– SINCE 1982 –

September 21-23, 28, 29 & October 5-8


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

All times are Central.

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

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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
June 16
Overview of Hydrogen Technologies – Members-only Web Conference
October 27
Water Utilities Partnering for Success – Web Conference
September 14
Transformation of the Utility Industry – Web Conference