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

By - Jon Brown

Oilfields 101

This course will present an overview of oilfield operations, both subsurface (downhole) and surface.  The downhole portion will present an overview, and then drill down into actual data from well files, and how the information in the files relates to the reality in the well.  The facilities topics covered will include liquids and gas gathering and processing. The intent is

By - Jon Brown

Microgrids: Commercialization, Lessons Learned and the Next Generation Microgrid

Microgrids are a fundamental tool in enabling today’s grid modernization by addressing growing demand, distributed generation, and environmental pressures among other challenges. Microgrids offer new technology and service choices for customers and can be designed and operated to meet the needs of specific customers in contrast to the utility grid, which is designed to deliver a generic service to all

By - Jon Brown

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 - Jon Brown

Smart Metering for Water Utilities

The use of a smart infrastructure in the utility industry, including advanced metering, is growing. Advanced metering can consist of two-way communications or drive-by reads and provides a utility with an additional connection to its customers. In addition, a utility can have a better understanding of the quality and distribution of its product, thereby allowing for improvements in service reliability

By - Jon Brown

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 - Jon Brown

Transmission Structure and Foundations: Materials, Standards, Analysis, and Design

The surging demand for electric power has led to upgrading, designing and building new transmission lines across North America. With the emergence of powerful computer methods for analysis and design, this demand in turn is mandating experienced line designers, structural and geotechnical engineers. With the retirement of one generation of experienced engineers and designers, and regular revisions and updates to

By - Jon Brown

Net Energy Metering (NEM) and Utility Solar Rates

Net energy metering (NEM) was a simple and appropriate rate mechanism when the solar industry began its push into the power industry equation and consumer-installed PV panels were relatively uncommon. It was simple for consumers and small businesses to understand the value proposition, and relatively benign for utilities to integrate the limited number of solar customers in their service areas. 

By - Jon Brown

Electric Utility System Operations 101

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

By - Jon Brown

Electric Utility Basics: Generation, Delivery, Operations, Regulation, and Economics

This training program is intended for persons working in, dealing with, or having special interest in the electric utility industry. It covers material on basic concepts, terms, and integration of functions in electric power systems. The primary functions of generation, transmission and distribution, planning concepts, operations and maintenance, regulation, rates, and economics will be addressed. The course will identify challenges,

By - Jon Brown

Renewable Energy and Storage

This course will describe  the considerations involved in developing combinations of renewable energy (solar and wind) with energy storage to create needed solutions for the growing transition from fossil fuels to clean energy in North America.  Combinations of renewable energy and storage for both distributed retail and grid-level wholesale markets will be covered — including their similarities and differences —

By - Jon Brown

Design Build: The Basics

Public owners faced with planning, executing and successfully completing their first major construction project will likely be presented with a variety of project delivery approaches, including design-build. Design-build offers a single point of responsibility for both design and construction, and if properly approached, can potentially shorten the time for completion and help avoid many of the disputes related issues that

By - Jon Brown

In-Depth Tax Planning for Renewable Energy Projects

Maximizing the benefits of tax incentives is vital in any renewable energy transaction, and whether a project “pencils out” generally turns on the efficient use of these incentives. How soon investors can get their desired return and exit the project, as well as how much a project developer receives and when, depend greatly on how the tax incentives are handled.

By - Jon Brown

Procuring for C&I Renewable Goals: Collaborating for Successful Transactions

Commercial and industrial (C&I) businesses are large end-users of electricity that traditionally represent a significant portion of a utility’s revenue.  Pressed by public sentiment for cleaner energy sources, these C&I businesses are increasingly entering into contracts to buy or invest in renewable energy generation.  A number of corporations have already been successful in this space, and their transactions now account

By - Jon Brown

Renewable Energy Procurement Summit

Across the country, utilities, load-serving entities (LSE’s) and retail electric providers (REPs) are increasingly engaging in competitive bidding practices for renewable energy resource procurement.  Government incentives to promote renewables, public opinion, environmental measures and state renewable portfolio standards (RPS) — regulatory mandates to increase production of energy from renewable sources — are all driving this trend. Typically, few utilities or

By - Danielle Duignan

Underwriting Community Solar Projects

Shared (community) solar has seen accelerating adoption rates by project developers and utilities alike.  As with the other classes of solar – residential and utility-scale — the big drivers have been financing mechanisms and regulatory policies. But the multiple layers and complexities associated with underwriting community solar can seem overwhelming. This development type shares most of the requirements that all

