MEUW Weekly :: April 11, 2023

Agency Collections Overview webinar this week: Municipal utilities can learn how to maximize their collections efforts by attending a special overview of the Wisconsin Department of Revenue’s Agency Collections Programs on Thursday, April 13, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Topics will include the State Debt Collection (SDC) and Tax Refund Interception Program (TRIP). The webinar has been scheduled exclusively for MEUW members. An overview of what will be discussed during the webinar is available here. Join the webinar using this link. Pre-registration is not required.

The April edition of Live Lines was distributed last week. In case you missed it, you can find it online here.

Register for the MEUW Annual Conference: The 93rd gathering of MEUW members will take place Wednesday, May 10 through Friday, May 12 in Green Bay. You won’t want to miss the chance to connect with municipal utility leaders from across Wisconsin and hear from speakers on a wide array of timely topics at MEUW’s Annual Conference in Green Bay. Sign up for a tour of our host utility, Kaukauna Utilities, and for optional tours of Lambeau Field and the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.  Visit to register today. Additional details and the final conference agenda will be available soon.

Reserve your discounted hotel room by April 19: Room reservations at Lodge Kohler, the conference hotel, are currently being accepted. The deadline to reserve rooms at the discounted MEUW rate is 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 19. 

Underground Distribution School hands-on training is coming up: MEUW and Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) are partnering to provide a hands-on training session later this month to enable lineworkers to fine-tune their skills and deepen their knowledge about working underground electric distribution systems. The training will take place April 25 – 27 at Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) in Eau Claire. The Underground Distribution (UD) School offers an ideal opportunity for lineworkers to learn and practice hands-on techniques in a simulated field setting to sharpen their skills, review practical applications, and safely perform tasks in a controlled environment.

This training is intended for all lineworkers, regardless of experience level. The cost for each workshop is $195 per person. (Third and fourth year CVTC apprentices are automatically enrolled as part of their apprenticeship.) Details and registration information are available here.

Send us pics of your line crews: The annual celebration of National Lineman Appreciation Day is coming up next week (on Tuesday, April 18), and we’re getting ready to shower a little gratitude on those who put their talents to work as electrical line workers. Together, MEUW member utilities employ more than 300 linemen across Wisconsin, and we plan to use our website and social media pages to recognize those hard-working folks. We’re asking all member utilities to send in a current photo of their line crews so we can post and share them next month. Send the pictures to and help us recognize Wisconsin’s public power lineworkers.

Nomination period for MEUW Board of Directors ends this Friday: MEUW is currently accepting nominations for interested individuals to serve on the association’s Board of Directors for a two-year term beginning May 12, 2023. This year’s election will be for Directors and Alternate Directors in odd-numbered districts. The Nomination Form and additional information is available here. The deadline to nominate someone is Friday, April 14.

Line Truck Basics Workshop offering: MEUW members have been invited to participate in an upcoming training organized by Dairyland Power Cooperative. The workshop on May 10-11 in Marshfield is intended to remind, refresh, and review basic truck operations with line technicians and mechanics. Details and registration instructions can be found here.