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APPA offers webinars next week on issues for boards, Electric Utility 101

From the April 9, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published April 9, 2013

By Megan Riley
Education Coordinator
On Monday, April 15, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern time, APPA will hold a webinar on "Federal Legislative and Regulatory Issues for Boards." This is the fourth in a series of nine webinars designed to educate elected and appointed public power board and city council members on the responsibilities and processes of electric utility governance. 
There are a number of federal legislative and regulatory issues that public power board members and policymakers should be aware of.  These include tax-exempt financing, environmental rules, Dodd-Frank Act rules and North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) regulations, among others. The webinar will give an overview of the issues, explain why they are important to public power and provide talking points to help elected and appointed officials explain how these issues will affect the community. The webinar will be led by Joy Ditto, APPA's director of legislative affairs, and Sue Kelly, the association's vice president of policy analysis.                               

Upcoming webinars will address strategic issues facing public power governing bodies, utility financial operations, rate making, strategic planning and performance monitoring and accountability for boards and city councils. 

On Tuesday, April 16, from 2 to 3:30 Eastern time, APPA will hold the fourth and final in a series of electric utility basics webinars led by Wallace Barron, President, Barron & Associates Corporate Solutions, Inc. The webinar,  "Electric Utility 101 Series - Distribution," will offer a non-technical overview of distribution system functions, including why they are needed and the role they play in the final step of a reliable electric supply chain. The instructor will cover some of the major hardware components, their functions and the role distribution systems are playing by extending their programs beyond the meter into the demand (customer) side. This webinar also will provide review major issues facing distribution systems and the impact of those issues on the electric grid. Since distribution systems are a major focus for the application of smart grid technologies, the webinar will touch upon the current and future changes these technologies may bring.
Each webinar is worth .2 continuing education units, 1.5 professional development hours and 1.5 continuing professional education credits. 
For more information and to register, visit under Webinar Series or contact Meghan Riley at or 202/467-2919.


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