By - Jon Brown

Electric Utility System Operations 101
July 20-21, 2016 | Washington, DC

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This training program is designed for all persons working in, dealing with, or having special interest in the operations side of the electric utility industry.  The course layout provides a basic understanding of electrical systems, how they operate from a utility perspective, and the associated terminology.  The basic concepts of the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of electric utility equipment in transmission and distribution systems is covered.  The primary functions of substations, transformers, circuit breakers, PT’s, CT’s, capacitors, reactors, relays, regulators, reclosers, sectionalizers, and critical backup equipment will be discussed.  The course material will be a useful resource for future reference.  The program is designed to stimulate dialogue among the attendees and instructor.  This program differs from the Electric Utility Basics course in that the primary focus is the operations aspect of the utility.

The following key topics will be covered:

  • Purpose and goals
  • Overview of the transmission and distribution delivery systems
  • Transmission structures and facilities
  • Substations and their roles
  • Substation equipment recognition and purpose
  • Substation protection schemes and bus arrangements
  • HVDC overhead and underground transmission and conversion facilities
  • Reactive power, FACTS, power factor, and correction
  • Underground and overhead distribution equipment
  • Distribution protection schemes
  • Network distribution systems
  • Critical backup power systems
  • Meters, primary metering, and demarcation points
  • Customer owned service equipment
  • Equipment status, control, and data transmission
  • Safety when working near high voltage equipment


Anyone who needs an overview or a deeper understanding of transmission and distribution systems will benefit from this content.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the basic concepts and equipment used in transmission and distribution systems
  • Identify substation equipment and understand its purpose
  • Describe terms, components, and functions of transmission and distribution systems
  • Review the components involved in system reliability, operations, and control
  • Develop an overall understanding of system operations functions and integration of electric power from production to delivery
  • Discuss the key differences between underground and overhead systems


AP_LogoEUCI 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 course.


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

12:30 – 1:00 p.m. :: Registration

1:00 – 1:15 p.m. :: Purpose and Goals

1:15 – 2:00 p.m. :: History and Development of Power Plants
  • Energy usage
  • Generation plants through the years
2:00 – 2:30 p.m. :: Electricity Basics
  • Terms and definitions
  • Voltage, current, resistance
  • Watts, Kwh
  • Prefixes
  • Generator principles and generation basics

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

2:45 – 4: 00 p.m. :: Transmission Systems
  • Purpose and voltages
  • Transformation
  • Structures, considerations, and placement
  • Overhead conductors and underground cables
  • HVDC and conversion facilities
4:00 – 5:00p.m. :: Substations
  • Role in the grid
  • Equipment purpose, recognition and layout
  • AIS vs GIS
  • Bus configurations
  • Intro to relays


Thursday, July 21, 2016

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

8:30 – 10:30 a.m. :: Substations (continued)
  • Relays and protection schemes
    • Types of relays, purpose, and principles
    • Protection schemes
    • Electromechanical vs microprocessor relays

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:30 – 12:00 p.m. :: Reactive Power
  • VARS, power factor, and correction
  • Capacitors and inductors

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

1:00 – 2:45 p.m. :: Distribution
  • Distribution substations and equipment
  • Overhead systems and equipment
  • Distribution circuit protective schemes and coordination

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. :: Distribution (Continued)
  • Underground systems and equipment
  • Network systems and equipment
  • Meters, primary metering, and demarcation lines
  • Customer owned service equipment
3:30 – 5:00 p.m. :: Operations and control
  • Equipment status, control, and data transmission
  • SCADA and EMS
  • Operations Centers
  • Critical backup power systems


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, 2016.


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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