New high school curriculum for public power

The American Public Power Association (APPA) Product Store now offers Energy and the Environment: A High School Curriculum for Public Power.

This product is an electronic curriculum designed to teach high school students about energy production and environmental science. It consists of 12 topics with a teacher-guided lesson. It encourages student-led exploration, data collection, application o real life concepts, and research presentation. The curriculum covers topics such as electric power operations and solar, hydroelectric and wind energy.

The curriculum is offered as a PDF document and includes PowerPoint presentation slides. It was produced by Santee Cooper in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, with a grant from APPA’s Demonstration of Energy Efficiency Developments (DEED) program.

To purchase this curriculum, visit the APPA Product Store or email

Engage students on energy use with APPA/DEED webinar

On Wednesday, April 23, American Public Power Association‘s Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Developments (DEED) program will hold a webinar on a recently completed grant, “New Program Options to Engage High School Students on Energy Usage.” The webinar will begin at 1:00 pm CST.

The webinar will discuss an ElectriCities of North Carolina project that developed a hands-on, interactive experience enabling students to learn how weather affects electricity usage. The project, known as E-Tracker, was the creation of Phil Bisesi, residential energy services supervisor for ElectriCities. He worked with local schools to educate future customers on the correlation between weather, home appliance loads and their electric bill. ElectriCities also developed a promotional video to explain the E-Tracker project.

The webinar may be of interest to utilities interested in becoming involved with their local schools, or to those who want to educate future customers about energy usage. It is worth 0.1 continuing education units and 1.0 professional development-hour credits. It is free to DEED program members and costs $89 for APPA members. Non-members can attend for $179.

For more information or to register, visit under Webinars or email

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DEED board nominations needed for Region 3

The American Public Power Association (APPA) is seeking nominations for a candidate to serve a three-year term on the board of directors for the Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Developments (DEED) program beginning in April. The director will represent Region 3: Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

According to APPA, the DEED board of directors “makes all funding decisions and interprets policy for the program. Directors are required to attend two DEED board meetings each year and are called on periodically during the year to represent their region in other capacities.”

Candidates may self-nominate. Nominations are due Feb. 1. To submit a nomination, visit the DEED website to download a nomination form.