By - Jon Brown

Electric Vehicles and Vehicle to Grid Technology

With the advent of new technology and advancing capabilities of electric vehicles, it is vital for utilities to understand how EVs effect the power grid and how utilities can take advantage of this new technology. In order for utilities to benefit from the increased popularity of EVs, the industry must first understand the technology, rate structures, and regulations. In the

By - Jon Brown

Inspection of In-Service Wood Poles

The National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) requires initial inspection of lines for compliance of rules and inspections of power systems “at such intervals as experience has shown to be necessary.” This vague requirement will be explained along with the repercussions that system inspection has on system reliability and public safety. We will address the NESC record keeping requirement. Inspection intervals

By - Jon Brown

Over Fire Air Fundamentals

This course deals with the fundamentals of the over fire air process including the origins of the use of over fire air and the current need and applications of over fire air.  The primary reason for over fire air operation is to stage the combustion process in order to provide in reduction in NOx formation.  As such combustion fundamentals, as

By - Jon Brown

The Electric Vehicle-Utility Industry Nexus

Electric vehicles hold significant potential for improving local air quality, reducing carbon emissions, and stimulating electricity demand. According to analysts at Argonne National Laboratory, electric vehicles will make up 58% of the light vehicle market by 2030. Customers with electric vehicles use nearly 60% more electricity than the average customer. For electric utilities, this is an opportunity to increase load

By - Jon Brown

Nuclear Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA)

This course introduces probabilistic risk assessment history, PRA development, and nuclear risk assessment in nuclear power applications. One particular focus of this course is risk-informed performance-based applications that apply PRA to implement cost-effective improvements to plant operation, maintenance, and safety management. The course is designed for those who use PRA results and need to understand PRA uses, methods, and issues,

By - Jon Brown

REC Market Dynamics & Trading

An important, but often overlooked, component of all renewable energy developments is the renewable energy credits (RECs) associated with them.  How the RECs are addressed in a renewable energy project development transaction can often make a significant difference in that project’s bankability and profitability. Most project developers, utilities and capital sources understand the principle that a REC is created for

By - Jon Brown

Aboriginal Energy Challenge

The Aboriginal Energy Challenge is a Forum that provides timely information on the most recent developments in the energy, economic development and legal sectors that are engaging aboriginal participation in energy and economic development projects. The program will focus on the topics like the First Nations participation in energy projects including the success cases, the economic case for connecting to remote communities,

By - Jon Brown

Power System Basics for Non-Engineers – Canada

This seminar is intended for the non-power system engineer and others who want to develop a basic understanding of power systems, their components, and how they fit and act together within a power system. With the recently announced sale of Hydro One transmission assets, this seminar will also benefit those buying the assets and wanting a better understanding of how

By - Jon Brown

Residential Demand Charges

Demand charges for commercial and industrial customers have been around a long time in the electric industry. However, they have been rare for residential customers. The primary reason is that in the past, residential electricity loads have been viewed as fairly similar from one customer to the next without much variance. Conditions have changed dramatically in recent years, though, as

By - Jon Brown

Solar Development on Landfills and Brownfields

As solar power plant development becomes increasingly feasible and widespread, investors, project developers, suppliers and power organizations are finding that “greenfield” land of sufficient size and affordability for utility-scale projects has become less accessible – especially in urban areas. Keeping down the cost of acquisition for land often moves projects much farther away from these load centers and transmission/interconnection hubs.

By - Danielle Duignan

Transmission Expansion in the Midwest

At this unique forum, you will hear top executives from the area’s RTOs, utilities, transmission developers, and state regulatory agencies discuss and debate the most critical issues surrounding transmission expansion in the Midwest region. You will have the opportunity to brainstorm with these thought leaders on how to address complex planning, siting, and market structure issues while balancing reliability, policy

By - Danielle Duignan

Introduction to Rate Design for Electric Utilities

This two-day course will introduce rate design concepts to participants. The course will build upon information discussed and developed in the Introduction to Cost-of-Service Concepts and Techniques for Electric Utilities course. Each participant will work through sample rate design exercises during the course. Training materials will be provided. Who Should Attend This course is recommended for policymakers, managers, attorneys, regulators,

