MEUW Weekly :: March 15, 2022

Tell us what you think! MEUW is currently conducting a member survey to gather feedback about the services and future direction of the association. Responses will be accepted through Friday, March 18. The survey link has been sent directly to key contacts at each of our member utilities. Anyone associated with one of our member utilities is also invited to complete the survey, which is available here. The survey is an important part of the association’s planning.

Updated guide to compliance reporting and deadlines now available: To help MEUW members stay on top of electric utility reporting requirements and deadlines, we’ve updated a handy reference guide and posted it on our Website. You’ll find information about key contacts as well as the timeframe to ensure your utility complies with the reporting needs.

Leadership workshop set for April 7 in Mauston: To further support efforts to develop the next generation of municipal utility leaders, MEUW is holding a workshop that explores 10 skills essential for leadership  — empathy, communications, teamwork, problem-solving, time management, attitude, adaptability, ability to learn, confidence, and networking — and how today’s leaders can leverage those skills to deliver results. Discussions at the one-day “Pathways to Leadership” workshop on Thursday, April 7, will benefit municipal utility leaders of all experience levels, including those who may be new to their role, those in line for leadership, and those who already have extensive experience and simply want to learn from others responsible for similar work. Full details are available here.

April 1 is deadline to nominate individuals for MEUW awards: Throughout our 93-year history, MEUW has proudly recognized individual contributions and achievements toward advancing public power through awards presented at the Annual Conference. We are currently accepting nominations in a number of categories. Full details are available at To nominate someone from your utility or community, please complete the nomination form and submit it by April 1. Awards will be presented during a breakfast ceremony at MEUW’s Annual Conference on May 12.

Upcoming workshops focus on underground and overhead line work: MEUW is holding two separate hands-on training sessions next month to enable lineworkers to fine-tune their skills and deepen their knowledge.

  • Underground School will take place April 21-22 at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College (SWTC) in Fennimore.
  • Overhead Rubber Gloving School will take place April 28-29 at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) in Green Bay.

Each of the workshops provides targeted training for all lineworkers, regardless of experience level or equipment. Participants will rotate through a series of workstations to safely practice different procedures and receive feedback. The cost for each workshop is $255 per person, with discounts available for multiple attendees from the same utility. Look for details at Questions should be directed to Randy Larson at (715) 559-7542.

Send us pics of your line crews: National Lineman Appreciation Day is coming up on 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 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.

Data collection underway for annual Wage & Benefits Survey: Every year, MEUW collects information about the pay and perks provided to public power employees across the state. Based on member feedback, this year’s data collection began early, to allow for the results to be shared in time for municipal budgeting. Instructions for completing this year’s survey were recently shared with key contacts at each utility. Full details about this year’s Wage & Benefits Survey are available here. As a reminder, only those utilities that provide information for the survey are able to receive the results. The deadline to respond is April 8.