Energy Utility Basics 2020

The Pyle Center at UW Madison

Pyle Center
702 Langdon St., Rm 325/326
Madison WI
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October 5-9, 2020

CEUs will be available

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Early Bird Registration fees:

Through 09/13/2020

Government/Non-utility — $850

WPUI Member — $1450

Non-profit non-member — $1850

For-profit non-
member — $2250

Registrations received 09/14/2020 and after
will be assessed a $100 late registration fee.
Printed binders may be purchased for an additional fee.
See registration page for details.

draft agenda

monday october 5

Overview of the Electricity Industry
Public Service Commission – Roles, Rules, Balance of Power
Utility Company Models
Independent System Operator/Regional State Committee

Evening Welcome Reception

tuesday October 6

Energy and Electrcity
Systems within the Electric Utility Business
A Day in the Life of a Transmission Operator
A Day in the Life of a Distribution Company
What Drives Utility Stock Prices?

Optional Tour: UW-Madison’s Charter Street Heating and Cooling Plant

Wednesday october 7

Essentials of Costing and Pricing
Performance-based Regulation
Strategies for Addressing Fixed-Cost Recovery Issues
One Utility’s Response to Changing Customer Expectations
What Everyone Ought to Know about Gas

Thursday october 8

Natural Gas Markets and Prices
A Day in the Life of a Gas Company
Getting Work Done with a Smaller Carbon Footprint
Environmental Issues Affecting the Utility Industry
Legal Issues Facing the Utility Industry

friday October 9

Nuclear Energy – Base Load of the Future?
NARUC Mega-Model Hands-on Workshop

Optional Tours:
Dane County Landfill
UW-Madison’s College of Engineering Nuclear Reactor

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. Registration includes breaks, lunches, reception, course materials, optional tours, 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.

Printed binders may be purchased for an additional fee.
CEU certificates will be emailed upon completion of the course.


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

Lowell Center, 610 Langdon St., Madison, 608-256-2621.  Group Code: “WPUI”
$120/night; 1 block from the Pyle Center
Click here to reserve a guest room at the Lowell Center.

Graduate Madison Hotel, 601 Langdon St., Madison, 608-257-4391. Group Code: “200804ENER”
$169/night; 1 block from the Pyle Center
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.

Energy Utility Basics Registration/Cancellation 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 09.13.2020 and before:
      • Government (non-utility) — $850
      • WPUI member — $1450
      • Non-profit Non-member — $1850
      • For-profit Non-member — $2250
    • Registrations received 09.14.2020 through 10.05.2020:
      • Add $100 to each fee level
  • Binders: A printed copy of the course binder will be available for purchase when you register before 09.20.2020.
    • Through 09.13.2020 — $125 binder fee (non-refundable)
    • 09.14.2020 through 09.20.2020 — $150 binder fee (non-refundable)
    • 09.21.2020 and after — no printed binder will be available
  • Registration cancellations:
    • Registration cancellations received 09.13.2020 or before will be refunded 75% less a service fee.
    • Registration cancellations received 09.14.2020 through 09.22.2020 will be refunded 50% less a service fee.
    • Registration cancellations received 09.23.2020 and after will not be refunded.
    • Binder purchase fee is non-refundable. If you cancel your registration, your binder will be available to be shipped to you for a fee or to be picked up from our office.
  • Cancellations must be made by emailing WPUI.
  • You may transfer your registration to a colleague at your place of employment 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 any expenses incurred by course participants.