Spring 2024 Accountants’ Meeting

May 1-2

In early May, cooperative accounting staff members across Illinois for two days of updates, presentations and fellowship. Speakers included Earl Ridlen of LWG CPAs; Bill Miller of Bolinger, Segars, Gilbert & Moss; and Bill Stagen of CFC.

Underground Residential Distribution (URD) School

May 7-9

Underground Residential Distribution (URD) School was held at LLCC, where linework students and apprentices received hands-on training that included fault-locating techniques for primary and secondary cables, proper splicing of URD cable, and switching procedures used in underground installations and proper maintenance procedures for use with pad mount transformers. This course is recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training; and is part of the AIEC “Illinois Rural Electric Apprenticeship Program.”

Utility Line Clearance School

May 13-17

Our annual Utility Line Clearance School is designed to accommodate both experienced and inexperienced employees who wish to become more proficient in the field of Line Clearance-Right of Way Management. Our hands-on approach will allow students to learn new skills, then apply them to work scenarios in the field while supervised and coached by an instructor. It is our goal that each person better their skill set and ability to perform their jobs in the safest and most efficient way. Participants will be expected to demonstrate procedures set forth in OSHA 1910.269 regulations and ANSI A300 & Z133.1 guidelines, as well as be competent in their application and overall safety, upon completion of the school. Once completing this school, students will receive a certificate of completion. CEUs will be available through the International Society of Arboriculture for those who need them.

The Road to Resilience: The Board’s Responsibility

May 22

Succeeding in today’s electric industry requires more than the safe delivery of reliable and affordable energy. It requires resilience. This highly interactive course will define resilience, how building it is vital for cooperatives now and discuss the role of the board in creating it. Participants will discuss the oversight role in building resilience in such areas as power supply, cybersecurity, supply chain, workforce (winning the war for talent), and grid hardening. The course closes with a focus on personal resilience and how it can be built on a personal level as well as in the boardroom. This course is part of NRECA’s Board Leadership Certificate (BLC).

Spring Member Services and Marketing Meeting

May 23-24

The AIEC welcomed co-op marketing and member services personnel for a Touchstone Energy Member Engagement Workshop. Thank you to Scott Bialick for traveling to Springfield for the interactive training, as well as other members of the Touchstone Energy team for joining in remotely.