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APPA offers Energy Efficiency Management Certificate Program this May in Myrtle Beach

From the March 14, 2014 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published March 14, 2014

By Heidi Lambert
Manager, Education

APPA will hold its Energy Efficiency Management Certificate Program courses at the association's Spring Education Institute, May 5-9, at the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Rising fuel costs, growing demand, the increasing costs of power plant construction, mounting environmental concerns, and state or local mandates are all reasons that public power utilities have for initiating or expanding energy efficiency programs. To help these efforts, APPA created a five-day certificate program that covers all aspects of energy efficiency program development, implementation, budgeting, marketing and management.

The program was launched in 2010 and nearly 150 public power professionals from across the nation have completed the required course work. More than 65 utility employees have graduated from the program.

The course work consists of six classes that address power supply (operations overview and integrated resource planning); identifying energy efficiency goals; developing a portfolio strategy; planning and budgeting; strategies for encouraging customer participation; and program measurement and evaluation. The program also covers the latest energy efficiency technology and features several real-life public power examples. The classes can be taken individually or as part of the certificate program.

To earn an Energy Efficiency Management Certificate, participants must complete the six required courses and, within a year, pass an online exam and submit an energy efficiency program business plan. To encourage graduates to expand their knowledge and stay up to date on new developments, there is a continuing education requirement.

The program courses are offered only once a year although, as an alternative, they can be offered as in-house courses. In addition to the certificate program, the Spring Education Institute features in-depth courses on accounting, cost of service and rate design, financial planning, maintenance of high-voltage distribution systems, overhead distribution systems, public utility governance and the Public Power Manager Certificate Program classes.

For more information, visit or contact Meghan Riley at 202/467-2919 or



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