Electric Utility Systems for Non-Engineers 201
August 25-26, 2021 | Online :: Central Time
“Brent is knowledgeable, engaging, and makes it really fun to learn. I would take another course from him in a heartbeat.” – PG&E
“Good use of interactive tools, games and visuals. Good wealth of industry knowledge and humor. “ – ITC Midwest
“He was very knowledgeable and easy to learn from.” – Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant
In this one-and-a-half-day course, attendees will gain a deeper sense of all the aspects within an electric utility system. Diving into the details on the types of utilities, important organizations, renewables, balancing, economics, resiliency, and more, this class will provide you with more advanced concepts in order to further your holistic knowledge of the industry and to participate in educated conversations with your team.
Beginning with the electrical basics and spanning all the way to utility economics (rate cases, rate structure, expenses, assets, etc.), attendees will ease into more and more detail as the course moves forward, allowing for quick review for those who need a refresher but acknowledging that this is for those who are not brand new to the industry and for those who attended the introductory course immediately preceding this one.
Although this course is paired directly after the Introduction to Electric Utility Systems for Non-Engineers program, it is not a pre-requisite for attending this event.
- Review electrical concepts, including voltage, current, resistance, power, and energy
- Walk through the details regarding distribution when it comes to design drawings, unbalanced current, and the complexities and science of underground cables
- Dive into advanced concepts of transformers (i.e., wiring, instrument transformers, turn ration, tap changers, etc.)
- Determine what power factor entails, why it’s bad, and how to improve it
- Discuss how energy markets, demand curves, baseload, forecasting, and more affect balancing
- Assess renewables, energy storage, grid resiliency, and grid organization
- Master utility economics concepts, which includes rate cases processes, O&M expenses, shareholders, capital and stranded assets, and more
Wednesday, August 25, 2021 : Central Time
8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome
12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Review of basic electrical components
- Ohms Law
- Power and energy
- Walkthrough of the grid
- Substation one line basics
- What is a feeder load profile?
- Recognizing distribution design drawings
- Unbalanced current
- Complexities and science of underground transmission cables
- How helicopters and drones are being used on the grid
- How they work and how they’re made
- How turn ratio determines voltage
- How tap changers change voltage
- How 120V and 240V residual wiring is connected
- High voltage vs. high current
- Delta/Wye transformers and systems
- Line-to-line and line-to-neutral voltages
- Understanding wiring from grid to house
- Transformer banks
- Instrument transformers
- Why is low power factor bad and what is it?
- Real, reactive, and apparent power
- Improving power factor
Generation and Renewables
- Series and parallel circuits
- Difference between generator, motor, and engine
- AC generator
- Up-and-coming types of power generation
- Balancing authority
- Energy markets
- Daily and yearly demand curves
- How baseload and peaker plants are used in generation
- System peak demand
- Long-term energy forecasting
- How the Duck Curve relates to renewable integration, surplus capacity, and ramp rate
- How Electric Service Suppliers and Direct Access are changing the market
- How Community Choice Aggregates are changing how utilities operate
- How Qualifying Facilities and Independent Power Producers are changing utilities
Thursday, August 26, 2021 : Central Time
8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Energy Storage & Grid Resiliency
- Types of energy storage and their use cases
- Pumped hydro
- How battery storage helps frequency response
- Large grid storage examples
- How demand response creates a flexible load
- Independent System Operators (ISOs)
- Power Pools (PP)
- Balancing Authorities (BA)
- Regional Transmission Operators (RTOs)
Types of Utilities
- Public Power Utilities
- Rural Electric Cooperatives
- Power Marketers
- Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs)
- Federal Power Agencies
Fundamental Utility Economics Concepts
- Rate case process
- Integrated Resource Plan
- Difference between capital assets and O&M expenses
- How do utilities make money?
- Unintended consequences of the current rate structure
- When a utility invests in an asset, where does the money come from?
- Which costs are recovered in rates and which by shareholders?
- Difference between an above the line and below the line cost
- Depreciation of capital assets
- Stranded assets
- Why are utilities so risk averse?
Brent Olsen, President, 3 Phase Consulting
Brent has 20+ years of experience working for large electric utility industries including Arizona Public Service, Salt River Project, and Portland General Electric. He has worked in distribution, transmission, and generation engineering and is currently a Project Manager for Portland General Electrics Specialized Energy Operations where he manages the installation of generation facilities, microgrids, and various research and development projects. He leads a user group of utility professionals at Portland General Electric who discuss business and technological changes in the electric utilities industry.
Brent is an electrical engineer specializing in utility power systems with a masters in Energy Policy and Management and an MBA. He is also a PMP and is the two-time winner of Portland General Electric’s Project Manager and Project of the Year award.
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.
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 registrants for three business days after the event
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 1.0 CEUs for this event.
Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.
Course CPE Credits: 12.0
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Intermediate
Delivery Methood: Group-Live
Advanced Preperation: None
EUCI 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.
Requirements for Successful Completion of Program
Participants must log in each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.
PowerPoint presentations, interactive group discussion, and case studies will be used during this course.