Electricity 101

Electricity 101

June 5, 2024 | Online :: Central Time

“Brent is an amazing instructor. The material that he covers is on point and his fun deliverance in the virtual environment is fun and engaging.” – CPUC

“One of the best speakers I’ve seen in a long time.” – Avangrid

“Brent is an excellent instructor. He helped me to understand concepts that I never fully understood before.” – CPUC

“Brent was an excellent instructor! He kept everyone engaged and was very knowledgeable!” –Utilities Examiner, Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority

“Highly energetic and knowledgeable. Always providing real world experiences and examples is a plus!” – Principal Engineer, Salt River Project

“Brent’s instruction style made it very easy to grasp all the comments. It was very conversational, and he shared lots of great analogies and stories to make all the content relatable.” –Supervising Engineer, ATCO Electricity

“Brent was great. He was informative and funny. I thought I would have a difficult time with the virtual format, but Brent made the class fun and engaging.” – Regional Business Manager, Schweitzer Engineering Labs

This interactive course teaches fundamental concepts about electricity that everyone working for or with today’s electric utilities should know. 

The problem with most courses offered is that they often discuss terms and concepts as if they are already known, which can cause people to struggle with topics before these theories are well-understood on a foundational level. This course is a low stress, safe, and entertaining opportunity to learn at your pace, ask questions, and really understand the terms and concepts of electricity and how it works. While this course does have a scheduled outline of what you “need to know”, it is less about “the presentation” and more about the questions and information you would like to know in order to be successful and be comfortable initiating and participating in in-depth conversations and projects revolving around how electricity works, how it’s made, and how it’s distributed. 

Learning Outcomes  

  • Discuss the smart, transformative technologies that are changing the game like renewable energy, storage, demand response, EMS, ADMS, distributed grids, etc.
  • Identify key electrical components and review advanced terms and concepts such as power factor, VARs, harmonics, ABC phases, induction, EMFs, capacitance, frequency, and circuits
  • Analyze how electricity developed and expanded into our modern electrical grid and where it is going next
  • Assess how voltage, current, and resistance interact and how they affect the grid
  • Compare and contrast the differences between alternating current and direct current, energy and power, megawatt and kilowatt, 50Hz and 60Hz, radial and looped feeders, and single-phase and 3-phase
  • Explore the concept of balancing the grid for the only product that needs to be produced at the exact moment its consumed
  • Recognize the main grid transitioning advancement being focused on right now, how they work, and their effect on infrastructure and current policy

Hear from the Instructor


Wednesday, June 5, 2024 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Course Timing


History of the Electricity Industry

  • AC vs. DC and “The Battle of the Currents”
  • How the grid evolved
  • Why was electricity adopted almost overnight as an energy source?
  • Types of electric companies
  • What are phases, why do we need them, and how do they work?
  • Why 3-phase has more power than 1—and why not 4?
  • Frequency and why we standardized on 50/60 Hz
  • How to convert between kW, MW, GW
  • Why the US uses a different voltage than most countries

What is Electricity?

  • How a generator makes electricity
  • How Ohm’s law, voltage, current, and resistance interact together and effect the grid
  • Real and reactive power; power factor
  • How energy is converted to make electricity
  • Energy vs. Power, kilowatt-hours vs. kilowatts
  • What does electricity look like and how does it travel?
  • How to calculate your electricity cost
  • How are a kWh and a food Calorie related?
  • How a multimeter and plug logger works
  • Why more current needs more conductor and voltage more insulation
  • Which is more dangerous: voltage or current?
  • How to use the Power equation wheel

Transmission & Distribution

  • What is “the Grid”, “the Smart Grid” and the current advancements towards “Grid 2.0”?
  • What is the difference between Generation, Transmission, and Distribution?
  • Acronyms of transformative and new tech and concept behind them (ADMS, SCADA, EMS, DR, DER, VAR, PV, HVDC, QF, DG, RPS, AMS)
  • Primary vs. Secondary
  • Underground vs. overhead; right of way vs. easements
  • Bluestaking and how to read it
  • What are the types of conductors (OH & UG) and insulators?
  • Recognizing the nuts, bolts, parts and pieces of the distribution grid that is all around us
  • What are EMFs and are they harmful?
  • What causes an outage and how are they restored?
  • The use of helicopters and drones
  • How outages are prevented using breakers, fuses, switches, reclosures, etc.
  • What are harmonics and why are they so bad?
  • What is meant by primary and secondary wires?
  • How and why do homes have 120V and 240V
  • What are Power Factor and VARs, and why do we install capacitors?
  • What are the main grid advancements being focused on now?


  • What is a substation, circuit, and feeder?
  • What are substations used for?
  • What are the components of substation?
  • Different types of circuits
  • What is a feeder load profile?
  • What are transformers and induction?
  • What is phase imbalance?
  • What are mobile substations?
  • Delta/Wye transformers and the systems
  • What are power factor and VARs, and why do we install capacitors?
  • What is Real, Reactive, and Apparent Power?

Course recap, questions and other topics of interest from the participants


Brent Olsen, President, 3 Phase Consulting

Brent is an electrical engineer specializing in power systems with a masters in Energy Policy and Management.  He also has an MBA, PMP, Lean Six Sigma certification and a degree in Spanish.  Brent has 25+ years of experience working at a variety of large electric utilities.  He has worked in distribution, transmission and generation engineering and currently works in Specialized Energy Operations where he manages the installation of microgrids, generation facilities, distributed energy resources and various grid edge research and development projects.  He owns Three Phase Consulting and established and leads a user group of utility professionals who follow and discuss business and technological changes in the electric utility industry.  He was also the second place winner of his third grade renewable energy drawing competition.

Online Delivery

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.

  • Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a separate email with a unique link to a personalized landing page which will include links to join all sessions of this event.
  • 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 attendees for 7 days after the event


Electricity 101

June 5, 2024 | Online
Individual attendee(s) - $ 895.00 each

Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 3,580.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 6,265.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 10,740.00 (40% discount)

This event is related. A discount for attending both events is available

Electric Utilities 101

June 6-7, 2024 | Online
Individual attendee(s) - $ 1295.00 each

Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 5,180.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 9,065.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 15,540.00 (40% discount)

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before May 03, 2024 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800




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EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.7 CEUs for this event

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program 

Participants must log in and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit. 

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint presentations, group discussions, and active participation.

Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Course CPE Credits: 8.0
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: None

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Who Should Attend 

  • New or seasoned professionals who need a better overall understanding of the intricacies of how electricity works, is made, and distributed
  • Vendors, contractors, regulators, or anyone who works with a technical organization who would like to better understand electrical concepts
  • Utility professionals interested in communicating at a higher level across a broader range of disciplines and management levels
  • Non-technical staff that collaborate with or work around engineers or people that use these terms
  • Individual contributors with plans to someday transition to a leadership role
  • Customer service or sale representatives without an electrical background