August 5, 2015

August 5, 2015

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cue the digital applause

cue the digital applauseOn July 23, Anthony Bell, Team Lead for GIS/SCADA at Ragged Lake, received the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) Special Achievement in GIS Award in San Diego on behalf of NS Power in front of 16,000 professionals. Out of thousands of ESRI customers, NS Power was given the award in recognition of our ability take the GIS system and use it to improve the way we work.
In 2001, we had one user on the ArcGIS platform and today 800 employees are using it to transform our business - from management to operations to customer service. Thanks to ArcGIS, our internal GIS steering committee and our innovative users, we have continued to benefit from sustainability, increased efficiency, improved system reliably, rapid outage response and improved regulatory reporting.
"As we’ve collected location data and made it accessible to our employees, we’ve been able to improve our decision-making to the benefit of our customers and stakeholders," said Stephen Pothier, Director of Operational Systems and Quality Assurance. "NS Power is proud to be the 2015 recipient of the ESRI Special Achievement in GIS Award and we’re delighted to have our efforts acknowledged by ESRI."

Tusket opens its doors


Tusket Hydro opened its doors on sunny June 24 and ushered eager visitors into its time capsule. Most were quite impressed that the hydro system is still using much of the manually-operated equipment it did more than 85 years ago.

Visitors were initially welcomed by NS Power employees at the Lake Vaughan Volunteer Fire Department fire hall in Yarmouth where they had access to lots of great information. They strolled from table to table learning about environmental services, heat pumps, customer care and the mechanics of hydro systems. PLT Mike Mooney was a hit, treating visitors to demonstrations of equipment used in a PLT’s line of work.

Once visitors had their fill at the fire hall, they were taken by van for a visual tour of the Tusket dam, fish ladder, substation and, finally, a walkthrough of the hydro system itself. One of our visitors, Carla Allen with the Yarmouth County Vanguard, took wonderful video footage and posted it on the newspaper’s website.

Procuring a Dialogue

In mid-June, NS Power's procurement team attended the Black Business Initiative Summit to meet with local enterprises and provide clarity on our role as a regulated utility.
In a presentation, the team talked about NS Power, the business communities we reach out to, and the many products and services we require to operate on a daily basis. From gloves to turbines, and janitorial staff to engineering, the procurement team encouraged attendees to reach out to do business and build relationships.
"This is a great opportunity for NS Power to reach out to businesses, both medium and small, to open a dialogue," said Hugh Kerr, Procurement Manager at Lakeside. "This event was a great avenue to network and show that we are open for business."

On a musical eveningon a musical evening 1

On one particularly musical evening, Plant Manager Jeff Campbell of the Point Tupper Generating Station and Port Hawkesbury Biomass Plant kindly accepted a plaque on behalf of NS Power. The award was given in thanks of our sponsorship of the Port Hawkesbury Granville Green July 12 concert series.

The concert series is an annual event where a number of shows are put on with different businesses sponsoring a major event each time. The concert series is a big draw for the people of Port Hawkesbury, the Strait area and a number of tourists, treating them to an enjoyable evening of music on the waterfront. The sponsorship itself was made possible by donations from the company, Eastern Service Territory, and the Point Tupper Generating Station and Port Hawkesbury Biomass Plant.


Helping Hope for Wildlife

Hope for Wildlife 3NS Power’s Procurement & Real Estate team had a busy Friday on June 19 when they volunteered with the Hope for Wildlife Society at Head of Chezzetcook.

Choosing to volunteer at the society as part of our environmental commitment to communities, the team helped to build a patio area and weed the society’s garden. Founded in 1997 by Hope Swinimer, the organization has rescued over 20,000 injured or orphaned animals across over 250 species. Animals admitted receive medical care, food and shelter and anything else needed until they are ready to return to the wild.
"I was very impressed with the time commitment that Hope Swinimer provides to this organization as it is a 24/7 commitment," said Sharon Scattolon, Facilities Manager at 1H. "The grounds and facilities on site that help support our wildlife are a remarkable accomplishment."

Wreck Cove: hydro runs deep

Wreck Cove picsHow often does a person get to venture inside a 620-metre tunnel that leads to a power den, operating 275 metres under a granite mountain? Not very.
Last month, more than 200 people toured our 35-year-old Wreck Cove Hydro System; and the tour did not disappoint. Visitors were shuttled to the underground system, welcomed by more on-hand NS Power employees, and shown a scale model of a hydraulic turbine, the large ceiling crane used to maintain the facility, various safety features, and the incredibly powerful water discharge points for the turbines.
As visitors finished their tour, they emerged into the sunlight to enjoy a delicious barbecue hosted amidst lush, green mountains.
Media flocked to the hydro open house and provided wonderful news coverage of the successful event. Check it out: Herald News | CBC Radio | Cape Breton Post