By - Jon Brown

Renewable Energy Appraisals and Cost Segregation

Appraisals may be one of the least understood elements of renewable energy project development transactions.  Project developers, investors and sponsors, lenders and other parties essential to these deals pin most of their proprietary decisions on this critical valuation component.  Therefore, for each of these transaction counterparties, a lucid understanding of appraisal methods, analysis and value derivation is essential for optimizing

By - Jon Brown

Introduction to Drones & UAS for Utilities

This program is designed to provide utilities who are exploring the potential for utilizing Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) with a solid foundation about the capabilities and limitations of the technology.  The workshop will also provide you with the tools to adapt current processes to leverage this rapidly developing technology as well as identify when drones present a real opportunity for

By - Jon Brown

Environmental Law & Litigation 101 for Electric Utilities

This one-day course will offer a wide perspective on nine different environmental legal areas of interest for electric utilities. These topic areas affect a wide range of disciplines and personnel within a utility and will be a satisfying overview of up-to-date changes and status of rules affecting each topic area. The areas discussed as part of this course are: the

By - Jon Brown

Switching Gears on Renewables and DER Grid Integration – Now How to Scale?

The era of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) pilot projects is over. Renewables and DERs are now growing at such a rapid pace that utilities need to be thinking ahead of this transition. The traditional power system engineering paradigm is turned upside-down: causing us to rethink the relationship of transmission and distribution and the frequency by which load is managed. The

By - Jon Brown

Canna Business 101

The cannabis industry is bringing huge opportunities. According to a 2020 report from Grand View Research, the global legal marijuana market size is expected to reach 73.6 billion by 2027. However, in order to take advantage of these sizeable opportunities, stakeholders must navigate a challenging and ever-evolving regulatory structure.   Cannabis industry players must consider the realities of implementation: land

By - Jon Brown

Public Power Utilities (Munis) & Electric Cooperatives (Coops) Grid Transformation Strategies

Public power utilities and cooperatives confront most of the same challenges as investor owned utilities (IOUs), when it comes to: Navigating the shift away from carbon-intensive energy sources to renewables Staying abreast of the evolution in consumer preferences towards limiting the environmental impact of fossil fuels Raising capital for the billions of dollars of new infrastructure investment needed in the

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Emergency Planning & Storm Response 101

As the frequency and severity of storms has impacted Utility Budgets as never before, plus, now with the COVID-19, Emergency Planners are under incredible pressure to gain SAIDI & SAIFI numbers rarely obtained consistently before.   “Tropical Storm Cristobal became the earliest occurrence of a third named system in the Atlantic basin during any hurricane season in recorded history,” said AccuWeather

By - Jon Brown

Utility Planning for EVs on the Grid

The EV industry is growing at an astounding pace, as overall affordability for EVs allows for more consumers to purchase EVs than ever before.  Major automobile manufacturers increasingly develop new electric cars, with new product offerings now extending into the medium and heavy-duty vehicle market.  Furthermore, across the country policy makers are mandating ambitious transportation electrification goals, and in an

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Basics of the Electric Power Grid – Reliability, Resiliency and Business Concepts for Beginners

By attending EUCI’s new Basics of Electric Power Grid – Reliability, Resiliency and Business Concepts for Beginners course, attendees will take a technical dive into the types of utilities and how they are organized, regulated, and financed.  The instructor will dissect the types of generation resources, substations, transmission, distribution, and utilization along with the essential reliability and resiliency aspects of

By - Jon Brown

Understanding the FERC Natural Gas Rate Case Process and Rate Filing

This one-day course explores the FERC natural gas rate case process from pre-filing through a Commission Final Order.  FERC rules and regulations govern the establishment of maximum and minimum rates jurisdictional interstate pipelines and storage facilities can charge for their services.  This course will provide attendees with insight into the FERC natural gas rate making world by providing them with

By - Jon Brown

Plant Closure Fundamentals

This course will provide owners with an overview of steps to take in the plant closure process by sharing vital information and lessons that have been acquired by the experts involved. The process is a complicated one consisting of multiple specialties across the generation field. The knowledgeable instructors each brings with them years of experience in their field giving the

