By - Jon Brown

Understanding Electric Utilities

This training program will provide a foundation of understanding for persons working in, dealing with, or having special interest in the electric utility industry. The training explains utilities from four separate perspectives: infrastructure, operations, business, and regulatory.   The infrastructure perspective covers electricity basics, equipment, and power systems in terms of generation, transmission, distribution, and customer. The operations perspective covers energy

By - Jon Brown

Project Management for Water and Wastewater Utilities

A great project manager enables their team to take on new challenges, has the foresight to minimize resident disruption and customer risk, and understands the tricks of the trade to keeping project momentum up.  When it comes to water and wastewater project implementation there is more to consider than the data behind the solution. Enabling a project to stay on

By - Jon Brown

Pole Attachments Best Practices

As technology advances and the demand for reliable, faster internet services increases, pole owners and wireless and wireline pole attachers are faced with increasing pressure to deploy the 5th generation network technology on existing poles and infrastructure. With new and evolving FCC regulations, what can the electric utilities, carriers and government organizations expect for the future of pole attachments? Wading

By - Jon Brown

Leadership Conference for Women in Oil & Gas

Join the nation’s most successful women leaders in oil and gas as they share their industry knowledge, strategies and experiences on how to accelerate positive organizational change and personal growth! You’ll participate in knowledge sharing and collaboration while building relationships and enhancing your professional network.  The goal of this event is to help professionals advance their careers in a traditionally male

By - Danielle Duignan

Pipelines 101 – Basic Principles of Onshore Pipelines

This is an introductory course to pipelines.  The history of pipelines, definitions and terminology, and how pipelines work will be included in the discussion on the first morning.  The focus will then move to natural gas and crude oil pipelines from the planning, design, and construction to the operation, safety, and maintenance of the pipelines. The intent of this course

By - Danielle Duignan

Fundamentals of Battery Storage

Battery storage is a technology whose time has finally arrived in many markets across the globe. Implementations are increasing, with storage addressing multiple problems and opportunities across the power grid, and use cases are abounding – both for utility-scale and behind-the-meter applications. In recent applications, storage has been used: as a peaking resource to firm up renewable projects to support

By - Jon Brown

Introduction to Nuclear Power Plant Emergency Planning

If this event is of interest you may also be interested in this related event Nuclear Power Plant Operations, February 19-20, 2020 in Atlanta, GA The Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) Introduction to Emergency Planning course provides attendees with a clear understanding of how these powerful plants plan to protect the public if a casualty occurs. The course will describe: how

By - Jon Brown

Distribution System Planning & Optimization

Optimizing distribution system assets is a more difficult task as distributed energy resources become a bigger player on the distribution system. Analyzing load data is essential to developing an effective forecast. This course will take attendees through traditional distribution system planning practices and move quickly into modern and future trends to be considered. Practical examples and case studies will compare

By - Jon Brown

Solar Project Development on Landfills/Brownfields/Utility Coal Combustion Residual Sites

With solar power moving into the mainstream of energy resources, the aggressive search for suitable greenfield sites has prompted savvy investors, project developers, suppliers and power organizations to consider sites with less conventional development characteristics. Ironically, these blemished sites areas often turn out to be attractive siting options for solar projects.  Business is flourishing.  Renewable energy policies, coupled with multiple

By - Jon Brown

Best Practices in Managing Your Risk Profile

The electric utility sector is facing many challenges today. Federal and state environmental requirements, aging generation and distribution systems, transmission capacity constraints and emerging technologies are just a few of these challenges. To compound this situation, anemic growth due to changing customer demand is adding more pressure on utilities. Electric utilities are facing unpresented challenges that affect their decisions on

By - Jon Brown

Legal & Regulatory Issues in Electric Utilities

Regardless of their function, all leaders and managers must work within, monitor, and often provide guidance in the adherence to and/or the implementation of applicable codes, standards, and legal and regulatory requirements. This course aims to familiarize students with the purpose and function of the many governing or contributing bodies at the state and federal level in producing and enforcing

By - Jon Brown

Fundamentals of Upstream Operations

Oil and gas is a global industry that faces constant pressure to change and innovate. This dynamic nature is especially true for upstream operations. This area of the industry, also called exploration and production, involves all well-related activities. Technological advances like horizontal drilling and multi-stage hydraulic fracturing have revolutionized operations and created a production boom in North America. Any successful

