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Electric & Gas Members: Need Help With Your Biennial Energy Efficiency Report?

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, June 7, 2017

If you would like IAMU to assist you in creating and/or submitting your Biennial Energy Efficiency Report for the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) and have not returned your 2017 Energy Efficiency Filing Data Request to IAMU, please do so by June 30th.  IAMU will be submitting a joint report for all municipal electric and gas utilities to the IUB.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Krista Allen at 402.441.1684 or by email at

Tags:  EE Filing  Electric  Gas  IUB  Reporting 

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EUSO Course Set for July

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Mark your calendars for the return of one of IAMU’s popular workshops.  Skip Collier of Professional Training Systems, Inc. will be presenting his Electric Utility System Operation Short Course July 25-27 and the Smart Grid Course on July 28.

Skip is very well regarded and has an extensive background in electric utility design, construction, maintenance and operation.

The EUSO Short Course is designed for any employee whose job performance will benefit from a basic understanding of the operations side of the business.  This includes those from legal, rates, engineering, purchasing, computer application, marketing, customer service, inventory control, finance, accounting, safety, risk analysis as well as those from generating plants.  One goal for this class is to have students leave with the ability to easily identify all of the electrical equipment they see in a substation as they walk by, along with all the equipment found on the poles in a residential area.  Non-electrical engineers are often at a disadvantage in the electric utility environment due to a lack of familiarity with technical issues.  The better you understand the utility’s product – electrical energy – and how it is created and distributed, the better you can serve the utility and your customers.  This course assumes no electrical background, and builds on the basics to provide a comprehensive understanding of the equipment and operations.

In addition to the EUSO course, Skip will offer his Smart Grid Course.  This class explains what a grid is, the differences between a dumb grid and a smart grid, and the mandates that ensure a smart grid will be implemented in each utility.  Once again, this course assumes no electrical background, and builds on the basics to provide a comprehensive understanding of the equipment and operations.  Participants, however, who have attended the EUSO course will better understand the true capabilities of a smart grid.

Registration is now open.

If you are planning on sending more than one participant from your organization, please make sure to share this with multiple departments so that you qualify for the reduced cost with the initial registration.

EUSO Course

  • $878 for a single registrant OR $798 each for two or more participants from the same utility/organization

Smart Grid Course

  • $303 for single registrant OR $270 each for two or more participants from the same utility/organization

BOTH Courses

  • $1,100 for single registrant OR $990 each for two or more participants from the same utility/organization

For additional information, brochure, and registration, please click HERE.  The registration deadline for the workshop is Tuesday, July 18, 2017.

*Line Maintainer apprentices will receive 21 Basic OJT Hours for taking the course*

Tags:  Electric  EUSO  Skip Collier  Smart Grid 

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Drug & Alcohol Employee/Supervisor Training Webinar

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities’ Safety Services will be holding a Drug & Alcohol Employee/Supervisor Training webinar. The webinar will address the following:

  • The effects of drugs and alcohol on the body
  •  How to know if someone is on drugs
  •  Suggestions for what an individual can do about it

60 minutes will be spent on symptoms of alcohol abuse;

60 minutes will be spent on symptoms of drug/controlled substance abuse

*Certificate of Completion will be emailed to registrants after the event*


Who Should Attend?

Employees and supervisors involved with CDLs and gas operations



Paul Kittelson, IAMU Safety Services


Webinar Time and Length:

June 15th, 2017 - 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.



$40 per IAMU Member participant; $65 per Non-IAMU Member participant


Webinar instructions and information will be sent to the registrant’s email.


To register, please click here.

Tags:  Drug & Alcohol Training  Safety Services  Webinar 

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IPAIT Selects New Marketing Services Provider and Fixed-Term Automated Program Provider

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, June 6, 2017

In partnership with the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities (“IAMU”), the Board of Directors of the Iowa Public Agency Investment Trust (“IPAIT“) is pleased to announce it has selected PMA Securities Inc. as the Fund’s marketing services provider and the Fixed Term Automated (“FTA”) program provider (along with PMA Financial Network, Inc., an affiliate of PMA Securities, Inc., “PMA”), effective July 1, 2017.

PMA Securities, Inc., PMA Financial Network, Inc. and Prudent Man Advisors, Inc. (collectively “the PMA companies”) offer investment management, fixed income investment products and services, public finance/financial advisory services and financial planning, as well as comprehensive services for local government investment pool (“LGIP”) clients which include portfolio management, fund administration and marketing. The PMA companies have been leaders in providing financial services to public entities since 1984 and currently serve over 2,400 local governments in 11 states. PMA has had significant experience in all aspects of LGIP management and operations, including working for a total of ten LGIPs similar to IPAIT in varying capacities. The company has built a reputation as a reliable, professional financial organization offering unique products and services to its public sector clients.

PMA brings to IPAIT a team of experienced staff dedicated specifically to serving the FTA and marketing functions of the Fund.  Along with being a registered broker dealer capable of offering a full suite of Iowa State Statue compliant investment vehicles such as U.S. Treasury and Government Agency securities, PMA also brings its over 30+ years of financial institution relationship development experience. PMA has been working in tandem with other public entities in the state of Iowa for the last half-decade in cultivating relationships and programs with local banks and other financial institutions to bring the most competitive and innovative investment vehicles to its clients. Through its credit division, PMA augments the FTA program by providing a proprietary credit screening model that monitors each financial institution participating in the program, ensuring that the tenets of safety, liquidity, and yield are maintained.  PMA is excited for the opportunity to bring its unique set of relationships, expertise, experience and ingenuity to IAMU through its new partnership with IPAIT.

While a team of experienced PMA professionals will service the Fund, Paul Kruse, PMA Senior Vice President and Director- Iowa, will be the primary marketer and contact for Participants, including for fixed term investments. Paul will serve as the liaison between IPAIT and the Fund’s Participants. Some of you may be familiar with Paul, as he’s attended many conferences as the PMA representative and previously marketed the IPAIT program from 1992 to 2003.

In addition, PMA's affiliated company Forecast5 Analytics, Inc. (“Forecast5”) provides strategic software solutions to public clients to address budgetary and financial planning needs.  The focus of both the PMA and Forecast5 companies is to serve public entities. Forecast5 is transforming the way local governments use data to synchronize financial resources and strategic plans. Schools, cities and counties benefit from a unique analytics platform designed to accelerate insight. By combining powerful financial applications inside a next-generation collaboration platform, local governments can quickly identify efficiencies and capitalize on opportunities.

PMA and Forecast5 continue to expand their national footprint, servicing a combined 3,400 public entities in 24 states throughout the U.S. 

Since 1987, IPAIT has proudly served the investment needs of members of the League of Iowa Cities, Iowa Association of Counties and the Association of Municipal Utilities. Both the IPAIT Diversified fund and FTA program offer safe, competitive yielding investments to Participants. Through PMA, IPAIT Participants will continue to have access to safe, competitive yielding fixed term investments from PMA’s extensive network of statute compliant financial institutions.

Tags:  IPAIT 

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Spend the Day on the Greens for a Good Cause

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, May 31, 2017

IAMU’s Golfin’ Fore Safety event will be here soon (Monday, June 26). If you haven’t yet signed up, there is still time.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a foursome. We can pair you up with others.

Proceeds from the event go toward purchasing materials and equipment for the IAMU Training Field.

New This Year: We will be flighting the tournament and have senior tees for men 60 and older.

For more information or to register for the event, click here.

Tags:  Events  Golfin' Fore Safety  Safety  Safety Services 

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