MEUW Weekly :: Oct. 8, 2019

It’s “Meet and Eat” season: MEUW’s annual member get-togethers are happening this month and next. The gatherings 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 is available on MEUW’s Website.

NESC Code Seminar to be rescheduled:  After an extremely wet September, we know that many of our member utilities are busy catching up on project work this fall. Based on feedback and to encourage greater attendance, we’ve decided to reschedule the National Electrical Safety Code Seminar to a new date. The two-day seminar – to be held at Plymouth Utilities – was originally scheduled for Nov. 12 and 13 and will now be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 28 and 29, 2020. Those who have already registered will be contacted directly to confirm the new date. The agenda and location remain unchanged. Registration information is available here

Recruits needed for NWTC Substation Apprenticeship program:  Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay is preparing to launch a class for substation electrician apprentices and needs at least one more recruit to begin instruction. The four-year apprenticeship program requires support from a sponsor company. The cost is $350 per semester – $2,800 total for the four-year program – plus the cost of books, estimated to be less than $1,000. If your utility is interested in sponsoring an employee for the program, please contact Tim Murphy, Instructor of Electric Utility Apprenticeships at NWTC, at (920) 882-0627. 

Sign up now for next week’s Management Training Program session:  Utility planning and risk management are the subjects of the next session in MEUW’s Management Training Program – scheduled for Wednesday,Oct. 16, in Marshfield.

The day-long session will explore the foundation of successful leadership, including a deep dive into the dynamics of leadership and how individuals can develop their team members regardless of where they are on their professional paths. For more information or to register, click here.

MEUW hosting Cybersecurity Summit this month: October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and MEUW is hosting a one-day workshop to help utility managers and governing board members understand more about the risks associated with cyberattacks. Led by an expert with more than 30 years of experience in communications and cyber security in the utility and telecommunications markets, the session will provide the foundational knowledge necessary to help utilities develop a comprehensive cyber-related risk-management program based on real-world examples and utility case studies. The Summit is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells. Additional details and information about registration are available here.

Chainsaw safety and tree-trimming basics are focus of December workshop: Tuesday, Dec. 3, is the date of a one-day workshop focusing on the maintenance and safe operation of chainsaws as well the basics of safe tree trimming. 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, and space is limited to first 25 registrants. To learn more, click here.  

The October edition of Live Lines was distributed last week. In case you missed it, you can find it online here.

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