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MPUA joins other joint action agencies to invest in Hometown Connections

Tuesday, June 5, 2018   (0 Comments)
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On June 1, Hometown Connections announced completion of the investment and partnership change in which a group of Joint Action Agencies, including MPUA, purchased the majority of Hometown Connections assets from the American Public Power Association. 

 

As previously announced, in addition to MPUA’s investment through its MPUA Resource Services Corp., the new HCI ownership group includes American Municipal Power, Inc., Northern California Power Agency, Vermont Public Power Supply Authority, and Alabama Municipal Electric Authority. 

 

In 1998, the APPA launched Hometown Connections International as its utility services subsidiary, to provide quality products/services from a trusted entity with public power’s best interests in mind. Hometown Connections maintains the same mission under the new organization, with each agency being an equal share member of Hometown Connections and collectively representing 291 utilities in 14 states.

 

“This new structure enables Hometown Connection to be even more directly tuned in to the needs of public power utilities. We can expect new services and new partners on an ongoing basis,” said Duncan Kincheloe, President, CEO & General Manager of MPUA.

 

The structure of the new organization enables additional public power joint action agency membership in the future. The majority of Hometown Connections’ assets — including all staff, all sales and marketing affiliates (joint action agencies and state associations) and most of the third-party product and service partners — remain part of the new organization. The Association maintains a seat on the Board of Directors of the new Hometown Connections.

 

By combining resources through the new organization, Hometown Connections will help public power utilities of all sizes obtain the products and services they need to keep their electric systems robust and to preserve the benefits of community-owned, not-for-profit service.

 

Among the new services Hometown Connections will offer is an advanced metering program. This holistic program will be offered to public power utilities (electric, gas and water) nationwide. The unique program designs and manages the deployment of all AMI components (meters, network, communications, applications and integrations), and then provides municipal utility systems with long-term hosting and operation-managed services. The program is purpose built for municipal utility systems with the goal of reducing complexity, lowering long-term risk, improving system efficiency and forecasting/predicting future costs.

 

This organizational change will provide the resources and technical support for Hometown Connections to meet the growing demand in public power for managed information systems and other new services,” said Tim Blodgett, President and CEO of Hometown Connections. “With our current staff staying on board and the ability to recruit additional industry leaders, Hometown Connections will expand the scope of services we offer. Most importantly, we will provide additional value to our vendor partners, to our marketing network of affiliated joint action agencies and state associations, and to the public power industry overall.”

 

“Over the years, our members have benefited and saved by engaging with Hometown Connections. The new structure will strengthen and expand the ways in which Hometown can help our members. Our members will continue to benefit from Hometown’s products and services, delivered with an understanding of public power’s unique needs,” said Sue Kelly, President and CEO of the American Public Power Association.

 


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