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2021 Engineering & Operations Conference and Expo

September 21, 2021 @ 8:00 am - September 23, 2021 @ 2:00 pm EDT

**NEW THIS YEAR:  NOW including Lineworkers Rodeo ** Agenda
(agenda details are still being finalized and are subject to change)

Operations Track    |    Management Track    |    Engineering Track   

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

8:00 AM Registration, Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM  Lineworkers Rodeo – NEPPA Training Center, Littleton, MA

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

7:30 AM Registration, Continental Breakfast & Exhibitor Move-in

8:30 AM General Session – The Impact of an Injury – “What are you Risking” by Gary Norland & his wife Jeanne It was a Friday afternoon and Gary was at work trying to get his job done, but his focus was on other things. His wife Jeanne was working, trying to wrap up her week when a co-worker told her that there had been an accident and Gary was going to the hospital. What she didn’t know was Gary took 12,500 volts, 200 amps to his right ear and then to the back of his head. In a split second their lives drastically changed. That was over 25 years and roughly 70 surgeries ago. Now, Gary and Jeanne share a message that focuses on the impact of the choices he made. Through their story, you will see how a lack of focus can change everything. They have shared their story with employers and employees all over Canada and the US, and their message is simple. You can speak up and you should speak up when it comes to safety. You deserve a life without experiencing unnecessary tragedy.

9:30 AM Break

9:45 AM Breakout Sessions

management  MANAGEMENT TRACK Transmission Cost – What is happening with NEPOOL

operations  OPERATIONS TRACK SAE’s Grounding Technology

engineering  ENGINEERING TRACK Bitcoin & Blockchain – Effect on Utilities 

10:45 AM Break & Exhibit Hall Opens

11:00 AM Breakout Sessions

management  MANAGEMENT TRACK Best Pratices – Utility Arborist Association  by Amy Murray, Davey

operations  OPERATIONS TRACK Spacer Cable Systems – Installation, Operations & Maintenance Discussion by Ted Gardner, Technical Manager, Hendrix Aerial Cable Systems & Molded

engineering  ENGINEERING TRACK Exponential Load Growth Impacts by Paul Hubbard, Principal Analysis Group, Inc


12:00 PM Lunch in the Exhibit Hall

2:00 PM Breakout Sessions/Demos

management MANAGEMENT TRACK OP-17 Changes – Now More Than A Letter by Andrew Murray, PLMnet & ISO Speaker tbd.

operations OPERATIONS TRACK NERC AMI (Outage Management, System Analyist, growing pains with installing, day-to-day)  Updates – Lessons Learned/ Best Practices & Covering the Operational Benefits by Fred Avila, Owner, AvCom, Inc.

engineering  ENGINEERING TRACK Understanding Moisture Transformers   by Thomas Prevost, VP Innovation and R&D – Weidmann Electrical Technology

3:00 PM Raffle Drawing in Exhibit Hall

3:30 PM Adjourn & Exhibitor Breakdown/Load Out

3:00 PM Mutual Aid Committee Meeting

Thursday, September 23, 2021 

7:30 AM Breakfast

8:30 AM Breakout Sessions

management MANAGEMENT TRACK GM/ GF Roundtable: What are the things that keep you up at night? 

operations  OPERATIONS TRACK: Layering Do’s and Don’ts Arc Flash Protection by Duncan Blaine, VFC.

engineering  ENGINEERING TRACK Engineering Virtual Situation Room (i.e. Roundtable) 


9:30 AM Break

9:45 AM Breakout Sessions

engineering  ENGINEERING TRACK Off Site Tour / TBD

11:00 Benevolent Fund Activity: 
             Golf Tournament – Shotgun 11:00 AM
             Groton Counrty Club – 9 holes

11:00 AM Conference Adjourns


Thank you to our Conference Sponsors!   Your logo could go here!  

Please click on the link to register online or download the appropriate forms below.

Attendee registration    Exhibitor registration  Sponsor registration

More Information Coming Soon!


If you need overnight accommodations, please contact the hotel directly to make your reservation.  Be sure to mention the Northeast Public Power Association or NEPPA to get the negotiated rate.  Rooms and rates are held until Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

Westford Regency Inn & Conference Center  – $119/night + tax
219 Littleton Road
Westford, MA 01886
(978) 692-8200

 You may also make your reservations online at: link coming soon  

Questions? Please call the office at (978) 540-2200.


September 21, 2021 @ 8:00 am EDT
September 23, 2021 @ 2:00 pm EDT
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Westford Regency Inn & Conference Center
219 Littleton Road
Westford, MA 01886
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(978) 692-8200
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