Electric Utility Systems 101 – Mexico
May 22-23, 2017
Mexico City, Mexico

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As the Mexican energy reform entirely reshaped what used to be a closed-door monopoly, it created an opportunity for non-technical professionals to participate in a new market. The economy has taken a major shift with the creation of new electric infrastructure through foreign investment, developments in international relationships through cross-border electric transactions, and new positions and market demands within the industry.

Electric Utility Systems 101 will provide a comprehensive overview of the fundamentals of electric systems to give non-technical professionals the ability to get involved in the market shift. This background information will cover the full process of electricity generation through to the end-user, provide an overview of the equipment, infrastructure, and processes necessary, and will consider what else the reform might bring for the economy. An understanding of these concepts will provide a role for consultants, law firms, communication specialists, administrative professionals, materials and equipment providers, financial analysts, and accountants getting involved in this rapidly changing sector.

Note: The course will be presented in English

Learning Outcomes

  • Define electric industry terms and the process of creating power through to the end-user
  • Analyze the changes to the Mexican electric system, and how these market shifts affect all electric professionals involved in the industry
  • Assess the sources of power generation in Mexico and review how each system works
  • Compare the functionalities of transmission and distribution systems, and the necessary equipment and infrastructure to deliver power to the end-user
  • Describe the function of substations between transmission and distribution infrastructure
  • Leverage your understanding of power systems to review the integration and interconnection of the grid, and the cross-border energy trade
  • Evaluate the modern utility environment, the reliability of the grid, and the evolution of electric sources in the Mexican market


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 1.5 CEUs for this event.


Requirements for Successful Completion of the Program

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

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint presentation and group discussion will be used in this program.


Day 1

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 Basic Electricity

  • Overview of electricity terminology
  • Power system components and necessary infrastructure
  • Process from generation through to the end-user

Fundamentals of the Electricity Industry Act

  • Overview of the Mexican power system
  • The open market and competitive generation
  • Power trading and the wholesale market
  • Notable regulations for 2017

Power Generation

  • Breaking down generation types: oil and gas, renewables, fossil fuels, nuclear, and geothermal
  • Generational makeup in the Mexican power market
  • Design of a typical power plant
  • Baseload, intermediate, and peak
  • Generation capacity and efficiency
  • Variable and fixed plant costs per each plant type


  • Function, voltage, and capacity of transmission infrastructure
  • Structural design and the necessary equipment
  • Underground transmission systems
  • Conductors and insulation in wiring
  • Overvoltage switches


  • Functionality between transmission and distribution
  • Design of stations and equipment outline
  • Types of transformers
  • Step-down and step-up
  • Regulating voltage
  • Technology and analysis


  • Overhead and underground distribution systems
  • Regulated voltage and capacity for consumer, commercial, and industrial use
  • System components and connections
  • Voltage classes and design options, and attributes of each

Day 2

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

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

System Integration and Operation

  • Interconnection and national infrastructure
  • Power consumption and demand response
  • Overall system efficiency and system protection
  • Electric power metering and net-metering

Modern Utility Environment

  • The competitive market structure
  • Importing and exporting energy, and the North American cross-border power system
  • Meeting peak consumer demand as it rises every year
  • Aging infrastructure and the need for investment
  • Monitoring carbon emissions


Dr. Guillermo Gutiérrez -Alcaraz, Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics, Morelia Institute of Technology

Dr. Gutiérrez Ph.D. is a professor in the department of electrical engineering and electronics at the Morelia Institute of Technology. He has 22 years of experience in electrical engineering relating to power systems, both as a professor and a professional consultant in the industry. His experience covers operation and control of electric power and distribution systems, pricing of electricity services, the deregulation of electric power, and smart grids as it relates to the market restructuring in Mexico. In his professional career, he has published 23 journal papers and 60 international conference papers on the complexities of the electricity markets and power systems. As a consultant, he has been a part of the market restructuring through his work with CENACE, CFE, and CRE. Dr. Gutierrez is an association member of IEEE and the Mexican Researchers System.


Sheraton Santa Fe, Mexico City
Guillermo González Camarena 200
Zedec Santa Fe, Álvaro Obregón
01210 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

To reserve your room, please call +52 55 5258 8500
Please indicate that you are with the EUCI group to receive the group rate.

Room Rate:

The room rate is US$190.00 single or double plus applicable taxes.

Room Block Dates:

A room block has been reserved for the nights of May 21 – 23, 2017.

Rate Available Until:

Make your reservations prior to April 23, 2017. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.



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