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

3.2 CEUs 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 an additional $100.)
Pyle Center
The Pyle Center


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Energy Utility Basics Classroom


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Energy Utility Basics Panel


course synopsis


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.

upcoming 2019 programs

October 22:  Water Quality in Wisconsin

upcoming 2020 programs

april 20-22, 2020

Regional Transmission Organization Fundamentals: Background, Purpose, Future

October 5-9, 2020

Energy Utility Basics 2020

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

Lowell Center, 610 Langdon St., Madison, 608-256-2621
Click here to reserve a guest room at the Lowell Center.  Group code: “Energy Basics 2019”

Graduate Madison Hotel, 601 Langdon St., Madison, 608-257-4391
Click here to reserve a guest room at the Graduate Madison Hotel.  Group code: “191006ENER”

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 Policy:
  • WPUI reserves the right to cancel this course, substitute speakers, and make other changes to this program or agenda at any time. We recommended that you periodically check this webpage to learn whether any changes have been made.
  • Energy Utility Basics program registration fees are as follows:
    • Registrations received before 9/16/2019:
      • Government (non-utility) — $800
      • WPUI member — $1450
      • Non-profit & Non-member — $1850
      • Non-member — $2250
    • Registrations received 9/16/2019 and after:
      • Add $100 to each fee level
    • Registration cancellation:
      • Cancellations received 09.16.2019 and before will be refunded 75% less a service fee.
      • Cancellations received between 09.17.2019 and 09.22.2019 will be refunded 50% less a service fee.
      • Cancellations received 09.23.2019 and after will not be refunded.
    • Cancellations must be made by emailing WPUI.
    • You may transfer your registration to a colleague at your place of employment before 10.03.2019 with no penalty. Registration transfers must be made by emailing WPUI.
    • Contact WPUI with any registration questions.
    • WPUI is not responsible for travel arrangements made for or related expenses incurred by WPUI course participants.