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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



  • 2017 NESC Updates
    • Peter Rant, PowerServices
  • LED Technology
    • Eric Haugaard, CREE Lighting
    • Richard Collawn, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative
    • 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
  • 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
    • Brad Ebaugh, Delaware Electric Cooperative
      • Pontificate on our AMR/AMI process.
    • Casey Logan, Prince George Electric Cooperative
  • Asset Management
    • Nand Singh, MinMax Technologies, Inc.
      • 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. 
    • 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
  • Cybersecurity
    • John Bishop, OSIsoft
  • Right-of-Way Maintenance
    • Ray DeJarnette, Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative
    • Scott Sorrels, Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative
    • Jonathan Thompson, Community Electric Cooperative


  • NRECA Technology Update
  • Helical Foundation Applications & Solutions, A&N Cooperative Case Study
    • Jeff Wilkinson, Earth Contact Products
  • RUS Update
    • Richelle Richardson, Rural Utilities Service (RUS)
    • Updates on RUS policies, regulations, staff, etc.
  • Interrupter Application and Design for Switches
    • Dan Wolfe, Cleaveland Price
  • 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.


Register Here!

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


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