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.
Member: $499 USD
Regular: $999 USD
Member registration prices increase $100 after April 10, 2020. Regular registration prices will increase by $300. Registration includes all course materials, continental breakfast, and a catered lunch.
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM
Registration and Check-In
The course will start promptly at 8 AM. Please arrive early to check in.
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
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
9:30 AM - 9:45 AM
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
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 - 12:45 PM
Break for Lunch
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
– Number ONE rule of the electric grid
– Fossil fuel options
– Traditional low-carbon generation
– Today's renewables
– Energy storage
1:45 PM - 2:00 PM
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
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
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Distributed Energy Resources
– Energy storage – Energy efficiency – Electric Vehicles – Distributed generation – Demand response
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM
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
Q&A and Wrap-Up
We circle back to the original expectations of students to ensure that expectations were met.