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Substation School

Substation School

Date: April 17-19, 2018
  • Day 1: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Day 2: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Day 3: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Rochester Public Utilities, Community Room, 4000 East River Road NE, Rochester, MN 55906
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Substation School offers valuable instruction on in-depth topics related to Substations. Participants will also get a behind the scene's tour of Rochester's newest substation built through a unique partnership with Epic Systems Corporation.

Who Should Attend?

This school can benefit individuals currently working in/on a substation, as well as other personnel interested in learning and seek to know more about substations.


Tuesday, April 17

12:00 - 1:00  Registration
1:00 - 4:00   Fundamentals of Substation Equipment and Control Systems

Wednesday, April 18

8:30 - 11:45  Substation Design and Construction
11:45 - 12:00  Safety Briefing for Tours
12:00 - 12:45  Lunch (provided)
12:45 - 4:30  Tours — Douglas Trail Substation and West Energy Substation & Generation

Thursday, April 19

8:30 - 12:00  Substation Maintenance & Inspections

Schedule subject to change without notice.

What You Will Learn 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Fundamentals of Substation Equipment and Control Systems
Charlie Blecke and Jamie Sieren, Power Systems Engineering

Topics to be covered in this presentation include:

  • Safety on the Job
  • Codes
  • Symbols and Designations
  • Drawings
  • Major Equipment
  • Associated Equipment
  • Protective Relaying and Control

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Substation Design and Construction
Neil Stiller, Charles Pentek, Tyler Meiners and Jeff Kranz, Rochester Public Utilities

This session will give an overview of a partnership with Mayo Clinic Health Systems' contract company, Epic Systems, to provide power to their data storage building. Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) employees had a great deal of involvement in the project—from start to finish. This class will also cover the design and construction of RPU's new Westside Energy Station.

– Douglas Trail Substation
is Rochester's newest substation. This state-of-the-art facility, constructed for Epic Systems, highlights the opportunities that can be available through industry partnerships.

– West Energy Station (WES) began operating in 2017. This 46-MW plant features a new gas-fired reciprocating internal combustion engine (RICE).

NOTE: High-visibility clothing, hard hat, safety glasses, safety toe shoes and ear muffs are required for tours.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Substation Maintenance and Inspections
Jeff Kranz, Rochester Public Utilities

Proper operation and maintenance of your substation is key to sustaining the heartbeat of your power distribution system and ensuring reliablity to your cusotmer base. Jeff will cover the industry's best practice on a variety of operational concepts and maintenance issues.

What to Bring

Because some of the training will take place outside of the classroom, participants must have the proper PPE for tours, including:

  • High-Visibility Clothing
  • Hard Hat
  • Safety Glasses
  • Safety Toe Shoes


Participants earn hours for attendance and a certificate of achievement will be available online. Participants should watch for an email notification from MMUA.

Registration Fee

$465 per student for members; $690 per student for non-members. All fees increase $50 on March 19, 2018. Deadline to register is March 29, 2018.

Registration fee includes: Tuition, materials and supplies, noon lunch on Wednesday, refreshment breaks and certificate of achievement. Participants are responsible for their own transportation and lodging.


MMUA will issue a refund (less $30 per person) for cancellation of an advance registration, provided MMUA is notified by 4:30 pm on March 30, 2018. Sorry, no refunds issued for cancellations after March 30, 2018.

Hotel Information

NOTE: Listed below are some hotels located near Rochester Public Utilities. Parking at these hotels is included in the room fee.

Attendees are responsible for their own lodging. MMUA has negotiated a reduced rate at the Comfort Inn & Suites for $93-$103 per night plus tax. To obtain the reduced rate, call the hotel directly and ask for Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association's room block or click on the link below to make an online reservation. Reduced room rates are not guaranteed as availability is limited. Book early for best availability.

Comfort Inn & Suites West
2005 Commerce Drive NW, Rochester
507.281.6850 or website here
Ask for MMUA's discounted rate of $93-$103 per night. Reservation block closes on March 30, 2018.

Sleep Inn - MainStay Suites
2109 Commerce Drive NW, Rochester
507.282.2364 or website here

Staybridge Suites
2350 Commerce Drive NW, Rochester
507.280.9000 or website here


By registering for this event I/we authorize Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association (MMUA) to photograph me at this event and use such photographs in MMUA marketing materials (both electronic and print). I/we understand that I/we will not be paid for giving this consent. 


If you have questions, contact Theresa Neddermeyer at or phone 763.551.1230.

A printable version of the Substation School brochure is also available.


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