Electric Utility Fundamentals + Insights – Idaho Power (Feb 27)

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.

General Details

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

    • Program Location
    • Boise, Idaho
    • Who Should Attend
      • Experienced professionals, newly hired into the energy industry
      • Seasoned energy employees who have only been in few functional areas for much of their careers
      • Identified high performers who should fast-track their understanding of the industry
      • All employees who will benefit from understanding the history of the business, fundamentals of electricity, and emerging issues and facing western North American energy companies
  • General Cancellation Policy
  • Not Applicable
  • Participation Policy
  • Registration for this course is limited to employees of Idaho Power only.
  • For more information contact Eric Christenson, Senior Program Manager at (971) 303-2118.


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Registration Open

Please arrive on time as we will begin the class promptly at 8:00 AM.

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Participant Introductions

Students share their utility industry background and define expectations for key deliverables throughout the day. Please be prepared to share at least one thing you hope to gain from taking this class.

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Fundamentals of Electricity

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

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM


10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Western North American Electricity Markets

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

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

How Utilities Make Money

– Economic needs of electric markets
– Balancing interests of stakeholders
– Ratemaking Fundamentals
– Example rate case and allocating costs to rates

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Break for Lunch

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Generation Choices

– Fossil fuel options
– Traditional low-carbon generations
– Today's renewables
– Future sources and Energy storage

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM


3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Emerging Issues for Western Electric Utilities

– Distributed energy resources
– Net energy metering
– Carbon regulation
– Types of electric customers and expectations for service
– Trusted energy provider business model

4:30 PM - 4:45 PM


4:45 PM - 5:15 PM

Strategic Planning

– Energy portfolios
– Integrated resource planning
– Demand, growth and capacity analysis

5:15 PM - 5:45 PM

Q&A and Wrap-Up

We circle back to the original expectations of student to ensure that expectations were met.