MEUW Weekly :: Aug. 27, 2019

One last chance to participate in Wage & Benefits Survey: The data collected for MEUW’s 2019 Wage & Benefits Survey was compiled in a spreadsheet that was distributed on Aug. 12. Only the utilities that provided information for the survey received a copy of the results, which were sent to the email address of the person who submitted the data. We’ve heard from a few utilities that missed the deadline and now want to get in. So, we’re going to collect the additional data and re-issue the results file early next month. If you’d like your utility to be included, please click here, follow the instructions and submit the spreadsheet no later than Friday, Aug. 30.

There’s still time to register for September’s Hotline School: MEUW’s Electric Utility Safety and Training Coordinator Randy Larson is leading a two-day, hands-on training session offering simulations of hotline field operations and safety procedures next month. The seminar is designed for all lineworkers, regardless of their years of experience, and will include simulations related to 5KV, 12KV, and 25KV systems. The program will be held Sept. 17 and 18 at the Northeast Energy Education Center in Green Bay. The cost is $285 for MEUW members. To learn more about the training and to register, click here.

Register today for Accounting and Customer Service Seminar: MEUW is holding its annual gathering for municipal electric utility accounting and customer service employees on Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Great Wolf Lodge in Wisconsin Dells. While the number of early registrations is strong, there’s room for more! This year’s program will include presentations by staff from the Public Service Commission with timely reminders about service rules and tips for preparing for a billing audit as well as updates from Focus on Energy and a discussion of Bankruptcy 101, among other topics. The cost to attend is $100 for MEUW members. A complete agenda and additional details are available on MEUW’s website.

The Executive Committee of MEUW’s Board of Directors held a regular meeting on Aug. 16 in Sun Prairie. Notes from their discussions are here. The next regular meeting of MEUW’s Board of Directors is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 12, in Wisconsin Dells. The meeting agenda is here. For an up-to-date listing of MEUW Board members, click here.

The September issue of Live Lines will be sent on Tuesday, Sept. 3, so we will not distribute MEUW Weekly next week. Watch your in-box for a new edition on Tuesday, Sept. 10. In the meantime, if you have comments or suggestions about MEUW Weekly or any aspect of MEUW communications, please “Leave a Reply” below. Have a safe and restful Labor Day weekend.

Share information about how your utility handles accounting and customer service: Every member utility is being asked to complete a census survey to share insights about their accounting and customer service practices. The survey seeks to gather information about systems and vendors used by municipal electric utilities as well as data about deposits and disconnection thresholds, credit card fees, and the like. The results will be compiled and shared at the Accounting and Customer Service Seminar in September. The last time MEUW gathered this information was in 2013. To share insights about your utility’s practices, please complete the survey here.

Start spreading the news: We’d like to share your utility’s news with other MEUW members. Please take time to let us know about new hires, promotions, retirements, honors and awards. Simply send an email to We will review and include it in our member communications.

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