By - Jon Brown

Fundamentals of Upstream Operations

Oil and gas is a global industry that faces constant pressure to change and innovate. This dynamic nature is especially true for upstream operations. This area of the industry, also called exploration and production, involves all well-related activities. Technological advances like horizontal drilling and multi-stage hydraulic fracturing have revolutionized operations and created a production boom in North America. Any successful

By - Jon Brown

2020 Western Transmission Summit

The 12th Annual Western Transmission Summit will convene leaders and operators from across the Western U.S. grid to discuss new challenges and developments to the regional transmission system. As Western operators and legislators innovate new methods for grid operation, including its recent movement towards regionalization, the rest of the industry will continue to watch the West for what’s next. The

By - Jon Brown

PJM Market Fundamentals, Operations and Value Dynamics

This course will explain the fundamentals of PJM — market mechanics, operations and price formation dynamics. It will examine developing policy and technology trends that have recently roiled certain market elements.  And, it will illuminate what different members and market participants must evaluate to optimize their positioning in the multiple markets operated by the RTO. PJM Interconnection is one of

By - Jon Brown

T & D Asset Management

Amidst aging transmission and distribution infrastructure, digitally forward asset managers, equipped with advanced analytics tools are realizing significant gain from using data analytics to improve asset health. Data analytics can be used to monitor T&D assets to gauge their performance, predict and prevent failures, and prioritize asset renewal. Newer technologies such as drones assist in the collection of data to

By - Jon Brown

NERC & FERC Compliance for Renewables

Renewable energy providers and their suppliers continue to wrestle with the complexities of the NERC reliability standards implementation, compliance, and enforcement process. Full audit schedules within each regional entity ensure that the stakes remain high. Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards add another level of complexity, further demonstrating to the power industry the difficulties associated with legislating reliability and security. With

By - Jon Brown

The Electric Vehicle-Utility Industry Nexus: Charging Forward

The 5th iteration of EUCI’s Electric Vehicle-Utility Industry Nexus conference brings together myriad stakeholders to address critical considerations, opportunities and challenges regarding electric vehicles’ impact on utilities. The event will include case studies from utilities and other relevant stakeholders from across the country, including Duke Energy, Tucson Electric Power, Austin Energy, Southern California Edison, Tesla, and more.  Experts will describe

By - Jon Brown

ISO Market Settlements Summit

As wholesale market and bilateral power transactions mushroom to reflect increasing grid operations sophistication and complexity, load serving entities (LSEs) market participants and system operators confront myriad challenges in settling the related transactions.  These include the need to: Improve data management through continual technology upgrades Maximize accuracy to avoid the need for costly resettlements Promote accelerated settlements timelines Adjust to

By - Jon Brown

Avoided Cost Calculations Best Practices

Utilities must estimate avoided energy and capacity costs for a variety of reasons, including PURPA contracts, demand side management program design, and proposal evaluations.  Historic paradigms for determining avoided costs have consistently yielded values that have proven to be uneconomic. Low-cost renewables have substantially increased uncertainty in the avoided costs calculations.  Avoided cost analysis must now capture future states and

By - Jon Brown

Multi-Sector Resource Planning to Achieve Clean Energy Standards

The wide-scale adoption of renewable energy is the most complex modernization of the electricity grid in 100 years. De-carbonization of the electric sector requires the careful coordination of many new technologies, including renewables, storage, electrification, efficiency, and demand response. Now comes the hard part – making it all work! The evolution taking place in electric grids requires robust decision analytics,

By - Jon Brown

Best Practices in Revenue Forecasting for Electric Utilities

Revenue management is an ongoing process requiring careful planning and oversight.  Variables including growth, weather, cost adjustment mechanisms, technological changes such as electric vehicles, roof top solar, and operational changes can have a major impact on the effectiveness of revenues.  Without the right tools and policies, many utilities struggle to keep the utility financially healthy for effective long-term operations and funding capital improvement programs.  In the rapidly changing energy market, industry leaders are quickly learning how important efficient and

By - Jon Brown

The Utility of the Future – Transforming Utilities Through Innovation

The term Utility of the Future is not one that is new; but it is one that will be constant, as the industry has to constantly transform. The Utilities industry is being reshaped by forces that have been evolving and converging for more than a decade. From rising costs and changing load patterns, to innovative technologies, regulatory change, and the

