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Thursday, September 10, 2020

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During a Pandemic, How Can You Excel at
Credit and Collections?

We understand that extending credit to our customers and collecting past-due balances are truly challenging tasks. To complicate matters, has COVID-19 done a number on your accounts receivable balances? Are you looking for guidance on how to work with and through the challenging credit and collections impacts of the pandemic with your utility customers/members? If so, we invite you to register for this three-part webinar that will address:
  • Building a pandemic plan
  • Impact calculations
  • Policies and procedures
  • Bankruptcy notifications and best practices
  • Financial impacts and legal considerations
  • Mastering tough conversations
  • Effective verbal and written communication
  • When collections attempts fail
The three 90-minute webinars will be taught by Teri Wallis, who has over 20 years of experience working in and with cooperatives across the nation. Her depth of knowledge comes from a deep understanding and work in the areas of finance and accounting, including having served as regional vice president at National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Cooperative and having taught financial topics for NRECA’s Management Internship Program (MIP).

Upcoming Education Opportunities

Check out NWPPA's complete class offerings in the eCatalog of Events. Click on the links below for more information and registration. Don't miss these upcoming training events:



Jack Finnerty, Secretary/Treasurer, Wheatland REA (Wheatland, Wyo.)
Jack Finnerty was born in Cheyenne, Wyo., in 1939 and became a cowhand at six years old. He has been a cowboy ever since. Rodeo was a big part of his life and an extension to hone and fine-tune his cowboy skills. He won many awards for bareback, bull riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, and team roping. In 1997 he was inducted into the National Senior Pro Rodeo Association’s Hall of Fame. In 2018, he was recognized with the Craig Thomas Cooperative Service Award from the Wyoming Rural Electric Association. Last year, Jack was inducted into the Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame.
But for all the accolades he receives, he gives back just as much. Last month, Jack, along with his son, Matt, received a commendation from the non-profit organization Heroes and Horses. Finnerty had hand-tied 22 halters and donated them to the organization, which offers combat veterans the opportunity to find themselves through horsemanship and ranching.  
And since 1979 he has also proudly served on the Wheatland REA Board of Directors.
Know a public power employee who is doing something special in your community? It could be your utility’s historian, your longest-tenured employee, your newest employee, someone who has a very unique position at your utility—it can be any employee because all public power employees are special and deserve recognition! To highlight an employee in The Line, send a high-res photo and no more than 200 words to
Sign Up for The Energy News Digest

For those who have followed Joel Myer’s The Energy News Digest for the past 15 years, take heart. NWPPA has partnered with Myer to keep the Digest alive! Starting this week, he began sending The Energy News Digest out twice a week (Mondays and Wednesdays). Sign up now to receive current industry news, the word of the day, and diversions.
Post your organizations open positions and view the most current job opportunities posted to NWPPA's website.
Reach out to NWPPA's almost 4,000 associate member contacts that supply goods and services to the utility industry and might be interested in responding to your utility RFP/RFQ.


Nespelem Valley Electric Cooperative is the smallest of the cooperatives in Washington state. Here is a view from their territory looking toward Coulee City. Photo by Brandon Pomrenke.

Each week The Line’s masthead highlights a different photo from a member utility. To have your photo considered, simply send a high-res horizontal photo with the location and/or cutline to
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