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National Conference Preconference Seminars

Designed to help you develop skill sets and dive deeper into complex subject matters, preconference seminars offer longer class times, smaller class sizes, interactive formats and experienced instructors. Seminars will only be held at the conference in Orlando, Florida, and require separate registration and fees.

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Preconference Seminars 

All preconference seminars will be held on Sunday, June 20, at the conference in Orlando, Florida. 

Registering for Preconference Seminars

When you register for the National Conference (Full Access), you will have the option of also registering for preconference seminars. If you have already registered for the full conference and would like to add a seminar, use the links below or contact [email protected] for assistance. 

Sunday, June 20

Overview of the Electric Utility Industry
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8:30 a.m. - Noon
Recommended CEUs .3 / PDHs 3.25 / CPEs 3.8, Specialized Knowledge

Get a non-technical overview of electric utility system infrastructure – from generating sources to the customer meter – and how your local public power system fits into the broader operating and business management aspects of the industry. Discuss trends that are challenging and disrupting the traditional public power business model, from customer expectations to regulations and technologies. Plus, receive a copy of our new edition of Electric Utility Basics to reinforce what you learn throughout the year. 

Instructor: Brent McKinney, Principal, TFB Engineering, LLC


Get Ready for the Energy Storage Paradigm Shift
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8:30 a.m. - Noon
Recommended CEUs .3 / PDHs 3.25 / CPEs 3.8, Specialized Knowledge

From the markets to daily operations, energy storage technologies are poised to have a major effect on electric utilities. Take a deeper dive into the costs, benefits, and limitations of each type of energy storage technology and how it is already impacting markets around the world. Discuss the challenges and short- and long-duration applications of these technologies and how your utility (and large customers) might weigh these insights when deciding how to invest in storage. Learn how regulatory trends might affect public power utility plans and storage goals.

Instructor: Peter Kelly-Detwiler, Principal, Northbridge Energy Partners


Utility Financial Check-Up: Recovering From an Economic Downturn
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1:30 - 5 p.m.
Recommended CEUs .3 / PDHs 3.25 / CPEs 3.8, Specialized Knowledge

2021 may be particularly challenging for utilities to maintain their financial health. With the potential economic downturn, utilities may delay rate adjustments to keep rates low for customers. This could have a compounding impact on the downward trend of the utility’s financials. Learn about key financial targets to help ensure the utility’s long-term stability, ways to assess current financial conditions, and areas for improvement while minimizing the impact of potential rate changes on customers. This course will help you to make those tough financial decisions with confidence. 

Instructor: Dawn Lund, Vice President, Utility Financial Solutions


Best Practices in Public Power Governance
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1:30 - 5 p.m.
Recommended CEUs .3 / PDHs 3.25 / CPEs 3.8, Specialized Knowledge

There are many benefits of living and working in a public power community, which are enhanced when utility governing board members have the knowledge and capability to serve effectively. Help new board members get up to date in this course, which explores the value of public power (and how to articulate it to community stakeholders), swaps strategies for successful board operations, reviews the duties and legal obligations of governing officials, and teaches techniques for board development and communications. 

Instructor: Tim Blodgett, President & CEO, and Steve VanderMeer, Executive Consultant, Hometown Connections

 

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