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APPA to offer series of nine webinars for governing boards, starting Jan. 22

From the December 11, 2012 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published December 11, 2012

By Heidi Lambert
Manager, Education
APPA is offering a series of monthly webinars designed to educate elected and appointed public power board and city council members on the responsibilities and processes of electric utility governance and policy setting. 

The first session, "Assessing the Future of Public Power’s Business Model," is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 22. Public power’s continued success as a competitive provider of electricity and other valued services depends on the sustainability of its business model. The webinar will address the components of the public power business model, coming changes or risks that may impact these components, and actions policymakers and executives must consider to assure public power continues to deliver valued services to its customer/owners and sustains its position in the electric power industry. The webinar will be led by Jeff Tarbert, APPA’s senior vice president for member services.

The series includes the following webinars, which can be taken individually or as a series for a discounted rate: 
•    Assessing the Future of Public Power’s Business Model: Jan. 22
•    How Public Power Is Governed: The Structures and Authorities of Utility Boards: Feb. 19
•    Duties, Responsibilities and Legal Obligations of Public Power Governing Boards: March 28
•    Federal Legislative and Regulatory Issues for Boards: April 15
•    Strategic Issues Facing Public Power Governing Bodies: April 23
•    Overview of Utility Financial Operations for Board and Council Members: May 14
•    Rate Making for Utility Boards and City Councils: June 11
•    Strategic Planning for Utility Boards and City Councils: July 16
•    Performance Monitoring and Accountability for Boards: Sept. 17

These webinars are designed for newly elected or appointed utility policymakers who want an introduction to their responsibilities. Experienced policy officials or utility staff who regularly work with utility governing bodies may also benefit from these sessions. 

Registrants can watch the webinars live and ask questions in real time or watch them after the fact—all webinars are recorded and sent out to registrants shortly after the event. All webinars will take place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern time. For more information and to register, under Webinar Series. 

For details on other resources for governing boards, contact Heidi Lambert at 202/467-2921 or


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