By - Jon Brown

Exploring the Practice of Deprecation

If this event is of interest you may also be interested in this related event Introduction to Utility Depreciation, February 27-28, 2019 in Chicago, IL This course guides utilities and energy personnel through the strategies necessary to achieve accurate and meaningful data to provide to consultants doing depreciation studies. The material that will be covered in the course will include,

By - Jon Brown

Introduction to Utility Depreciation

If this event is of interest you may also be interested in this related event Exploring the Practice of Deprecation, February 28-1, 2019 in Chicago, IL This course provides a foundation for understanding depreciation concepts, thinking through ratemaking implications, and making data collection choices that will impact the content and quality of the depreciation study.  This course is intended to

By - Jon Brown

Gas Insulated Substations

Faced with increasing demands for reliability, improved aesthetics and security, the adoption of gas insulated substations (GIS) by North American utilities is rapidly increasing. Companies also elect to use GIS because of the increased load and limited space present in the urban areas. Often, building new substations or increasing capacity is difficult because land is either not available or is

By - Jon Brown

Optimizing the Interconnection Process for Renewables & Storage

The process for interconnecting new energy generation to the electric grid — both large scale (LGIP) and small scale (SGIP) — has become increasingly complex.  Challenges remain to federal and state regulations and requirements; technical and regulatory issues facing owners of generation and transmission assets continue to evolve; and different motivations influencing the actors in the interconnection process often result

By - Jon Brown

2019 Hawai’i Power Summit

Hawaii is making impressive strides toward hitting its target of 100% renewable energy by 2045.  The state, its regulators, utilities and stakeholders are now well down the road towards tackling the commitment to several laudable, though formidable, power system goals: Achieving 100% renewable energy by 2045 Attaining 100% carbon-neutral status by 2045 Creating a flexible grid capable of accommodating and

By - Jon Brown

Distribution System Planning & Optimization

Optimizing distribution system assets are 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

2019 Best Practices In Public Outreach For Transmission Projects

Transmission infrastructure projects are often characterized by high perceived risk and low stakeholder trust.  A balance must be struck between the need for additional transmission development and landowner priorities, environmental impact considerations and regulatory compliance. A comprehensive strategic public participation process is a key tenet to the success of any transmission project.  All stakeholders must be engaged throughout the process,

By - Jon Brown

Underground Transmission 2019

Going underground with transmission has traditionally been a transmission owner’s last resort because the cost of underground transmission is many times the cost of overhead transmission and maintenance and repair has proved costly and difficult. However, advanced cable technologies are being developed, installation techniques have expanded in terms of options and efficiency while cost factors have improved giving transmission owners

By - Jon Brown

Digital Grid Innovation Conference

Power grids across the country are moving from old systems of centralized power generating entities to complex multi-directional grids that include millions of diverse power sources. Renewables, microgrids, and even electric vehicles all demand that utilities adopt new ways of operating.  This new reality of distributed generation brings challenges to utilities looking to provide reliable service on resilient grids. Fortunately,

By - Jon Brown

2019 National Utility Fleet Management Conference

Companies are facing the greatest operations challenges they have seen in years, forcing many to reevaluate their individual fleet strategies. In addition to this, utilities are pressured into navigating a host of safety regulations, budget restrictions, and system obstacles. With fragmented costs and inaccurate consumption metrics, maintaining a utility fleet can lead to a slew of inefficiencies and leaking funds.

By - Jon Brown

Utilities & Data Centers 2019: Partnering for Sustainable Success

As we kick-off the year and hurtle through 2019, emerging trends in technology and the desire for sustainability are shaping the future of the data center industry.  The explosive popularity of IoT devices, cloud storage and a focus on renewable energies have forced data centers to become adaptable and to create sustainable partnerships with utilities to provide the best locations

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 of legislating reliability and security. With the

By - Jon Brown

Wireless Pole Attachments Best Practices Conference

As technology advances and the demand for reliable, faster internet services increases, pole owners are faced with increasing pressure to allow wireless attachments on their poles. With the new FCC regulations, what can the electric utilities, carriers and government organizations except for the future of wireless pole attachments? Wading through the waters of joint use and pole attachment agreements can

By - Jon Brown

Leadership Conference for Women in Oil & Gas

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

By - Jon Brown

Utility Scale PV Plant Asset Optimization

In the utility-scale solar industry, asset owners and managers are paying increasing attention to life-cycle obsolescence, component replacement and re-powering issues.  This asset optimization perspective starts with the replacement of modules, inverters, racking/tracking installations and related balance-of-system (BoS) components in already-operating plants, of course.  Now that these solar power plant assets are also actively in an acquisition and disposition mode

By - Jon Brown

Managing Emergencies – Fundamentals for Energy Professionals

If this event is of interest you may also be interested in this related event Western Utility Emergency Planning, December 13, 2018 in Garden Grove, CA This is an introductory course to guide energy personnel through the fundamentals necessary to respond to any emergency or business continuity situation and allow them to rapidly deploy a meaningful structure to respond to

