Energy Utility Basics 2019

Pyle Center
702 Langdon St., Rm 325/326
Madison WI

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Comments from past attendees:

“Thank you! Enjoyed the week and learned a lot.”

“Excellent speakers – very knowledgeable and able to convey info.”

“Great variety but all related in some way to my work.”

“I’m new to the industry so it was helpful to me.”

“Above and beyond expectations.”

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October 7-11, 2019

CEUs will be available

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Registration fees:
Government (non-utility) — $800
wpui member — $1450
non-profit & non-member — $1850
non-member — $2250
(Registrations received 9/16/19 and after will be assessed a $100 late registration fee.)
Pyle Center
The Pyle Center


WPUI program attendees
Energy Utility Basics Classroom


WPUI program panelists
Energy Utility Basics Panel



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: Participants will receive an overview of the history of the electric and natural gas industries, insights into regulatory decision-making, analysis of the current issues facing the energy industry, and more.

Benefits: Attendees will obtain practical knowledge of the operations and technology of the electricity and natural gas industries from extraction, whether from the ground or from renewables, to the customer’s bill. Course registration covers daily lunches and breaks, printed course materials, optional field trips, 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, staff often are hired from other industries, bringing along important skill sets but lacking a working knowledge of the energy industry.

Energy Utility Basics is intended for anyone working in the energy industry, including public interest groups, utility employees, legislative staff, regulatory staff, state and local government personnel. This course is for energy professionals, those new to the industry as well as those assuming new responsibilities, who want a better grasp of how all the technological, financial and administrative pieces of the energy puzzle fit together. Registration is open to the public.

Registration includes breaks, lunches, printed materials (for timely registrations), and optional tours.
CEU certificates will be emailed to you upon completion of the course.

Accommodations:    Each of these locations is one block from the Pyle Center and our classroom.

Lowell Center, 610 Langdon St., Madison    Click here to reserve a guest room at the Lowell Center.
Graduate Madison Hotel, 601 Langdon St., Madison, 608-257-4391 —  Click here to reserve a guest room at the Graduate Madison Hotel.

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

Registration/Cancellation 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.
  • Registration substitutions may be made at any time with no penalty. Contact WPUI concerning any registration questions or changes.
  • WPUI is not responsible for travel arrangements made for or related expenses incurred by WPUI course participants.