MEUW Weekly :: Jan. 28, 2020

Don’t miss chance to attend next week’s Lineman University: A training seminar targeted for experienced lineworkers is being offered Tuesday, Feb. 4, at Chippewa Valley Technical College’s Energy Education Center in Eau Claire. The complete agenda and registration information is available here. The registration fee for MEUW member utility employees is $275. The deadline to sign up is Friday, Jan. 31.

The daylong session will offer a variety of technical and safety presentations, hands-on training, insights about the latest equipment, and many networking opportunities. The morning will include breakout sessions, enabling participants to get information about the topics that most interest them. Among the topics to be covered are how wind power is affecting the grid, electric vehicles, how utility workers can help spot signs of human trafficking, proper care and use of arc-rated clothing, and more.

MEUW “Day at the Capitol” is set for Thursday, Feb. 13: MEUW is organizing a “lobby day” to help educate legislative leaders about issues that matter to the public power industry and our communities. All MEUW members are encouraged to take part in the “Day at the Capitol” on Feb. 13. To learn more and to register for the free event, please click here.

Registration now open for March Watt-Hour Metering Workshop: MEUW’s annual Watt-Hour Metering Workshop will be held March 16-19 at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) in Green Bay. The workshop combines classroom education with practical, hands-on experiences, and is a “must-attend” for meter technicians who want to stay up to date on new technologies, approved work practices, and proper procedures.

A half-day pre-workshop session on Monday, March 16, covers metering basics for those who may be new to metering or would like a refresher. The agenda also include techniques for verifying and identifying metering inaccuracies, and instruction on choosing the correct metering equipment. Suppliers will also be on hand to showcase the latest in metering technology and equipment at the Tuesday evening Vendor Show. A complete agenda is available here.

Workshop registrations are now being accepted. To learn more or to sign up, click here.

Board of Directors’ Meeting Notes: MEUW’s Board of Directors met in Wisconsin Dells on Jan. 17 for a regular meeting.  The draft minutes can be accessed here.

NESC Code seminar to be offered in Oconomowoc in March: A two-day seminar designed to increase members’ knowledge of the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) as well as code requirements under Public Service Commission of Wisconsin sections 113, 114 and 119 will be held March 23 and 24 at the Oconomowoc Community Center. The registration fee is $175 per person for MEUW members. The complete agenda and registration details are available here. The program is a repeat of the seminar being held in Plymouth this week.

Scholarship application deadline is approaching: Applications for MEUW’s “Powering Futures” scholarship program will be accepted through Feb. 6. Applicants must reside in one of the Wisconsin communities operating an electric utility and must be pursuing post-secondary education to become a Field Service Technician, Groundman, Lineman Apprentice, Electric Meter Technician, Substation Electrician Apprentice or Utility Technician.

For more information and to review the complete criteria, visit

Utility Accounting and Finance subject of upcoming Management Training session: The next session in MEUW’s popular and long-standing Management Training Program focuses on utility accounting and finance. The one-day session takes place on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the Hotel Marshfield, and will be led by Jodi Dobson, a partner in the Energy and Utilities Group at Baker Tilly. Complete details and registration information are available here.

The Management Training Program provides education for existing managers, mid-level managers and future management prospects. Participants may start at any point in the six-session series and are recognized after completing the program.