Welcome to the home of the American Power Dispatchers Association. Founded in 1946 for the purpose of encouraging and promoting the formulation and attainment of higher professional standards among System Operators (Load Dispatchers and Power Dispatchers), and for the purpose of facilitating the interchange of ideas and information, as well as for the development of a spirit of fellowship, the APDA continues to promote excellence in individual education and professional operation of the North American Bulk Electric System.
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Please welcome and support our new National Officers:
President – Elmer Engman
Vice President – Dave Acton
Secretary – Russ Mountjoy
Treasurer – Terry Stead
I started working for Minnesota Power in 1978 as an Electronic Tech. and went into System operations in 1983. I retired in June of 2011 as a Shift Supervisor after 33 years at Minnesota Power. I also served on the Upper Midwest Area APDA executive board for 12 years. I am enjoying retirement and not having to adjust your life to a schedule. I will have time to make some of the area meetings and have a chance to visit and get some ideas on how to grow the APDA.
I will be going to the meeting in New Zealand so I hope to see some of you there. We are also stopping in FIJI, before the meeting, to see the country and do some scuba diving.
National APDA President
I started with one of Alliant Energies predecessors “Iowa Electric Light & Power Company” in 1970 and began my career in operations in 1971. I held the positions of system operator, senior operator and control center supervisor. I obtained a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration majoring in Marketing and Administrative Management in 1990. When Iowa Electric, Interstate Power and Wisconsin Power & Light all merged in the late 1990’s I became the Manager of GENCO System Operations and currently hold that position. I plan to retire in June of 2012 after 42 years with the utility.
National APDA Vice President
Russ is currently the Manager of Compliance for the Midwest Reliability Organization. Previously Russ has worked at the Midwest ISO-St Paul where he held the position of Reliability Coordinator and Regional Generation Dispatcher for two years. Prior to that time, Russ was employed by Great River Energy in control area operations and spent sixteen years with Xcel Energy/ Northern States Power working in energy marketing, control area operations and power plant operations. Russ has served 10 years on the executive board of the Upper Midwest American Power Dispatchers Association and is a certified System Operator at the Reliability Coordinator level.
National APDA Secretary
Terry is a Transmission System Shift Supervisor in Manitoba Hydro’s System Control Centre (SCC). Terry has spent his entire 32 year career with Manitoba Hydro, working at various Generating and HVDC Converter Stations before settling in at SCC 19 years ago. He joined APDA in 1993, attended his first Meeting in Grand Forks, N.D., in 1995 and has been hooked ever since. Terry is a Certified Electronic Technician and NERC certified at the Reliability Coordinator level. This is Terry’s first term on the APDA Executive, he looks forward to promoting and expanding our Association.
National APDA Treasurer
2012 Conference Schedules:
WUM Joint Meeting with WUMS
Oct. 2-4, 2012
Joint Meeting with WUMS
Oct. 2-4, 2012