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 price increases $100 after February 2, 2018. Regular registration price increases $300. Registration includes all course materials, continental breakfast, and a catered lunch.
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM
Continental breakfast provided (pastries, coffee, yogurt).
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
– 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
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 (IOUs, Munis, Co-Ops, etc.)
– Common organizational structures
– Balancing interests of stakeholders
– Regulation and rate making fundamentals
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Catered Lunch (hosted)
Please provide any dietary constraints with your registration.
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
– 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
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM
Customers + Emerging Opportunities
– 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
3:45 PM - 4:30 PM
– 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