Sep

21-23

Northwest Electric Meter School – Virtual (Sep 21-23)

Operating in its 66th year, the school curriculum emphasizes the need for quality technical training as it relates to metering, while also integrating fresh technological trends and perspectives. This course is designed to serve metering apprentices and journeymen in the electric utility industry by developing skills through expert lectures and hands-on laboratory training spanning the basics of metering theory, AMI and high-end meter applications. Students should select their preferred track according to their level of experience: Single Phase Metering; Polyphase Metering; Solid State Metering; Advanced Metering and Communications; Substation/Generation Metering; and Hot Topic Roundtable/Supervisory.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Jim Miller of Snohomish County PUD

    • Program Location
    • Virtual Event
    • No travel required. All agenda times are in Pacific time. Instructions to access the virtual event will be provided to the attendee before the program.
    • Who Should Attend
      • Metering apprentices
      • Metering supervisors
      • Experienced metering professionals
      • Journeymen
      • Utility workers who want experience in the meter industry
      • New hires in the utility industry
      • Engineers
      • Electricians
      • Electrical Union Training Program participants
      • High school or college students interested in technical education
  • Registration Options
  • Member: $149 USD
    Regular: $199 USD

    Includes lectures and access to download all course materials.

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • To best serve WEI members and program participants during the COVID-19 pandemic, WEI will be waiving its standard cancellation policy for this virtual program. Registrants can receive a full refund should they need to cancel their registration up to the day before the program begins.
  • 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. Recording is not permitted for any portion of the event.
  • For more information contact Diana Zoren, Director of Strategic Initiatives at (971) 255-4965.

Agenda

All session times are listed in Pacific time.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Virtual Help Desk + Technology Check

The room will open early with optional time for participants to get familiar with the virtual platform, test their audio and webcam, or ask questions about the agenda before we begin.

8:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Metering Topics

Track A: Single Phase Metering
Track B: Polyphase Metering
Track C: Solid State Metering
Track D: Advanced Metering + Communications
Track E: Hot Topic Roundtable/Supervisory
Track F: Substation/Generation Metering

11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

Lunch

The lunches are staggered to align with classes in each Track . Each track will have a set lunch time (see individual track agendas for the most accurate times).

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Metering Topics

Track A: Single Phase Metering
Track B: Polyphase Metering
Track C: Solid State Metering
Track D: Advanced Metering + Communications
Track E: Hot Topic Roundtable/Supervisory
Track F: Substation/Generation Metering

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

8:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Metering Topics

Track A: Single Phase Metering
Track B: Polyphase Metering
Track C: Solid State Metering
Track D: Advanced Metering + Communications
Track E: Hot Topic Roundtable/Supervisory
Track F: Substation/Generation Metering

11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

Lunch

The lunches are staggered to align with classes in each Track . Each track will have a set lunch time (see individual track agendas for the most accurate times).

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Metering Topics

Track A: Single Phase Metering
Track B: Polyphase Metering
Track C: Solid State Metering
Track D: Advanced Metering + Communications
Track E: Hot Topic Roundtable/Supervisory
Track F: Substation/Generation Metering

Thursday, September 23, 2021

8:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Metering Topics

Track A: Single Phase Metering
Track B: Polyphase Metering
Track C: Solid State Metering
Track D: Advanced Metering + Communications
Track E: Hot Topic Roundtable/Supervisory
Track F: Substation/Generation Metering

11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

Lunch

The lunches are staggered to align with classes in each Track . Each track will have a set lunch time (see individual track agendas for the most accurate times).

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Metering Topics

Track A: Single Phase Metering
Track B: Polyphase Metering
Track C: Solid State Metering
Track D: Advanced Metering + Communications
Track E: Hot Topic Roundtable/Supervisory
Track F: Substation/Generation Metering

Track Descriptions

TRACK A: Single Phase Metering
Attending your first school? Register for this track unless many years of experience warrant an exemption. This track requires knowledge of basic trig and algebra.

Required Materials: All students will need a calculator, stopwatch, pens and pencils.

TRACK B: Polyphase Metering
Graduates of Track A or those with knowledge of single-phase metering should register for this track.

Required Materials: All students will need a calculator, stopwatch, pens and pencils.

TRACK C: Solid State Metering
Introduction and intermediate functions in electronic metering, field analysis and programming.

Required Materials: All students will need a calculator, stopwatch, pens and pencils.

TRACK D: Advanced Metering + Communications
In-depth discussion of electronic metering theory and high-end meter applications. Students must have a high-level understanding of solid state metering and communication applications.

Required Materials: All students will need a calculator, stopwatch, pens and pencils.

TRACK E: Hot Topic Roundtable/Supervisory
High-level theory discussion. Students participate in daily roundtable conversation and select classes from tracks A-D, á la carte. To be eligible, students must have at least three years at meter school or four years or more of field experience. 

Track F: Substation/Generation Metering
The Substation/Generation track consists of various topics associated with equipment used in the operation and protection of these facilities. Substation and Generation facilities depend on devices that collectively provide the instantaneous values transmitted and displayed by both revenue and protection systems. Generation revenue results from a system composed of revenue-grade current and voltage transformers whose primaries thread the primary levels and secondaries provide a fractional sample to the meter. System protection also depends and is connected in high voltage environments, with high voltage instrument transformers sending values to a meter or transducer. Additional points exposed include communications with metering equipment, testing in high voltage environments, and Cal-ISO/ Western EIM overview and requirements.