Endorsed by NARUC
CLEs will be applied for and CEUs will be granted.
Energy Utility Basics is an intensive course on the fundamental concepts critical to being conversant in today’s energy industry. Course content is updated yearly as technology, regulation, competition and markets evolve. WPUI has proudly presented this exceptional course each fall since 1983.
Course Summary: Over four and a half days, participants will receive an introduction to the electric and natural gas industries, insights into regulatory decision-making, and an analysis of the current issues facing both industries. The dedicated gas course begins Thursday at noon and continues until mid-day Friday.
Benefits: Attendees will obtain practical knowledge of the operations and technology of the natural gas and electricity industries from extraction, whether from the ground or renewables, to the customer’s bill. Course registration covers a field trip to a natural gas power plant, daily lunches and breaks, printed course materials and UW-Madison CEU certification. CLE credits will be applied for.
Who Should Attend: The energy industry has undergone substantial changes – including changes in hiring practices. Twenty years ago, new utility staff would start out learning the ropes by working up through the ranks. In today’s fast-moving business environment, it is often advantageous to hire staff from other industries, bringing in outside talent that doesn’t yet have a working knowledge of the energy industry. Energy Utility Basics is intended for anyone working in the energy industry, including public interest groups, legislative staff, regulatory staff, state and local government personnel. The course is for energy professionals who want a better grasp of how all the technological, financial and political pieces of the energy puzzle fit together. Registration is open to the public
What others have said:
“I came in new to the industry wanting to learn about how energy is made, distributed, and transmitted. I am leaving with a better understanding of all that and more.”
“The good mix of speakers and audience made for an excellent atmosphere to understand a complex industry from all angles.”
“I wish I could have taken this course right away when I entered the utility industry.”
“I appreciate the care in progressively building on the modules.”
“Plenty of beneficial information, good speakers.”
“As someone with only a couple years of utility experience, this was a great foundation”
“Covered as many of the topics as possible in an entertaining and informative way – could have been very boring, but it wasn’t. Nice work!”
“Excellent overview and well-planned program.”
“Delivery of complex information in an easy to digest manner.”
“I loved getting to see the operators and getting to touch and see how it all works at the power plant”
“Variety of speakers, all were knowledgeable and able to break down the subject matter for those with a limited knowledge of the industry.”
October 8: Electricity — Industry Structure
Why a regulated monopoly? Who’s regulated, why and how: The Federal and State Perspective
- Federal Roles, Rules, Spheres of Influence: FERC and EPA
- The Public Service Commission-Roles and Rules, Balance of Power
- Transmission-The Overlooked Connection Until 1970
- A Day in the Life of a Regional Transmission Organization: A Primer
- Utility Company Models-Presentations and Panel Discussion
October 9: Electricity — Industry Operations
From Heat to Electricity – How we make Electricity in the U.S.
- Field Identification Guide to the Electric Industry
- A Day in the Life of a Distribution Company
- A Day in the Life of a Transmission Operator
- Field Trip: Co-Generation Power Plant
October 10: Ratemaking for Electric and Gas Companies
What Drives Utility Stock Prices? What (Should) Keep Utility Execs Awake at Night?
- Basics of Rate Setting
- Dynamic Pricing and Demand Response
- New Models for Pricing
- Declining Revenues and Rate Response
October 11: Low to No Carbon Options
Work Done Without (or with a small) Carbon Footprint
- Nuclear Future—The Base Load of the Future?
- Balancing your Resource and Financial Portfolios
- Where, How and Why Energy is Used in the US
- Renewables Panel
October 12: The New/Old Kid on the Block: Gas
What Everyone Ought to Know About Gas
- Providing Natural Gas Service-Wholesale
- Providing Natural Gas Service-Retail
- Gas Physical and Financial Markets
Your registration fee includes printed materials, meals/breaks and access to materials on our website post-program.