ENERGY UTILITY BASICS 2023

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 AVAILABLE SOON


REGISTRATION FEES:

 

IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE:

 

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION
(Through 09.08.2023)
WPUI Member: $1,485
Non-member: $2,010
Government (non-utility): $1,235

REGULAR REGISTRATION
(09.09.2023 through 10.06.2023)
WPUI Member: $1,585
Non-member: $2,110
Government (non-utility): $1,335

 


ONLINE ATTENDANCE:

 

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION
(Through 09.08.2023)

Full Series:
WPUI Member: $910

Non-member: $1,435
Government (non-utility): $785

Individual Single-Days:
WPUI Member/
Government (non-utility): $285
Non-member: $385

REGULAR REGISTRATION
(09.09.2023 through 10.06.2023)

Full Series:
WPUI Member: $1,010

Non-member: $1,535
Government (non-utility): $885

Individual Single-Days:
WPUI Member/Government (non-utility): $385
Non-member: $485

DRAFT AGENDA

Join us in person or online.
This will be a hybrid program.
CEUs will be available for the full series of this program.
Individual Single-Day Event CEUs will be listed below.
All times are Central.
May include both in-person and remote speakers.


Day 1, Monday Oct. 9, 2023
CEUs will be available.
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. 10, 2023
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
Essentials of Costing and Pricing

Day 3, Wednesday Oct. 11, 2023
CEUs will be available.
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
Virtual Tour – to be confirmed
(Open to all registrants)
Madison Gas and Electric’s Renewables Projects
In-Person Tour – to be confirmed
(For In-Person Registrants Only)
University of Wisconsin-Madison Charter Street Heating & Cooling Plant

Day 4, Thursday Oct. 12, 2023
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
Getting Work Done with a Smaller Carbon Footprint and Enabling Technologies

Day 5, Friday Oct. 13, 2023
CEUs will be available.
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 – to be confirmed
(Open to all registrants)
University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Engineering Nuclear Reactor

Hotel Room Blocks

  • Graduate Madison
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Madison Downtown
  • Fluno

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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 2023 PROGRAMS

This list will be updated as the 2023 programs are scheduled.

March 1, 2023
Public Utilities Law Update – Hybrid Program
April 24-26, 2023
Regional Transmission Organization Fundamentals – Hybrid Program

COMPLETED 2023 PROGRAMS