Electric Utility Fundamentals + Insights PDT

The Electric Utility Fundamentals + Insights Program Development Team is made of industry experts who are also instructors for the course.

For more information on this Program Development Team contact Eric Christenson at christenson@westernenergy.org or at 971-303-2118

Committee Members

Eric Christenson

Western Energy Institute

Director of Program Curriculum + Analytics
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Eric leads new program development and has responsibilities for Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders, General Counsel, the Executive Planning Committee, and Board of Directors Electric Operations Committee. He joined WEI after seven years at Portland General Electric. At PGE he developed and managed the company’s Enterprise Risk Management program and worked in several other areas including operations benchmarking, regulatory affairs, fleet services, AMI, and finance.

Prior to joining PGE, Eric worked in internet marketing and as the Manager of Strategy and Analysis for a debt buying and recovery firm. Eric earned a BA in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Oregon. He volunteers his time on the Board of Directors for the Oregon Society of Association Management and as Vice President of the Greater Portland Soccer District.

Bob Kendall

M.J. Beck Consulting LLC

Senior Advisor

Robert Kendall

M.J. Beck Consulting LLC

Senior Advisor

Jim Nicholson

Nicholson and Associates


Jay Wicks

Black Marble Electrical Solutions