By - Danielle Duignan

Introduction to Cost-of-Service Concepts and Techniques for Electric Utilities

This two-day course will lead participants through the cost-of-service process from start to finish in detail. We will discuss and compare differences among investor-owned utilities, municipal utilities, and electric cooperatives in cost-of-service principles and techniques. Both traditional and unbundled cost-of-service analytical techniques will be discussed. Each participant will complete a sample cost-of-service analysis during the course. Training materials will be

By - Danielle Duignan

Fundamentals of Well Completions

In petroleum production, completion is the process of making a well ready for production. Understanding the completions process is important for many non-technical professionals working within the oil and gas industry. This course is intended for individuals with little to no prior completions knowledge who will benefit from learning more about the completions process. The instructor, who has decades of

By - Danielle Duignan

Drilling 101

Drilling is a complex process involving many different technical professionals and functions. Understanding how a well is drilled is important for many non-technical professionals working within the oil and gas industry. This course is intended for individuals with little to no prior drilling experience who will benefit from learning more about the drilling process. The instructor, who has decades of

By - Danielle Duignan

UAS for Electric Utilities

For many utility industry observers, it’s not a matter of whether drones will be integrated into the operational landscape—it’s when. The practical applications of unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) are poised to transform the industry with strong implications for worker safety, system reliability, and data collection & storage. The opportunity to get an aerial view of transmission and distribution lines, towers,

By - Danielle Duignan

Getting the Most Out of Water Plant Filters

Filters in a Water Plant are the last barrier to prevent particulate and microbial contamination and they have a profound effect on the plant effluent water quality.  It is important to periodically assess the condition of the filters and optimize their operation.  This involves a comprehensive understanding of filter problems, causes, and resolution, and how to improve performance, operation, and

By - Jon Brown

Safety Considerations in a Combined Cycle Plant

The development of a work culture focused on safety is one of the most important elements to successful operation of any power plant, including combined cycle power plant.  Without the establishment of a culture of safety, there is always the potential for everyday accidents to turn into   fatal accidents.  Most incidents can be avoided.  Unfortunately, often times, issues in safety

By - Jon Brown

Distributed Resource (DER) System Planning 101

The growth of distributed generation (DG) and distributed energy resources (DERs) is challenging many of the assumptions upon which traditional utility system planning relies.  In many regions already, DER penetration is reaching levels at which it has a measurable impact on system planning and operations. For example, DERs are creating two-way power flows on the distribution and transmission grids that

By - Danielle Duignan

Substation Physical Security Best Practices

Protecting the nation’s electric substations and ensuring a reliable supply of energy are top priorities for the electric power industry. The shear vastness and in some cases, remoteness, of the infrastructure requires that utilities prioritize facilities that, if damaged, would have the most severe impacts on reliability and the utilities ability to keep the lights on. EUCI’s Physical Security Best

By - Jon Brown

Combined Cycle Power Plant Contracts 101

Combined cycle power plants are being designed, developed and constructed to replace coal-fired power generating facilities. There are many legal agreements and permits that must be negotiated and obtained during this process. From land zoning authorizations to power purchase agreements, it is vital to know the ins and outs of the agreements and permits that govern the development, construction and

By - Jon Brown

Electric Utility Transmission Ratemaking

This seminar begins with a discussion of regulatory issues relevant to FERC jurisdictional and non-jurisdictional transmission owners, with emphasis on investor-owned integrated utilities and independent transmission owners subject to FERC rate regulation. The power system functional components (generation, transmission, and distribution) and how they function and relate to the provision of transmission and related ancillary services will be reviewed. Electric

By - Danielle Duignan

Introduction to Wholesale Electricity Markets: RTOs and ISOs

This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of the operation of electricity systems in the North America, focusing on the role of electricity markets, including the how and why markets have evolved over the past two decades. Considerable time will be spent in the beginning to understand the role of generation, transmission, and load for reliable system operation,

By - Jon Brown

Applying Best Contracting Practices to Construction Contracts

The objective of this course is to assist professionals in avoiding unnecessary contractual mistakes.  In some sense, contractual mistakes are just another name for experience.  Experience is always good.  In this course, experience is used as the basis to suggest how to implement contractual strategies.  Lack of focus and clarity in a contract can lead to great disappointment for all

By - Jon Brown

Best Practices in Portfolio Hedging for Utilities

Utility hedge design has generally focused on creation of balanced physical positions largely independent of market prices and uncertainty. By integrating the uncertainty in market prices and their joint relationship to loads and intermittent generation, more robust and less rigid hedging strategies can be developed that yield substantially greater risk reduction while preserving value. This is a hands-on course that

