Fort Churchill Generating Station Receives National Safety Award

Tue Apr 20, 2010 7:49pm EDT

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  RENO, NV, Apr 20 (MARKET WIRE) -- 
Employees at NV Energy's Fort Churchill Generating Station near Yerington
have been recognized by the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), an
association of U.S. shareholder-owned electric companies, for working
more than 1.5 million hours without a lost-time accident. The plant
crossed its 23-year milestone without a lost-time accident on March 30. 

    "Few power plants have achieved this kind of milestone. It shows what a
cohesive team of individuals can accomplish," said Plant Director Wade
Barcellos. "We have well trained employees who understand the importance
of doing their jobs safely." 

    According to EEI, the Fort Churchill plant ranks second nationwide
compared to similar-sized facilities for going the longest without a
lost-time accident. Compared to the industry overall, Fort Churchill
ranks sixth. 

    The last time a lost-time accident was recorded at the power plant,
Ronald Reagan was president, the Soviet Union was fighting a war in
Afghanistan and "America's Most Wanted" made its television debut. 

    "This is truly an outstanding achievement and reflects on the commitment
by the employees of the Fort Churchill plant toward safety," said Charles
Kelly, director of Industry Human Resource Issues for EEI. "As we
continue to see more and more oversight on the regulated utility arena,
we are proud to point to records like this that help reinforce the
industry's commitment to the safety and health of its workforce." 

    Kevin Geraghty, vice president of power generation for NV Energy,
recently presented the EEI's National Safety Award to the plant's 2009
Safety Committee Chairman Mike Garner, an instrument technician at Fort
Churchill. The plant operates with two 12-hour work shifts, 365 days per
year. Fort Churchill has 33 employees.

    The first generating unit at the power plant went into service in 1968,
followed by a second unit in 1971. The planted is fueled by natural gas
and can produce up to 226 megawatts of electricity. Water from the
plant's cooling pond helps sustain wetlands in the Nevada Department of
Wildlife's Mason Valley Wildlife Management Area. 

    NV Energy, Inc. is a holding company with principal subsidiaries, Nevada
Power Company and Sierra Pacific Power Company, doing business as NV
Energy. Serving a combined 54,500-square-mile service territory, NV
Energy provides a wide range of energy services and products to
approximately 2.4 million citizens of Nevada and nearly 40 million
tourists annually. For more information, visit


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