Aug

18-19

Electric Utility Fundamentals + Insights – Southern California Edison – Virtual (Aug 18-19)

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.

Register Now

General Details

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

    • 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 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
  • Member: $229 USD
    Regular: $229 USD

    Registration includes 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. Only Southern California Edison employees and their invited guests may register for this course.

  • 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.
  • Participation Policy
  • Registration for this course is limited to employees of Host Member Companies only or their invited guests.
  • For more information contact Karen Himes, Program Manager + Member Engagement Specialist at (971) 230-0013.

Agenda

All session times are listed in Pacific time.

Thursday, August 18, 2022

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Virtual Help Desk + Technology Check

The GoToMeeting room will open at 8:30 AM in the morning. Please join early to test your system as we will start the class promptly at 9:00 AM.

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Participant Introductions

Students share their own backgrounds from within and outside the energy industry and what they hope to learn throughout the day.

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Module 1: Fundamentals of Electricity

– Key influencers in the history of electricity
– Utility definitions and electricity terms
– AC vs DC power, transformers and the electric grid
– Electricity generation and “the Utility loop”
– Keys to power quality

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Break

We plan breaks throughout the day for participants to check email, answer calls, and other work requirements.

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 and future sources
– Grid-scale energy storage

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Break for Lunch

12:45 PM - 2:15 PM

Module 3: How Utilities Make Money

– Types of electricity service providers
– Common organizational structures
– Regulation and rate making fundamentals
– Cost-of-Service ratemaking exercise

Friday, August 19, 2022

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

GoToMeeting Room Open for Participants

Join early to chat with instructors and colleagues before the course.

8:00 AM - 8:15 AM

Day 1 Review

8:15 AM - 9:15 AM

Module 4: Transmission + Electricity Markets

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

9:15 AM - 9:30 AM

Break

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Module 5: Electric Utility Customers

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

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Break

10:45 - 12:00 PM

Module 6: Distributed Energy Resources + Module 7: Emerging Issues

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

Bob Kendall

M.J. Beck Consulting LLC

Senior Advisor

Eric Christenson

Western Energy Institute

Director of Program Curriculum + Analytics

Jim Nicholson

Nicholson and Associates Consulting Company Limited

President