Apr

30

Gas Utility Fundamentals + Insights – WEI Hosted (Apr 30)

This program provides utility and service company employees with a broad understanding of how the gas utility industry works and a better awareness of their own roles within their organizations. Topics include: * Natural Gas Industry Overview * Natural Gas Consumption * How Utilities Make Money * Natural Gas Operations * Regulations, Codes and Safety * Emerging Issues The class is delivered in a one-day format at the WEI office in Portland, Oregon. WEI member companies may also host a class at their location 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 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
  • Due to contractual obligations, cancellations received 15 business days prior to the program will receive a full refund. Cancellations received 6 to 14 business days prior to the event will receive a refund, less a $100 administrative fee. No shows and last minute cancellations, 5 business days prior to the event or less, will be responsible for the full registration fee. Substitutions from your organization for the same event are always welcome.
  • Participation 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.
  • For more information contact Eric Christenson, Director of Program Curriculum + Analytics at (971) 303-2118.

Agenda

Thursday, April 30, 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

Extraction + Pipelines

  • History of gas use
  • Gas exploration and extraction
  • Processing raw gas
  • Regional gas flows

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Break

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Distribution Operations

  • Differences between gas and electric companies
  • The role of local distribution companies
  • Gas operations
  • Metering and pressure
  • Industry terminology

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Break

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

How Utilities Make Money

  • Types of utilities State and Provincial Public Utility Commissions
  • Common organizational structures
  • Balancing interests of stakeholders
  • Rate making fundamentals

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Customers + Usage

  • Natural gas consumption trends
  • Gas storage Gas system planning
  • Factors that drive natural gas consumption
  • Compressed Natural Gas and Liquefied Natural Gas

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Break

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Regulation, Codes, and Safety

  • Industry regulation
  • Integrity management programs
  • Inspections Equipment
  • Public safety programs and messaging

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Break

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Emerging Issues

  • Utility planning challenges
  • Renewable natural gas
  • Virtual pipelines
  • Opportunities to grow demand
  • Integrated resource planning

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Q&A and Wrap-Up

Meet The Speakers

David Williams

David Williams - Instructor

Vice President Retired, NW Natural