FMEA Workshop: Electric Utility and Public Power Primer


Tuesday, March 19, 2024
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
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Public Power Primer

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About the Workshop

New to the industry and need to get familiar with the terminology, key topics, and trends utilities face? Need a refresher to have a better understanding of public power and electric utilities? This course offers a non-technical overview of how a typical public power utility operates. Explore the electric utility system infrastructure from energy source to meter, including what is involved in its operation, performance, and development.

Discuss what electric utilities can expect to see with regards to distributed energy resources, energy storage, physical and cybersecurity threats to the grid, new technologies, and changing customer expectations. Learn how the regulatory structure and industry trends are challenging the traditional public power business model, and what utilities are doing to successfully operate in the 21st century. 

Attendees will also receive a copy of APPA’s Electric Utility Basics manual, as a take-home resource.

 Topics include:

  • Electric Utility Regulations & Business Models 
  • The Regional Generation & Transmission Grid
  • Your Local Public Power System
  • Electric Utility Trends & Challenges

Workshop details:
    • Registration is open to FMEA member utilities only
    • $75 per person
    • Lunch provided                             

About the Speakers

minerR. John Miner, P.E., is an accomplished executive manager and educator with over 45 years of experience in the electric utility industry. He is president of Collaborative Learning, Inc., of Austin, Texas, and has been an APPA instructor for more than 30 years and an instructor for the University of Wisconsin for 20 years. Before forming his own company, he worked for the Austin, Texas, Electric Utility Department, Rochester Public Utilities in Minnesota, and as an assistant professor for the University of Houston. John earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering (with honors), and a Master of Science degree in engineering science, both from the University of Toledo. John is a Senior Life Member of the IEEE and is a registered Professional Engineer in the states of Tex

as and Minnesota. He is also the author of the first three editions of APPA’s Electric Utility Basics manual.

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Tom Black, P.E., is an accomplished engineer and executive manager who works with Collaborative Learning as a technical consultant and continuing education program developer and instructor. Tom has more than 35 years of experience in the electric and gas utility industries including employment with both municipal and Investor-owned utilities. Tom teaches courses on such topics as electrical distribution principles, overhead and underground distribution systems, the NESC, electric system planning, construction, operations, and maintenance. Tom earned his bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis (with honors) and is a registered professional engineer in the states of Colorado and Arizona. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

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Workshop Location

OUC Downtown Office

OUC - Reliable Plaza
100 West Anderson Street
Orlando, FL 32801-3601


Nearby Hotel

Aloft Orlando Downtown

Aloft Orlando Downtown
500 S Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL 32801
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Who should attend?
  • This course is designed for public power utility personnel that are looking for a basic understanding of how the industry works, the key components of a local public power system, and a high-level overview of the latest industry issues and trends.

For More Information:

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Manager of Member Services & Programs, FMEA

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