ENERGY UTILITY BASICS 2024

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WPUI’s ANNUAL FLAGSHIP PROGRAM

– SINCE 1982 –


October 7-11
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.

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IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE REGISTRATION:

(Early Bird ends 08.30.2024/Regular ends 09.18.2024)

 

  • WPUI Member or NARUC/Public Utility Comm Member:
    Early Bird $1,490/Regular $1,590
  • Non-Member: 
    Early Bird $2,015/Regular $2,115
  • Government (non-utility):
    Early Bird $1,240/Regular $1,340

ONLINE ATTENDANCE REGISTRATION:

(Early Bird ends 08.30.2024/Regular ends 10.02.2024)
  • WPUI Member or NARUC/Public Utility Comm Member: 
    Early Bird $920/Regular $1,020
  • Non-Member: 
    Early Bird $1,440/Regular $1,540
  • Government (non-utility):
    Early Bird $795/Regular $895

DRAFT AGENDA

Join us in person or online.
This will be a hybrid program.
CEUs will be available.
All times are Central.
May include both in-person and remote speakers.


Monday Oct. 7, 2024
Overview of Electric Industry
Utility Company Models
Public Service Commissions
ISO/Regional State Committees

Tuesday Oct. 8, 2024
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

Wednesday Oct. 9, 2024
Fixed-cost Recovery Issues
Performance-Based Regulation
Utility Stock Prices
Consumer Advocate & the Rate Case Process
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

Thursday Oct. 10, 2024
Natural Gas
A Day in the Life of a Gas Company
Getting Work Done with a Smaller Carbon Footprint and Enabling Technologies

Friday Oct. 11, 2024
Getting Work Done with a Smaller Carbon Footprint and Enabling Technologies, continued
Legal Issues
Nuclear Energy
Virtual Tour – to be confirmed
(Open to all registrants)
University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Engineering Nuclear Reactor

Hotel Room Blocks

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INCLUDED IN YOUR REGISTRATION

  • Registration for In-Person Attendance
    • Daily breaks and lunches
    • Monday evening Welcome Reception
    • In-Person tour:
      • 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

COMPLETED 2024 PROGRAMS

March 5, 2024
Transition to Clean Energy - Online Program
March 13, 2024
Public Utilities Law Update - In-Person Program
April 8-12, 2024
2024 Regional Transmission Organization Fundamentals & Regional Transmission Organizations 2.0 - Hybrid Program

REGISTRATION INFORMATION for WPUI’s October 7-11, 2024. ENERGY UTILITY BASICS PROGRAM

Substitutions must be made by COB 09.18.2024.
Cancellations made before COB 09.06.2024 will be refunded all but $150. Cancellations made  09.07.2024 through 09.18.2024 will receive a 50% refund.
No refunds will be given or substitutions will be allowed 09.19.2024 or after.
See the Registration Information page for additional details.