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APPA offers technical training on high-voltage and overhead distribution systems in May in Anaheim


From the March 6, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published March 6, 2013

By Heidi Lambert
Manager, Education

APPA is offering two in-depth courses for technical personnel at the association’s Spring Education Institute, May 6-10, in Anaheim, Calif. The courses are:

• Maintenance of High-Voltage Electrical Distribution Systems, May 6
• Overhead Distribution Systems, May 7-10

These courses are held only once a year and are designed for electric utility engineers, designers, technicians, construction/operations and field personnel who are responsible for distribution systems.

In the new Maintenance of High-Voltage Electrical Distribution Systemscourse, 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 and will be led by John Miner, P.E., president of Collaborative Learning Inc. 

In the 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 for this course.

The class will be led by John Miner and Larry Koshire.

There is a $100 discount for individuals 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 Authority.

For more information, visit www.APPAAcademy.org and click on "courses and workshops" or contact Meghan Riley (202/467-2919;MRiley@PublicPower.org).


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