By - Jon Brown

Leadership Conference for Women in Energy

Join the nation’s most successful women leaders in energy as they share their industry knowledge, strategies and experiences on how to accelerate positive organizational change and personal growth! You’ll participate in knowledge sharing and collaboration while building relationships and enhancing your professional network.  The goal of this event is to help professionals advance their careers in a traditionally male industry by

By - Jon Brown

The Cannabis Industry Energy Challenge

Cannabis is already a $10 billion industry and is becoming a global marketplace.  In the U.S., the paradigm of marijuana legalization is already having profound impacts and consequences on power operations and electricity consumption, and these impacts will only increase as the industry grows.  Many communities and governments that have legalized marijuana growth and consumption do not realize that the

By - Jon Brown

Oilwell Safety

Oil and gas employees have safety responsibilities and should be properly trained to help make sure they have the necessary knowledge and judgement skills to assist with rig and pipeline safety while performing other duties as determined by their employer. It is also important for oil and gas supervisors to stay current in the safety concepts which directly relate to

By - Jon Brown

Transmission Expansion in the Midwest 2019 Conference

As Midwestern utilities are continuing to adapt towards increased energy demand, transmission infrastructure is facing some difficult challenges. Aging power lines and old poles are often well over their intended service life, causing high risks for utility outages and inefficiencies in the transmission system. On top of this, new FERC order regulations, storm resiliency, cyber-attacks, line assessments, and the rise

By - Jon Brown

Fundamentals of Electrical Safety Hazards and Prevention

This course provides a review of the hazards that exist within an electrical system. The course will include discussion points on substations and overhead and underground electrical lines, as well as electrical hazards that exist in residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial environments. Electrical equipment and power lines may pose significant hazards to those in proximity to exposed electrical parts or

By - Jon Brown

Fundamentals of SCADA Systems for the Oil & Gas Industry

The Fundamentals of SCADA Systems for the Oil & Gas Industry course will explore the history and evolution of SCADA systems, including the differences in the SCADA types and how they have evolved. The course will examine SCADA hardware components and how they work together. Attendees of this course will gain a comprehensive understanding of how SCADA systems work for

By - Jon Brown

Securitization Financing

If this event is of interest you may also be interested in this related event Utility Measures to Meet Rising RPS & De-Carbonization Benchmarks, November 4-5, 2019 in Portland, OR This course will examine what the opportunities and challenges are in the “real world” for state legislators, regulators, consumer groups and utilities considering whether and how to coordinate and employ

By - Jon Brown

Utility Measures to Meet Rising RPS & De-Carbonization Benchmarks

If this event is of interest you may also be interested in this related event Securitization Financing, November 6-7, 2019 in Portland, OR State renewable portfolio standards (RPS) and clean energy standards (CES) — which require electric load-serving entities (LSEs) to assure that a minimum portion of their load is generated with eligible forms of renewable electricity — currently exist

By - Jon Brown

UAS for Electric Utilities

This conference gathers industry experts to discuss all the important topics relevant to UAS use for electric utilities. An FAA UAS expert will discuss rules and regulations pertaining to UAS and their implications to the utility industry, as well as the role of UAS in emergency response. Xcel Energy’s UAS Program Manager will provide new updates regarding their program, including

By - Jon Brown

Western Interconnect Imbalance Energy Market Pathways

  For the past half-decade or so, utilities, other load serving entities (LSE) and balancing areas in the Western Interconnect have been exploring options to improve their resilience, reliability and economic efficiency.  The drivers are several: Rising levels of variable and distributed energy resources on the grids and the difficulty of balancing variations in intermittent resource output Diminishing support for

By - Jon Brown

Introduction to Electric Utility Systems for Non-Engineers

This course has been developed for non-engineers working for electric utilities or involved in business relationships with electric utilities. The course provides a non-technical introduction to the fundamental concepts that form the basis for the design and operation of the integrated electric utility system. The fundamental concepts underlying legacy electric power systems and how the attributes of these systems affect

By - Jon Brown

Land Lease Agreements for Renewable Energy Projects

All renewable energy projects rely on leases, easements and similar land rights that create the relationship between landowners and the developer and operator of projects.  This course focuses on typical renewable energy lease provisions in significant detail.  From that focal point, we cover the leasing process and the various third parties who are also involved in the owner-developer leasing relationship:

By - Jon Brown

Best Practices in Public Engagement for Energy Projects

Energy infrastructure projects can be characterized by high perceived risk and low stakeholder trust.  A balance must be struck between the need for additional energy development and landowner priorities, environmental impact considerations and regulatory compliance. A comprehensive strategic public engagement process is a key tenet to the success of any energy project.  Whether it be electric or gas transmission, battery

