Posts categorized under Valerie Szopa, Author at Powerlines

Seattle City (spot)Light: Ellen Moskito Smiley, Budget and Financial Policy Advisor

The Basics  Years of service: It will be 15 years in January. Division: Customer Energy Solutions (CES) Tell us about your role: I develop and monitor the operating and capital budgets for CES. I also guide and support division leaders and program managers on all financial/budgetary matters.  Background  Hometown: Juneau, Alaska (where it rains more than in Seattle! I have… [ Keep reading ]

(spot)Light: Jean Greagor, Senior Real Property Agent

The Basics Years of service: Three Division: Environmental Management & Real Estate Tell us about your role: I work with the Engineering, Environmental, Accounting, and Legal groups in City Light and external individuals, companies, nonprofits, cities, counties, the state — just about everyone! Many customers lease City Light property, or sometimes we need to acquire new property rights for different projects.  We protect City Light’s infrastructure and surrounding land in different projects. There are… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle City (spot)Light: Denise Krownbell, Fish Biologist/Strategic Advisor

The Basics  Years of service: 21 Team: Environment, Land & Licensing Tell us about your role: I advise the Science Policy unit. Our team focuses on the utility’s environmental needs, including various aspects of salmon recovery, climate change and climate adaptation, and even a few things related to the first Skagit license. My job includes policy work for salmon recovery in both the Snohomish… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle City (spot)Light: Armando Berdiel, Technical Development Supervisor

The Basics  Years of service: Three. I started on Oct. 15, 2018, the same day as our GM!  Division: Electrification & Strategic Technology  Tells us about your role: I work in the Lighting Design Lab. Our core services are to deliver impactful education and training; showcase emerging technologies through technical evaluations and demonstrations; develop tools… [ Keep reading ]

(spot)Light Dave Russo, Principal Power Systems Engineer

The Basics Years of service: 41. I was a naval officer before joining the utility. Division: Engineering & Technology Operations Tell us about your role: I supervise – meaning that I try to keep up with – the North Systems Design Group. The group designs distribution system improvements and repairs, large services (commercial or industrial), and pole replacements. This includes underground rebuilds; conversions; reconductor… [ Keep reading ]

(spot)Light: Aaron Jackson, Electrician Constructor

The Basics Years of service: Five Division: Transmission & Distribution Operations Tell us about your role: I work on Core 4 at the South Stations. We upgrade and maintain all the transmission and distribution equipment in substations, everything from wiring control equipment to changing out transformers. Background Hometown: Glenwood Springs, Colo. Tell us about your family: I moved here… [ Keep reading ]

(spot)Light: Brandy Balansay, GIS Specialist

The Basics Years of service: 2½ years Division: Environmental Management & Real Estate Tell us about your role: As part of the Real Estate Services team, I wear many hats, but my primary role is to manage and maintain our application, database, and real estate-related needs, like our geographic information system (GIS). I also navigate current team processes and brainstorm… [ Keep reading ]

(spot)Light: Aaron McCartney, Accounting Technician

The Basics  Years of service: 14+ years Division: Customer Operations Role: I lead the Refund and Transfer desk for the utility’s Account Control team. It’s pretty humdrum, but it gets busy at the end of July because that’s when we process the annual utility credit reimbursements. We’ll send refund checks to approximately 16,000 customers enrolled in the Utility Discount Program (UDP) this year. The refunds help many low-income customers,… [ Keep reading ]

Boundary Dam achieves significant milestone in Unit 51 overhaul with new rotor installation

At Boundary Dam, all eyes have been on Unit 51, one of six generators at the hydroelectric plant that together provide 28.6% of City Light’s power generation portfolio. Unit 51 is being refreshed and upgraded to provide carbon-free, reliable power for the next 40-plus years. Last week, the Boundary project team reached a… [ Keep reading ]

City Light Tradeswomen Shine at Annual Awards Ceremony

Congratulations are in order for Transmission Right-of-Way Crew Chief Margaret (Peggy) Owens and Lineworker Apprentice Erika Belsby who were recognized by Washington Women in Trades (WWIT) with top awards for their commitment and contributions to the skilled trades. Peggy was named Tradeswoman of the Year, and Erika is the recipient… [ Keep reading ]