Energy Utility Basics 2019

October 7, 2019 @ 8:30 am – October 11, 2019 @ 12:00 pm
The Pyle Center, Rooms 325/326
University of Wisconsin: Pyle Center
702 Langdon St, Madison, WI 53706
Lori Sakk

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Registration information will be available in January 2019.

CEUs will be available.

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 and markets evolve.  WPUI has proudly presented this exceptional course each fall since 1983.

Course Summary: Over the course of a week, participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the history of the electric and natural gas industries, attain insights into the regulatory decision-making process, as well as analyze and discuss current issues facing the energy industry

Benefits: Attendees will obtain practical knowledge of the operations and technology of the natural gas and electric industries from extraction, whether from the ground or renewables, to the customer’s bill. Course registration covers a field trip to a power plant, daily lunches and breaks, printed course materials and continuing education units (CEUs).

Who Should Attend: The energy industry has undergone substantial changes – including changes in hiring practices. Twenty years ago, utility industry staff would learn about the industry by working their way up through the ranks. In today’s fast-moving business environment, often staff are hired from other industries, bringing along important skill sets but lacking a working knowledge of the energy industry.


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Pyle Center

Monday, October 7: History — Industry Structure Why a regulated monopoly? Who’s regulated, why and how: The federal and state perspective

  • Federal Roles, Rules, Spheres of Influence
  • The Public Service Commission – Roles and Rules, Balance of Power
  • Transmission – The Overlooked Connection Until 1970
  • Utility Company Models – Presentations and Panel Discussion
  • Independent System Operator/Regional State Committee

Tuesday, October 8: Industry Operations — Stock Prices From Heat to Electricity – How we make Electricity in the U.S.

  • Field Identification Guide to the Electric Industry2018 Energy Utility Basics classroom
  • A Day in the Life of a Distribution Company
  • A Day in the Life of a Transmission Operator
  • What Drives Stock Prices?
  • Field Trip: Campus heating/cooling plant (optional)

Wednesday, October 9: Ratemaking

  • Cost of Service
  • Rate Design
  • Renewables
  • Strategies for Fixed-Cost Recovery IssuesCharter Street Heating Plant
  • Performance-based Regulation
  • One utility’s response to changing customer expectations

Thursday, October 10: Smaller Carbon Footprint; Enabling Technologies; Gas Markets

Getting Work Done with a Small Carbon Footprint

  • Renewables Panel
    • Biogas
    • Wind

      The Pyle Center is in the background on the shore of Lake Mendota.

      The Pyle Center is in the background on the shore of Lake Mendota.

    • Electrification
    • Efficiency
    • Storage
    • Solar
  • Gas Market Overview
    • Where does it come from? How is it created?
    • What is unconventional gas?
    • Gas markets – future supply/demand
    • A day in the life of a gas company

Friday, October 11: Nuclear Power; Environmental Considerations; Legal Issues



Available January 2019


Accommodations:        Lowell Center,  610 Langdon St., Madison, 608-256-2621 — link will be added
                                       Graduate Madison Hotel,  601 Langdon St., Madison, 608-257-4391 — link will be added 

Your registration fee includes printed materials, lunches, breaks, reception and access to materials on our website post-program.

CEU certificates will be emailed to you upon completion of the course.

Parking may be available in UW-Madison Lot 46 and in the City of Madison State Street Campus Garage at 415 N. Lake St.

Cancellation and refund policy:

  • WPUI reserves the right to cancel courses, substitute speakers, and make other changes to program agendas at any time. We recommended that you periodically check this website to learn whether any changes have been made.
  • Energy Utility Basics course registrations cancelled by/on Sept. 28, 2018, will be refunded the full cost of the program less a service fee.  No refunds will be given after Sept. 28, 2018.  Cancellations must be made by emailing WPUI.
  • Substitutions may be made at any time with no penalty. Substitutions must be made by emailing WPUI.
  • WPUI is not responsible for travel arrangements made for or related expenses incurred by WPUI course participants.


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