Electric Utility Fundamentals + Insights (Sep 27)

This program provides utility and service company employees with a broad understanding of how the electric utility industry works, as well as with a better awareness of their own roles within their organizations. Designed for new, seasoned and emerging employees, participants will explore the critical issues affecting the electric industry and the interaction between utilities and their stakeholders. This program is offered biannually as a general session for individual registrations. Additionally, it is offered with a customizable curriculum and hosted regularly by WEI member companies in order to address their specific organizational needs and provide a unique, individualized training experience for their employees.

General Details

Program Location
Western Energy Institute
1001 SW 5th Ave
Suite 325
Portland, OR 97204

Who Should Attend
Whether your organization has employees who are new to the electric utility industry, individuals who could benefit from business acumen associated with their field, or a need for participation in a forum focused around contemporary topics affecting the energy industry – WEI encourages you to contribute and learn.
• Experienced professional who are newly hired into the energy industry
• Seasoned energy employees who have only been in one or two areas for much of their careers
• Identified early career high performers who should fast-track their understanding of the industry
• Service company employees who benefit from understanding the history, issues and emerging issues facing energy companies

Registration Options
Member: $599
Regular: $1199

After September 13, 2016 the Member price increases $100 and the Regular price increases $200. Registration fee includes meeting materials, student workbook, course instruction, and follow up with WEI Program Manager after the course. Catered lunch and snacks through the day provided.

For more information contact Eric Christenson at 971.303.2118.


Tuesday, September 27

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Participant Introductions
Students share their utility industry background and define expectations for key deliverables throughout the day.

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Background and Basics of Electricity
• Key influencers in the history of electricity
• Utility definitions and electricity terms
• Electricity generation and “the Utility loop”
• Keys to power quality

9:30 AM – 9:45 AM

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM
Western North American Electricity Markets
• Service territories
• Federal regulators and departments
• NERC regions and the WECC
• Energy balancing”

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
How Utilities Make Money
• Types of utilities (IOUs, Munis, Co-Ops, etc.)
• Common organizational structures
• Balancing interests of stakeholders
• State and Provincial Regulation and rate making fundamentals

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Catered Lunch (Hosted)

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Generation Choice
• How Electricity is generated
• Fossil fuel options
• Traditional low-carbon generations
• Today’s renewables
• Grid energy storage

2:00 PM – 2:15 PM

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM
Emerging Issues
• Distributed energy resources
• Net energy metering
• Carbon regulation
• Trusted energy provider business model
• The data avalanches for utilities
• Customer disintermediation

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM

3:15 PM – 4:30 PM
Customer Engagement
• Types of electric customers and expectations for service
• Changes to electricity demand
• Load and demand-side management options
• Customer care regulations
• Emerging customer programs (solar, provider choice, electric vehicles, the “smart home”)

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Q&A and Wrap-Up
We circle back to the original expectations of student to ensure that expectations are met.

Hotel + Travel

Hilton Portland and Executive Tower
921 SW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97204
Phone: 503.226.1611

There is no reserved hotel block. The Hilton is across the street from WEI and provides a great option for business travelers. The hotel can be reached directly at 503.226.1611 to make a reservation.