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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.

Agenda

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

Break

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

Break

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

President/Owner
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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.