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Electric Utility Fundamentals + Insights (Oct 10)

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. The class is delivered in a one-day format at the WEI office in Portland, Oregon. This course traverses the business of electricity, from the scientific beginnings, to today's generation choices, the modern electric grid, customer engagement, and how utilities make money. The course also includes an overview of federal, state/provincial, and municipal regulations and their impacts on the business model. WEI member companies may also host a class only for their employees to provide a unique, individualized training experience. Contact WEI for more information.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Eric Christenson, Director of Program Curriculum + Analytics, Western Energy Institute

    • Program Location
    • Western Energy Institute Facilities
    • 1050 SW 6th Ave, Suite 325
      Portland, Oregon 97204
    • 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: $499 USD
    Regular: $999 USD

    Member registration prices increase $100 after September 27, 2019. Regular registration prices will increase $300. Registration includes all course materials, continental breakfast, and a catered lunch.

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • Due to contractual obligations, cancellations received 15 business days prior to the program will receive a full refund. Cancellations received 6 to 14 business days prior to the event will receive a refund, less a $100 administrative fee. No shows and last minute cancellations, 5 business days prior to the event or less, will be responsible for the full registration fee. Substitutions from your organization for the same event are always welcome.
  • Participation Policy
  • Western Energy Institute programs and events are open to energy companies (including gas production and electric generation, gas and electric transmission and gas and electric distribution utilities). Select programs and events are open to energy industry product and service suppliers. Programs and events are closed to all media representatives and to the general public.
  • For more information contact Eric Christenson, Director of Program Curriculum + Analytics at (971) 303-2118.

Agenda

Thursday, October 10, 2019

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Registration and Check-In

The course will start promptly at 8 AM. Please arrive early to check in. Continental breakfast provided.

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

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

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

WEI Hosted Lunch

Please indicate any dietary restrictions with your registration.

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 + future sources

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Break

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Customers + Emerging Opportunities

– Types and expectations of electricity customers
– Customer care regulations
– Solar programs – utility and customer
– The Trusted Energy Advisor

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Break

3:15 PM - 3:45 PM

Distributed Energy Resources

– Energy Storage
– Energy Efficiency
– Electric Vehicles
– Self-Generation
– Demand Response

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Break

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Integrated Resource Planning

– Forecasting demand
– Meeting demand with resource portfolios
– Scenario planning and modeling
– The preferred portfolio and vetting the IRP.

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Course Wrap-up

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

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • WEI has partnered with AC Hotel Portland Downtown, a part of the Marriott Collection, for 2019 and the hotel has extended a special discounted rate for WEI Members which can be booked online. The property is situated in the heart of downtown Portland and is only three blocks away from WEI’s office located at 1050 SW Sixth Ave, Suite 325. With a unique modern design and numerous amenities, the AC Hotel Portland Downtown awaits to accommodate WEI Members in comfort and style. Please reach out to your WEI contact directly if you have any issues using the link.

Meet The Speakers

Eric Christenson

Western Energy Institute

Director of Program Curriculum + Analytics
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In his role as Director of Curriculum Development, Eric leads the WEI Operations Conference and the Executive Planning Committee. He also leads the Electric and Gas Utility Fundamentals + Insights skills development programs, and is one of WEI’s instructors for the electric course. He also supports the organization and his teammates as the Director of Analytics.

He joined WEI after seven 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 worked in internet marketing and as the Manager of Strategy and Analysis for a debt buying and recovery firm.

Eric earned his BA in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Oregon. He volunteers his time as the President of the Oregon Society of Association Management and as Vice President of the Greater Portland Soccer District.