We just finished a very successful school at our new venue, the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and are now looking forward to GLEMS18. For those of you that participated last year, we hop that you were impressed with the Radisson Plaza Hotel’s new and expansive facilities. Our success mandated the move to accommodate the increase in student and vendor registrations. The success can be directly attributed to our steering committee and the dedicated volunteers.
Throughout the school, students are encouraged to visit our expanded Exhibit Hall and meet with industry experts from over forty vendors. Our hands-on lab will also expand in the new venue and provide students with real world applications in a safe environment with trained instructors.
The rush to embrace technology and enhance profitability leads to the misconception that your metering professionals need LESS training and technical knowledge to perform their tasks. While technology helps the corporate bottom line, it often reduces your metering professional competency and risk related to high capacity circuits as well as being able to identify revenue losses, which can translate to millions of dollars to your organization. Our goal is to identify errors while protecting and improving the metering professionals.
The industry is at a point that much of their personnel are reaching retirement and younger inexperienced personnel are entering the job market. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that most accidents are occurring to 25 to 34 year olds. GLEMS provides hands-on opportunities to allow the students to put to work what they learn in the classroom in a SAFE environment within our lab, which is unique among meter schools.
GLEMS offers a Certificate of Attendance as well as a CEU Certificate. These require specific written classroom exams as well as proctored hands-on experience to assist with knowledge retention. I urge you to consider these options as you register.
I am excited as we continue to improve our website (www.glems.org) with more interactive opportunities and periodic email alerts to inform the students of new items. I would also invite any feedback or suggestions that you might have.
Another benefit for attendees is a FREE service being provided by Radian Research and Consumers Energy Laboratory. They will provide a free verification of calibration for Watthour Standards and a multitude of typical field equipment. Have your students bring down their equipment as this, by itself, is worth hundreds of dollars.
Lastly, I am proud to announce the addition of a new track, Track 7: Leveraging Technology to Improve Utility Efficiencies, that has been added through the efforts of Jeff Miller, GLEMS Vice Chairman. The track is designed to provide students a unique view of the ever evolving advanced metering world. Track 7 focuses on the large amount of meter data that is coming from today’s meters and what to do with that data. Students will learn how to leverage data and technology to improve utility efficiency.
They will see presentations on Advanced Data Analytics, Meter Data Management Systems, Outage Management Systems, Customer Portals, GIS Systems, Customer Information Systems and case studies on Power Quality and Phase Outages.
GLEMS is a great educational opportunity for your metering professional to learn, hone their skills and meet face-to-face with over forty industry vendors. We look forward to bringing these skills to your employees. We hope that we will see you at the upcoming Great Lakes Electric Meter School this August (2018) in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
MICHAEL D. PATENA
CHAIRMAN – GLEMS18