MEUW Weekly :: Feb. 26, 2019

Deadline for Safety Award materials is Friday:  MEUW enjoys recognizing member utilities for taking steps to improve their overall safety performance. We are now accepting applications for 2018 performance measures. We ask each utility to take time to compile the necessary information and submit the application spreadsheet, which is available on MEUW.org/safetyawards.

The tiered recognition system remains the same, as follows:  Bronze − 90 to 99; Silver − 100 to 109; and Gold − 110 and over.  The deadline to submit the application spreadsheet and the required documentation is Friday, March 1.

Specific questions about the Safety Awards should be directed to Manager of Safety Services Mike CzuprynkoFor a list of utilities that have already responded, click here.


PSC opens docket to study EVs:  The three members of Wisconsin’s Public Service Commission voted Thursday to launch an “investigation” of electric vehicles and their associated infrastructure.  Specifically, the PSC will look at:

  • Customer expectations, including the availability of vehicles, charging stations and utilities.
  • Policies and standards for electric vehicle infrastructure, including the question of who is allowed to own and operate charging stations as well as how to pay for them.
  • The impact electric vehicles will have on the electric grid and how differing state regulations might affect competition.

The PSC’s “investigation” is similar to what regulators in neighboring states have done. Minnesota utilities have been asked to provide detailed plans about what they are doing to increase adoption of electric vehicles, while the Iowa Utilities Board is currently seeking public comments on proposed rules governing charging stations.

Additional details will be shared as the timeline is developed.  The PSC’s Notice of Investigation is here.


Let your voice be heard!  MEUW is currently conducted our annual member survey to gather feedback about the services and future direction of the association. The key contact from each of our member utilities received details to complete the survey.

We’d also like to hear from you — please follow this link and take a few minutes to share insights and help us identify opportunities to improve MEUW’s support of community-owned utilities.  The survey will remain open until Friday, March 15.


Watt-Hour Metering Workshop just three weeks away:  MEUW will hold its annual Watt-Hour Metering Workshop March 19-21, 2019, at the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay. The three-day workshop is a must-attend event for meter technicians, as industry leaders will explain new technologies and approved work practices. Other agenda highlights include verifying and identifying metering inaccuracies, and choosing the correct metering equipment. There is a half-day “Pre-Workshop Session” beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, March 18, that covers basic metering for those who are new to metering or would like a refresher.

The registration fee for the Workshop is $495 per person; the Pre-Workshop session is an additional $75. Registration is now open. Click here to learn more and to sign up.


Sign up to attend this year’s Collections Seminar:  Every other year, MEUW hosts a seminar to share information about the rules and regulations for utility collections and provide attendees with some new tips and techniques to make the process effective and efficient.  The program is designed to help strengthen the public power utilities’ collection process, with timing targeted at the end of the cold-weather moratorium on electric-service disconnections.

This year’s seminar is planned for Tuesday, March 26, in Marshfield, and will feature a main presenter/facilitator who conducts similar seminars for public power utilities across the country.  She will then be joined later in the day by a representative of the Public Service Commission to provide timely updates about the end of the moratorium and other collections rules.

More information and registration details are available here.


MEUW’s 5G Forum adds technical expert:  MEUW is hosting a half-day forum to help educate member utilities about the latest developments involving 5G “small cell” wireless technology and the most significant issues facing public power. The 5G Forum will provide information about how new rules affect municipal utilities — it will be held on Thursday, April 4, at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Attorney Anita Gallucci of Boardman and Clark will lead the 5G Forum and will be joined by Dale Romsos, Project Design Leader with SEH, an engineering, architectural, environmental and planning firm, who has extensive experience related to telecommunications installations, and will have insights on the more technical aspects of 5G.  The forum will explore the truths, myths and implications for public power while offering practical advice to help Wisconsin utilities prepare for and respond to small cell deployments in their communities.

All are welcome — come with questions and leave with answers and new insights to manage this emerging topic.  To learn more and to register, visit MEUW.org.


Save the date and plan to attend a Customer Service Roundtable near you:  It seems that nearly everyone is looking forward to spring!  One sure sign of the change of seasons is MEUW’s Customer Service Roundtables — bringing together member utilities to exchange ideas and information with their peers.  There are seven sessions scheduled across the state in April and May.  The first one happens on Tuesday, April 23, in Cumberland.  For a complete list of dates and locations, click here.  The Roundtables are free and lunch is provided; registration will open soon.


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