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NRECA BLC 964.1: Communicating the New Energy Landscape
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When: March 14, 2018
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Where: InterContinental Hotel
11 E. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, Minnesota  55101
United States

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2018 Annual Meeting

NRECA BLC 964.1: Communicating the New Energy Landscape
Wed. March 14, 2018, 9:00-4:00pm

Other Pre-Conference Session:
Deep Dive Sessions, March 14

The emergence of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) technologies is giving consumers more choices than ever before. Electric cooperatives are well positioned as consumer-owned organizations to be their member's "trusted partner" in navigating the opportunities, risks and benefits of solar and other emerging technologies. This course discusses the top DER technologies, policy issues and questions that co-ops must be prepared to discuss with their members.



  • Discussing changes in the market structure of the electric energy industry
  • Anticipating member questions
  • Integrating DER with the cooperative's strategic plan
  • Examining key questions in the boardroom about DER

Who Should Attend

Electric co-op directors.

**Due to the dynamic nature of the electric industry NRECA is continuously revising its Credentialed Cooperative Director (CCD) and Board Leadership Certificate (BLC) courses.


Director Gold - BLC Course Retakes

Electric cooperative direc­tors may apply credit from BLC courses (900-level) they are retaking toward their initial Director Gold and/or as Director Gold continuing education credits.  For more information about Director Gold, visit



Wallace Barron has over four decades of experience in the electric energy industry. He is currently the President of the consulting firm, Barron & Associates, Corporate Solutions, LLC, located in Atlanta, which specializes in consulting to the energy industry in the areas of DSM, Strategic Planning, Marketing, Rates, Technology, Customer Service, Board Leadership and Competitive issues. He was the Vice President of DSM, Marketing, Customer Service & Distribution Technology at Florida Power Corporation in St. Petersburg, Florida. His responsibilities included all of the DSM programs, developing and managing the strategic plan for the distribution sector, Forecasting, Key Accounts, Rates, Competitive Marketing, Market Research, Customer Service, Economic Development, Load Management and Load Research as well as the Distribution Engineering functions. He was responsible for the Customer, Energy, and Demand Forecasts from 1977 to 1990.  Mr. Barron also has extensive experience in the areas of System Planning, Pricing, Wholesale Marketing, Generation Project Development, and, Transmission Design, during his forty years in the energy industry. He is the past Chairman of the IEEE System Planning Subcommittee, the NERC Load Forecasting Working Group and the IEEE Load Forecasting Working Group.  He was Chairman of the EPRI Power Electronics & Controls Task Force.  Mr. Barron facilitates strategic planning activities for utilities and teaches a variety of courses for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), and the American Public Power Association (APPA). He has also taught at the Center for Professional Advancement in New Jersey, and engineering courses at the University of South Florida in Tampa and has also participated as a speaker in many IEEE, EEI, EPRI, NRECA, APPA and Statewide Association conferences. Mr. Barron holds a Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Mississippi State University.  Mr. Barron has been an expert witness in the areas of System Planning, DSM, Forecasting, Load Research, and Market Research and has submitted testimony on those topics in dockets before the Florida Public Service Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He can be reached at



9:00 a.m.    session begins

12:00 p.m.  group lunch

12:45 p.m.   session resumes

4:00 p.m.    adjourn


Education Program Members $519

Non-Education Program Members  $619


Hotel Information
Our room block at the InterContinental Hotel is now full on Wed. and Thurs. nights.  A few rooms are still available there, however they are at a much higher room rate.

The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel (411 Minnesota Street, St. Paul) has made an overflow room block for us at a room rate of $155/night. 
To make reservations at the DoubleTree by phone, dial 651-291-8800 and use group code 010.

To make reservations at the DoubleTree online, visit


InterContinental Hotel, 11 East Kellogg Boulevard, St. Paul, MN 55101 (ROOM BLOCK IS FULL)
Group rate:  $162/night + tax.

To reserve online, click here. For multiple reservations, copy and paste this code: X5Q

To book by phone:
Dial 651-292-1900 and ask for INHOUSE RESERVATIONS and be sure to ask for the
"2018 MN Rural Electric Annual Meetingroom block.





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