Join this two-part series by the American Public Power Association to learn about the unique benefits and challenges facing the public power business model, and discuss strategies for the future. Learn what gives public power communities an edge and how we can continue to thrive and serve our communities well amid multiple disruptive trends. Led by Tim Blodgett, President & CEO of Hometown Connections, Inc.
Take part in this two-part webinar series to learn what gives communities served by public power utilities an edge – from economic development to customer care and diverse power supply portfolios – the nonprofit, community-owned model yields benefits. With a deeper understanding of what makes public power unique, dive into a discussion of how public power can continue to thrive and serve its communities well amid multiple disruptive trends.
The series includes the following two webinars—each held from 2-3 p.m. Eastern. Sign up for individual events or register for the series at a discounted rate. You’ll also automatically get access to recordings and PDF presentations, in case you miss the live version.
Understanding Public Power: Sept. 1
Get an overview of the different types of electric utilities in the United States and other types of organizations in the broader industry, and then explore what makes public power unique. Discuss how the five key elements of the public power business model—public ownership, local decision-making, nonprofit, low-cost, and customer-centric—are beneficial to the communities they serve. Learn how governance structures can vary within the public power model.
- Types of utility ownership
- What is public power and what makes us different
- Governance structures
- Key benefits of public power
- Local choice
- Reliable customer service
- Local economic development
Running an electric utility today is vastly different from what managing one looked like 100 years ago. Utilities and their governing bodies now must understand a far more complex—and rapidly changing— ecosystem involving advanced technologies, cyber and supply chain security threats, environmental regulations, power supply options, and organized electricity markets. Mix in increasing customer expectations, a changing workforce, and the economic impact from the pandemic—and you see challenges to the traditional public power business model from every angle. Discuss how public power utilities are navigating these trends, and strategies to position your utility for continued, future success.
Anyone affiliated with a public power utility that would like to attain a basic understanding of electric utilities, the benefits of public power, and the challenges and opportunities facing public power. Policymakers, managers, or staff that are new to public power or the electric utility industry will gain the most from this series, however experienced staff might benefit from getting a refresh in this comprehensive overview.
Registration is for one person (individuals receive unique log in credentials that cannot be shared). Discounted group pricing is available.
Individual webinars: $109 for members; $209 for nonmembers. Click on a webinar title to register individually:
The 2-part series (discounted price): $150 for APPA members; $300 for nonmembers
Webinars are recorded, in case you miss the live version (registrants automatically receive the recording within 24 hours). Continuing education credits are not available for recorded events.
Save 50% when registering a group of 10 or more people. Contact EducationInfo@PublicPower.org for details.
Tim Blodgett, President, Hometown Connections, Inc.
For over 21 years, Tim has served as the president and CEO of Hometown Connections, providing consulting, training and facilitation support to hundreds of public power utilities, Joint Action Agencies, and their governing boards. He has worked with municipal governments and non-profit organizations on strategic planning, governance, organizational assessments, public participation, market research, and customer service.