Understanding Electric Utilities

Understanding Electric Utilities

February 10-11, 2020 | Denver, CO

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 markets, bulk power dispatch, outage response, and storm restoration. The business perspective covers ownership structure, investor expectations, budgeting, and business transformation/utilities of the future. The regulatory perspective covers state regulation, federal regulation, and general rate cases.  

The course is designed so that anyone who is not familiar with utilities and electric power systems can benefit from the content. The course material will be a useful resource for future reference. The program is designed to stimulate dialog between the attendees and the instructor. A prior background in electric power systems or engineering is not required.  

Learning Outcomes 

  • Discuss the basics of voltage, current, power, and energy  
  • Identify and explain the equipment and terminology associated with generation, transmission, distribution, and customer services  
  • Explain the history of the utility industry, what has changed, why it matters, and where it is going  
  • Discuss major regulatory events and why they matter to the industry  
  • Describe the different ownership structures and business models  
  • Explain the basics of daily utility operations  
  • Discuss the general rate case process, revenue requirements, and return on rate base  
  • Examine the challenges and opportunities for utilities in the future  



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.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program 

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course.

Instructional Methods 

Power Point presentations and open discussion will be used. 


Monday, February 10, 2020

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

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. :: Introduction  

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. :: History of Industry  

  • Electrification and Growth 
  • Energy Crisis 
  • Today 

9:30 – 10:00 a.m. :: Electricity Terms  

  • Power & Energy 
  • Three Phase Power 
  • Real and Reactive Power 

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. :: Morning Break 

10:15 – 11:00 a.m. :: Generation  

  • Traditional Generation 
  • Renewable Generation 
  • Energy Markets 

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Transmission  

  • Overhead Transmission 
  • Underground Transmission 
  • Regional Transmission Planning 

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon  

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. :: Substations  

  • Substation Layout 
  • Substation Equipment 
  • Protection & Automation 

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. :: Distribution  

  • Overhead Primary 
  • Underground Primary 
  • Underground Residential 

3:00 – 3:15 p.m. :: Afternoon Break  

3:15 – 4:00 p.m. :: Service & Metering  

  • Secondary and Service Drops 
  • Secondary Networks 
  • Customer Metering 

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. :: Standard of Care  

  • Safety 
  • Bulk Power Reliability 
  • Distribution Reliability 

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

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

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. :: Ownership Structure  

  • Investor Owned 
  • Customer Owned 
  • Government Owned 

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. :: Rate Cases  

  • Revenue Requirement 
  • Rate Base 
  • Rate Design 

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. :: Morning Break  

10:15 – 11:15 a.m. :: Utility Operations  

  • Generation Dispatch 
  • Outage Response 
  • Storm Restoration 

11:15 – 11:45 a.m. :: Utility of the Future  

  • Smart Grid 
  • Data Analytics 
  • New Business Models 

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Course Review


Richard Brown, Director of the Engineering Management Consulting Practice, Exponent 

Richard E. Brown is Director of the Engineering Management Consulting Practice at Exponent. He has been on the leadership team for three successful startup organizations, has published more than 90 technical papers related to asset management and performance management, is author of the books Business Essentials for Utility Engineers and Electric Power Distribution Reliability, and is a registered professional engineer. He is also an IEEE Fellow. Richard earned his BSEE, MSEE, and PhD from the University of Washington in Seattle and his MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


EUCI Conference Center

6400 S Fiddlers Green Cir.

Greenwood Village CO, 80111

The EUCI conference center is conveniently located adjacent to the Arapahoe at Village Center Light Rail Station, allowing easy access to and from DIA, Downtown, and Local Area Attractions.

Nearby Hotels

Each of these hotels offers a complimentary shuttle to and from the EUCI conference center.

Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center
7800 East Tufts Ave
Denver, CO 80237
Phone: 1-303-779-1234
2.8 miles away
Special EUCI Room Rate: $179.00
To access EUCI room rate visit denvertechcenter.regency.hyatt.com
Click “Book Now”, then click “Special Rates”
Click “Corporate or Group Code” and enter CR102338
You may also call our central reservation at 1-800-233-1234 and give them the corporate code of CR102338

Springhill Suites DTC
7900 East Peakview Ave
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Phone: 303-721-3321
0.3 miles away

Wingate by Wyndham
8000 East Peakview Ave
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Phone: 303-626-2641
0.3 miles away

Hyatt Place Denver Tech Center
8300 E.Crescent Parkway
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Phone: 1-303-804-7000
2.1 miles away

Denver Marriott Tech Center
4900 S Syracuse St
Denver, CO 80237
Phone: 303-779-1100
3.1 miles away


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