Distribution System Support

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GIS Support Service

The purpose of the GIS Support Service is to  provide WPPI Energy members a resource option for quality GIS services at a reduced cost through joint action. WPPI...

The purpose of the GIS Support Service is to  provide WPPI Energy members a resource option for quality GIS services at a reduced cost through joint action. WPPI Energy will manage an agreement with qualified service providers and will negotiate pricing for provided services. The current service provider selected by the Outage Management Task Force is Power System Engineering, Inc. (PSE). See the GIS Support Service Overview for details and pricing.

Potential uses of a quality GIS:

• Mapping and visualization
• Asset management
• Mobile work management
• Design and staking of new service, work plans, etc.
• Engineering analysis
• Distribution management (SCADA/OMS)
• Outage management

Services offered under the GIS Support Service:

• CAD conversion
• New Esri deployment and data gathering
• On-going personalized service for GIS update and support
• Application development for inspections, workforce tools and data collection
• Export integration with engineering sofware such as Milsoft or an Outage Management System (OMS)
• Esri software installation and support

Interim Utility Management

In the event that circumstances leave a member with special transitional needs following the loss of its manager, WPPI Energy can provide assistance to help the member through the transition. In addition to providing management through an interim period, staff can also help the member through the recruitment and hiring process for the next leader.

Management Support

Assistance is available to member management for the following and more:

  • Distribution system engineering
  • Developing a request for proposal
  • Reviewing consultant reports and proposals
  • Providing technical expertise and training
  • Consulting on staffing and hiring

NERC Compliance

WPPI Energy provides services in order to assist members who have responsibility to comply with applicable electric reliability standards of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and its regional entities, including the Midwest Reliability Organization (MRO).

Shared Meter Technician Service

Cost-effective access to skilled meter technical resources in an amount that fits individual member needs is available through the Shared Meter Technician Service. Under the Shared Meter Technician Service, interested members subscribe to a share of a meter technician to perform local electric metering work. The service provides fractional staff for smaller and mid-sized members who do not have the metering workload to support a full-time meter technician. It also provides incremental staffing resources and back-up for larger members who already have a full-time (or part-time) meter technician on staff.

Although the service is designed primarily to address commercial and industrial metering needs, individual members may opt to use the service for whatever local metering needs they may have.

Territory Program

Members can protect existing and future growth potential in their communities by addressing electric service territory and customer “right to serve” situations through the of the Territory Program. Territorial issues can be very challenging for a local utility to address from many perspectives. It is very important to the long-term success  that member systems make protecting their service territories...

Members can protect existing and future growth potential in their communities by addressing electric service territory and customer “right to serve” situations through the of the Territory Program. Territorial issues can be very challenging for a local utility to address from many perspectives. It is very important to the long-term success  that member systems make protecting their service territories a priority. On an annual basis, WPPI Energy allocates funds for members to access for legal and/or consulting fees associated with territory-related work with surrounding suppliers whether addressing broader boundary issues or more specific electric service-related issues with customers. Funding support from WPPI for any member will be 50% of the qualified expenditures up to $10,000 per year.