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Communication Tune Up Webinar Series: Mastering Difficult Conversations

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Good conversations are easy and difficult ones are, well, difficult! While they may never move to easy, they can be easier and more productive. This session will cover the ...

Engineering Webinar Series: NESC Grounding Requirements

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The NESC provides methods and requirements for grounding distribution systems because proper grounding is an important component of safety for line workers and the public. This ...

Leadership Skills: Understanding SLII Leadership Styles

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This webinar is part of the Leadership Skills Series Program. The SLII Experience is recognized as both a business language and a framework for employee development that transcends ...

Microsoft Office Essentials Webinar Series: Outlook Calendaring Best Practices

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You use Outlook every day, and probably have for years. But many people do not unleash the full power of the Outlook Calendar. Become an Outlook Calendar power user by...

CFO & Senior Accountant Webinar Series: FERC Accounting

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Understand and apply accounting standards of FERC accounting • Contrast and interpret the application of accounting standards of utility accounting to other businesses ...

Influencing Others: Mastering Human Dynamics

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This interactive six-part course covers how influence is impacted by the key elements of human dynamics, including how we display our emotions and intent through nonverbal ...

Personal Development Series: Developing a Personal Brand

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Whether it is intentional or not, we all have a personal brand, so why not cultivate a strong one? Your personal brand speaks to who you are and what others expect from you. Having ...

Microsoft Office Essentials Webinar Series: Word for Contracts, Procedures, and Manuals

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Develop a mastery of your Word documents in this two-part course. Upon successful completion, you will be able to: •Use advanced selection techniques • Create and use character...

Engineering & Operations Conference

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The 2021 Engineering & Operations Conference, traditionally the largest gathering of public power utilities in the Northwest, will go virtual on April 27-29. Utility employees and vendors ...

2021 Smart(er) Grid Series - Advanced Metering Infrastructure

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Implementing AMI opens the door to new value opportunities for utilities and their customers. While the upfront cost is high and a significant resource commitment will be required, the ...

Overview of the AMI Journey

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Why are utilities talking about AMI? While the answer is not the same for everyone, each utility has a goal to meet evolving customer needs and make future decisions with the customer ...

Engineering Webinar Series: Connecting Residential Solar and Batteries to the Grid

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More rooftop solar and commercial solar are being installed by consumers to defray their energy bills, and batteries such as the Tesla Powerwalls are gaining in popularity. The course ...

Microsoft Office Essentials Webinar Series: Excel Database/List Management

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In this two-part webinar, learn the power of Excel as a database. Topics include database terminology, outlining and doing data subtotals, and more. Upon successful completion ...

Pursuing Significance While Navigating Crisis

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No one can achieve significance without the help of others. However, human dynamics often breaks down during times of crisis. How does someone pursue significance and make an ...

2021 Annual Membership Business Meeting (Free)

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Join us virtually on May 12 for our Annual Business Meeting where we will elect new trustees to the board, announce our 2021-2022 officers, adopt our 2021 resolutions, and present ...

CFO & Senior Accountant Webinar Series: Collecting Revenue Needed to Support the Utility

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Calculate the revenue needed to support a utility’s financial plans, support growth through utility plant, and operating from a point of financial strength • Build competencies in the areas...

Developing Your Department's Strategic Plan

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This series of four on-line virtual sessions and a final presentation session, will help utility professionals build department and work-group level strategic plans that follow the utility-level strategic...

Story Pitches That Get Results

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The steep decline of newspapers and other traditional forms of media has made it much more difficult to get positive (or even neutral) media coverage of your utility. Gone are the days ...

The Secrets of Effective Writing Series

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Do you have a great story idea about your utility, but are unsure about how to pitch it to a journalist? Want to learn tried-and-true methods for writing feature articles that are engaging...

Microsoft Office Essentials Webinar Series: Excel - Get and Transform

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This two-part course is for Excel users who spend too much time manipulating data into the right format before they even begin to analyze it month after month or week after ...

Stakeholder Relations and Negotiations

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This four-part webinar series is comprised of the following online virtual sessions to help utility professionals build expertise in stakeholder relations and negotiations: •Utility Stakeholders...

Crafting Compelling News Releases

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In today’s fractured media landscape, the traditional news release has lost some of its luster and prominence. Email story pitches, social media posts, and other outreach have grown in ...

Lineworker Virtual Roundtable (Free)

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NWPPA is committed to providing lineworkers throughout the Greater Pacific Northwest with high-quality learning experiences that promote professional development. Lineworker ...

