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2021 RodE&O Conference and Expo

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

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

Operations Track | Management Track | Engineering Track

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

7:30 AM Registration, Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM Competition begins – Lineworkers Rodeo
NEPPA Training Center, Littleton, MA
5:00 PM Pig Roast Dinner (at Westford Regency)
6:30 PM Awards and Raffle

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.

9:45 AM Break
10:00 AM Breakout Sessions

management MANAGEMENT TRACK – Transmission Cost – What is happening with NEPOOL?

operations OPERATIONS TRACK SAE’s – Grounding Technology by Chris Cox

engineering ENGINEERING TRACKBitcoin & Blockchain – Effect on Utilities by Peter Gomez, Firstlight Power Services, LLC.

11:00 AM Break & Exhibit Hall Opens
11:15 AM Breakout Sessions

management MANAGEMENT TRACK Best Practices – 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 & EV Impacts by Paul Hubbard, Principal Analysis Group, Inc

12:15 PM Lunch in the Exhibit Hall

1:30 PM Mutual Aid Committee Meeting

2:15 PM Breakout Sessions/Demos

management MANAGEMENT TRACK OP-17: Supporting the Grid’s Voltage by Andrew Murray, PLMnet &
Audrey Newcomb ISO New England, Inc.

operations OPERATIONS TRACK NERC AMI (Outage Management, System Analyst, 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 – Ester Fluids and the Enhancement of Transformers Loading Capacity by Alan Sbravati, Cargill BioIndustrial

3:15 PM Raffle Drawing in Exhibit Hall
3:45 PM Adjourn & Exhibitor Breakdown/Load Out

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 Derek Sang , Bulwark Protectin & Workrite.

engineering ENGINEERING TRACK : Virtual Situation Room (i.e. Roundtable) facilitator Ken Stone, Middleborough Gas and Electric Dept


9:30 AM Break
9:45 AM Breakout Sessions

engineering ENGINEERING TRACK Off Site Tour / Littleton Substation Tour

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

11:00 AM Conference Adjourns

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

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

Gold Sponsor:

Silver Sponsor:

Bronze Sponsor:


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 Friday, September 10, 2021. Based on availabilty.

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: Click here

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

Rodeo Agenda


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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