Ben Engelby Named General Counsel at Arizona G&T Cooperatives

ACES and Arizona G&T Cooperatives (AzGT) announced today that Ben Engelby, ACES’ Vice President of Regulatory and Reliability Services has been named General Counsel for AzGT, effective April 29, 2019. ACES is a nationwide energy management company headquartered in Carmel, Indiana. AzGT, one of ACES’ 21 Members, is an Electric Generation and Transmission (G&T) Cooperative headquartered in Benson, Arizona.

Ben joined ACES in 2012 as Manager of Reliability Compliance, and was promoted to Vice President in April 2017. During his seven years at ACES, Ben provided expertise regarding various regulatory and reliability matters, and has been a trusted advocate for ACES’ Members and Customers. Under his leadership, ACES was able to significantly expand its regulatory and reliability services. He also played an integral role in establishing ACES’ Generation Operations (GOP) services in 2018. “Ben has been a valuable asset to ACES,” stated Mike Steffes, President and CEO of ACES. “This is a great opportunity for Ben, and we are excited for him as he begins this next chapter in his career.”

In his role as General Counsel at AzGT, Ben will report to Patrick Ledger, Executive Vice President and CEO of AzGT, and will be responsible for handling the company’s legal matters. “We have had the opportunity to work closely with Ben over the past several years, and are excited about the knowledge and expertise he is bringing to our team,” stated Patrick Ledger.

Ben has extensive experience in the energy industry, including bulk power operations and electric reliability organization (ERO) compliance. He has served on numerous North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and Regional Entity committees, including the NERC Compliance and Certification Committee and Members Representative Committee. Ben also serves on the SERC Board of Directors. He is a licensed attorney in the state of California and an active member of the Energy Bar Association. He earned his Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and his Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing from Arizona State University, W.P. Carey School of Business.

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 Arizona G&T Cooperatives

Arizona G&T Cooperatives (AzGT) provides power to more than 160,000 electric meters and 400,000 people in Arizona, California, and New Mexico through six Class A Member distribution cooperatives. AzGT owns and operates Apache Generating Station, which has a combined gross generating capacity of 605 MW. AzGT operates and maintains more than 622 miles of electric power transmission line and 27 substations across Arizona in addition to over 30 telecommunications towers used for phone and data relay services by its member cooperatives and customers.

Questions for ACES can be directed to Leah Brearley, Managing Director of External Affairs, at (317) 344-7050 or leahb@acespower.com. Questions for AzGT can be directed to Geoff Oldfather, Communications and Public Relations Manager at (520) 586-5465 or goldfather@azgt.coop.

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.

Central Electric Power Cooperative Becomes ACES’ 22nd Member

Central Electric Power Cooperative, Inc. (Central) of South Carolina will become the 22nd Member of ACES, effective January 1, 2017. Initially, Central began taking load management services as a customer of ACES in 2014 and will continue receiving a variety of energy risk management services from ACES going forward.

“Central Electric provides generation and transmission services to all 20 electric distribution cooperatives in South Carolina, and from a load perspective, is one of the largest G&T cooperatives in the country. ACES currently provides multiple services to Central Electric, including load management coverage on weekends and during off-hours. ACES also assists Central Electric’s staff hedge our fuel cost and provides IT support. ACES has consistently proven to be a good value for Central Electric’s members and there are several significant benefits to being a member. ACES has become a great resource for G&T cooperatives and, through its membership, Central Electric will have access to the knowledge and experience of G&Ts across the country. ACES is recognized as a leader in wholesale energy risk management, and Central Electric will utilize their expertise to better manage its fuel cost to its Member Cooperatives,” stated Rob Hochstetler, President and CEO of Central.

President and CEO of ACES, Mike Steffes, added, “ACES has developed a strong relationship with Central’s staff over the past few years and we look forward to continuing to support them in the future. Central has a strong commitment to serve its members and build on its successes. We share that commitment and know we will be stronger with Central as a Member of ACES. ACES and its Board of Directors are happy to welcome Central as our newest Member.”

About ACES

ACES will now be owned by twenty-one generation and transmission cooperatives and one independent distribution cooperative. The company assists its Members and Customers in the management of their energy risk. The Members and Customers served by ACES operate in all of the major electricity markets in the United States and have a collective portfolio of over 50,000 MW of both load and resources. Because ACES does not buy or sell energy on its own behalf, it avoids conflicts of interest and ensures alignment with the best interests of the organizations it serves.

About Central

Central Electric Power Cooperative, Inc. (Central) was incorporated and organized in 1948, with headquarters located in Columbia, South Carolina. Central provides total wholesale electric service to all of South Carolina’s 20 retail electric cooperatives who serve over 700,000 accounts across all 46 counties in the state. Central’s Member Cooperatives constitute the only truly statewide electric system in South Carolina and serve customers through a network totaling more than 70,000 miles of distribution line.

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.