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.
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
GoToWebinar Open for Participants
The GoToWebinar will open at 8:30 AM in the morning. Please join early as we will start the class promptly at 9:00 AM.
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Participant Introductions and Roundtable
Students share their own backgrounds within and outside the energy industry and what they hope to learn throughout the day. Please be prepared to share at least three questions you hope to answer during the course.
9:30 AM - 9:45 AM
We will have several planned breaks throughout the day for participants to check email, answer calls, and check in with daily work requirements.
9:45 AM - 10:45 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
10:45 AM - 11:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Module 2: Western North American Electricity Markets
– Service territories
– Federal regulators and departments
– NERC regions and the WECC
– Energy balancing
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Break for Lunch
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Module 3: How Utilities Make Money
– Types of utilities
– Common organizational structures
– Balancing interests of stakeholders
– Regulation and rate making fundamentals
8:00 AM - 8:15 AM
Day 1 Review
8:15 AM - 9:15 AM
Module 4: Generation Choices
– Number ONE rule of the electric grid
– Fossil fuel options
– Traditional low-carbon generation
– Today's renewables
– Energy storage
9:15 AM - 9:30 AM
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Module 5: Customers + Emerging Opportunitie
– Types and expectations of electricity customers
– Customer care regulations
– Electric vehicles
– Solar programs – utility and customer
– Distributed Energy Resources
– The Trusted Energy Advisor
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Module 6: Distributed Energy Resources + Module 7: Integrated Resource Planning
– Energy storage
– Energy efficiency
– Electric Vehicles
– Distributed generation
– Demand response
– Meeting demand with resource portfolios
– Scenario planning and modeling
– The preferred portfolio and vetting The IRP.
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.
Jim is a strategic, results-driven Senior Executive with experience across a broad portfolio including customer care, operations, sales & marketing and human resources. Holding senior roles in Utilities, Forest Products and Industrial sectors, Jim is a passionate customer advocate and skilled business leader.
Active in Utility industry associations, Jim has served on and Chaired an number of Western Energy Institute’s committees and events over the last 10 years. Prior to his retirement in late 2014 as BC Hydro’s Director of Customer Care he represented BC Hydro nationally as a member of the Canadian Electricity Association’s Customer Council. He currently serves as the Board Vice Chair of the Motor Vehicle Sales Authority of British Columbia.
Widely respected within his vast network, he excels in cultivating deep and lasting relationships with customers, executive leadership and major industry partners. In addition to his strong business operations background, Jim has the ability to translate his passions and experience into his Coaching, Facilitation and Board assignments, making him a sought after professional across a broad spectrum of Industries.
In his role as Director of Program Curriculum + Analytics, Eric’s primary roles are leading the Executive Planning Committee and its Utility Fundamentals + Insights courses. He also supports the organization and his teammates as the Director of Analytics.
Eric joined WEI after seven great years at Portland General Electric. At PGE he developed and managed the company’s Enterprise Risk Management program and worked in several other areas including operations benchmarking, regulatory affairs, fleet services, AMI, and finance.
Prior to joining PGE, Eric developed his skills in a leading internet marketing company and as the Manager of Strategy and Analysis at a finance and lending organization.
Eric earned his Bachelors in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Oregon. He has served the community as a Past President of the Oregon Society of Association Management and Vice President of the Greater Portland Soccer District.
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 26 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.
Jay is currently working as a PQ consultant for Salt River Project in Arizona.
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)