By - Jon Brown

Providing Customer Service During a Global Pandemic

The Coronavirus has changed the way the world does business, and the customer service departments in the utility industry have felt the impact. With mandatory disconnect moratoriums, record unemployment, and social distancing requirements, utilities are deemed an essential service and must find new ways to interact with customers. Some have enacted social distancing in their contact centers, some have moved

By - Jon Brown

Wholesale Electricity Market Price Forecasting

Over the past two-plus decades, wholesale electricity markets for generation and transmission (G&T) services have transformed the power landscape. These unbundled wholesale markets serve as the short- and long-term cost references for measuring and assessing the broader value and worth of these power resources in most regions across North America. Now, most electric utilities, distribution, generation and transmission entities are

By - Jon Brown

Electric Distribution Circuit Design with NESC

If this event is of interest you may also be interested in this related event Electric Distribution Line Extension Policy and Fundamentals, July 30, 2020 | Online The objective for this course is to expose attendees to the process of designing and dealing with issues associated with distribution circuit construction, both overhead and underground. The curriculum references applicable National Electric

By - Jon Brown

Electric Distribution Line Extension Policy and Fundamentals

If this event is of interest you may also be interested in this related event Electric Distribution Circuit Design with NESC, July 27-29, 2020 | Online The objective for this course is to expose attendees to the process of developing and administrating an effective line extension policy for both commercial and residential clients. The course will share several models and

By - Jon Brown

Best Practices in Optimizing the Renewable Energy RFO/RFP Competitive Procurement Process

Utilities and other buyers of bulk renewable energy face an increasingly complex, competitive terrain when procuring new types of resources to meet clean energy and RPS requirements.  The new landscape has sprouted a market with hundreds of new procurement entrants, meaning a single request for proposal (RFP/RFO) may receive hundreds of responses with varying configurations and price offers. These competing,

By - Jon Brown

Capacity Markets: Design Fundamentals & Critical Elements

This course will provide an in-depth overview of the fundamentals of capacity market design. In particular, it will discuss the capacity market frameworks in use in the U.S., key ongoing debates surrounding the integration of capacity market designs with state zero-emission public policy initiatives, review the experience with capacity markets to date, and compare them to experience with current scarcity

By - Jon Brown

FERC Hydropower Compliance

If this event is of interest you may also be interested in these related events Hydropower 101, July 20, 2020  Introduction to FERC Hydropower, July 22, 2020 FERC Hydropower Licensing, July 27, 2020 This course will present a detailed overview of compliance and administration required at 1,000 active hydropower licenses and more than 600 projects that are exempted from licensing

By - Jon Brown

Offshore Wind: Permitting and Processes

As the offshore wind market gains traction, project developers must navigate the environmental review and permitting process, focusing on laws such as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), but they must also manage the various stakeholder issues that can affect the trajectory of a project. Developers and project managers must meet the various legalities, while

By - Jon Brown

Optimizing Distribution-Level Interconnections

The distribution grid is becoming an increasingly complex energy ecosystem, as solar, battery storage, and other DERs move into mainstream use.  The energy industry is still learning how these new technologies will impact the grid, with consideration given to the different sizes, capabilities, and forms (i.e. “hybrid” solar + storage) these projects are being proposed and developed.  This has made

By - Jon Brown

Pipeline Safety Regulations

The pipeline industry is under heightened scrutiny by regulators, the media and the public. The NTSB highlighted aging pipelines as a concern in its 2019-2020 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements. Likewise, Congress has ongoing interest in the safety of older transmission pipelines and in the replacement of leaky and deteriorating cast iron pipe in natural gas distribution systems. 

By - Jon Brown

Marginal Cost of Electricity Services

Marginal generation capacity costs have been set according to the least-cost means by which capacity can be provided. The $/kW-year costs associated with simple cycle CT capacity, however determined, has served as the benchmark methodology for some time. As a practical matter, recent developments challenge this well-anchored approach. First, lower levels of expected inflation and ongoing cost efficiencies introduce institutional

By - Jon Brown

Pandemic Response – Lessons Learned and Adjusting to a New Normal

As the world moves through this historic Coronavirus 2019 (“COVID-19”), the energy community continues to fight operations, security, and grid challenges to maintain reliability. By now, many organizations across industry have had a chance to analyze the scope of this pandemic and begin implementing a strategic response. However, the important question that still remains is “what next?” As we move

