By - Jon Brown

An Introduction to Electric Utility Systems for Non-Engineers
October 3-4, 2016 | Chicago, IL

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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 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.

What Attendees Will Learn

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 issues facing design, operating and management personnel of a modern electric utility system. The methodological basis for comparing the delivered cost of electricity across technologies and systems will be discussed. Because of time constraints and the variability of the cost basis for many elements of the system, we will not attempt to develop standard or average system costs. (They don’t exist.)

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, design, and operation of electric utility systems
  • The drivers of system design and operation
  • Operation of the integrated system
  • The effects of industry and corporate changes on the planning process, including
    • Alternative energy resources, especially wind and solar
    • New concepts in system architecture such as the smart grid
    • Impediments to transmission system expansion
    • Regulatory emphasis on reliability
    • Performance standards
  • Recent and ongoing standards-related issues
  • Challenges created by the evolving regulatory/market environment

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 1.1 CEUs for this Course

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.

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint presentations will be used in this course.


Monday, October 3, 2016

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 and Overview

  • Load characteristics
  • Baseload, intermediate, and peaking capacity
  • General cost characteristics
  • Emerging technologies
  • Transmission’s mission
  • Components
  • Characteristics
  • Emerging technologies
  • Components
  • Configuration
  • Reliability
  • Definitions
  • Components
  • Characterization of circuits by type
  • Reliability
  • Customer satisfaction


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

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

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

Distribution Wrap-Up (if required)

System Integration and Operations
  • Utilities as asset managers
  • Reliability
  • Optimization
  • Supporting technology
The Modern Utility Environment
  • Evolution
  • Competitive market structure
  • Organizational and technical challenges


Lawrence (Larry) J. Vogt, Vogtage Engineering Corporation

Mr. Vogt has 40 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 cost-of-service analysis, forecasting, 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, IEEE, and NSPE, 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.


Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel
163 East Walton Place
Chicago, IL 60611

To reserve your room, please call 1-312-751-8100 or book online here.
Please indicate that you are with the EUCI group to receive the group rate.


The room rate is $199.00 single or double plus applicable taxes.


A room block has been reserved for the nights of October 2 – 3, 2016.


Make your reservations prior to September 2, 2016. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.



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