Virtual Education and Training

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Stay on top of the trends and ahead of the curve with virtual education offerings from the APPA Academy. Programs range from online courses and virtual events that allow you to interact with other attendees, to on-demand resources that let you learn on your own schedule.

Virtual Meetings

All the breadth and depth of information and networking from an in-person meeting, from the comfort and safety of your home or office. These virtual events allow you to learn and interact with your peers in real time.

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Legislative Rally
March 1-2

You are in the best position to talk to Congress about the direct impact of federal action at the local level.
This year the Legislative Rally is free and only open to APPA member utilities, Joint Action Agencies, and State Association members only.


Engineering & Operations Virtual Conference
March 23-24
Join the national network of public power professionals charged with designing, developing, and maintaining the nation's electric system to learn about critical topics in: environmental; grid modernization; innovation; safety; security; supply management system planning; and transmission & distribution.

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Accounting & Finance Virtual Roundtable
April 22-23
Discuss the latest trends and issues in utility finance, rate design, and accounting with your peers while earning CPE credits. 

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Public Communications Spring Issues Roundtable
April 23
Bringing communications leaders to speak on strategy development as well as managing, budgeting, and staffing the communications/marketing function for public power systems. 

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National Conference
June 20-23 (in-person) and July 13-14 (virtual)
Join public power’s leaders and policymakers to explore how changing policy, technology, and lifestyles are reshaping the energy industry and how that impacts your community. The 2021 National Conference will be held in two parts to meet the needs of our members in the current environment: an in-person event in Orlando, Florida (June 20-23); and then virtually (July 13-14). Each portion will feature exclusive educational content and networking opportunities. Attendees can participate in the full conference (in person and virtual), or just the virtual component. 

Virtual Courses

Instructor-led courses let you take in-depth training through an interactive series of online classes, a downloadable workbook, and group discussions with your peers.


Constructing, Operating, and Maintaining Underground Distribution Systems
March 2-10: 5 sessions
Learn all about the effective design, construction, operation and maintenance of underground electric distribution systems. Discuss operations, safety and regulatory requirements, and hear from an industry cable application engineer about underground cable reliability, failure modes, and testing methods.

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March 11
Explore best practices in public power governance, including understanding and communicating the value of public power, strategies for successful board operations, the duties and legal obligations of governing officials, and techniques for board development and communications.

Overhead Distribution Principles and Practices
March 25-April 7: Orientation + 4 sessions 
Learn about the planning, design, installation, and maintenance principles and legal/regulatory requirements that drive today’s overhead distribution practices. Build your knowledge of overhead distribution system components along with basic design principles and practices.


Work Order & Asset Management Accounting
March 30 & April 6: 2 sessions
Learn how to coordinate operations and finance processes to accurately account for projects. Work through the necessary steps to report utility construction costs and differentiate between capital construction and maintenance costs. Learn about practical industry processes, through real-world utility examples of the day-to-day realities of accounting for utility construction costs.


Advanced Key Accounts Workshop
April 1
Receive tips and tools for fixing, upgrading and enhancing an existing key accounts program. Learn how to assess gaps within your program and gain best practices and methodologies to focus on problem areas, in order to update, enhance, and strengthen your key accounts program and maintain its relevance.


Crisis Management and Communications Seminar
April 7
Receive practical instruction, pragmatic tips, and best practices, from a communications expert—based on his decades of experience—that you can put to use immediately to communicate effectively during a crisis.


Advanced Public Utility Accounting
April 13-22: 4 sessions
This practical course examines the more complicated aspects of accounting theory and practice to inform planning and decision-making and help execute your day-to-day work more efficiently and effectively. Learn about industry trends, new accounting/GASB standards, and strategies for ensuring future financial success.

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One-on-One Media and Public Presentation Workshop
April 14
This unique, interactive learning experience will provide you with the tools and experience to help prepare for any media interview or public speaking experience. Expert instructors will lead you through scenario-based training and mock interviews.


Best Practices in Overhead Distribution Line Design
April 27-May 6: Orientation + 6 sessions 
Learn how to enhance your line design processes and prepare designs that are safe, reliable, and in compliance with National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) requirements. Review industry best practices, engage with your peers, and complete over twenty-five (25) practical hands-on design exercises using line design software. 


With minimal time commitments, webinars allow you to learn from the best without leaving your office. Hear from industry experts and ask questions during the live webinar.


DEED Webinar: “PEP” Up Commercial Customers' Energy Management
March 9, 2021
Join DEED grantees at the Burlington Electric Department in Vermont as they share the new tool they've developed to help commercial energy customers track and reduce their consumption!

CS Rating Agency Webinar Series
March 10-31, 2021
This two-part webinar series is designed to help educate public power utilities on current trends and issues affecting utility bond ratings.
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PublicPowerX Webinar: Addressing Detection, Preparedness and Response of Cybersecurity Incidents for Public Power Utilities
March 17, 2021
Learn how recent attacks, including SolarWinds and the intrusion and tampering at Oldsmar Florida water facility, further punctuate the trend of cyber strikes targeting U.S. critical infrastructure with increased frequency and impact.

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PublicPowerX Webinar: Using Ribbon Fiber Cable to Speed Broadband Deployments
April 14, 2021
Learn how improved design and lower-cost mass fusion splicers make ribbon fiber cable a true alternative to loose-tube fiber cable.

On-Demand Learning Resources

Hear from industry experts and grow your knowledge at a pace that works for you.


Check out our library of on-demand webinars and recorded events and courses. Each purchase includes access to the recording(s), as well as copies of the presentations or study guides.