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Virtual Education and Training

Stay connected and informed

The public power community can stay informed and connected, even while many of us work from home and practice social distancing. APPA is here for you with resources and programs to help you continue your work (and learning) with as little interruption as possible, ranging from webinars to online training and new virtual meetings that allow you to interact with other attendees for real networking opportunities. 

Don’t miss these online programs.

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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Public Power Connect Virtual Summit & Business Meeting
June 8-10
Connect with public power leaders to share strategies and solutions and to celebrate the experience, innovation, and leadership of the national public power community. Enjoy two days of keynotes, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities; and participate in the annual Association business meeting and other committee and task force meetings.

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Wholesale Markets Summit
July 14
Join public power and other thought leaders to learn from each other, share perspectives and discuss where reforms are needed to RTO/ISO-operated wholesale markets and governance.

Online Classes

These virtual versions of our most popular training classes let you work through the materials live with an instructor. Through a series of interactive, in-depth learning modules, a downloadable workbook, and group discussions with your peers, you'll benefit from the expert instructors and high-quality education you can always expect from Academy courses while earning continuing education credits.

Advanced Public Utility Accounting
May 7 – 28
Earn CPEs by participating in this practical course. Examine the more complicated aspects of accounting theory and practice to inform planning and decision-making, allowing you to  work more efficiently and effectively. Register for the whole course and get recordings of any sessions you missed; or you can register for individual courses.
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Best Practices in Overhead Distribution Line Design
June 16 – 25 
Six online classes over 2 weeks

This course for electric utility engineers and designers will combine presentations, Q&A, group interaction, and digital hands-on exercises to cover overall line design accountabilities and best practices. Learn about the line design process (and how to improve it); developing and using documented design criteria and design/construction standards; reducing liability exposure; NESC requirements and provisions; establishing effective design/quality control, and more.

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Public Utility Accounting
June 24 - July 15
Earn CPEs by participating in this popular, foundational course. Designed around the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Uniform System of Accounts, you’ll discuss the role of accounting in public utilities, learn proper usage and coding of every relevant FERC account, review FERC-based income statements and balance sheets, and receive practical information and tips to apply immediately.

Webinars

Webinars allow you to learn from the best in the business without leaving your office. All you need is internet access. Hear from industry experts, download presentations, and ask your questions during the live webinar.

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Taking Care of Business: A New Look at Your Distribution System Series
May 27 – June 10

  • Taking Care of Business: Distribution Planning (May 27)
  • Taking Care of Business: Distribution Performance (June 3)
  • Distributed Energy Resources on the Distribution System (June 10)
  • Get the recording:
    • Taking Care of Business: Distribution Economics

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Strategic Electrification: Running a Data-Driven Utility Series
Ongoing; Upcoming webinar May 28

  • Ongoing; Upcoming webinar May 28
  • Untapped Potential: Using Data to Inform Decision Making (May 28)
  • Get the recordings:
    • Evidence Based Approaches to Electrification: Running a Data-Driven Utility
    • The Business Case for Electrification
    • Data-driven Program Design
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APPA Biweekly Webinar on Public Power Preparations for COVID-19
May 28
Learn what public power utilities are doing to prepare for and work through the COVID-19 pandemic and gain best practices to implement at your utility. Offered free to APPA members.

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Best Practices in Economic Development Series
Ongoing; Upcoming webinar June 1

  • Sites and Buildings: Their Role in Business Development (June 1)
  • Get the recordings:
    • Organizational Capacity Readiness (Pt. 1): What It Means and
    • Why It Matters
    • Organizational Capacity Readiness (Pt. 2): Benchmarking
    • Business Retention and Expansion Best Practices
    • The Role of Placemaking in Economic Development

Financial Planning for Economic Recovery
June 4 – June 23

  • Rethinking Revenue Beyond Rates (June 4)
  • Balancing Risk in Balancing the City's Budget (June 16)
  • Rate Design and Communicating Value (June 23)
  • Get the recording:
    • Financial Planning Amid Uncertainty
pen COVID-19 Impacts on Managing Your Utility Contracts
June 11 – 18
  • Contractual Rights, Responsibilities, and Remedies and COVID-19 (June 11)
  • Managing and Resolving Claims Associated with COVID-19 (June 18) 
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June 17 – 24
  • Cyber Threat Landscape and Cost Modeling for Public Power (June 17)
  • Cyber Attack Case Studies and Action Plans for Public Power (June 24)
bank Mitigating the COVID-19 Bad Debt Crisis: Utility Strategies and Solutions
June 22
Even as the economy slowly re-opens, the lingering financial impacts of COVID-19 will leave many customers facing insurmountable arrearages and utilities contending with large bad-debt write-offs and grossly unpopular mass shut-offs. Learn how two utilities are planning to better navigate this crisis and allow their customers to pay down debt over time.

Past Webinar Recordings

Our past webinar series enable you to hear from industry experts and grow your knowledge at a time and pace that works for you.

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Check out our library of past webinars on:

  • Public Power Governance
  • Electric Utility Industry 101
  • Joint Use Pole Attachments
  • Disaster Recovery and Resilience Funding 
  • Wireless Pole Attachments
  • Federal Communications Compliance
  • And much more! 

On Demand Training

Combining videos, downloadable course materials, and progressive testing, our online training brings you in-depth training on your own timeframe. 

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Key Accounts Certificate Program

Whether you plan to start a utility key accounts program or want to take your current pro­gram to the next level, this curriculum provides the skills, knowledge, and tools for success.