ENERGY UTILITY BASICS 2021

WPUI’s ANNUAL FLAGSHIP PROGRAM

– SINCE 1983 –

Sept. 21-23, 28, 29
& Oct. 5-8



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Register for the Full Series or for 1 or more Individual Single-day Events

REGISTRATION FEES

FULL SERIES

Early Bird Registration
(Through 09.13.2021)
WPUI Member: $875
Non-member: $1,300
Government (non-utility): $700

Regular Registration
(After 09.13.2021)
WPUI Member: $975

Non-member: $1,400
Government (non-utility): $800



INDIVIDUAL SINGLE-DAY EVENTS

Early Bird Registration
(Through 09.13.2021)
WPUI Member OR Government (non-utility): $125
Non-member: $175

Regular Registration
(After 09.13.2021)
WPUI Member OR Government (non-utility): $150

Non-member: $200



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.

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, both 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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DRAFT AGENDA

Web conference
3.3 CEUs will be available for the Full Series.
CEUs for each Single-day Event are listed below.

All times are Central Time zone.


Day 1, Tuesday 09.21.2021 – 8:45 am-12:15 pm Central Time
(0.3 CEUs available)

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


Day 2, Wednesday 09.22.2021 – 9:00 am-12:15 pm Central Time
(0.3 CEUs available)

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


Day 3, Thursday 09.23.2021 – 9:00 am-1:30 pm Central Time
(0.4 CEUs available)

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, Tuesday 09.28.2021 – 9:00 am-1:30 pm Central Time
(0.4 CEUs available)

Essentials of Costing and Pricing
Customer Advocate Involvement in the Rate Case Process


Day 5, Wednesday 09.29.2021 – 8:30 am-1:00 pm Central Time
(0.4 CEUs available)

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 10.05.2021 – 9:00 am-1:00 pm Central Time
(0.4 CEUs available)

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


Day 7, Wednesday 10.06.2021 – 9:00 am-12:30 pm Central Time
(0.3 CEUs available)

Getting Work Done with a Smaller Carbon Footprint

Virtual Tours – 1:00-2:30 pm Central Time
(For Full Series registrants only)

Madison (WI) Gas and Electric’s Renewable Projects
Dane County (WI) Department of Waste & Renewables – Landfill


Day 8, Thursday 10.07.2021 – 9:00 am-1:00 pm Central Time
(0.4 CEUs available)

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

Virtual Tour – 1:00-1:30 pm Central Time
(For Full Series registrants only):

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


Day 9,  Friday 10.08.2021 – 9:00-11:30 am Central Time
(For Full Series registrants only)

NARUC MegaModel Hands-On Workshop

2021 PROGRAMS

October 27

Water Utilities partnering for Success – Web Conference

COMPLETED 2021 PROGRAMS

February 12

Members-only Program: Utility Economic Overview for 2021 – Web Conference

March 3

Public Utilities Law Update 2021 – Web Conference

March 16

Energy Storage – Web Conference

April 20, 21, 23, 28, 30

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

June 16

Overview of Hydrogen Technologies – Members-only Web Conference

September 14

Transformation of the Utility Industry – Web Conference

All registrations include access to the web conference credentials and to relevant electronic materials.
Virtual tours and any virtual workshops will be included with Full Series registrations only.
CEU certificates will be emailed upon completion of the program.
WPUI REGISTRATION, CANCELLATION, and REFUND POLICY
Cancellations made before COB 09.12.2021 will be refunded all but a $50 service fee.
No refunds will be given once the web conference credentials and/or program materials have been emailed to registrants.