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Webinars set for Feb. 12 and 14 on substations, integrated technology

From the February 8, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published February 8, 2013

By Heidi Lambert
Manager, Education

APPA will hold a webinar, "Electric Utility 101: Substations," on Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Eastern time. This is the second in a series of four webinars designed to provide an overview of the electric system for policy makers and non-technical or new employees at public power utilities. 

Substations are the transition points in the electric grid. They connect the generation, transmission and the distribution systems. Substations come in all sizes and shapes and are the point where most retail utilities buy their wholesale power. They can be complex control nodes in the system and will be a significant focus for the smart grid at the generation and transmission levels.
In this webinar, Wallace Barron, president of Barron & Associates Corporate Solutions, will provide a non-technical overview on the applications and functions of substations. He will cover why substations are needed and the role they play in a reliable electric supply chain. Future webinars in this series will address transmission and distribution. 

On Thursday, Feb. 14, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Eastern time, APPA (in conjunction with Hometown Connections) will offer a webinar on, "Improving Customer Service and Operational Efficiency through Integrated Technology."

Public power utilities, as other sectors in a down economy, need to do more with less. In this webinar, Steve Collier, vice president of business development for Milsoft Utility Solutions, Inc., will discuss how utilities can leverage new integrated software and technologies to provide better customer service and operate more efficiently while reducing the burden on staff.
Jim Briggs, general manager for Georgetown Utility Systems in Texas, will provide a case study on how the integration of outage management, interactive voice response/call management, geospacial information systems, and engineering analysis solutions improved Georgetown's  system reliability, response time, restoration time, and customer communications and care.
Each webinar is worth 0.2 continuing education credits, 1.5 professional development hours and 1.5 continuing professional education credits. 

For more information, visit under Webinar Series or contact Meghan Riley at or 202/467-2919.


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