Introduction to Electric Utility Systems for Non-Engineers
June 15-16, 2020 | Online :: Central Time
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.
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.
This class provides non-engineers a strong layman’s understanding 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 learn to recognize equipment and facilities in the field and understand 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 0.9 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 to be eligible for continuing education credit.
Participants must be in attendance for the entirety of the course.
Monday, June 15, 2020
9:00 – 9:15 a.m. :: Log In
9:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. :: Course Timing
12:30 – 1:15 p.m. :: Lunch Break
Introduction to Power Systems
- Power System Overview and Electricity Basics
- End-Use Loads and Load Characteristics
- Steam Power Plants
- Hydroelectric Power Plants
- Renewable Energy Resources
The Transmission System
- Alternating Current Transmission
- Direct Current Transmission
- Transmission Structures
- Transmission Interconnections, NERC, and RTOs
- Power Transformers
- Substation Equipment and Facilities
The Distribution System
- Services and Secondary Lines
- Line Transformers
- Primary Line Equipment and Facilities
- System Protection
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
9:00 – 9:15 a.m. :: Log In
9:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Course Timing
The Distribution System – Continued
- Line and Transformer Losses
- System Demand and Energy Losses
- Power Flow Model
- Watt-Hour and Demand Metering
- Metering High Voltages and Currents
- Special Metering Applications
Power System Restoration
Lawrence (Larry) J. Vogt, Vogtage Engineering Corporation
Mr. Vogt has over 45 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 and IEEE, 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.
Our courses are designed to be the best possible use of your valuable time – get the information you need to improve your position in the market in an interactive, dynamic format.
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.
- You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
- Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
- You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
- 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.