An Introduction to Electric Utility Systems
February 27-28, 2018
Houston, TX

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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 their operation in today’s evolving market structure are addressed without reference to rigorous engineering techniques or mathematical analysis.

Challenges facing companies in today’s changing regulatory and operational environment are also discussed. The course is structured for active participation by attendees, who will have ample opportunity to ask questions and discuss issues of particular interest to them. Extensive course notes are provided to everyone attending the course.

Learning Objectives:

This class provides non-engineers a strong layman’s review of the fundamental concepts underlying the design, economics, and operation of electric power systems, as well as contemporary issues facing the designers, operators, and managers of modern electric power systems. The course takes participants on a virtual tour of all functional areas of the power system where they will be able to recognize equipment and facilities in the field and identify their purpose and functioning.

Individuals who attend this course develop a “gut feel” for why electric utility systems are built and operated the way that they are. After completing the course, they should feel comfortable speaking with engineers from their company or the utility that they are dealing with, and they should know enough to ask follow-up questions to clarify their understanding of the issues that are being discussed. Topics to be covered include:

  • The components of all functional areas of electric utility systems
  • The drivers of system design and operation
  • Key power systems definitions and terminology
  • The effects of industry and corporate changes on power systems design and operations, including
    • Alternative energy resources
    • New concepts in system architecture such as the smart grid
    • Emphasis on reliability and power quality
  • Industry standards-related issues
  • Challenges created by the evolving regulatory/market environment



EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event.

Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Course CPE Credits: 12.0
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Delivery Methood: Group-Live
Advanced Preperation: None

CpeEUCI is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit.

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint presentations will be used in this course.


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

Introduction to Power Systems

  • Power System Overview and Electricity Basics
  • End-Use Loads and Load Characteristics

The Distribution System

  • Services and Secondary Lines
  • Line Transformers
  • Primary Line Equipment and Facilities
  • System Protection


  • Power Transformers
  • Substation Equipment and Facilities

The Transmission System

  • Alternating Current Transmission
  • Direct Current Transmission
  • Transmission Structures

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

Electricity Metering

  • Watt-Hour and Demand Metering
  • Metering High Voltages and Currents
  • Meter Reading Methods
  • Special Metering Applications

Electrical Losses

  • Line and Transformer Losses
  • Power Flow Model
  • System Demand and Energy Losses

Power Generation

  • Fossil-Fired and Nuclear Thermal Plants
  • Hydroelectric Plants
  • Renewable Energy Resources

Other Power System Topics

  • System Operations
  • System Expansion
  • System Restoration
  • FERC and Regulatory Agencies
  • NERC and Regional Reliability Authorities


Lawrence (Larry) J. Vogt, Vogtage Engineering Corporation

Mr. Vogt has 44 years of experience in engineering, industrial marketing, demand-side management, and rates and regulations in the electrical utility industry.  He has a comprehensive knowledge of power system planning, design, and operations, as well as forecasting, cost-of-service analysis, and electricity pricing methodologies.  Mr. Vogt has served in various engineering and managerial positions at ABB Power T&D Company, Louisville Gas & Electric Company, Mississippi Power Company, Public Service Indiana (now known as Duke Energy – Indiana), and Southern Company Services.  He is a member of AEE, IEEE, and NSPE, and he is a registered Professional Engineer in several states.  Mr. Vogt has served as an expert witness in several regulatory proceedings.  He has Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degrees in the field of electrical engineering from the University of Louisville.  Mr. Vogt is the author of several technical papers and the textbooks:  Electricity Pricing:  Engineering Principles and Methodologies, CRC Press, 2009 and Electrical Energy Management, Lexington Books, 1977.  He is also a chapter author in the 3rd Edition of the Power Systems volume of The Electric Power Engineering Handbook, CRC Press, 2012.  He has conducted numerous courses and webinars for the Electric League of Indiana, Inc., the Edison Electric Institute, EUCI, and the University of South Alabama.  In addition, Mr. Vogt has served as an Adjunct Professor in Penn State University’s International Power Engineering Program.  


Royal Sonesta Houston
2222 West Loop S
Houston, TX 77027

To reserve your room, please call 1-855-463-3091
Please use Group Code 0220EUCI to receive the group rate.

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Room Rate:

The room rate is $169.00 single or double plus applicable taxes.

Room Block Dates:

A room block has been reserved for the nights of February 26 – 27, 2018.

Rate Available Until:

Make your reservations prior to February 13, 2018. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.


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