By - Jon Brown

Electric Utility Basics: Generation, Delivery, Operations, Regulation, and Economics
July 19-20, 2016 | Washington, DC

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This training program is intended for persons working in, dealing with, or having special interest in the electric utility industry. It covers material on basic concepts, terms, and integration of functions in electric power systems. The primary functions of generation, transmission and distribution, planning concepts, operations and maintenance, regulation, rates, and economics will be addressed. The course will identify challenges, opportunities, and uncertainties that the electric industry faces in the energy market and evolving regulatory environment.

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.

The following key topics will be covered:

  • Purpose and goals
  • Introduction: energy utilization and losses
  • History of the U.S. electric industry and regulation
  • Utility ownership models: IOUs, cooperatives, and public utilities
  • Trends in consumption, prices, environmental considerations and economic growth
  • Basic electricity concepts: watts, VARs, volts, and amps
  • Utilization: loads
  • Generation: terminology, sources, operations and economics
  • Fuel sources and fuel diversity
  • Renewable energy: wind and solar status and economics
  • Energy storage, energy efficiency, and demand management
  • Decoupling: rates to promote Energy Efficiency and Demand Management
  • Power delivery system: transmission and distribution
  • Meters and smart meters
  • Measuring reliability
  • System integration, reliability, and markets
  • Regulatory and management agencies
  • Utility types and ratemaking (price regulation)

Who Should Attend

Anyone interested in understanding the electric power industry will benefit from this content.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


Purpose and Goals of the Course

Energy – An Overview
  • U.S. energy sources and uses
  • Energy conversions
  • Electricity measures
  • Electric utility model
History of the U.S. Electricity Industry
  • Early years and formation
  • Monopoly abuses leading to regulation
  • America electrifies – farms lag, REC formed
  • Costs rise, regulations expand
  • Retail competition begins
  • Open access, SMD, and EPAC
  • Wholesale markets evolution
  • More recent developments
U.S. Electricity Industry Today
  • IOUs, RECs, and government utility sectors
  • Capital expenditures, past, present, future
  • Economic growth and electricity use
  • Use increases, emissions decrease
  • Rates rise, real prices stay low
  • Home use leveling off
  • Outlook – higher demands and higher prices
  • Basic electricity concepts AC and DC
  • Voltage, current, impedance
  • Basic power relationships and equations
  • Real and reactive power and power factor
    • Leading and lagging reactive power
    • Correcting poor power factor
  • Single-phase and three-phase power systems
Generation (Energy Conversion)
  • Terminology
  • Production by fuel type
  • Construction by fuel type and year
  • Costs to build by fuel type
  • Base, peak, intermediate
  • How the different technologies work
    • Coal, nuclear, natural gas-fired, hydro, wind and solar
  • Fuel diversity by region
  • Carbon content of different fuels
  • Trends affecting fuel diversity
Renewable Energy Overview
  • U.S. wind energy potential and capacity
  • U.S. solar energy potential and capacity
  • Renewable energy tariffs and portfolio standards
    • Installation subsidies and REC purchase programs
    • Wind and solar economics (Ohio, Oahu, Oregon)
    • RPS goals
  • Electric energy storage
  • Energy efficiency and peak demand reduction
  • Decoupling – mitigating utility disincentives for EE and PDR


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  :: Course Timing

Transmission and Distribution
  • Transmission and distribution are functions not voltages
  • More transmission needed to create a national grid
    • Higher voltages mean fewer lines
  • Distribution
  • Meters and smart meters
    • Meters for large loads and high voltage
    • Service reliability indices – SAIDI, SAIFI, CAIDI, etc.
Energy Utilization: Loads
  • Residential, commercial, and industrial
  • Base load, shoulder, and off-peak load
  • Composite load – diversity
System Integration and Markets
  • Reliability standards
  • Terminology
  • Control area operations
  • Ancillary services
  • Scheduling, dispatch, voltage and frequency regulation, energy imbalance, operating reserves, and black start service
  • Economic dispatch
  • Congestion management
  • FERC and other regulatory agencies
  • RTOs and ISOs
  • NERC and regional reliability authorities

Wholesale Electricity Markets

Utility Business Models and Ratemaking (Regulated Pricing)


David Haley, Power Division Supervisor III, Tacoma Power

David Haley began working with electrical power systems in 1991 and has worked in the electric utility industry for the past 16 years. He currently serves on the management team for the Transmission & Distribution section of Tacoma Power. Dave has experience working with generation, transmission, distribution, system operations, asset management, customer service, and system planning. This experience has given him a variety of perspectives on the business of energy distribution, and a comprehensive knowledge of power system operations, design, and planning, as well as regulatory compliance issues. His experience as an instructor and trainer over the past ten years has helped him develop a teaching style that captivates audiences while breaking down complex subjects into easily understood explanations.


Embassy Suites Alexandria – Old Town
1900 Diagonal Rd
Alexandria, VA 22314

To reserve your room, please call 1-703-684-5900
Please indicate that you are with the EUC group to receive the group rate.


The room rate is $177.00 single or double plus applicable taxes.


A room block has been reserved for the nights of July 18 – 20, 2017.


Make your reservations prior to June 18, 2016. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.


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