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APPA offers governance training this May in Anaheim

From the February 21, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published February 21, 2013

By Heidi Lambert
Manager, Education
APPA is offering two in-depth courses for policymakers in May at the Spring Education Institute in Anaheim, Calif.: Electric Utility Industry Overview, May 6, and a Public Utility Governance Workshop, May 7-8. 

These courses are designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to newly elected or appointed policymakers, as well as experienced policy officials and staff that work with governing boards, on the duties, responsibilities and processes of electric utility governance and policy-setting. These classes can also be applied to APPA’s new Public Power Governance Certificate Program. 

The one-day Electric Utility Industry Overview course provides a broad, non-technical overview of how the components of an electricity system function together to provide reliable and environmentally sustainable service to customers. The course covers generation, transmission, substations, distribution, reliability, customer service, long-term planning and legislative and regulatory issues facing the industry. This class is led by Wallace Barron, president of Barron & Associates Corporate Solutions, who has over 40 years of experience in the electric energy industry. 

In the newly updated Public Utility Governance Workshop, policymakers will learn about the duties, responsibilities and processes of serving as an effective member of a governance team. This course will cover the following topics: 
•  Public power governance models; 
•  Effective board-management relations; 
•  Evaluating governing board performance; 
•  Federal legislative and regulatory issues facing boards; 
•  Assessing the long-term sustainability of the public power business model;
•  How the board and management set the strategic direction for the utility; 
•  Identifying key performance areas and key performance indicators; and
•  Using dashboards, scorecards and other metrics to communicate performance to customers/owners.

This class is led by Jeff Tarbert, APPA’s senior vice president, who has over 35 years of experience in the areas of governance, strategy and utility management.

All courses will be held at the Sheraton Park hotel in Anaheim. There is a $100 discount for those who attend more both courses or who attend with a colleague. There is a $50 discount for registering before April 15.

The Spring Education Institute also will feature courses on accounting, cost of service and rate design, financial planning, maintenance of high-voltage electrical systems, overhead distribution systems; 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 at 202/467-2919


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