Feb

14-15

Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders – Utility Fundamentals – Virtual (Feb 14-15)

WEI's Dual Utility Fundamentals + Insights course covers the basics of the electric and natural gas systems. Topics include (1) Fundamentals of Electricity, (2) Generation Choices, (3) Western NA Transmission + Electricity Markets, (4) Extraction + Pipelines, (5) Distribution Operations, and (6) Regulations, Codes, and Safety.

General Details

  • Program Location
  • Virtual Event
  • No travel required. All agenda times are in Pacific time. Instructions to access the virtual event will be provided to the attendee before the program.
  • Who Should Attend
  • Participants are nominated by WEI members and selected through a formal application review process. Applicants make a commitment to attend and actively participate at each session, and should plan time for additional work between sessions. It is expected that students commit to completing “homework” assignments during evenings and off-hours with additional assignments required outside of the normal work day. Each group is assigned one executive and one alumni mentor who will support the group’s development throughout the program and guide them to a successful final project.

  • Registration Information
  • This course is open to all 2024 Business Acumen for Emerging Leader participants. Participants of the program will be automatically registered for this event. For more information and details, please reach out to Jessica Grant or Cassie Leone.

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • Due to contractual obligations and the critical role of group compositions for the success of the program, cancellations received after January 15, 2024, will not be eligible for a refund, and the organization will be responsible for the full 2024 registration fee. Substitutions from your organization for the program are always welcome prior to the first day of fundamentals training, which is February 14, 2024.
  • Participation Policy
  • Western Energy Institute programs and events are open to energy companies (including gas production and electric generation, gas and electric transmission and gas and electric distribution utilities). Select programs and events are open to energy industry product and service suppliers. Programs and events are closed to all media representatives and to the general public.

Agenda

All session times are listed in Pacific time.

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

7:45 AM - 8:00 AM

Virtual Help Desk + Technology Check

The room will open early with optional time for participants to get familiar with the virtual platform, test their audio and webcam, or ask questions about the agenda before we begin.

Please join early as we will start the class promptly at 8:00 AM.

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Welcome + Introductions

8:45 AM - 9:45 AM

Module 1: Fundamentals of Electricity

– Key influencers in the history of electricity
– Utility definitions and electricity terms
– Basics of how electricity is generated
– Electricity generation and “the Utility loop”
– Keys to power quality

9:45 AM - 10:00 AM

Break

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Module 2: Generation Choices

– Number ONE rule of the electric grid
– Fossil fuel options
– Traditional low-carbon generation
– Today's renewables

11:00 AM - 11:10 AM

Break

11:10 AM - 12:00 PM

Module 3: Western NA Transmission + Electricity Markets

– Service territories
– Federal regulators and departments
– NERC regions and the WECC
– Energy balancing and imbalance markets

12:00 PM - 12:15 PM

Day 1 Wrap Up

Thursday, February 15, 2024

7:45 AM - 8:00 AM

Virtual Help Desk + Technology Check

The room will open early with optional time for participants to get familiar with the virtual platform, test their audio and webcam, or ask questions about the agenda before we begin.

Please join early as we will start the class promptly at 8:00 AM.

8:00 AM - 8:15 AM

Day 1 Review

8:15 AM - 9:15 AM

Module 1: Extraction + Pipelines

– History of natural gas
– Key terms and definitions
– Natural gas sources and production
– Transmission and distribution infrastructure

9:15 AM - 9:30 AM

Break

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Module 2: Distribution Operations

– Essentials of gas operations
– System planning
– Resource management

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

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10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Module 3: Regulations, Codes, and Safety

– Federal and state regulations
– Safety incidents
– Integrity management programs
– Public safety messaging

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Wrap-up + BAEL Session 1 Q&A