Designing a Pilot Program for Utilities

Designing a Pilot Program for Utilities

March 12, 2024 | Online :: Central Time

Courtney did a great job explaining and engaging the group.  A full day virtual teaching is not easy.” – DesignLights Consortium

The Designing Pilot Programs for Utilities course will aid utility engineers and technical personnel in learning how to elevate their day-to-day operations, gain expertise to create and execute successful pilot programs, and harness emerging technologies to better their pilot program practices. Catered towards those who have an engineering, management, regulatory, or sustainability background, attendees will leave this course with concrete ideas on how to plan, implement, and evaluate successful programs in the utility sector.

Other course topics include:

  • Benefits and advantages of implementing a pilot program
  • Funding opportunities
  • Feasibility analysis
  • Data collection
  • Regulatory and legal considerations
  • Stakeholder identification 

The course will conclude with case studies and attendee Q&A, helping to illustrate how these methods become applicable to real-life situations. Upon completing the program, attendees should feel comfortable mastering the intricacies of designing and executing a successful pilot program.

Learning Outcomes  

  • Study how to design, plan, and execute successful utility pilot programs
  • Identify and define clear objectives, secure necessary resources, and effectively manage risks
  • Utilize key metrics to measure program success and make informed, data-driven decisions
  • Explore real world case studies for practical insights
  • Examine the scalability potential of successful utility pilot programs


Tuesday, March 12, 2024 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Course Timing


Understanding Utility Pilot Programs

  • Definition and scope
  • Benefits and advantages of implementing pilot programs
  • Types and applications

Identification & Scope

  • Identifying the need for a pilot
  • Feasibility analysis
  • Funding opportunities
  • Aligning pilot objectives with broader organizational goals and industry trends

Utility Program Design

  • Defining clear program objectives and goals
  • Data collection & evaluation
  • Resourcing and project management considerations
  • Identification of relevant grant or other funding opportunities
  • Assessing and managing risks
  • Navigating regulatory and legal considerations

Communication & Stakeholder Engagement

  • Identification of stakeholders
  • Engaging with customers, regulators, and other key stakeholders
  • Managing expectations and addressing concerns

Lessons Learned & Scaling Up

  • Recognizing the value of failure as a learning opportunity
  • Cultivating a culture of experimentation and innovation
  • Strategies for scaling successful pilot programs

Case Studies

  • Examine real-world examples
  • Analyze best practices and key takeaways


Courtney Kennedy, PE has spent over a decade in the utility industry leading teams and initiatives in the areas of strategy, operations analysis, and alternative energy. She spent just under 10 years at Omaha Public Power District, where she was a Performance & Process Engineer and eventually the Manager of the Alternative Energy Program.

She holds a deep expertise in alternative and emerging energy technologies and holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering & Spanish from Iowa State University, a Master of Business Administration from Creighton University, and a Professional Engineering license.

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a separate email with a unique link to a personalized landing page which will include links to join all sessions of this event.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all attendees for 7 days after the event


Designing a Pilot Program for Utilities

March 12, 2024 | Online
Individual attendee(s) - $ 895.00 each

Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 3,580.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 6,265.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 10,740.00 (40% discount)

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before February 09, 2024 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800




EUCI is accredited by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard. IACET is recognized internationally as a standard development organization and accrediting body that promotes quality of continuing education and training.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.7 CEUs for this event

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must log in and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint presentations, group discussions, and active participation.

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

Course CPE Credits: 8.0
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: 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. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its web site:


Who Should Attend

  • Utility managers and executives
  • Project managers
  • Utility engineers and technical personnel
  • Regulatory and compliance professionals
  • Sustainability and innovation managers

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