By - Jon Brown

Safety in Battery Storage

If this event is of interest you may also be interested in these related events Advanced Battery Storage, October 23-24, 2019 in Denver, CO Utilities across the country are rapidly deploying energy storage technologies. Battery energy storage systems (BESS) can be used for a variety of applications, including frequency regulation, demand response, transmission and distribution infrastructure deferral, integration of renewable

By - Jon Brown

Non-Wire Alternatives

For utilities and other power system providers, when they considering grid replacements and upgrades it is increasingly important in their capital and infrastructure financial and operational analyses to evaluate “non-wire alternatives” (NWA).   These NWA are electricity grid investments and operating practices that employ non-traditional measures to defer, mitigate, or potentially eliminate the need for traditional utility transmission and distribution (T&D)

By - Jon Brown

Transmission Upgrades & Reconductoring Conference 2019

The challenges of aging infrastructure have continued for utilities, getting even worse in recent years, putting grid reliability at risk nationwide without major investments in upgrades and reconductoring technologies. Meanwhile, regulatory burdens for new transmission builds have not lightened, paired with the growing trend of corporate commitment to procure renewable energy and DERs. Because of these challenges, utilities have begun

By - Jon Brown

Energy Hedging Tools, Risk Management & Trading Strategies

Utilities, retail electricity providers and financial traders — along with business, institutional and other high-volume energy end-users — that transact and trade in electricity and natural gas markets, appreciate the significant effects caused by price volatility in these sectors on their financial statements and reported earnings.  To address and minimize their price risk exposure, these organizations typically invoke a variety

By - Jon Brown

Attracting & Retaining Oil & Gas Industry Talent

As Baby Boomers head into retirement, recruiting and retaining the newer workforce has become a critical component to the advancement of the oil and gas industry. However, key findings show that skilled labor shortages are intensifying and broadly affecting industries across the board. Additionally, while the younger generations bring with them new skills, technological expertise, and innovative mindsets, they also

By - Jon Brown

Utility Rate Design and the Influence of Emerging Technologies

Electric and natural gas utilities are undergoing sweeping changes as their industries transform. Advanced metering, distributed generation (including rooftop solar), home battery storage, smart(er) thermostats and more efficient appliances: all influence utility rate design. In some cases such as advanced metering and thermostats, the capabilities accommodate rates that were not previously feasible — for example, demand response tariffs that encourage

By - Jon Brown

Introduction to Regional Wholesale Electricity Markets – RTOs and ISOs

This course is designed to introduce basics of wholesale electricity markets operating in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The purpose is enhancing attendees’ understanding of types of wholesale electricity markets and the platforms that offer such markets. The focus will be on the functions of RTOs / ISOs and their role in providing platforms for real-time and day-ahead energy markets,

By - Jon Brown

2019 Improving Right of Way Processes for Electric Transmission Projects

Managing new and upgraded transmission projects in the public right of way (ROW) is an increasingly complex and challenging process.  Electric utilities and transmission developers must balance the competing interests of all stakeholders.  Special attention is required at every stage of the process to ensure that reliability and capacity objectives are met while also serving the best interests of landowners,

By - Jon Brown

Leadership Conference for Women in Oil & Gas – Canada

The goal of this event is to help professionals advance their careers in a traditionally male industry by providing insight into key  oil and gas trends and skills for personal and professional development.  Join Canada’s most successful women  oil and gas leaders as they share their industry knowledge, strategies and experiences on how to accelerate positive organizational change and personal

By - Jon Brown

Modernizing PURPA

PURPA, which was enacted in 1978, was originally intended to encourage alternative energy sources during a national energy crisis when oil producers halted deliveries to the U.S. thereby driving up prices. PURPA was intended to foster the development of independent generation via alternative energy sources, thereby reducing the U.S. dependence on foreign oil. In 2005, PURPA was amended under the

By - Jon Brown

TelePOWER 2019: Utility Telecommunication Infrastructure and Service Summit

TelePOWER 2019 is here to build a more connected future for utilities’ internal and external communication networks. This summit will seek to establish and enhance important business partnerships by producing ­a community of electric power utilities, telecom carriers, manufactures, and federal/local government agencies. Industry leaders and energy experts will guide attendees through best practices and trending topics such as: Advancing

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