Feb

15-16

Electric Utility Fundamentals + Insights – Puget Sound Energy – Virtual (Feb 15-16)

This course provides utility and service company employees with a broad understanding of how the electric utility industry works and a better awareness of their own roles within their organizations. Topics include (1) Fundamentals of Electricity, (2) Generation Choices, (3) How Utilities Make Money, (4) Transmission + Electricity Markets, (5) Distributed Energy Resources, (6) Electric Utility Customers, and (7) Emerging Issues. The class is delivered virtually over two half-days or in a one-day format at the host utility's chosen location. WEI provides nearly 100 customized Utility Fundamentals classes each year, hosted by WEI Member Companies on-site, to provide a unique, individualized training experience for their employees. Contact WEI for more information.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Karen Himes, Program Manager + Member Engagement Specialist

    • Program Location
    • Virtual Event
    • No travel required. All agenda times are in Pacific time. Instructions to access the virtual event will be provided to the attendee before the program.
    • Who Should Attend
    • Wondering if this course is 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
  • Member: $249 USD

    Only Puget Sound Energy employees and their invited guests may register for this course. Registration includes a course binder mailed directly to participant if requested and registered 14 calendar days before the course. Course is two half-days of an interactive course over the web.

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • Due to the uniqueness of this course, registration cancellations received within nine business days prior to the first day of class will be ineligible for refunds. Substitutions from your organization for the same event are always welcome.
  • Participation Policy
  • Registration for this course is limited to employees of host company employees and their invited guests only. WEI also offers the Electric Utility Fundamentals + Insights course open to anyone four times per year. Contact WEI for more information.
  • For more information contact Karen Himes, Program Manager + Member Engagement Specialist at (971) 303-1585.

Agenda

All session times are listed in Pacific time.

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM

Virtual Help Desk + Technology Check

The room will open at 8:30 AM. Please join early to check your tech and ask questions before we start the class promptly at 9:00 AM.

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Participant Introductions

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.

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Module 1: 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

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Break

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Module 2: Generation Choices

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

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Break for Lunch

12:45 PM - 2:15 PM

Module 3: How Utilities Make Money

– Types of utilities
– Common organizational structures
– Balancing interests of stakeholders
– Regulation and rate making fundamentals

Thursday, February 16, 2023

7:45 AM - 8:00 AM

Virtual Room Open for Participants

8:00 AM - 8:15 AM

Day 1 Review

8:15 AM - 9:00 AM

Module 4: Transmission + Electricity Markets

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

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Break

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

Module 5: Distributed Energy Resources

– Demand response
– Energy storage
– Energy efficiency
– Transportation Electrification
– Distributed generation

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Break

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM

Module 6: Electric Utility Customers

– Types and expectations of electricity customers
– Evolution of the energy customer
– Customer touch points and the Trusted Energy Advisor goal

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Break

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Module 7: Emerging Issues

– Grid Hardening + Resiliency
– Solar generation + Impacts from Variable Energy Resources
– Long-Term Resource Planning

12:00 PM - 12:15 PM

Q&A and Wrap-Up

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

Meet The Speakers

Booga Gilbertson

Class Five Solutions

President

Eric Christenson

Western Energy Institute

Director of Program Curriculum + Engagement

Bob Kendall

M.J. Beck Consulting LLC

Senior Advisor

Kristin Stathis

Ernst and Young LLP

Consultant/Instructor
Learn More

Kristin Stathis has over 32 years of experience in the electric utility industry, including 27 years with Portland General Electric where she served in a variety of roles throughout the organization.

As Vice President of Operations Services for PGE, Kristin led teams responsible for supply chain, company fleet, property and facilities, corporate resiliency, security, safety and health, project management, change management and environmental services programs.

She previously served as VP of Customer Service Operations, where she oversaw metering, billing, payments, credit and collections, and the contact center. Kristin led PGE’s Customer Engagement Transformation program which culminated in the replacement of PGE’s customer information and meter data management systems. Other notable roles at PGE included assistant treasurer and manager of Corporate Finance and general manager of Power Supply Risk Management. She also served as PGE’s representative Board Member at the Western Energy Institute.

Currently, Kristin is serving as a contract subject matter resource for EY Consulting and enjoys part-time retirement.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from Willamette University and a certificate in accounting from Portland State University.