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Make Plans to Attend APPA's Spring Education Institute in Omaha

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, March 27, 2019

APPA is holding its Spring Education Institute on May 6 through 10, in Omaha (at the Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District).

At the Institute, APPA offer week-long tracks of courses (15 classes total). These courses are designed to offer progressive — basic, intermediate, and advanced — training within the different subject areas, and attendees earn continuing education credits for participating (CEUs, CPEs, and PDHs).

Topics include:

  • Accounting (3 courses)
  • Cost of service and rate design (3 courses)
  • Electrical distribution principles, applications, and improvements (2 courses)
  • Energy efficiency and distributed energy resources (5 courses)
  • Public power leadership (3 courses)

The Institute also features two popular certificate programs, which are only offered once a year:

Attendees receive a $50 discount per course when they sign up by April 15 and a $100 discount for attending more than one class.

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Public Power Social Media Content Ideas for November

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, November 7, 2018

To help raise awareness of public power in your community, the American Public Power Association (APPA) encourages public power utilities to join the APPA and other public power utilities across the country in sharing public education resources in November. APPA has listed some helpful resources below that you can use in your social media posts, newsletters, and other customer communications. Use the hashtags listed below the resources as well as #PublicPower. You can also simply repost/retweet/share every day from the APPA’s FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

New Resources: The APPA has developed a robust suite of templates and suggested content by topics and months Bookmark this page, as the APPA adds content to it regularly as new pieces are developed.

#CommunityPowered Campaign social media contest for customers  
Through Nov. 30, encourage your followers to use their public Instagram or Twitter account to share a photo or video about why they think it's great to be #CommunityPowered (don't forget the hashtag!). Weekly prizes include a toaster oven, an ionic hair dryer, an LED snowman, a Wi-Fi Smart Color Programmable Thermostat, and more! For sample social media messages, contest details and rules, visit

Veterans Day (Nov 11)
Resources  #VeteransDay #PublicPower

Utilities United Against Scams Week / Day (Nov 11-17 / Nov 14)
Resources Guide and Resources #StopScams #PublicPower

Thanksgiving (Nov 23)
Resources  #ThanksGiving #PublicPower 

Rule your Attic 
Resources  #RuleYourAttic #PublicPower 

Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month 
Resources  #Infrastructure #PublicPower

You can always find other days of the year that you can adapt to your utility here  and here. If you have any questions or need any assistance please contact Jen Cronin at  

Tags:  APPA  Social Media 

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Public Power Week is Next Week

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, October 3, 2018

This year, Public Power Week is Oct. 7 – 13. Use this time to get the word out about what it means to be a municipal power utility. The American Public Power Association (APPA), has developed numerous materials for its members to use and has suggestions about what systems can do to connect with their communities. To learn more, click here.

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Electric Members: Make Plans to Participate in Onine DHS Russian Government Cyber Activity Briefings

Posted By IAMU, Monday, July 30, 2018

The American Public Power Association (APPA) wanted to make municipal electric utilities aware of an article that appeared in the Wall Street Journal last week entitled “Russia Hacks Its Way Into U.S. Utilities” and provide you with basic information in case you receive any inquiries.

This story, which may be the first in a series, was prompted by a briefing by DHS a week ago providing more details on an issue that was first raised in 2017, when our federal government partners informed grid operators of a threat to the energy and manufacturing sectors. This incident did NOT have any operational impacts. The APPA continues to work across the sector and with our government partners to protect the grid from this threat as well as other cyber and physical threats.

In March 2018 when the U.S. government announced sanctions against Russian cyber actors, the Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC) provided detailed indicators of compromise to ensure electric utilities are prepared to protect their networks. Information sharing is a critical component of the strong industry/government partnership that exists through the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council, and vital to protecting the grid.

The APPA and the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities encourage electric members to consider having someone from your utility participate in on one of the upcoming DHS Russian government cyber activity briefings detailed here:

Any questions may be directed to Russell Saffell, Director of Member Security & Critical Infrastructure Protection –, 515.289.1999 (office) or 515.988.8686 (cell).

Tags:  APPA  Cyber Security  E-ISAC  Electric 

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Attracting Young Talent

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Over the last decade or so, utilities have been aware that they will need to attract the next generation of workers to replace an aging workforce. Here is a link to an interesting article on the topic from the American Public Power Association. IAMU will be covering this issue in the next IAMU Connection magazine, due out in June. If your utility has any programs in place to attract the next generation of utilities workers and you would like to be included in the upcoming IAMU article, email Jen Cronin at

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