Event Profile

Flipping the Switch: A Public Power Boot Camp

September 23 — 26, 2024
Kootenai Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Who Should Attend:

All employees (utility or vendor) who are new to the industry or anyone who would benefit from a basic understanding of public power.

Course Overview:

Are you new to public power? Or maybe you work in human resources and are looking for a terrific onboarding class for your newer employees. Or maybe you’ve been at your job for a while but feel like you have much more to learn—and you probably do because public power has such a rich history with so many parts and pieces continuously evolving within it. That is why we have taken two of our most popular classes, Electric Utility Business Fundamentals and Electric Utility System Operations, and combined them into a four-day training extravaganza—or, as we like to call it, boot camp!

Julie Ryan will lead you through the first two days by discussing the terminology, functions, and processes of the public power industry. Some of the topics covered will include balancing load, resources, and wholesale power markets; the alphabet soup of federal and state regulators; and the utility workforce in transition.

During the next two days you will dive into the technical side of the industry with longtime NWPPA instructor Skip Collier. This section will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of electric utility system operations, including generation, transmission, and distribution. You will also learn how the key pieces of equipment in the system are built, how the equipment operates, and how the equipment functions in the overall operations of a utility system.

NWPPA is grateful for Kootenai Electric Cooperative for extending the use of their new facility, the Jake Booth Memorial Training Center, which will allow attendees to safely examine transformers, switches, reclosers, hot sticks, and more.

Course Instructors:

Julie Ryan, Aether Advisors, LLC

Skip Collier, Professional Training Systems, Inc.

Course Schedule:

Registration will begin at 8 a.m., and the class will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mountain Time each day.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Course Location:

Kootenai Electric Cooperative
9014 W. Lancaster Road
Rathdrum, ID 83858 
(208) 765-1200 

Suggested Hotels:

Red Lion Hotel Templin's on the River
414 E. 1st Street
Post Falls, ID 83854
(208) 773-1611
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
2300 W. Seltice Way
Coeur D'Alene, ID 83814
(208) 667-3100 

Course Fees:

Utility Member Early Bird (ends 8/23/2024): $1,560
Utility Member Standard: $1,635

Associate Member Early Bird (ends 8/23/2024): $2,340
Associate Member Standard: $2,415

Non-Member Rate: NWPPA is offering a special rate to non-members for this event. Please contact registration@nwppa.org for details.

Note: Organizations that register a group of employees will receive every fifth registration for free. For example, if you register five employees, you only pay for four; register 10 employees, you only pay for eight; and so on. There is nothing additional you need to do to receive this discount.

Cancellation Policies:

For webinarsvirtual classes, and section meetings: cancellation at least five days prior to the event, full refund; within 1-4 days or no show, 100% of the registration fee.

For in-person events: cancellation at least 30 days prior to the event, full refund; within 15-29 days, $100 fee; and within 1-14 days or no show, 100% of the registration fee.

When possible, please send a substitute instead of canceling; NWPPA does not charge a fee for substitutions. To request a refund, please contact registration@nwppa.org or (360) 254-0109. 

Continuing Hours:

This course qualifies for 27 continuing hours. Certificates are issued upon full completion of the course.

For More Information:

To find out more about this event, or to learn about other events, view the Training and Event Catalog.