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Substation School

Substation School

Date: April 16-18, 2019
  • 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: Bison Creek Event Center, 1207 North Hwy. 25, Buffalo, MN
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MMUA is pleased to partner with Minnesota Rural Electric Association (MREA) on the 2019 Substation School. The annual educational program is held in venues around Minnesota. This year's School will be held in Buffalo.

In addition to classroom instruction on a variety of substation-related topics, participants will also go behind the scenes to tour the Tatanka Substation and nearby Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (MMPA) Solar Field.

Who Should Attend?

This School can benefit anyone who works in a substation environment or those interested in learning more.

Location Details

Bison Creek Event Center
1207 North Hwy. 25
Buffalo, MN 55313

NOTE: Parking and entrance located at the back of the building. Front of building is bowling alley.


Tuesday, April 16

12:00 - 1:00  Registration
1:00 - 4:00   Substation Maintenance & Inspections

Wednesday, April 17

8:30 - 10:00  Fundamentals of Substation Equipment & Control Systems
10:15 - 11:45  Implementing a Solar Field
11:45 - 12:00  Safety Briefing for Tours
12:00 - 1:00  Lunch (provided)
1:00 - 4:00  Tours  Buffalo #1 Substation and Tatanka Solar Farm (bussing provided)

Thursday, April 18

8:30 - 12:00  The "Ins and Outs" of a Substation

Schedule subject to change without notice.

What You Will Learn 

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

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 reliability to your customer base. Jeff will cover the industry's best practices on a variety of operational concepts and maintenance issues.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Fundamentals of Substation Equipment & Control Systems
Jamie Sieren, Power System 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

Implementing a Solar Field
Ralph Jacobson, IPS Solar

With green energy expanding, solar fields are becoming a popular topic. But what happens when your utility is approached to receive the power generated by one of them? Participants will get a first-hand perspective of what is involved in this process from start-to-finish.

Tours – Buffalo Substation and Tatanka Solar Field

NOTE: Hard hat, safety glasses and safety toe shoes are required for tours.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

The "Ins and Outs" of a Substation
Nick Koslowski, East Central Energy

Presented from a lineman's perspective, participants fully engage during this hands-on demonstration of various tools, hardware and SCADA systems.

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

Registration Fee

Members: $465 per student
Non-members: $690 per student
All fees increase $50 on March 18, 2019. Deadline to register is March 28, 2019.

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

Cancellation Policy

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 29, 2019. Sorry, no refunds issued for cancellations after March 29.

Hotel Information

Country Inn & Suites
1002 Hwy. 55 East
Buffalo, MN 55313
Phone: 763-682-5660

Attendees are responsible for their own lodging. MMUA has negotiated a reduced rate at the Country Inn & Suites in Buffalo for $93 per night plus tax.

To make a reservation, please call the hotel directly at 763-682-5660 and ask for MMUA's group code: 0419MMUA19.

Note: MMUA's hotel block closes on March 28. However, because availability is limited and the reduced rate cannot be guaranteed, we suggest you make your hotel reservation as early as possible.


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


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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