By - Jon Brown

Western Utility Emergency Planning

If this event is of interest you may also be interested in this related event Managing Emergencies – Fundamentals for Energy Professionals, December 12, 2018 in Garden Grove, CA Utilities in the Western United States face unique challenges in their emergency preparedness planning.  Expansive service territories, diverse terrain and seismic conditions, require additional preparation steps not seen by their peer

By - Jon Brown

Southwest Energy Storage

As the sunniest region in the United States, the Southwest is leading the nation in solar power deployment. The only drawback grid operators must manage is that solar is a variable resource meaning its output can’t be controlled to fully match customer demand. As utilities, businesses, and individuals switch to cleaner and lower cost renewable energy in droves, the region

By - Jon Brown

Non-Wire Alternatives

For utilities and other power system providers, when 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) investments. 

By - Jon Brown

The Evolution of Power Markets and Changing Technologies

The electric energy world is in the midst of dramatic and disruptive change at many levels. The convergence of technologies has never been as rapid, or as important as it is today, and the energy industry is undergoing a period of extremely fast-paced evolution that was not visible to most participants even five years ago. This highly-interactive seminar is designed

By - Jon Brown

Evolution of Distribution Feeder Network Analysis and Automation

If this event is of interest you may also be interested in this related event SCADA 101: Fundamentals with a Focus on Energy Management System (EMS), December 10-11, 2018 in Denver, CO While advanced transmission network analysis (aka energy management systems) steadily advanced from the 1970s through the 1990s, distribution management systems never enjoyed the same attention, or funding, so

By - Jon Brown

SCADA 101: Fundamentals with a Focus on Energy Management System (EMS)

If this event is of interest you may also be interested in this related event Evolution of Distribution Feeder Network Analysis and Automation, December 12, 2018 in Denver, CO Learn the fundamentals of SCADA systems with focus on Energy Management systems (EMS). SCADA systems are generally used to monitor and control equipment in industries such as telecommunications, water and waste

By - Jon Brown

Fundamentals of Overhead Distribution Systems

This course will introduce and provide non-technical people with the basics of the overhead distribution system and all the general components that make up the system. Issues that are involved in the design, construction, operation, reliability, protection and maintenance of overhead distribution, as well as safety awareness will be discussed.  It will allow people who are not distribution engineers to

By - Jon Brown

Crisis Communications Summit

The evolution of IoT is ushering in a new era of exciting advancement and serious challenges to the energy sector. With the elevated number of customers, companies, and stakeholders signing themselves onto the smart grid, utilities face an equally growing amount of responsibility…and risk. According to a publication by PwC, about 1.5 million cyber-attacks occur each year, averaging out to

By - Jon Brown

Energy Markets’ Software Acquisition & Implementation

As the energy and commodity markets mushroom in their sophistication, software solutions become increasingly critical to an energy company’s operating success.  Tightening margins require technical solutions that can lower market cost, reduce risk and increase profitability.  Systems and applications must evolve to meet the ever-increasing demands of users and markets. Most legacy systems — including many longstanding market leaders —

By - Jon Brown

An 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

Transmission Expansion in the Midwest

At this unique forum, you will hear top executives from the area’s RTOs, utilities, transmission developers, and state regulatory agencies discuss and debate the most critical issues surrounding transmission expansion in the Midwest region. You will have the opportunity to brainstorm with these thought leaders on how to address complex planning, siting, and market structure issues while balancing reliability, policy

By - Jon Brown

Reciprocating Engines and The Value of Flexibility

The utility industry is undergoing a permanent change. Renewables have continued to become more and more competitive and are steering the power industry towards a cleaner more sustainable future. As a result, utilities are installing large amounts of solar and wind generation. Power systems that contain slow, inflexible, large generating assets are not prepared for such large amounts of renewable

By - Jon Brown

Fundamentals of Cost of Service and Rate Design for Water Utilities

Water utilities are facing constant pressure to replace aging infrastructure and meet increased regulatory demands, while meeting enhanced levels of service at a reasonable cost.  Cost of service and rate design studies are necessary to assist a water utility in setting rates that are fair and equitable to its customers.  These studies also support the water utility’s mission. This introductory

By - Jon Brown

Electric Utility Pricing – Trends in Cost Recovery

This two-day course will introduce rate design concepts to participants. The course will build upon information discussed and developed in the Introduction to Cost-of-Service Concepts and Techniques for Electric Utilities course. Each participant will work through sample rate design exercises during the course. Training materials will be provided.   Learning Outcomes Include: Discuss pricing interface and implications of risk Examine

