Get a handle on what's new in the industry by making plans now to attend the largest conference and trade show for public power utilities in Alaska. This event is only held once every other year, so mark your calendar now.

The 2017 Alaska Electric Utility Conference will be held in the Egan Civic & Convention Center, 555 W. Fifth Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501.

The conference provides a mix of education and networking, along with over 60 exhibit booths that can help you get on top of the challenges that you face. It also provides ample opportunities to learn about the latest best practices, innovations, and technology to help you and your utility.

One key reason Alaska utility employees attend is the networking that is possible with peers in other utilities and with vendors. Combined with the educational sessions and the trade show, you will score big by attending this event!

Who Should Attend

Utility engineering and operations personnel, as well as those in information technology, customer service, or any area where a more in-depth knowledge of engineering and operations would be beneficial.

For more information on the conference or tradeshow opportunities, contact Scott Lowry at (360) 816-1448 or slowry@nwppa.org.

Plan now to attend both a pre-conference class as well as the conference and trade show in order to stretch your training and travel dollars! Provided below is a list of pre-conference events and a schedule of the conference and tradeshow that will follow.

Preconference Classes

Make plans to attend one of the pre-conference courses below during your trip to the Alaska Conference. These courses are offered at a special low rate to make your training and travel budget stretch farther. All three classes will take place on November 13-14, 2017.

Substation Series: Substation Overview & Inspections - Nov. 13

Who should attend: Line and substation personnel, distribution engineers, and supervisors who have responsibility for transmission and distribution substations.

Instructor: Robert Coates

Overview: This one-day class is the first course in the NWPPA Substation Series and will provide an overview of substations, substation inspection practices, substation equipment, basic print reading, protective relaying, substation metering, specific equipment inspection practices, equipment troubleshooting, and documentation.

Staking Certification Program - Underground Line Design and Subdivision Layout - Nov. 13–14

Who Should Attend: Staking engineers.

Instructor: Hi-Line Engineering

Overview: This two-day course is part of the Staking Technician Program and is structured to teach the skills necessary to design and lay out URD residential subdivisions. Attendees will learn the proper application of underground components into a complete system. The components of primary cables are discussed in conjunction with selecting the proper secondary cable size and length. Emphasis is placed on the construction and operations of the system, including proper grounding of cables and apparatus.

Lineman Skills Series - AC Transformers, Advanced Theory and Practical Application - Nov. 13–14

Who Should Attend: Journeyman linemen, foremen/supervisors, engineers, and those involved in planning, scheduling, and engineering operations for a utility.

Instructor: Mike Fitzpatrick

Overview: This advanced two-day class provides attendees with a journeyman lineman's view of AC transformers. The curriculum includes a combination of electrical theory and hands-on practice. The overall program is to teach students how transformers are used to manage and control the flow of alternating current in electrical distribution systems. Attendees will be provided with an opportunity to work with and arrange transformers in a variety of configurations to achieve specific voltage outputs using hands-on equipment and computer simulation.

Electric Utility System Operations for Medium to Small Utilities - Nov. 13–14, 2017

Who Should Attend: Any electric utility industry employee (utility or vendor) whose job performance will benefit from a basic understanding of the operations and distribution side of the utility business, including engineering; operations; safety; purchasing; information technology; regulatory and rates; customer service; public relations; legal; accounting; as well as utility commissioners and board members.

Also, any civil and mechanical engineers, line workers, substation workers, apprentices, and support staff that have direct responsibility for the construction, operation, and maintenance of the utility's distribution system.

Instructor: Skip Collier

Overview: This popular course presents a clear understanding of the technical heartbeat of a utility by providing employees with a comprehensive understanding of electric utility system operations, transmission, and distribution for smaller utilities. The course assumes no electrical background and builds on the basics to provide a comprehensive understanding of the equipment and operation of the electric utility system.

Substation Series: Substation Transformers & LTC Diagnostics - Nov. 14

Who Should Attend: Line and substation personnel, distribution engineers, and supervisors who have responsibility for transmission and distribution substations.

Instructor: Scott Girard

Overview:  This one-day class is intended to provide an overview of the latest industry techniques in substation transformer and single-phase/three-phase load tap changer (LTC) maintenance. The implementation of simple, cost-effective predictive maintenance techniques will be emphasized.

Conference Schedule

Monday, November 13

Pre-conference classes—Day 1 of 2

Tuesday, November 14

Pre-conference classes—Day 2 of 2
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Registration desk open for attendees and exhibitors
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Trade show exhibitor set up

Wednesday, November 15

7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Registration desk open
8:00 a.m. – 10 a.m. Exhibitor set up
7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Vendor Cafe - enjoy a continental breakfast with a sample of what you will see in the trade show later in the day.
9 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. General session
11 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. Concurrent sessions
Noon – 1:50 p.m. Exhibits open; lunch in the exhibit area
2:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m. Concurrent sessions
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Exhibits open
5 p.m. – 5:50 p.m. Reception in the exhibit area

Thursday, November 16

7:15 – 8:15 a.m. Continental Breakfast for attendees and exhibitors
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Registration desk open
8:30 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. General session—CEO Panel
9:50 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. Special Safety Session
10:50 a.m. – 1 p.m. Exhibits open; lunch in the exhibit area
1:10 p.m. – 4 p.m. Concurrent sessions

Friday, November 17

8:30 a.m. – Noon. Alaska Energy Storage Working Group