Apr

29

Electric Utility Fundamentals + Insights – WEI Hosted (Apr 29)

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

    • 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 April 10, 2020. Regular registration prices will increase by $300. Registration includes all course materials, continental breakfast, and a catered lunch.

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • WEI will be waiving the standard cancellation policy for this program and other programs occurring in March, April, May, and June 2020. Registrants can receive a full refund of their fee up to the day the program occurs for increased flexibility due to the rapidly developing COVID-19 situation. This applies both to new and existing registrations. This also applies to any registration fees paid for virtual program formats.
  • 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

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

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

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 - 12:45 PM

Break for Lunch

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Generation Choices

– 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

Break

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

Break

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

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

Q&A and Wrap-Up

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

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • There are many hotels within a few blocks of WEI. The closest is the Hilton Portland Downtown.

Meet The Speakers

Eric Christenson

Western Energy Institute

Director of Program Curriculum + Analytics