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Electric Utility Fundamentals + Insights – SCPPA (Jul 21)

This program 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) Western North American Electricity Markets, (3) How Utilities Make Money, (4) Generation Choices, (5) Customers + Emerging Opportunities, (6) Distributed Energy Resources, and (7) Integrated Resource Planning. The class is delivered virtually over two half-days and 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.

General Details

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

    • Program Location
    • SCPPA Glendora Training Facility
    • 1160 Nicole Court Glendora, CA 97225
    • 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 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.

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • Not Applicable
  • Participation Policy
  • Registration for this course is limited to employees of Host Member Companies only.
  • For more information contact Karen Himes, Program Manager + Member Engagement Specialist at (971) 230-0013.

Agenda

Thursday, July 21, 2022

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Registration Open

Please arrive by 7:45 AM to check in. The course will start promptly at 8 AM with introductions.

Coffee, tea, and other beverages, and light snacks available.

8:00 AM - 8:30 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.

8:30 AM - 9:30 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

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Break

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Module 2: Generation Choices

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

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Break

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Module 3: 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

Lunch is included in your registration.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Module 4: Western NA Transmission + Electricity Markets

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

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Break

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Module 5: Customers + Emerging Opportunities

– Types and expectations of electricity customers
– Customer care regulations
– Grid hardening + resiliency
– Solar programs and impacts to utilities
– the Trusted Energy Advisor

3:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Break

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Module 6: Distributed Energy Resources + Module 7: Integrated Resource Planning

– Types and expectations of electricity customers
– Customer care regulations
– Grid hardening + resiliency
– Solar programs and impacts to utilities
– the Trusted Energy Advisor

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Q&A and Wrap-Up

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

Meet The Speakers

Bob Kendall

M.J. Beck Consulting LLC

Senior Advisor