Friends of Public Power

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.


Committed to Safety

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.

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  MEUW 86th Annual Conference a Huge Success

This year’s Annual Conference was held in Wisconsin Rapids from June 17-19, to help our friends at Wisconsin Rapids Water Works & Lighting Commission celebrate their 100th anniversary of providing reliable and affordable electric service. Wisconsin Rapids was an incredible host, helping push attendance to the highest level since 2000.

The conference opened with a welcome reception on Wednesday night at the Bull’s Eye Country Club hosted by the Wisconsin Utility Suppliers Association, MEUW’s vendor network. Over 100 MEUW members and vendors attended the reception at the picturesque venue overlooking the Wisconsin River.

The conference kicked off Thursday with keynote speakers Steve Collier from Milsoft Utility Solutions, and Steve Vandermeer from Hometown Connections. Mr. Collier provided a brilliant look at rethinking revenues and rates in the dramatically changing electric industry. Mr. Vandermeer provided a great refresher on customer service and the responsibilities of every utility employee. Scott Fry from Mycoff, Fry & Prouse, and Steve Zach from Boardman & Clark provided an eye-opening look at employee recruitment and retention issues for public power systems. The presentation included a look at the labor shortage, the changing generations, and how to invest in and retain top talent. Representatives from American Electric Power and NextEra also provided attendees with an overview of long-term energy market fundamentals and natural gas supply and demand. We ended the day with the annual MEUW Awards reception where MEUW recognized individuals and utilities for their commitment to the public power industry.

The conference concluded Friday morning with the annual business meeting and presentations from Steve Vandermeer on Strategic Planning and Steve Collier on Opportunities and Threats Facing Public Power in the future. The conference was a huge success due to the support of MEUW members and vendors. We thank you for your continued support!

Please mark your calendars for the 2016 Annual Conference which will be held at The Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake from June 1-3.