Course

Electric Utility Industry Overview: Strategic Challenges & Trends

Part of the Spring Education Institute
May 6, 2019
Omaha, Nebraska

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Monday, May 6

8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Certificate Program Requirement*

 

Course Overview

This course provides a largely non-technical overview of the public power system in its broader operating and business management context. Learn about the electric utility system infrastructure from power grid to meter, its operation, performance, and development. Strategic issues and industry trends that are impacting utilities and challenging the traditional public power business model will also be discussed. Each attendee will receive a copy of APPA’s Electric Utility Basics handbook.

Course Topics

  • Electric utility industry regulation and market restructuring
  • Developments in generation and regional transmission
  • Developments in local transmission and distribution infrastructure
  • Strategic issues and trends for electric utilities
  • The public power business model
  • How changes in the industry are affecting local public power systems

Sample Agenda/Learning Outcomes

A sample agenda will be coming soon.

Course Level

Basic Level. No prerequisites; no advanced preparation.

Accreditation

Recommended CEUs .7/PDHs 6.5/CPEs 7.8
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge

Instructor

R. John Miner, P.E., is an executive manager, educator and consultant with more than 45 years of experience in the electric utility industry. He is president of Collaborative Learning, Inc. of Austin, Texas, and has been an APPA instructor for more than 30 years and an instructor for the University of Wisconsin for 20 years. Before forming his own company, he worked for the Austin, Texas Electric Utility Department, Rochester Public Utilities in Minnesota, and as an assistant professor for the University of Houston.

Register online or fill out the registration form.

Course Fees

Individual Course:
Members: $625
Nonmembers: $1,250

Certificate Program (5 courses):
Members: $2,800
Nonmembers: $5,600

Prices increase after April 15

Interested in attending another course at the Spring Institute? More information on courses and fees are available on the main Spring Institute page.

Travel Arrangements

Travel arrangements and costs are the responsibility of the participants (including hotel parking, WiFi, incidentals, etc.). The Association will not reimburse for changes in travel expenditures regardless of the cause.

Meals

A light, continental breakfast will be provided each day, and a snack in the afternoon. Beverage breaks will be available throughout the day, all other meals are on your own.

Internet Access & Charging Stations

WiFi and charging/outlets may only be available in hotel common areas (sleeping rooms and hotel lobby), and will not be available in APPA classrooms. Please make arrangements to use cellular data on your device, or bring a MiFi or Internet hotspot for personal use. APPA will not provide a password for WiFi.

Name Badges

Name badges can be picked up at the Association's registration desk at the hotel starting at 7:30 a.m.

Cancellations/No-Show/Refunds/Substitutions

Registrants who cancel in writing on or before April 29, 2019, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after April 29 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for this event only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel by April 29 are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund. Cancellations must be made in writing and emailed to [email protected].

The 2019 Spring Education Institute will take place at the:

Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District
222 N 10th Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68102

  • Main telephone: (402) 807-8000
  • Group Rate: $169 (Single/Double) per night (plus 18.72% State and Local Taxes)
  • Check-in: 3 p.m.
  • Check-out: 12 p.m.
  • Parking: Valet Parking: ($23/day), Self-Parking: ($17/day)

Reservations

Please note: We expect the block of rooms to sell out prior to April 15, so make your hotel reservations early.

Internet Access

WiFi may only be available in hotel common areas (sleeping rooms and hotel lobby), and will not be available in meet­ing rooms. Please make arrangements to use cellular data on your device, or bring a MiFi or Internet hotspot for personal use. The Association will not provide a password for WiFi.

Location

All courses will be held in the Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District. The hotel is located 3.5 miles from the Omaha Eppley Airfield Airport (OMA). Please contact the hotel for transportation options.

Hotel Reservation & Cancellation Policy

All reservations require a non-refundable room deposit equal to one night room and tax that will be charged to your credit card at the time your reservations is made. Note: In the event that the American Public Power Association cancels a course, this deposit will be waived.

Travel Arrangements/Hotel Parking

Travel arrangements and costs associated with hotel parking are the responsibility of the participants. The Association will not reimburse for changes in travel expenditures regardless of the cause.

Need Assistance?

If you require assistance with hotel/travel arrangements, please contact Meeting Services at 202-467-2941 or [email protected].

Frequently Asked Questions

What to Bring

If you are enrolled in one of the following courses please note the items to bring with you. If your course is not listed you do not have to bring anything.
 

  • Advanced Public Utility Accounting: Bring a copy of your annual financial statement. Instructors will answer your questions on presentation and application of accounting policies and practices.
     
  • Basic Cost of Service: Concepts and Rate Planning: Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop to work through in-class exercises.
     
  • Intermediate Cost of Service: Implementation and Best Practices: Participants are required to bring a laptop with Excel and PowerPoint, to work through in-class exercises.
     
  • Applied Electrical Distribution Theory: Participants are required to bring a scientific calculator
     
  • Electrical Distribution Principles, Applications and Improvements: Participants are required to bring a scientific calculator and are encouraged to bring copies of distribution planning criteria and design guides from their utility for class reference and discussion.
     
  • Strategic Leadership for Public Power: Some advance preparation is necessary: Participants will need to complete the following items prior to class (detailed instructions will be supplied after registration is received):
    • ACCESS Leadership questionnaire (to be completed by their manager and themselves)
    • Learning plan
    • Online personal values assessment
    • Read a brief discussion of Action Learning
    • Potential post-course project ideas (if you’re planning to work towards the Public Power Manager Certificate)

Class Start/End Times

All classes will begin at 8:30 with the following exceptions:

  • Public Utility Accounting will begin at 8:30 on Monday, and 8 a.m. on Tuesday
  • Advanced Public Utility Accounting will begin at 8:30 on Thursday, and 8 a.m. on Friday
  • Strategic Leadership for Public Power: Tuesday: 1:30 – 5 p.m. Wednesday & Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Friday: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Registration/Name Badges

Name badges can be picked up at the Association's registration desk at the hotel starting at 7:30 a.m.

Meals

A light, continental breakfast will be provided each day, and a snack in the afternoon. Beverage breaks will be available throughout the day, all other meals are on your own.

Hotel & Location

Click here for hotel and location information.

What is the conference dress code?

The attire for the Institute ranges from business casual to casual--whatever you're comfortable in. Meeting room temperatures vary, so prepare to dress for cool conditions.

Cancellations/No-Show/Refunds/Substitutions

Registrants who cancel in writing on or before April 29, 2019, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after April 29 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for this event only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel by April 29 are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund.

    Where and when are the next Education Institutes?

    Fall Institute
    September 30 - October 4, 2019
    Hotel Contessa
    San Antonio, Texas

    More questions?

    Contact us at [email protected] or call 202-467-2965.