By - Jon Brown

Impact of 5G Deployments on Utility Infrastructure

Wireless telecommunications networks interconnect the nation’s electronics, machinery and systems, fuel national economic growth, and allow millions of people to communicate daily. To enable the high speed, low latency broadband services needed for today’s wireless networks, telecommunications carriers are deploying the fifth generation (5G) of wireless services. This 5G network is expected to provide technological and economic benefits to consumers,

By - Jon Brown

2020 Fleet Management for Executives

Relative to the overall cost of operating a utility company, the cost of owning and operating a utility company fleet is small and seemingly inconsequential. As a result, much of utility fleet management, including its vehicles and equipment, suffer from administrative neglect. And yet, utilities cannot function without their fleets; line crews regularly attest to the fact that their most

By - Jon Brown

Hosting Capacity Analysis (HCA)

“Hosting Capacity Analysis” (HCA) is an analytical tool that helps utilities, regulators and developers evaluate the best locations for distributed energy resources (DERs) to be added to the grid and determine their grid impacts, and what they are worth at each location.  HCA can be used as an interconnection screen and to steer optimal development of DERs on the distribution

By - Jon Brown

ADMS 101 – Advanced Distribution Management Systems

Arguably, grid modernization has had more impact on the electric distribution system than on any other portion of the power grid. Electric distribution utilities have been migrating mostly manual, paper-driven business processes to electronic, computer assisted decision making with a much higher level of automation than before. Visibility of the growing penetration of distributed energy resources (DERs) and their impact

By - Jon Brown

Renewable Energy M&A in the Evolving Marketplace

Analysts had predicted that the renewable energy market would be in overdrive in 2020.  Experts anticipated increased demand for tax equity this year and, in response to that expectation, many sponsors came to the market early in mid- to late 2019 with 2020 projects. The industry is still working toward finalizing those transactions. The reality is there are a lot

By - Jon Brown

Project Management for Power Generation Professionals

Modeled specifically for the power generation industry, this course will give the participant a strong overview of project management fundamentals and how to apply them to real world projects. The content is in compliance with the PMBOK© (Project Management Body of Knowledge) as published by PMI (Project Management Institute). The participant will learn how to determine project scope, develop a

By - Jon Brown

Distributed Energy Resources (DERs)

Across the country, utilities are increasingly “inheriting” and hosting larger numbers of grid-interactive, ‘smart’ distributed energy resources (DERs).  These DERs range from electric vehicle chargers to controllable air conditioners to water heaters – often aggregated and remotely controlled to create a dispatchable resource.  To utilities and grid operators, DERs have often been seen as nuisances to system awareness, security and

By - Jon Brown

Applied Enterprise Architecture (EA)

Enterprise Architecture (EA) is increasingly being used in businesses across a variety of industry sectors as a key tool to proactively understand, and respond to, emerging trends and disruption impacting all levels of business.  By understanding the social, financial, and technical elements of an organization – and how they relate to each other in their environment – EA provides a

By - Jon Brown

Project Schedule Management

If this event is of interest you may also be interested in this related event Project Cost Management , June 12, 2020  This webinar will give the participant an overview of project scheduling. To develop a definitive schedule, one must first determine the scope of the project. This requires discussions with key stakeholders, suppliers, end users, and clients. Further, maintaining

By - Jon Brown

Project Cost Management

If this event is of interest you may also be interested in this related event Project Schedule Management, June 12, 2020 This webinar will give the participant a strong overview of project costs and budgeting. To develop a definitive project budget, one must first determine the scope of the project. This requires discussions with key stakeholders, supplier quotes, expenses, and

By - Jon Brown

Mapping Robust Business Performance (Post-Pandemic) Using Scenario Planning

Are you finding that the COVID-19 pandemic is creating unprecedented uncertainty for you, your organization and your industry or sector and supply chain?  Are you wondering what the new normal might look like and what it might mean for your organization?  Are you looking to invest or reinvest in proven tools and methods for tackling complexity? In a crisis, survival

By - Jon Brown

Improving Human Performance on the Grid

As new technologies integrate into the energy industry, human resilience is challenged by the complexity of adapting while maintaining legacy assets. This transition presents opportunities and challenges to the workforce. Proven Human Performance strategies and techniques, combined with augmented reality and other emerging technologies, can now be provided to a worker to make him safer and more resilient in today’s

