MEUW Weekly :: Oct. 22, 2019

Friday is deadline to register for next week’s Cybersecurity Summit: MEUW is hosting a one-day workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 30, to help utility managers and governing board members understand the very real threat of cyber attackers and the havoc their actions can cause for utilities and customers. This is not a new issue, of course, though it is an important one that requires regular and frequent attention.

The forum is being led by Doug Westlund, a recognized expert on the topic who has trained utility boards and executive teams at municipal and cooperative utilities across the country. He understands the electric industry and will offer advice to help develop or refine your utility’s cybersecurity program. Later in the day, we’ll learn from the experiences of one of our Wisconsin utilities and hear from a state official about Wisconsin’s efforts to manage cyber attacks. Additional details and information about registration are available here. Discounts are available for multiple attendees from the same utility.

Gresham “Meet & Eat” dinner moved to new location: The “Meet & Eat” scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 31, in Gresham will instead be held in Shawano at the Seasons Restaurant and Lounge. The change was necessary because the Woodlands Supper Club in Gresham was forced to close on Thursday evenings due to recent staff turnover. Registration for the dinner (now in Shawano) is open through Tuesday, Oct. 29.

MEUW’s annual member get-togethers are a great opportunity to visit with your public power colleagues, enjoy a meal and get some updates on what’s happening with MEUW. The complete schedule and registration information for the remaining Meet & Eat sessions is available on MEUW’s Website.

Let us know about your Public Power Week traditions: We know that many utilities have different traditions to help their community commemorate Public Power Week. We’d like to include highlights of this year’s celebrations in an upcoming edition of Live Lines. Please share photos and details by sending an email to

Additional date added for chainsaw and tree trimming workshop: MEUW is conducting a one-day workshop focusing on the maintenance and safe operation of chainsaws as well the basics of safe tree trimming. Thanks to a great deal of interest from MEUW members, the training will now be offered on an additional date. Those who are interested can choose to attend the daylong training on either Tuesday, Dec. 3 or Wednesday, Dec. 4. The training will be held at the Wisconsin Rapids Water Works and Lighting Commission facility, and will offer hands-on opportunities to learn from certified experts. Cost is $225 per person. Space is limited to first 25 registrants, though a wait-list will be available. To learn more, click here.  

The Executive Committee of MEUW’s Board of Directors held its regular every-other-month meeting via a teleconference on Oct. 3. Notes from their discussions are 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.