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APPA offers webinars next week on line extension policies; advanced AMI technology; and rural broadband funding opportunities

From the September 5, 2014 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published September 5, 2014

By Heidi Lambert
Manager, Education
APPA is offering the following three webinars next week, each taking place from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Eastern time:

• Line Extension Policies: Contributions in Aid of Construction: Sept. 9 

• Using Advanced AMI Technology to Move from AMR to AMI: Sept. 10

• Rural Broadband Funding Opportunity for Public Power Utilities: Sept. 11

The "Line Extension Policies" webinar, on Sept. 9, is the sixth in a series of seven webinars designed to educate public power professionals involved in accounting and financial planning about timely issues while earning continuing professional education (CPE) credits. The speaker, Mark Beauchamp, president of Utility Financial Solutions, will cover the following topics: alternative line extension methodologies; maximum contribution a utility should incur for a new service; risks of extending service to different types of customers; how line extensions for subdivisions and developers differ from extensions to a residential home; determining the value a customer will provide the utility; and how an upgrade of service can be considered under line extension contributions. The final webinar in this series will cover performing a utility financial check-up.

The "Using Advanced AMI Technology to Move from AMR to AMI" webinar (held in conjunction with Hometown Connections), on Sept. 10, will be led by Pat Corrigan, vice president of public utilities, for Elster Solutions, LLC; Srinivasa Venigalla, electric systems director for the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority in Arizona; and Charlie Wright, electric meter administrator with the Orlando Utilities Commission in Florida. The speakers will review a number of capital-friendly ways to get started with AMI, focusing on options for public power utilities with large AMR deployments seeking to migrate over time to a full, uncompromised AMI system.

The "Rural Broadband Funding Opportunity for Public Power Utilities" webinar, on Sept. 11, will provide APPA members with guidance on how to apply for funding under the Federal Communications Commission’s Connect America Fund, including: what features to stress in their proposals in order to score well under the commission’s selection criteria; what obligations winning bidders will have to meet over the next few years; and potential partnering opportunities for public power utilities. This webinar will be led by Jim Baller, president, and Sean Stokes, principal, of the Baller Herbst Law Group in Washington, D.C.

Each webinar is worth 0.2 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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