– SINCE 1983 –




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.

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3.25 CEUs available for the Full Series.

DAY 1 – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 – 8:45 am-12:15 pm CST (0.3 ceus)

Overview of the Electricity Industry
Utility Company Models – Presentations and Panel Discussion


DAY 2 – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 – 9:00 am-12:15 pm CST
(0.3 ceus)

The Public Service Commission – Roles and Rules, Balance of Power
The Independent System Operator/Regional State Committee


DAY 3 – THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1 – 9:00 am-1:30 pm CST
(0.4 ceus)

Energy and Electricity
Systems within the Electric Utility Business
A Day in the Life of a Transmission Operator
A Day in the Life of a Distribution Company


DAY 4 – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2 – 9:00 am-12:15 pm CST
(0.3 ceus)

Essentials of Costing and Pricing


DAY 5 – MONDAY, OCTOBER 5 – 8:30 am-1:10 pm CST
(0.5 ceus)

Strategies for Addressing Fixed-Cost Recovery Issues
Performance-Based Regulation
What Drives Utility Stock Prices?
One Utility’s Response to Changing Customer Expectations


DAY 6 – TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6 – 9:00 am-1:00 pm CST
(0.4 ceus)

What Everyone Ought to Know about Gas
Natural Gas Markets and Prices
A Day in the Life of a Gas Company


DAY 7 – WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7 – 9:00 am-12:30 pm CST (0.3 ceus)

Getting Work Done with a Smaller Carbon Footprint

VIRTUAL TOURS (for full series registrants only)

Madison (WI) Gas and Electric’s Renewable Projects
Dane County (WI) Landfill


DAY 8 – THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8 – 9:00 am-1:00 pm CST
(0.4 ceus)

Getting Work Done with a Smaller Carbon Footprint, cont’d
Legal Issues Facing the Utility ndustry
Nuclear Energy – The Base Load of the Future?


DAY 9 – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9 – 9:00 am-12:30 pm CST
(for full series registrants only)

NARUC MegaModel Hands-on Workshop


University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Engineering Nuclear Reactor


February 21

Members-Only Webex: Economic Overview Regarding the Energy Industry

March 4

Public Utilities Law Update 2020

March 25

Natural Gas – Web conference


Regional Transmission Organization Fundamentals 2020: Background, Purpose, Future – Web conference series

September 8

Emerging Technologies – Web conference

October 21

Water Affordability – Web conference

All registrations include access to the web conference details and to relevant electronic materials.
Virtual tours included with Full Series registrations only.
CEU certificates will be emailed upon completion of the program.


For Energy Utility Basics Sept. 24-Oct 9, 2020

Refunds given will be the full amount less a $50 service fee.
No refunds will be given once the Webex and/or program materials details have been emailed to registrants,
approximately 1 week in advance of the program.