– SINCE 1982 –

October 3-7, 2022
Hybrid Program

In-Person venue:
Pyle Center
702 Langdon St.
University of Wisconsin-Madison Campus
Madison WI 53706


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.


3.0 CEUs were available for the full series of this program.
Individual Single-Day Event CEUs are listed below.
All times were Central.
Included both in-person and remote speakers.

Day 1, Monday Oct. 3, 2022 – 8:15 a.m.-4:15 p.m Central time
0.6 CEUs
Overview of Electric Industry
Utility Company Models – Presentations and Panel Discussion
Public Service Commission – Roles and Rules, Balance of Power
Independent System Operator/Regional State Committee

Day 2, Tuesday Oct. 4, 2022 – 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m
0.7 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
Essentials of Costing and Pricing

Day 3, Wednesday Oct. 4, 2022 – 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
0.7 CEUs
Strategies for Addressing Fixed-cost Recovery Issues
Performance-Based Regulation
What Drives Utility Stock Prices?
Consumer Advocate Involvement in Rate Case Process
One Utility’s Response to Changing Customer Expectations
In-Person Tour
(For In-Person Registrants Only)
University of Wisconsin-Madison Charter Street Heating & Cooling Plant

Day 4, Thursday Oct. 6, 2022 – 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
0.6 CEUs
What Everyone Ought to Know About Gas
Natural Gas Markets and Prices
A Day in the Life of a Gas Company
Getting Work Done with a Smaller Carbon Footprint and Enabling Technologies

Day 5, Friday Oct. 7, 2022 – 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
0.4 CEUs
Getting Work Done with a Smaller Carbon Footprint and Enabling Technologies, continued
Legal Issues Facing the Utility Industry
Nuclear Energy – The Base Load of the Future?
Virtual Tour
(Open to all registrants.)
University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Engineering Nuclear Reactor

logo national association of regulatory utility commissioners


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