Electric Utility Fundamentals + Insights – Idaho Power (Feb 23)

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 for this program is modular and can be expanded, contracted or modified to address specific organizational needs. The program is opened twice annually for individual registrations and is regularly hosted by WEI member companies to provide a unique, individualized training experience for their employees.

General Details

Program Location
Idaho Power Company
1221 W. Idaho Street
Boise, ID 83601

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
Registration for this course is limited to employees of Idaho Power and their invited guests. Open registration for the upcoming Electric Utility Fundamentals + Insights being held in Portland, Oregon is provided here.

If you are interested in a hosted course for your company, please contact Eric Christenson, Senior Program Manager at 971.230.6984 for more information.


Tuesday, February 23

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

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Module 1: Electric Utility Background and Basics
• 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
Module 2: Organizing an Electric Utility
• Economic needs of electric markets
• Types of electric utilities
• How utilities are organized and structured

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Module 3: Utility Business Models
• Types of utilities (IOUs, Munis, Co-Ops, etc.)
• Common organizational structures
• Balancing interests of stakeholders
• Regulation and rate making fundamentals

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Module 4: Generation Choice
• Base load and peaking generation
• Types of generation
• Cost effectiveness and capacity factor

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM
Module 5: Strategic Planning
• Energy portfolios
• Integrated resource planning
• Demand, growth and capacity analysis

2:45 PM – 3:00 PM

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Module 6: Emerging Issues
• Distributed energy resources
• Net energy metering
• Carbon regulation
• Trusted energy provider business model
• The data avalanches for utilities
• Customer disintermediation

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.

5:00 PM
Course Adjourns