This program provides utility and service company employees a broader understanding of how the electric utility industry works, and a better awareness of their own roles within their organizations. Participants gain a broader comprehension of critical issues affecting the electric industry, and the interaction between utilities and their stakeholders. Curriculum is customized for your organization and can be expanded, contracted or modified to address your specific needs. The hosted program provides a unique, individualized training experience for employees. WEI also offers this course in Portland which is open to anyone. Contact WEI for more information.
Wondering if this course is right for you or your staff…
If the answer is yes to any of these, this course was designed for you.
Registration for the the upcoming Electric Utility Fundamentals + Insights that will be held in Portland on February 21, 2019, which is open to all utilities and service companies, is available here.
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Fundamentals of Electricity and North American Electricity Markets
– Utility definitions and electricity terms
– Basics of how electricity is generated
– Electricity generation and “the Utility loop”
– Federal regulation
– Federal regulators and departments
– NERC regions and the WECC
– Energy balancing
1:45 PM - 2:00 PM
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
How Utilities Make Money
– Types of utilities (Investor-Owned Utilities, Municipal and Public Utility Districts, Co-Ops, etc.)
– Common organizational structures
– Balancing interests of stakeholders
– Regulation and rate making fundamentals
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM
3:15 PM - 3:45 PM
– Number ONE rule of the electric grid
– Fossil fuel options
– Traditional low-carbon generation
– Today's renewables
3:45 PM - 4:30 PM
Customers, Emerging Opportunities, and Integrated Resource Planning
– Customer types and programs
– Solar Generation and the impact on utilities
– Distributed energy resources
– The Integrated Resource Plan and why it’s important
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Jim is a strategic, results-driven Senior Executive with experience across a broad portfolio including customer care, operations, sales & marketing and human resources. Holding senior roles in Utilities, Forest Products and Industrial sectors, Jim is a passionate customer advocate and skilled business leader.
Active in Utility industry associations, Jim has served on and Chaired an number of Western Energy Institute’s committees and events over the last 10 years. Prior to his retirement in late 2014 as BC Hydro’s Director of Customer Care he represented BC Hydro nationally as a member of the Canadian Electricity Association’s Customer Council. He currently serves as the Board Vice Chair of the Motor Vehicle Sales Authority of British Columbia.
Widely respected within his vast network, he excels in cultivating deep and lasting relationships with customers, executive leadership and major industry partners. In addition to his strong business operations background, Jim has the ability to translate his passions and experience into his Coaching, Facilitation and Board assignments, making him a sought after professional across a broad spectrum of Industries.