Jan

23

Electric Utility Fundamentals + Insights – Tacoma Power (Jan 23)

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. Curriculum is customized for your organization and can be expanded, contracted or modified to address your specific needs. The hosted program provides a unique, individualized training experience for employees. WEI also offers this course in Portland which is open to anyone. Contact WEI for more information.

General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Jim Litchfield

    • Program Location
    • Tacoma Power
    • 3628 S. 35th Street
      Tacoma, Washington 98409
    • 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.
       

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • Not Applicable
  • Participation Policy
  • Registration for this course is limited to employees of Tacoma Power only.
  • For more information contact Eric Christenson, Senior Program Manager at (971) 303-2118.

Agenda

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Registration and Check-In

Please arrive on time as we will begin the class promptly at 8:00 AM.

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Participant Introductions

Students share their utility industry background and what they hope to learn throughout the day.

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

Break

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

Break

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

How Utilities Make Money

– Types of utilities (IOUs, Munis, Co-Ops, etc.)
– 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

Generation Choices

– 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

Break

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Emerging Issues + Customer Engagement

– Solar generation – customer and utility-scale
– Distributed energy resources
– Net energy metering
– Types of electric customers and their service expectations
– Changes in electricity demand
– Role of the utility as the Trusted Energy Advisor

3:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Break

3:45 PM - 4:30 PM

Strategic Planning

– Energy portfolios
– Demand, growth and capacity analysis
– Integrated resource planning

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.

5:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Adjourn

Meet The Speakers

Jim Litchfield

Litchfield Consulting Group

President