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.
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.
Western Energy Institute takes the health and safety of our employees and members very seriously. With safety as our top priority, this program is being offered in a virtual format. No hotel or travel is required. If you have any questions, please contact the Program Manager directly.
Member: $499 USD
Regular: $999 USD
Member registration prices increase $100 after May 8, 2020. Regular registration prices will increase by $300. Registration includes course binder mailed directly to participant, full-day interactive course over the web.
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
GoToWebinar Open for Participants
The GoToWebinar will open at 7:30 AM in the morning. Please join early as we will start the class promptly at 8:00 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
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 Opportunities
– 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
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.
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 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 worked in internet marketing and as the Manager of Strategy and Analysis at a local finance company.
Eric earned his Bachelors in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Oregon. He volunteers his time on the Oregon Society of Association Management and as an Executive Committee Member of the Greater Portland Soccer District.