working to manage energy risk. Because ACES does not buy or sell energy on its own behalf, it avoids conflicts of interest and ensures consistent and complete alignment with the best interests of the organizations it serves.

About Buckeye Power, Inc.
Buckeye Power, Inc. was formed in 1959 and is currently owned by 25 electric distribution cooperatives who collectively serve nearly 400,000 customers in Ohio and Indiana. Buckeye Power owns a diverse portfolio of base load and peaking facilities, outfitted with best-in-class environmental controls. Owned and governed by the cooperatives it serves, Buckeye Power is dedicated to providing its member cooperatives with affordable and responsibly produced power.

Questions for ACES can be directed to Leah Brearley, Managing Director of External Affairs, at (317) 344 -7050 or leahb@acespower.com.

ACES Partners with Entities in the Carolinas to Support Hurricane Relief Efforts

ACES recently made contributions to two relief funds that provide support to those in the Carolinas that were affected by Hurricane Florence: the Human Connections Fund and the Salvation Army’s Hurricane Florence Relief Fund. The Human Connections Fund is activated by North Carolina EMC to support cooperative families in North Carolina when large-scale events impact the state. The Salvation Army’s Hurricane Florence Relief Fund is currently providing food and shelter to storm victims and first responders in more than a dozen Carolina communities.

The Carolinas are home to several of ACES’ Members and Customers, as well as ACES’ East Regional Trading Center (RTC), many of whom have also made significant contributions to help those affected by the Hurricane Florence. Since its inception, ACES and its employees have remained committed to the cooperative principles of cooperation and concern for community.

ACES Employees Participate in CFC Forum

On June 6, ACES participated in several presentations at the annual National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation’s (CFC) Forum in Seattle. The CFC Forum is intended to be an opportunity for electric cooperatives to gather with other industry professionals to discuss and learn about issues and challenges in the energy industry.

This year, ACES conducted a panel during a breakout session entitled “Embrace the Change: Renewables, Natural Gas, and the Weather,” which featured four ACES employees: Andy Whitesitt, Vice President of Fuels, served as the moderator; Kelly Snyder (Originator) spoke about the changes in the renewable industry; Joe Motuliak (Director of Natural Gas) discussed the ways natural gas is changing the energy landscape; and Adam Simkowski (Meteorologist) highlighted the changing weather patterns the country has been experiencing and how forecasting is adapting to help the energy sector.

The panel was met by a packed house! It was standing room only. Their message was well-received and fit well with the overall theme of the conference: CHANGE. It is evident that change is at the forefront of concerns in our industry and ACES continues to help its Members acclimate to an ever-changing marketplace.

In addition to the panel, Mike Steffes participated on a General Session panel entitled “Electric Utilities in a time of Disruption and Opportunity,” with Sue Kelly (President of the American Public Power Association), which was moderated by Larry Makovich (VP and Senior Power Adviser at IHS). The panel discussion focused on major concerns in the energy industry such as changing technologies, modern consumer demands, policy changes, and economic pressures.

ACES would like to thank CFC for inviting us to be a part of their forum.

ACES Hosts 2nd Annual Women in Energy Forum

ACES hosted its 2nd annual Women in Energy Forum on Wednesday, June 1. This year we were able to expand the Forum to include our Members, Customers, and business partners. The Forum featured two workshops led by Indianapolis-based coaching and mentoring organizations (Stephanie Wood, Integrating Woman Leaders Foundation, and Elcira Villarreal, Diverse Talent Strategies). The Forum was followed by a reception that provided attendees with an opportunity to network. We look forward to continuing this event in the future!

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12th Annual Members Conference is a Success

ACES hosted another successful Members Conference on June 2 and 3 at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis. This year, the conference featured several outside industry expert speakers that covered subjects such as macroeconomics, weather trends, energy markets, natural gas, and environmental regulations. Additionally, Mike Steffes hosted a panel featuring top executives from SPP, ERCOT, MISO, and PJM. ACES would like to extend a special thank you to Mark Schwirtz for serving as master of ceremonies.

Certainly one of the highlights of the conference was having ACES’ two former CEOs and current CEO together in one room!

There were more than 470 attendees at the conference. We appreciate all the feedback received on the conference evaluations. Overall, the conference received an average rating of 4.32 on a 5-point scale, which is one of the highest overall average ratings received to date! We want to thank everyone that completed an evaluation. We appreciate the feedback and are always looking for ways to improve your experience! Make sure you mark your calendars for the 13th Annual Members Conference on June 1 and 2, 2017 at the Downtown Indianapolis Marriott!

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