NEPPA Webinar Strategic Leadership



Integrating Distributed Energy Resources (DER)

on the Local Distribution System


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NEPPA Webinar Series     |    Thursday, September 26, 2019 (11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST)



Participants will be awarded one (1.0) Professional Development Hour (PDH) upon completion of this webinar.


NOTE:  We are aware of a potential scheduling conflict with the Annual Lineworkers Rodeo.  If you would still like to participate in both, please register and a recoding of the webinar will be available to view and download for 90-days after the "broadcast".  If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Klingler at


NEPPA Webinar Series

NEPPA and Collaborative Learning, Inc. have partnered to offer the third in a series of four 1-hour webinars to help NEPPA members better understand regulatory requirements, leadership skills, a changing workforce, and emerging technologies in the utility industry.   


The NEPPA Webinar Series is being offered as part of NEPPA's Public Utility Management Program (PUMP).  Participation in at least two of four webinars is expected as part of completing PUMP.


Who Should Attend

The learning outcomes of this webinar are relevant to:

  • Commissioners
  • Executive Managers
  • Middle Managers
  • First Line Supervisors
  • Engineers
  • Superintendents
  • General Managers
  • General Foremen
  • Lineworkers


The 1-Hour Integrating DER on the Local Distribution System Webinar will be held Thursday, September 26th beginning at 11:00 am and covers the following:


  • Overview of DER types and characteristics (solar PV, wind, battery storage)
  • Overview of the regulatory framework for DER
  • DER interconnection technical requirements
  • DER impacts on distribution planning and operations
  • Strategies for dealing with DER customers and developers
  • Municipal utility experiences with DER




Webinar Highlights

Distributed Energy Resources (DER) are having an increasingly evolving role on the power system and has various impacts on the planning and operation of the local distribution system.  


This webinar is intended to be an "entry-level" introduction to DER and will will cover a variety of topics to acquaint managers and professionals in various disciplines about DERs on the local distribution system.



Members: $80

Non-Members: $125


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Cancellations are accepted until Thursday, September 12, 2019. Substitutions may be made at any time.



Webinar Facilitators

R. John Miner, P.E., President, Collaborative Learning, Inc. 

Before forming his own company in 1995, John worked as a management consultant providing services to clients in the electric, water, wastewater and communications utility industries. He lives and works out of Austin, Texas and Cedar, Michigan.

John consults with utilities throughout the United States in a wide range of areas related to business strategy, governance, performance management, organizational development, and technical operations. He is nationally known and respected for his subject area knowledge of utility enterprises and his skills as a consultant and facilitator. John is often called on to organize and lead governing board and executive management retreats as well as guide management and employee work teams and interventions aimed at resolving specific performance problems.


John works with governing boards on policy and strategy development, executive recruitment and executive evaluation. He has also conducted numerous organizational and management reviews to evaluate the effectiveness of and recommend changes to existing organizational structures, work processes and practices, and support facilities and equipment. John has delivered management and technical education programs for organizations throughout the U.S. and in six overseas locations.


John Cerulli, P.E., Principal Engineer, System Planning & Protection, Leidos

John is a registered professional engineer with 29 years of experience in electric utility distribution engineering. John obtained a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University at Buffalo, and a Master of Science in Power System Management from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  At Leidos, John performs Distributed Energy Resources (DER) interconnection impact studies and distribution planning services for utilities across the United States.





Questions?  Please contact Sarah Elise Klingler, Director of Education & Programs at or call (978) 540-2205.