By - Jon Brown

Flexible and Fast Response Controllable Resources

The increasing penetration of renewable energy resources — combined with the gradual, but inexorable, shift away from traditional baseload generation and other changes in the distribution and grid profile — are creating new challenges for utilities/load-serving entities, balancing area authorities and transmission system operators.  The need for grid-integrated resources that can deliver fast ramp and flexible balancing resource options has

By - Jon Brown

2016 EPA 316(b) Fish and Shellfish Impingement & Entrainment in Power & Industrial Facilities Conference

At this point, most people are familiar with the new 316(b) rule that went into effect in October of 2014. The long-awaited regulation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency outlines the process for determining Best Technology Available (BTA) for fish protection at cooling water intake structures (CWIS). The final Rule applies to facilities that withdraw at least two million gallons

By - Jon Brown

2016 Utility Storm/Emergency Restoration Logistics Conference

Incident Command System (ICS) or Incident Management Systems (IMS) theory has become a standard for utility disaster response across North America and the Caribbean. The Logistics Section of the ICS/IMS is where most of a utility’s money and personnel time are spent during a disaster response. Understanding and implementing a logistics program using ICS/IMS theory means an improved storm response

By - Jon Brown

Alberta and Saskatchewan’s Clean Energy Transition

This conference will explore the impacts of new climate policies and programs being implemented in Alberta and Saskatchewan to help the provinces reach their 2030 renewable generation targets, specifically: The Climate Leadership Plan and Alberta’s Renewable Electricity Program (REP) currently being designed by the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) to obtain 30% renewables Saskatchewan’s 50% renewable portfolio standard by 2030.

By - Jon Brown

Introduction to Power System Operations

This is an introductory electric power systems course designed for individuals who want to understand the basics of utility power systems and its operation. The course is suitable for individuals directly involved in the utility business, business developers, independent power producers, and traders who might have little to no knowledge of power systems. The basic concepts of power system generation,

By - Jon Brown

Hydropower 101

This course will present a basic overview of hydropower operations, including: how hydropower works, project types and definitions, and benefits and challenges associated with hydropower. Attendees will learn about hydropower development in North America and throughout the world. They will discuss the costs associated with hydropower. Our expert speaker will discuss engineering considerations, including: flood control, irrigation, navigation, fish passage,

By - Jon Brown

Fundamentals of Electric Distribution Course

This course is designed to provide a practical overview of electricity distribution systems for nonelectric power engineers or individuals who are new to the industry. It will discuss how new distribution systems are designed, planned, and regulated. Important topics such as new technologies, two-way communication systems, distributed energy resources, microgrids, and smart grids, also will be discussed.  This course will

By - Jon Brown

Distribution Overcurrent Protection

This course focuses on the application of protective devices to distribution systems including device coordination, reach, location, and selection, with the goal of maximizing reliability impact and safety.  The training will utilize practical examples to reinforce the classroom concepts.  UCS training is vendor-neutral and focused on the technical engineering protection issues, not any specific manufacturer’s equipment or device.  In addition,

By - Jon Brown

FERC Hydropower 101

This course will present an overview of FERC as it relates to hydropower. Attendees will learn about the FERC regulation process from start to finish. They will gain in-depth knowledge about licensing, including: terms and conditions, traditional licensing, Integrated Licensing Process (ILP), and Alternative Licensing Process (ALP). Our expert instructor, who spent 30 years at FERC as a Manager and

By - Jon Brown

Integrated Resource Plan Design Fundamentals

This course will provide a fundamental analytic, modeling and strategic skill primer for resource planning professionals and those charged with conducting long-term planning functions.  It will also provide a basic road map for those looking to familiarize themselves with planning strategies related to: Renewable energy GHG/carbon reduction RPS-procurement Demand response Energy efficiency Flexible resources Distributed generation Uncertainty and regulatory risk

By - Jon Brown

Fundamentals of Guying and Anchoring Distribution Lines

Guys and anchors are critical to support the tension of conductors on distribution lines. The reliability of the distribution line is dependent on the proper design of these assemblies. The design of these assemblies is based on the tension of the line and 2012 National Electric Safety Code requirements for strength. In addition, the designer needs a working knowledge of

By - Jon Brown

Long Term Capital & Financial Planning for Municipal/Public Water and Wastewater Utilities

