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. Examples from your organization are incorporated into the curriculum to provide 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 to this event is limited to employees or members of the host organization only and their invited guests. For more information on what course options are available to you please contact the Western Energy Institute.
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM
Registration and Check-In
The course will start promptly at 8 AM. Please arrive early to check in.
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Students share their utility industry background and what they hope to learn throughout the day. Please be prepared to share at least one thing you hope to gain from taking this class.
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Fundamentals of Electricity
– Key influencers in the history of electricity
– Utility definitions and electricity terms
– Basics of how electricity is generated
– Electricity generation and “the Utility loop”
– Keys to power quality
9:30 AM - 9:45 AM
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Western North American Electricity Markets
– Service territories
– Federal regulators and departments
– NERC regions and the WECC
– Energy balancing
10:45 AM - 11:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
How Utilities Make Money
– Types of utilities
– Common organizational structures
– Balancing interests of stakeholders
– Regulation and rate making fundamentals
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Break for Lunch
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
– Number ONE rule of the electric grid
– Fossil fuel options
– Traditional low-carbon generation
– Today's renewables
– Energy storage
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM
Customers + Emerging Opportunities
– Types and expectations of electricity customers
– Customer care regulations
– Electric vehicles
– Solar programs – utility and customer
– Distributed Energy Resources
– The Trusted Energy Advisor
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM
3:45 PM - 4:30 PM
Integrated Resource Planning
– Forecasting demand
– Meeting demand with resource portfolios
– Scenario planning and modeling
– The preferred portfolio and vetting the IRP.
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Q&A and Wrap-Up
We circle back to the original expectations of students to ensure that expectations were met.
Jay Wicks has 32 years Electrical Engineering Field/Design Experience graduating from Virginia Tech in 1983. This experience includes the successful facilitation of many large equipment and system upgrades/retrofits. He has hands-on experience with all types of electrical equipment and controls, large & small.
He has many years of experience designing and installing automation and controls systems for all types of power plants, including AGC, with the exception of nuclear.
Jay has over 25 years of Technical/Safety Instruction experience developing and facilitating various educational programs. Jay incorporates actual real world case studies, videos, hands-on equipment demonstrations, and humor to educate the classroom attendees. He facilitates these classes in a unique way that explains complex subjects in a down-to-earth yet technical manner.
Mr. Wicks is currently working with Salt River Project as a power quality consultant providing PQ data analysis, PQ & Grounding training.
Jay Wicks is committed to serving the utility, manufacturing and industrial facilities communities through electrical safety and technical training and consulting.
* IAEI Licensed Electrical Inspector (Arizona)
* Certified NCCER Instructor for Instrument & Electrical
* Professional Engineering License (Arizona)
* Certified E-Hazard Instructor
* Certified Lightning Safety Professional (National Lightning Safety Institute)