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 and regular registration price increases $300 after May 11, 2018. Registration price includes all course materials, continental breakfast, and a catered lunch.
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM
Registration and Check-In
Continental breakfast provided.
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
Break for Lunch
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
WEI – Hosted Lunch
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM
Customers + Emerging Opportunities
– Types and expectations of electricity customers
– Customer care regulations
– Electric vehicles
– Solar programs – utility and customer
– Demand response and Distributed Energy Resources
– The trusted energy advisor model
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM
3:45 PM - 4:30 PM
– Forecasting demand
– Meeting demand with resource portfolios
– Scenario planning and Modeling
– Vetting the IRP and preferred portfolio
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
Mr. Wicks has 31 years Electrical Engineering Field/Design Experience graduating from Virginia Tech in 1983. This experience includes the successful facilitation of many large equipment & system upgrades/retrofits. Hands on experience with all types of electrical equipment & controls, large or small.
* Licensed and trained by E-Hazard to teach Low Voltage & High Voltage Qualified Electrical Worker with Arc Flash Awareness base on NFPA-70E, IEEE NESC, & OSHA 1910.269.
* Licensed Professional Engineer & Licensed Electrical Inspector in the State of Arizona.
* Mr. Wicks has over 21 years of Technical/Safety Instruction experience developing & facilitating various educational programs. Jay has been one of the WEI Power Quality School instructors for over 20 years.
* Certified Instructor for Electrical, Electronics Systems, and Instrumentation, with the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER).
* Certified Lightning Safety Professional – National Lightning Safety Institute
* Jay serves as committee chairman for Western Electric Institute’s – 5 Day Power Quality Hands on Training Class. He is the acting class facilitator/Lead instructor & continues to be the major contributor in the development and refinement of this very successful “hands on” program.
* Jay Also works with WEI as an instructor for the Electrical Utility Fundamentals & Insights Class
* Jay is committed to serving the Electrical Community through safety and technical training as well as project facilitation coaching.
In 2014 He retired from the utility industry to devote his efforts full time to Electrical Project Management Coaching, Electrical and Safety Training, General Consulting and Fishing. Coaching, Training, and Consulting can be general for new hires or custom developed for experienced or specialized circumstances. Fishing is reserved for friends and family, however exceptions can be made; time & location are negotiable.