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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. Join the Electric Vehicle Interest Group, the Rate Design Interest Group, and working groups to participate in regular topical webinars and meetings. Looking to host a webinar on your product or service? Learn more about PublicPowerX webinars.


Getting Acquainted with Hydrogen

February 20 & 22
Discover how hydrogen will have a profound impact on a variety of power generation sources as an emerging long-duration, inter-seasonal energy storage resource. Part 3 of the Public Power Forward Series: Harnessing Trends in Energy Technology.

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PublicPowerX Webinar: Physical Security Walls & Structures to Protect Your Substation & Other Critical Assets

February 22
Join 3B Security to learn about physical threats to the power grid and how to protect your infrastructure from attacks.


Advanced Underground Distribution Systems

February 27, 28 & 29
Learn how to improve your utility’s policies, standards, and practices for planning, designing, constructing, operating, and maintaining underground distribution, and hear about current and emerging industry trends. Part 2 of the Underground Distribution Systems Series.

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DEED Webinar: Self-Service Ride & Drive and Rural EV Sharing

February 29
Hear about Northern Wasco PUD's research into the feasibility of a Self-Service Ride & Drive (SSRD) and Rural EV Sharing program for electric vehicles. 

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Overview of the GASB's Governmental Accounting Research System™

March 6
Get a virtual overview of the Governmental Accounting Research System™, which provides access to all U.S. generally accepted accounting principles for state and local governments.

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RDIG Webinar Featuring MPR Associates, Inc. and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

March 6
The Rate Design Interest Group (RDIG) is a quarterly forum for our members to learn about recent developments in rate design and exchange ideas with one another. Join us to hear from Lawrence Berkeley National Labs and MPR Associates, Inc.

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Leadership Fundamentals for New Managers and Supervisors

March 7–28 - SOLD OUT
Learn some of the most essential leadership skills that managers need to succeed in this four-part webinar series. Receive practical tips and insights from a veteran public power CEO that you can apply immediately and identify areas where you can focus your professional development to maximize growth. Discuss ways to make your transition to management smooth and successful, such as how to delegate without micro-managing, tips for giving constructive feedback, strategies for leading effective meetings, and techniques to enhance your communication skills. 


Electric Work Order & Fixed Asset Accounting

March 12 & 13
Learn how to coordinate operations and finance processes to account for projects accurately. Work through the necessary steps to report utility construction costs and differentiate between capital and maintenance costs. Learn about practical industry processes and recent trends in streamlining fixed asset accounting. Part 2 of the Accounting Fundamental Series.


Energy Transition Community Working Group Meeting

March 19
APPA’s Energy Transition Community Working Group (ETCWG) facilitates discussion, evaluates opportunities, and defines barriers to the transition to a high resilience and low emissions electricity delivery system while maintaining reliability, affordability, and safety for public power utilities. Topics include transportation electrification, energy storage, and demand management, as well as toolkits on these same topics.


Advanced Key Accounts Certificate Program: Cohort GroupNEW!

April 15-May 17 | Self-guided course over five weeks
Take your key accounts program to the next level. Fast-track your way to certification by joining a cohort group that will work through the new on-demand Advanced Key Accounts Certificate Program curriculum together over a five-week timeframe. Added benefits include: two live webinars (May 2 and 9) to reinforce and workshop concepts, provide peer networking opportunities and new tips and tools to apply immediately.

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Accounting & Finance Virtual Summit

April 24 & 25
Discuss trends and issues in utility finance, rate design, and accounting with your peers while earning CPE credits. Get the latest on GASB updates, tax credits, arbitrage, financing trends and options, rating agency updates, and more.


Advanced Public Utility Accounting

May 8, 9, 15 & 16
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. Discuss how accounting principles and practices impact financial reporting to internal and external stakeholders. Learn about industry trends, new accounting standards, and strategies for ensuring future financial success. Part 3 of the Accounting Fundamental Series.


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 courses. Each purchase includes access to the recording(s), as well as copies of the presentations or study guides.

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Public Power 101 is an on-demand course – offered free to APPA members – designed to give you a deeper understanding of the electric utility landscape, where public power fits in, the unique benefits of the public power business model, and an overview of the different governance structures. Learn about the three main types of utility ownership, their defining characteristics, and market share. Hear about public power’s unique attributes, benefits, and the importance of communicating these to customers and stakeholders.

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The Public Power Governance Essentials on-demand series offers a convenient way to get up-to-speed on the nuts and bolts of governance requirements, such as complying with charters and bylaws, reporting conflicts of interest, understanding duties and legal obligations, and facilitating an effective board meeting. Review other keys to governance success, including how to communicate effectively, meaningfully monitor performance, foster accountability, and much more. Fifteen learning modules (typically 12-25 minutes each) are specially designed to help you build the skills necessary to become a productive board member that contributes to the long-term success of your organization.


The APPA Key Accounts Certificate Program is offered in-person, in-house, or through a self-paced online option. Completing the on-demand option allows you to work through the program requirements at your own pace.