By - Jon Brown

Long Duration Energy Storage: The Economic Case and the Technologies

Interest in long duration energy storage is rising rapidly as the growth of variable output renewables continues and issues with grid stability & efficiency become more tangible for grid operators. Long duration energy storage is expected to be increasingly necessary for an electricity system to transition from a primary reliance on conventional fossil fuel generation to a grid dominated by

By - Jon Brown

Extending the Retail Portfolio: Fixed Billing for Mass Market Customers

Retail rate designers have been experimenting with broadening choices for residential and small commercial customers. Not only are they offering time-of-use pricing, sometimes with short-notice critical price updates, but also at the other end of the pricing spectrum with fixed billing.  Fixed billing offers customers a lump-sum bill that is fixed for the contract period, usually a year, based on

By - Jon Brown

Energy Storage Contracts

If this event is of interest you may also be interested in this related event Maximizing the Value Propositions of (Hybrid) Renewable and Energy Storage Projects, May 27, 2020 In the electric system, energy storage is a technology like no other because of the multiple, essential functions it can perform as a generation resource, as load, and as transmission or

By - Jon Brown

Maximizing the Value Propositions of (Hybrid) Renewable and Energy Storage Projects

If this event is of interest you may also be interested in this related event Energy Storage Contracts, May 28, 2020  The practice of combining energy storage with wind and solar projects is increasingly the norm.  For investors and grid operators on utility-scale projects, the grid stability features and market pricing optionality provided by storage to their variable and intermittent

By - Jon Brown

Virtual Engagement Tools for Transmission Projects

Utilities, agencies and organizations across the world have been flexing quickly to modify their engagement efforts amidst the current COVID-19 situation. As with this current situation and possible future scenarios, business must go on, and to help appropriately adapt, utilities need to be flexing their virtual engagement tools and techniques to accommodate project schedules. This webinar is aimed at providing

By - Jon Brown

Asset Management for Water Utilities

This introductory course to Asset management takes the participants on a visually engaging journey through the broad landscape of asset management concepts. A series of interactive exercises will demonstrate how the concepts are applied into practice in a way that will help Water and Wastewater Utilities design strategies to realize value from their assets. Using industry best practices, participants will

By - Jon Brown

Utility Tax Accounting

This is an Online Course. In lieu of recent developments with COVID-19, for the health and safety of our speakers and attendees, we have decided to move many of our events to Online Courses. As the Power & Utility industry continues its rapid transformation to the utility industries of the future, it is important to stay abreast of the tax

By - Jon Brown

DER Management Systems (DERMS) Decision Making to Manage Increasing Distributed Energy Resources

Distributed Energy Resources (DER) are impacting electric utilities, transmission operators, regulatory agencies and society at large.  As utilities seek to gain greater visibility and control of DER in their territory, the need for advanced processes, planning and technology is required. This has spurred the emergence of DER management initiatives, which is a combination of new operational processes, organizational change, upgrades

By - Jon Brown

Overview of Transmission Splicing and Maintenance of the Underground Transmission System

This is an Online Course. In lieu of recent developments with COVID-19, for the health and safety of our speakers and attendees, we have decided to move many of our events to Online Courses. If this event is of interest you may also be interested in this related event Underground Transmission Fundamentals, July 21-22, 2020 | Online Underground transmission is

By - Jon Brown

Conscious Inclusion: The Leadership Competency of the Future

If this event is of interest you may also be interested in this related event How to Be a Sponsor of Diverse Teams, May 6, 2020 Unconscious bias is a popular term in conjunction with diversity and inclusion. These biases, the social stereotypes about certain groups of people that we form without explicitly realizing, impacts all of us. Unconscious bias

By - Jon Brown

Crisis Communications II: Planning, Preparedness and Mitigation

If this event is of interest you may also be interested in these related events Crisis Leadership: Strategic Decision-Making and Data Analysis, May 26, 2020 | Online Crisis Communications I: Leading Strategically During Uncertainty, May 27, 2020 | Online How your organization communicates during a crisis can largely determine your outcome. Companies must be prepared to communicate with the public,

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