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E&O Conference

Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront
3001 Atlantic Avenue
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 213-3000


Group Room Rate:  Tuesday, May 2nd & Wednesday, May 3rd 

  • $139 per night, city view
  • $159 per night, ocean view

Pre- and Post-Conference Room Rate:

  • 3-days pre- and post-conference at group room rate.
  • Additional nights are based on availability.
  • If you want to come early or stay after the conference, book the room online over the conference dates offered and then call the hotel to check on availability to extend your stay.

Reservation Process:

Reservation Cut-off Date:

  • The last day to make your reservation and receive the group rate is April 7, 2017
  • Reservations received after 5:00 pm on that date, will be made at the hotel’s prevailing rate, based on availability.

Check-in/Check-out Times:

  • Check-in is after 4:00 pm 
  • Check-out is by 11:00 am


  • Complimentary self-parking


  • Check-in & Registration



  • National Electrical Safety Code - 2017 Update
    • Peter Rant, PowerServices, Inc.
      • The 2017 National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) is the latest current utility system code. Significant changes in each section will be summarized and discussed.
  • LED Technology
    • Eric Haugaard, CRee LED Lighting
      • This discussion will demonstrate how simple math, science and history prove that incumbent technologies should no longer be used in the majority of applications.
    • Richard Collawn, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative
      • The presentation will be a brief overview of REC's current LED offerings. It will touch on some of the issues REC encountered along the way and what our membership feedback has been. A brief summary on how the American Dark Sky Association has been a part of our implementation.
    • Troy Dickerson, Delaware Electric Cooperative
      • Discussion of DEC's current LED program and why we pushed for a full LED offering of our lighting program.
    • John Sisler, Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative
      • The presentation will be an overview of SVEC's experience over the past six years introducing LED fixtures to our lighting offerings.1) Reviewing and testing products. 2) Creating rate schedules for a product that is always changing. 3) Review of a couple LED conversion projects. 
  • Joint Use Practices Between Co-ops
    • Dirk Farmer, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative
      • REC's recent joint use initiatives and lessons learned. Brief overview of where we started, what we've accomplished and challenges ahead, as well as, dealing with pole attachments from the 2010 acquisition of Allegheny Power.
    • Marianne Gesotti, Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative
      • NOVEC's Joint Use Story - Practices for Establishing Your "Internal" Joint Use Program.
    • Dan Rhodes, Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative
      • SVEC's experiences and lessons learned.
  • AMR/AMI Panel Discussion
    • Todd Bireley, Choptank Electric Cooperative
      • Choptank's progress with an implementation of Silver Spring Networks RF Mesh AMI and integration with NISC CIS and Milsoft Dispatch OMS.
    • Brad Ebaugh, Delaware Electric Cooperative
      • Pontificate on our AMR/AMI process.
    • Casey Logan, Prince George Electric Cooperative
  • Asset Management
    • Nand Singh, MinMax Technologies, Inc.
      • This presentation is about the early adoption experiences of a secure internet-based software tool to help perform asset management, scheduled and unscheduled inspections and work orders, and track maintenance and repair activities.
    • Pat Henry, Northern Neck Electric Cooperative
      • Describe current asset management practices at NNEC.
    • BJ Seamans, Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative
      • Brief overview of how MEC utilizes TC Technologies map viewer to perform system inspections including right of way management, pole inspections, pad mount equipment inspections, etc.
    • Bob Wilcox, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative
      •  Brief overview on how Rappahannock uses its Cascade software program to generate its monthly substation inspection reports and tracks the inspections once completed.
  • Cybersecurity
    • Kevin Walsh, OSIsoft
  • Right-of-Way Maintenance
    • Ray DeJarnette, Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative
      • Cost efficiency of herbicide application.
    • Scott Sorrels, Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative
      • How the consumer has changed over the last 20 years.
    • Jonathan Thompson, Community Electric Cooperative
      • The path that Community Electric is on to maintain the right of way to prevent outages and reduce losses with long term cost benefits.


  • NRECA Technology Update
    • Brian Sloboda, NRECA
      • This presentation will update attendees on the latest research conducted by NRECA's Business and Technology Strategies Department.
  • Helical Foundation Applications & Solutions, A&N Cooperative Case Study
    • Jeff Wilkinson, Earth Contact Products
      • A comprehensive overview of the use of Helical Foundations in place of and in combination with concrete.  We will discuss the applications and opportunities for time/cost savings utilizing steel foundations in foundation design. 
  • RUS Update
    • Richelle Richardson, Rural Utilities Service (RUS)
      • Updates on RUS policies, regulations, staff, etc.
  • Interrupting Devices for High Voltage Air Break Disconnect Switches
    • Dan Wolfe, Cleaveland/Price, Inc.
      • The presentation provides the audience with a general understanding of the capabilities and limitations of current interruption that is possible using an air break disconnect switch.  Starting with general design and function of the air disconnect switch and moving through the principles of circuit interruption methods applicable to air switches. An introduction to switch accessory hardware used for interruption ranging from standard arc horns to interrupter attachments will be given that answers questions that can arise when disconnect switches are specified for circuit interruption.
  • Regulatory Update
    • Sam Brumberg, VA, MD & DE Association of Electric Cooperatives
      • This presentation will be a brief Governmental Affairs update from the previous session of the Virginia General Assembly, including commentary and analysis regarding the impact of the populist wave and the election of President Donald J. Trump.  Focus will be on regulatory affairs, bills affecting solar development, the recordation tax, and other legislative and political matters.  Finally, a sizeable time period will be devoted to a vigorous Q&A.


   Post-Conference Golf Outing:  Thursday, May 4th 

  • Tee times starting at 1:30 pm for 12 golfers 
  • Price:  $40 per person
  • Location:  20 minutes from the Hilton


Cypress Point Country Club
5340 Club Head Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23455
(757) 490-8822

E&O Conference Registration Fee:

  • VMDAEC Members: $400 per person
  • Non-members: $550 per person

The E&O Conference registration deadline is April 7th, 2017! Register now; don’t miss out on this great opportunity!
If you are a speaker, you will be sent a separate registration form.

Registration is now closed.

Questions? Contact Brandon Burton, Manager of Continuing Education & Training at the VA, MD & DE Association of Electric Cooperatives at


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