Announcing MEA’s Managing the Challenges of OQ Today Webinar

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MEA is offering a complimentary OQ Webinar, “Managing the Challenges of OQ Today” on November 10, 2016 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM (CST).

Midwest ENERGY Association

Midwest ENERGY Association

Be prepared for where [OQ] is going in the near future!

After years of little change since its start in 2002, the Operator Qualification (OQ) world is now facing significant changes due to new regulation and industry issues. With so much uncertainty swirling about, it’s hard to keep up with all that it is relevant. MEA is offering a complimentary OQ Webinar, “Managing the Challenges of OQ Today” on November 10, 2016 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM (CST).

MEA can help navigate these changes. In this webinar attendees will gain a strong foundation of the OQ basics, understand the implications of the regulatory changes that are facing the natural gas industry, and recognize why portability benefits everyone. By the end of this webinar attendees will have gained the knowledge needed to understand where OQ is today and be prepared for where it is going in the near future.


  • An overview of the OQ Rule, from its early conception to the present
  • Proposed PHMSA regulatory changes and their likely impact on your program
  • OQ Path to Portability – Why it holds value to all of us
  • How MEA can help, including a review of new products and services

Who should attend this webinar?

  • OQ Managers
  • OQ Administrators and Evaluators
  • Gas Operations Managers and Supervisors
  • New gas employees

To register for the webinar visit:

Richard Stump, the MEA compliance director, will facilitate. Richard is responsible for the overall management of the compliance issues that affect MEA’s members. He is a member of the ASME B31Q committee and attends many additional compliance and gas operations conferences, where he is asked to provide his views on the state of the OQ Rule and other compliance issues. Prior to joining MEA, Richard worked for 35 years at Consumers Energy, where he held leadership positions in a number of areas including planning, project management, and various compliance and quality programs. His work experiences include responsibilities for both gas and electric, and for generation, transmission and distribution. Richard has an MBA from Wayne State University.

To learn more about MEA’s OQ solutions contact Chad Shannon at chads (at) midwestenergy (dot) org or call (651) 289-9600 x112 or visit

About MEA:
MEA serves the people that deliver electricity and natural gas to homes and business. MEA (Midwest ENERGY Association) was founded as a trade association over 100 years ago by distribution utilities, whose vision was to improve safety and efficiency. Today, energy delivery companies around the globe benefit from MEA's industry learning seminars, operations summits, and other events. Members collaborated to develop EnergyU, the world's premier online training and testing system for energy delivery companies.

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