WPUI’s Annual Flagship Program
– since 1983 –
Multi-day web conference in
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.
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
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
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
essentials of costing and pricing
day 5 – monday, october 5 – 8:30 am-1:10 pm cst
strategies for addressing fixed-cost recovery issues
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
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
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
getting work done with a smaller carbon footprint, cont’d
legal issues facing the utility industry
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
completed 2020 programs
Natural Gas – Web conference
Regional Transmission Organization Fundamentals 2020: Background, Purpose, Future – Web conference series
Emerging Technologies – Web conference
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.