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APPA offers training on overhead distribution systems, new course on maintenance of high-voltage systems

From the February 12, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published February 12, 2013

By Heidi Lambert
Manager, Education
APPA is offering two in-depth technical courses in May at the Spring Education Institute: Maintenance of High-Voltage Electrical Distribution Systems, May 6, and Overhead Distribution Systems, May 7-10. These courses are designed for electric utility engineers, designers, technicians, construction/operations and field personnel who are responsible for distribution systems. The Spring Education Institute will take place in Anaheim, Calif. 
In the new one-day Maintenance of High-Voltage Electrical Distribution Systems course, participants will learn how to develop or enhance and carry out an effective program of maintenance for both overhead and underground high-voltage electric distribution systems. Topics include principles and elements of corrective, preventative and predictive maintenance programs, as well as specific activities related to the inspection, testing and maintenance of distribution lines and equipment. Also included is coverage of NESC maintenance requirements, risk management, cost accounting and evaluation of maintenance programs using productivity and service level measures and benchmarks. This course is worth 6.5 PDHs. 
In the three-and-a-half-day Overhead Distribution Systems course, attendees will learn about planning, design, construction, installation, operation and maintenance principles that drive today's overhead distribution practices. The course is designed to help prepare participants to update their utility's standards, make proper design decisions, reduce construction costs, and enhance safety and service reliability. Topics include overhead conductors, structure loading, structure types and design, guying, insulation and lightning protection, grounding, maintenance and National Electrical Safety Code requirements, among many others. Attendees will earn 23 professional development hour credits for this course. In addition, participants will go on a half-day tour of a local utility’s distribution system and see practical examples related to classroom discussions. Attendees will earn 23 professional development hour credits (PHDs) for this course. 

There is a $100 discount for those who attend both courses or attend with a colleague and there is a $50 discount for registering before April 15. 
The Spring Education Institute also will offer courses on accounting, cost of service and rate design, financial planning, utility governance, as well as two week-long certificate programs on public power management and energy efficiency. This event is co-sponsored by the Southern California Public Power Association. 

For more information, visit and click on "courses and workshops" or contact Meghan Riley (202/467-2919;


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