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Substation School

Substation School

Date: April 6-8, 2021
  • Day 1: Apr 6, 2021 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Day 2: Apr 7, 2021 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Day 3: Apr 8, 2021 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Anoka, MN
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MMUA is pleased to partner with Minnesota Rural Electric Association (MREA) on the 2021 Substation School. This year's School will be held in Anoka.

In addition to classroom instruction on a variety of substation-related topics, participants will also go behind the scenes and tour two of Anoka Municipal Utilities' substations, plus we will tour Federal® Cartridge - tentative.

Who Should Attend?

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

Location Details

Anoka Public Safety Building/Fire Station 1
275 Harrison Street
Anoka, MN 55303

Meeting room: Emergency Operations Center


Tuesday, April 6

12:00 - 1:00  Registration/Check In
1:00 - 4:00   Substation Maintenance & Inspections

Wednesday, April 7

8:30 - 10:00  Proper Switching Techniques
10:15 - 11:45  Your Substation: The Importance of Understanding Your Equipment
11:45 - 12:00  Safety Briefing for Tours
12:00 - 12:45  Lunch (provided)
1:00 - 4:00  Tours  Enterprise Substation, Garfield Substation & Federal® Cartridge-this tour is tentative (busing provided).

Thursday, April 8

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

Schedule subject to change.

What You Will Learn 

Tuesday, April 6

Substation Maintenance and Inspections, Paul Schlies, Chris Warden, Ben Swanson and Derek Drewiske, Energis High Voltage Resources
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. The industry's best practices on a variety of operational concepts and maintenance issues will also be covered.

Wednesday, April 7

Proper Switching Techniques, Kevin McCutcheon, Power System Engineering
When wiring and performing switching orders, either with transmission or distribution, it is critical you know what you're dealing with in all aspects; especially if it involves your substations. Participants will gain a better understanding of the steps that need to be taken, within your substation, when dealing with switching procedures.

Your Substation: The Importance of Understanding Your Equipment, Dave Krause, Krause Power Engineering, LLC
There are many different components and systems integral to the workings of a substation. Knowing what they are and what they do is vitally important as it relates to safely operating substations. Increase your understanding of the major systems and their associate components typically found in your substations.

Tours – Enterprise and Garfield Substations
Following a safety briefing, we'll travel to two of Anoka Municipal Utilities' Substations to learn about some recently completed updates.

NOTE: High-vis clothing, hard hat, safety glasses and safety toe shoes are required for substation tours.

Thursday, April 8

The Ins and Outs of a Portable Power Substation, John Leemhuis, Jordan Transformer
This presentation will offer a thorough overview of mobile substations, including: their use and applications, how they have evolved over the years, sizes and voltage combinations that are possible/practical, basics on set up for use and issues related to cold weather start up, as well as types of accessories and extras that can be added.

John will also cover the electrical, mechanical and engineering controls that are considered when designing and building a mobile substation.

What to Bring

Because some of the training will take place outside of the classroom, participants must have the proper PPE for the substation 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 2, 2021. Deadline to register is March 12, 2021.

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 12, 2021. Sorry, no refunds issued for cancellations after March 12.

Hotel Information

Attendees are responsible for their own lodging. MMUA has negotiated a reduced rate at the nearby AmericInn by Wyndham (located in Coon Rapids).

For best rate and availability we suggest you make your hotel reservation as early as possible.

AmericInn by Wyndham
3430 Northdale Boulevard NW
Coon Rapids, MN 55448

MMUA has negotiated a reduced rate of $89.99/night, not including taxes. To obtain this rate please call the hotel at 763-323-0010 and ask for our reduced rate when making your reservation.

Regency Inn & Suites
1129 US Hwy 10 West
Anoka, MN 55303

This hotel offers smoking rooms. Rates start at $69/night, not including taxes. Please call the hotel directly at 763.422.8000 to make a reservation or visit their website:

Comfort Suites
6440 US Hwy 10 West
Ramsey, MN 55303

To make a reservation please call their reservation department at 763.323.4800 or visit their website

Note: Rates and availability cannot be guaranteed.


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. 


Contact Theresa Neddermeyer by calling 763.551.1230 or email

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

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