In today’s dynamic utility environment, managers face a greater need for capital funding than ever before to pay for new infrastructure, system expansions, renewal and replacement of existing facilities, as well as to meet increasingly stringent environmental regulations and compliance requirements. As federal and state grant funding programs continue to be reduced and/or eliminated, utility managers must focus more attention

By - Jon Brown

In-Depth Coal Ash Impoundment Closure

With the impact and enforcement of the Federal Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) Rule, owners and operators of coal ash impoundments have been engaged in and are facing the closure of their impoundments. This course shares the expertise of industry leaders from multiple closure service providers. The purpose of the course is to give individuals involved with closure projects either directly

By - Jon Brown

2016 Rate Design Conference

EUCI’s Rate Design conference brings together the impact of changing regulation, increased renewables, and enabling technologies in a way that best illustrates their possible interactions and positive impacts. The conference will provide state-of-the-art perspectives, and best practices in innovative pricing, and the valuation of distributed resources operating in a modernized grid. Leaders in the utility rate design field — providers,

By - Jon Brown

2016 Improving Right Of Way Processes for Electric Transmission Projects

Managing new and upgraded transmission projects in the public right of way (ROW) is an increasingly complex and challenging process.  Electric utilities and transmission developers must balance the competing interests of all stakeholders. Special attention is required at every stage of the process to ensure that reliability and capacity objectives are met while also serving the best interests of landowners,

By - Jon Brown

An Introduction to Electric Utility Systems for Non-Engineers

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

By - Jon Brown

Leadership Conference for Women in Energy

The goal of this event is to help professionals advance their careers in a traditionally male industry by providing insight into key energy trends and skills for personal and professional development.  Join the nation’s most successful women leaders in energy as they share their industry knowledge, strategies and experiences on how to accelerate positive organizational change and personal growth. The

By - Jon Brown

Hydropower Aging Assets: Maintenance & Upgrade Decisions

Choosing whether to maintain or upgrade hydropower plant components can be difficult. Technology and design techniques continue to evolve, allowing vast improvements to equipment.  Poor original equipment reliability can force changes, but often a detailed cost-benefit analysis is needed to make decisions. The question many decision-makers ask is: “Do we continue to maintain the old equipment in our relatively reliable

By - Jon Brown

Project Portfolio Management

Many organizations struggle with limited resources and too many projects in the “pipeline” based on resource capacity. Project portfolio management is a set of business practices and a process that allows organizations to select the right projects at the right time and manage them as an investment in a strategic portfolio of projects and programs. It includes prioritization of projects

By - Danielle Duignan

The Fundamentals of Community Solar Design and Implementation

The growth of solar development and strong renewable energy mandates has created both a dilemma and an opportunity for utilities and independent project developers. In several jurisdictions, where the growth of solar is catching on rapidly and approaching “grid parity”, a majority of prospective customers either do not own their residence or do not have a rooftop sufficient to accommodate

By - Jon Brown

Coal to Gas Conversion: Technology and Practice

Low natural gas prices and static coal prices have created a business opportunity for power producers to utilize significantly greater amounts of natural gas to meet their generation demand. In addition, increasingly stringent environmental regulations will require many coal-fired units to be retired or to be retrofit with emissions control equipment for continued operation on coal. This has led to

By - Jon Brown

Derivatives Accounting for Power and Energy Companies

Achieving hedge accounting has proven to be difficult in almost all industries because of the complexities in the accounting rules and infrastructure necessary to document, test, and track all the hedging relationships.  In the energy and power industries, hedge accounting is especially hard in the best of times, but with the recent volatility in the energy markets — coupled with

By - Jon Brown

Utility Analytics Fundamentals: Techniques, Applications and Case Studies

Analytics — the scientific process of transforming data into insight for making better decisions — are used in virtually every division of a utility organization. During the past few years this knowledge requirement in the industry has emerged and accelerated. It is now a “must-have” skill for almost all utility professionals: from planning, to operations, to trading, to mid-level management,

By - Jon Brown

Electric Safety and Compliance in Utilities based on OSHA, IEEE, and the NESC Standards

Electric utilities place high priorities on providing their workers with safe worksite environment for power line constructions and maintenance. In addition, regulatory agencies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administrations (OSHA) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) provide fundamental rules to create a safe working environment for transmission lines workers. These rules are published in OSHA

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