ENERGY UTILITY BASICS 2023

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WPUI’s ANNUAL FLAGSHIP PROGRAM

– SINCE 1982 –


October 9-13, 2023
Hybrid Program

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


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.

Registration has closed.

AGENDA

This is a hybrid program.
3.1 CEUs available for the Full Series of this program.
Individual Single-Day Event CEUs are listed below.
All times are Central.
May include both in-person and remote speakers.


Day 1, Monday Oct. 9, 2023
0.6 CEUs available

Overview of Electric Industry
Utility Company Models
Public Service Commissions
ISO/Regional State Committees

Day 2, Tuesday Oct. 10, 2023
0.7 CEUs available

Energy and Electricity
Electric Utility Business Systems
A Day in the Life of a Transmission Operator
A Day in the Life of a Distribution Company
Costing and Pricing

Day 3, Wednesday Oct. 11, 2023
0.7 CEUs available

Fixed-cost Recovery Issues
Performance-Based Regulation
Utility Stock Prices
Consumer Advocate & the Rate Case Process
Changing Customer Expectations
In-Person Tour
(For In-Person Registrants Only)
University of Wisconsin-Madison Charter Street Heating & Cooling Plant
Virtual Tour
(Open to all registrants)
Madison Gas and Electric’s Renewables Projects

Day 4, Thursday Oct. 12, 2023
0.6 CEUs available

Natural Gas
A Day in the Life of a Natural Gas Company
Getting Work Done with a Smaller Carbon Footprint and Enabling Technologies

Day 5, Friday Oct. 13, 2023
0.5 CEUs available

Getting Work Done with a Smaller Carbon Footprint and Enabling Technologies, continued
Legal Issues
Nuclear Energy
Virtual Tour
(Open to all registrants)
University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Engineering Nuclear Reactor

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INCLUDED IN YOUR REGISTRATION

  • Registration for In-Person Attendance
    • Daily breaks and lunches
    • Monday evening Welcome Reception
    • In-Person tour of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Charter Street Heating and Cooling Plant
    • Virtual tours:
      • Madison Gas and Electric’s Renewable Projects
      • University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering’s nuclear reactor
    • Access to daily web conference credentials
    • Online access to relevant program materials
  • Registration for Online Attendance
    • Virtual tours:
      • Madison Gas and Electric’s Renewable Projects
      • University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering’s nuclear reactor
    • Access to daily web conference credentials
    • Online access to relevant program materials

UPCOMING 2024 PROGRAMS

September 10, 2024 
Future of Natural Gas - Online Program
October 7-11, 2024
Energy Utility Basics 2024 - Hybrid Program
October 29, 2024
Technology Advancements - Online Program

REGISTRATION INFORMATION for WPUI’s 2023 ENERGY UTILITY BASICS PROGRAM

Substitutions must be made by COB 09.27.2023.
Cancellations made before COB 09.08.2023 will be refunded all but $150. Cancellations made 09.09.2023 through 09.27.2023 will receive a 50% refund.
No refunds will be given after 09.27.2023.
See the Registration Information page for additional details.