Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Next week APPA's Engineering and Operations Conference (E&O) begins next week in Austin, Texas. This particular conference focuses on operating and constructing a power system and what goes into this. The conference includes discussions on several aspects of public power operation as well as a vendor expo that focuses on vendors that are interested in selling operation supplies to our member utilities. The week includes a unique event, called a Lineworkers Rodeo, which is a competition for lineworkers on basic skills and functions for their job. This conference tends to attract the blue collar area of the public power industry, particularly with the rodeo, so it is usually a lively and fun event. I have been busy getting ready for this event the past few days. I tend to do well when working under pressure and deadlines so it gave me a rush of adrenaline.