By - Jon Brown

Electric Cost-of-Service – Essential Concepts for a Changing Industry

This two-day course will lead participants through the cost-of-service process from start to finish in detail. We will discuss and compare differences among investor-owned utilities, municipal utilities, and electric cooperatives in cost-of-service principles and techniques. Both traditional and unbundled cost-of-service analytical techniques will be discussed. Each participant will complete a sample cost-of-service analysis during the course. Training materials will be

By - Jon Brown

Introduction to the Natural Gas Sector

The course will present an overview of the natural gas industry and seeks to provide insight into the industry’s business perspective. Attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of the activities of the natural gas value chain, the participants involved and the economic and commercial foundations of the industry. Attendees will discuss from the basic concepts of natural gas, the way

By - Jon Brown

Best Practices for Wood Pole Strength and Loading

When it comes to wood utility pole strength and loading, the experts say, “know the code!”, the National Electric Safety Code or California’s General Order 95 that is. In the everchanging world of electric utility and telecommunication companies, knowing the codes, regulations, and best practices, is vital to not only keeping the power on, but to ensure the safety of

By - Jon Brown

Best Operating Practices for Merchant & BA Groups in Western EIM Market

The purpose for this EUCI course is to review the lessons learned from operating your portfolio (resources, loads, bilateral transactions) in the Western Energy-Imbalance market (EIM), review the bid-to-bill workflow for EIM merchant groups and BAs, and formulate best practices for bid to bill, portfolio optimization, outage management, fuel management, energy accounting, BA operations, and transmission billing to maximize benefits

By - Jon Brown

The CIS/CRM Evolution: Transforming Your Customer Platform & Experience

There continues to be significant changes that affect the way utilities interact with their customers. New regulation related to distributed generation, real-time pricing and net metering along with advancements in mobile technology have changed the utility to consumer relationship. Most utility customer information systems (CIS) were purpose-built, isolated billing solutions, unable to accommodate the growing demand for multi-channel customer service

By - Danielle Duignan

Electric 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

The Blockchain Technology Revolution: Implications for the Energy Sector

Blockchain is the foundational technology that enables the now famous ‘bitcoin’ to function.  But, the technology has much greater applications than just cryptocurrency, with many experts believing it will be revolutionary for the energy sector. This conference will dive into the business use cases of blockchain technology within the energy industry, cutting through the hype to focus on realistic applications

By - Jon Brown

Electric Utility Systems 101

There is a paradigm shift occurring in the power industry brought about in part by advances in technology and, to a greater extent by the shift towards greener solutions to lessen the impact on our environment. This seminar is intended to provide non-power engineers with a basic understanding of how power systems are planned, designed and operated. The goal is

By - Jon Brown

Fuel Cells for Electric Utilities

Fuel cells are positioned to become a major component of the electric utilities sector’s generation mix because of the reduced emissions, storage opportunities and reliability potential. The Fuel Cells for Electric Utilities Course will overview baseload fuel cells, alternative uses for fuel cells and show how fuel cells are impacting the electric utilities industry. Instructors will review how the ITC

By - Jon Brown

Hedge Optimization: Balancing Strategy with Proper Accounting

Companies involved in oil and gas and electricity markets should appreciate the significant effects that price volatility in these sectors can have on reported earnings.  And given the availability of derivative tools relating to these prices, the choice is clear:  Either operate in a disciplined, business-like fashion by taking the required actions to understand these risks relating to these prices

By - Jon Brown

Fundamentals of Transmission Structure Design

The increase in demand for electric power has prompted the upgrading and building of new electrical transmission lines across North America. The demand for experienced line designers and structural engineers is ever increasing. This combined with aging and retiring experienced transmission structural engineers has made it vital for young and incoming structural engineers to become more familiar with the fundamental

By - Jon Brown

2018 Electric Vehicle-Utility Industry Nexus: Charging Forward

The 3rd Annual Electric Vehicle-Utility Industry Nexus conference addresses critical considerations, opportunities and challenges regarding electric vehicles from the utility perspective. The event will include case studies from PG&E, Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric, Duke Energy, Portland  General Electric, and Burbank Water & Power. Experts will describe policies and regulations related to electric vehicles and their implications

By - Jon Brown

Utility Vegetation Management Best Practices

Many items impact the reliability of a utility system and vegetation is typically one of the largest.  Our industry often discusses best management practices, new technologies and tools available to improve our vegetation management programs, but we rarely are able to get together in the same room to discuss solutions.  This program is going to focus on sharing solutions that

By - Jon Brown

Transmission Upgrades and Reconductoring Technologies Conference

The problem of aging infrastructure has only become 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 looking into alternatives

By - Jon Brown

2018 Streetlights Stakeholder Symposium

In recent years, LED streetlight and controls have become advantageous for smart city and energy efficiency initiatives. Implementation of connected streetlights is also viewed as an emerging application in utility and city council executives’ agenda for long-term revenue generation. However, street lighting is typically one of the largest utility bills that municipalities pay. Many have heard of the savings associated

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