You can still register 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 (MTP) — scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 27, in Wisconsin Dells. The MTP provides education for existing managers, mid-level managers, and those aspiring to management. Participants may start at any point in the six-session (A-F) program. MEUW provides recognition to all those who complete the program. Next week’s session will focus on how the utility industry is changing and how utilities should be prepared to adapt. For more information or to register, click here.
Help MEUW develop new manual for preferred work methods: MEUW is forming a new member subcommittee to help develop work methods and related documentation to address equipotential grounding, phasing, isolating, and other on-the-job practices. We are looking for lineworkers and supervisors to explore leading practices and communicate the best work methods for municipal utility workers across Wisconsin. The group, which will function as subsection of MEUW’s Safety and Education (S&E) Committee, plans to meet quarterly and will address one topic at each session. The preferred work method will be reviewed by the full S&E Committee. Once approved, the preferred work method will be shared with all MEUW members to be put into practice. The quarterly meeting will take place in different locations to make it easier to attract participants and lessen travel. If you’d like to be part of this effort, please complete this brief form. Members of the subcommittee will be selected before the end of the year. Questions should be directed to email@example.com.
Enter for a chance to win a gift card or MEUW swag: Earlier this month, MEUW began airing messages on Wisconsin Public Radio and PBS Wisconsin. We want to know whether you’ve heard or seen the messages, which are intended to raise the profile of public power. In exchange for letting us know when and where you heard the MEUW spot, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a $25 Amazon or a variety of MEUW merchandise offerings. Winners will be contacted in early December. To enter, fill out the form here.
One last chance for chainsaw and tree-trimming workshop: The sixth and final workshop focusing on the maintenance and safe operation of chainsaws, as well the basics of safe tree trimming, will take place on Monday, Oct. 25 in Kaukauna. The workshop is conducted by certified arborist David Vincent, beginning at 8 a.m. and wrapping up by 3 p.m.; lunch is provided. Cost is $235 per person for MEUW members/communities. To register or learn more, click here.
Quarterly reports due to PSC by end of month: Remember to submit COVID-related Quarterly Reporting for Dockets 5-UI-120 and 5-AF-105, for the reporting period of July 1 – Sept. 30, by Sunday, Oct. 31. This is another round of reports on the pandemic’s financial impact to utilities, as well as the most recent details about arrears and collections information. The survey is mandatory for every utility. Click on these links for more details: 5-UI-120 Quarterly Reporting and 5-AF-105 Quarterly Reporting.
How did you celebrate Public Power Week? We’re planning to include a wrap up of last week’s Public Power Week events in the next edition of Live Lines. Utilities are encouraged to share details about how they marked the occasion and provide any photos by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Oct. 25.