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 6, 2019. Regular registration price increases $300 after February 6, 2019. Registration 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 (Investor-Owned Utilities, Municipal and Public Utility Districts, 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 and response times
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.
WEI has partnered with AC Hotel Portland Downtown, a part of the Marriott Collection, for 2019 and the hotel has extended a special discounted rate for WEI Members which can be booked online. The property is situated in the heart of downtown Portland and is only three blocks away from WEI’s office located at 1050 SW Sixth Ave, Suite 325. With a unique modern design and numerous amenities, the AC Hotel Portland Downtown awaits to accommodate WEI Members in comfort and style. Please reach out to your WEI contact directly if you have any issues using the link.
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 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 for a debt buying and recovery firm.
Eric earned his BA in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Oregon. He volunteers his time as the President of the Oregon Society of Association Management and as Vice President of the Greater Portland Soccer District.