Representation of municipal utilities in state and federal government is a key service of MEUW. Advocacy efforts include meeting with state legislators and members of the executive branch of government, reviewing legislation and rules, testifying before legislative committees and negotiating contracts. We help our members succeed in an evolving policy environment and work to ensure that future policies support the needs of the industry.
Workplace safety is vitally important to municipal utilities. MEUW is committed to providing professional safety instruction and education. Over 100 communities belong to MEUWs safety services, all working to provide a safe working environment. And, in the true spirit of cooperation, MEUW members are invited to participate in the associations mutual aid program providing disaster assistance to any member community in need of emergency support.
2016 marked the 32nd anniversary of the MEUW/WI REC Joint Superintendent’s Conference. This year’s conference was highly attended, garnering just under 200 attendees. Lee Shelby, former lineman and national motivational speaker was the highlight of the conference and an inspiration to attendees. He has dedicated himself to helping others through leadership and education, teaching the necessary tools to lead employees to the next level of safety culture - an accident free workplace.
Lee was also the keynote speaker at the Apprentice Graduation Banquet held Wednesday night where a total of 26 graduates were recognized. The graduates are comprised of participants in the Chippewa Valley Technical College and Mid-State Technical College apprenticeship programs. These programs continue to produce quality lineworkers and meter technicians for Wisconsin’s public power utilities and rural electric cooperatives.
Municipals and cooperatives gathered jointly on Thursday to listen to other conference topics including mutual aid best practices, competitive bidding, micro grids, energy storage, smart grid, arc flash and PPE. On Thursday afternoon, attendees were able to network with MEUW’s associate members, WUSA, at the annual WUSA trade show. We had our largest number of vendors yet showcase at this year’s trade show which provided attendees with an abundance of awareness regarding utility supplier products and services.
We’d like to thank all who attended and also thank our sponsors who helped make this event possible. The conference provides a great opportunity to not only learn and advance your skills, but also an opportunity to build relationships and network with your peers. To view photos from the conference, click here.