Effective Feature Writing Techniques

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It is well-known that writing in a compelling way that tells a story is much more engaging, interesting, and informative than a just-the-facts style that we often use in news releases ...

AMI Readiness and Strategy

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The more that organizations understand the AMI process from A to Z and align their thinking and goals, the more effectively they will be able to assess their AMI readiness and develop an ...

Microsoft Office Essentials Webinar Series: Excel Conditional Formatting

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This deep dive starts with the essentials of Excel's conditional formatting and then takes off quickly. You will learn to call out interesting data using colors, icons, or data bars. Upon...

Engineering Webinar Series: Product Review of Three-Phase Pad-Mounted Switchgear

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There are many different manufacturers of pad-mounted switchgear, so this webinar will explore the characteristics of different devices with summaries of capabilities and applications. This ...

Crafting Key Messages That Resonate

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The last thing you want is for you – or your general manager or project manager – to fumble and stumble through an interview with a journalist about an important project, issue...

Lineworker Virtual Roundtable (Free)

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NWPPA is committed to providing lineworkers throughout the Greater Pacific Northwest with high-quality learning experiences that promote professional development. Lineworker...

Staking Technician Certification Program: Basic Surveying


This three-day course is part of the comprehensive staking technician program. It will teach students the basic and advanced methods of line route surveying. This course also includes ...

Microsoft Office Essentials Webinar Series: Troubleshooting Problem Word Documents

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Cleaning up bad formatting can be a nightmare until you understand how Word works and what tools are available to fix these issues. You are encouraged to bring your own problem ...

Staking Technician Certificate Program: Easement Acquisition


This course is part of the Comprehensive Staking Technician Program. Experienced line designers say obtaining the right-of-way easement is the toughest part of staking. A well-designed...

Writing Pursuasively and Convincingly

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Our increasingly polarized society has made it much more difficult to persuade others using the written word. This requires utility communicators to work much harder to ...

AMI Implementation Planning

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After an AMI strategy is approved and the roadmap is developed, many planning considerations must be addressed as part of the overall process. AMI is, however, a technology that ...

Engineering Webinar Series: How to Place Capacitors on a Distribution System

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This webinar will discuss placing distribution capacitors to maintain an efficiently operating distribution system. Issues addressed will include defining var flows and their impact on the...

CFO & Senior Accountant Webinar Series: Balance Sheet Management

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Compare what is occurring in the balance sheet to budget, forecast, and adjusted for the pandemic • Estimate impacts, changes in direction, and confidently set the course for the ...

AMI Post-Implementation and Looking Ahead

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Whew! The AMI implementation is complete, and people are either using it or considering how it will affect their daily work and responsibilities. There will inevitably be many more programs ...

Engineering Webinar Series: NESC Clearance on Poles

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Separation and spacing requirements for conductors on the pole are provided throughout the NESC. Often this spacing is reflected in the construction specifications. The webinar ...

CFO & Senior Accountant Webinar Series: Process Improvement

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Understand and calculate the impact of process improvement(s) to business operations • Explain and apply process improvement techniques that will impact processes • Develop and ...

Engineering Webinar Series: Application and Coordination of Overhead Fees

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Fuses are the most common overcurrent devices used on overhead power systems. This webinar will discuss the characteristics and application limitations of expulsion fuses; the concept of ...

CFO & Senior Accountant Webinar Series: Bringing Financial Value to Your Non-Financial Teammates

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Determine key financial information that will convert to positive financial results when understood by teammates. Practice and utilize examples for application at your utility. • Create and ...

Engineering Webinar Series: Multi-Circuit Design Considerations

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Designing a double circuit line is similar to designing a single circuit with an added degree of complexity. This webinar discusses the challenges of designing a double circuit line, including...

CFO & Senior Accountant Webinar Series: Actual to Proposed Subsidiary Business Plans

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Recognize and analyze financial considerations of diversifying and leveraging your electric business • Create business plans to reflect before, during, and after financial scenarios ...

Engineering Webinar Series: Methods for Improving Reliability

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Reliability, expressed as SAIDI, SAIFI, and CAIDI, is used to help compare the reliability of a system from year to year as well as comparison to other utilities. The webinar will explain the indices...

CFO & Senior Accountant Webinar Series: Financial Work Plan Management

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Review completed projects, projected new services compared to actual, and cost analysis • Explain difference between plan and actual, reasons for changes, and future planning ...

Engineering Webinar Series: Motor Starting

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Mitigation of power quality issues due to motor starting on the power system can be one of the most difficult challenges faced by electric utility personnel. This course discusses how to prepare...