Electric Utility Fundamentals + Insights – Accenture (Jan 21)

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.

General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Eric Christenson, Sr. Program Manager, Western Energy Institute

    • Program Location
    • Accenture - Chicago
    • 161 North Clark Street
      Chicago, Illinois 60601
    • Who Should Attend
    • Wondering if this course is right for you or your staff…

      • Are you new to the energy industry?
      • Have you worked in just one or two areas of the organization?
      • Are you looking for a broader perspective of the business of electricity and emerging issues?
      • Do you work for a service provider to the energy industry who wants to learn more about your customer?

      If the answer is yes to any of these, this course was designed for you. 

  • Registration Options
  • 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.

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • Not Applicable
  • Participation Policy
  • Registration for this course is limited to employees of Host Member Companies only.
  • For more information contact Eric Christenson, Senior Program Manager at (971) 303-2118.


Monday, January 21, 2019

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

Generation Choices

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

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

Course Wrap-Up

Meet The Speakers

Jim Nicholson

Nicholson and Associates