– 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.

2021 Flyer Energy Utility Basics program

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Web conference
CEUs will be available for the full series.
CEUs for each single-day event will be listed below.

All times are Central Standard.

Day 1 – 8:45 am-12:15 pm CST
(CEUs will be available)

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

Day 2 – 9:00 am-12:15 pm CST
(CEUs will be available)

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

Day 3 – 9:00 am-1:30 pm CST
(CEUs will be 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 – 9:00 am-12:15 pm CST
(CEUs will be available)

Essentials of Costing and Pricing

Day 5 – 8:30 am-1:10 pm CST
(CEUs will be 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 – 9:00 am-1:00 pm CST
(CEUs will be available)

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

Day 7 – 9:00 am-12:30 pm CST
(CEUs will be available)

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 – 9:00 am-1:00 pm CST
(CEUs will be 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?

Day 9 – 9:00 am-12:30 pm CST
(For Full Series registrants only.)

NARUC MegaModel Hands-on Workshop

Virtual Tour:

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


April 20, 21, 23, 28, 30

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

June 29

Emerging Technologies – Web Conference

September 14

Assessment of the Utility Industry – Web Conference

October 19

Water – Web Conference



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

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.
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.