By - Jon Brown

Transactive Energy Fundamentals

The electric industry landscape is undergoing significant changes due to advances in technology, increased use of intermittent renewable resources at both the bulk power and distribution levels, and increased participation of consumers/prosumers in power system operations. The salient features of the emerging electricity systems and energy markets include bidirectional flow of energy, information, and money to and from the consumer/prosumer

By - Jon Brown

Cost of Service and Rate Design for Water Utilities 101

Water utilities are faced with escalating costs and infrastructure needs, while under pressure to keep reliable service at reasonable rates.  Cost of service studies are essential to assist a utility in setting fair and equitable rates.  This class is an introductory course and will review the basics of cost of service studies (COS) for water utilities as well as key

By - Jon Brown

Credit & Collections 2016

At EUCI’s “14th Annual Credit and Collections for Utilities conference”, attendees will hear new strategies from utilities, industry experts, and researchers as they share ideas, potential solutions, as well as the challenges on the horizon in this critical effort to improve collections. This event will offer an educational atmosphere for utility credit and customer service professionals where they can learn

By - Jon Brown

Cogeneration: Considerations, Advantages, Disadvantages and Economics

This course is intended for those that would like to gain familiarity with the various issues and challenges that are faced when considering the possibility of installing a cogeneration facility.  Cogeneration or combined heat and power (CHP) is the simultaneous production of electricity and heat from a single fuel source.  Even though the heat and power are fueled from a

By - Jon Brown

Solar + Storage Tax Credits

In recent years, utilities and other load-serving entities (LSEs) have increasingly been evaluating battery storage resources as a supplemental technology to enhance the value of solar energy systems. These solar-plus-storage energy systems could potentially be the key to balance the intermittency of solar generation, providing greater grid reliability and enhancing solar energy’s value and flexibility as a resource. The solar

By - Jon Brown

Fundamentals of Cyber Security for Nuclear Plants

Like other parts of critical infrastructure, nuclear power faces cyber security threats, and the Nuclear Regulatory commission (NRC) has mandated that these threats be addressed ultimately through an agreed upon approach through NEI 08-09.  However, because of the dangers nuclear presents, operators face much greater challenges in providing needed cybersecurity controls for critical digital assets (CDAs). New  digital components are

By - Jon Brown

Overhead Distribution Systems

This course will introduce and provide non-technical people with the basics of the overhead distribution system and all the general components that make up the system. Issues that are involved in the design, construction, operation, reliability, protection and maintenance of overhead distribution, as well as safety awareness will be discussed.  It will allow people who are not distribution engineers to

By - Danielle Duignan

Distribution Neutral Grounding and Stray Voltage

Grounding is one of the most misunderstood areas of distribution engineering. Although good grounding is generally helpful, sometimes improving grounds does little – if anything – to improve system performance, and it may actually have a negative effect. With the widespread addition of renewable and conventional distributed generation, it is important for the practicing engineer to understand the effects of

By - Jon Brown

The Ontario Energy Challenge

“The Ontario Energy Challenge” will be a conference with a difference.  As a conference participant, you will not only hear from an outstanding roster of energy experts; you will also be engaged with the Conference Steering Committee and our speakers in developing recommendations to be submitted to the Ontario Government on what should be incorporated into the Ontario Long Term

By - Jon Brown

Pipelines 101 – Basic Principles of Onshore Pipelines

This is an introductory course to pipelines. The history of pipelines, definitions and terminology, and how pipelines work will be included in the discussion on the first morning. The focus will then move to natural gas and crude oil pipelines from the planning, design, and construction to the operation, safety, and maintenance of the pipelines. The intent of this course

By - Jon Brown

Asset Management Strategies for Power Transformers Conference

The United States electrical grid’s aging infrastructure is a concern for most every utility across the country.  The criticality of our large power transformers and substations will continue to rise as the demand for power continues to increase. In addition to the aging infrastructure, threats such as cyber-attacks and physical damages due to unforeseen issues such as hurricanes and tornadoes,

By - Jon Brown

6th Utility Storm, Emergency Planning & Preparedness Conference

The rules are changing for utility storm response efforts. Even under the worst of conditions, the expectation is that the lights come back on… fast. Restoring power in the wake of a major storm requires extensive planning and preparation that must be done well in advance of and continuously updated to reflect new complexities. When a storm does hit, utilities

By - Jon Brown

2nd Annual Residential Demand Charges for Utilities Summit

Residential distributed generation (DG) customers have distinct, and often unpredictable, load profiles. On sunny days, they might not consume any electricity from the utility during the day, particularly at peak sun times, and in fact may be net exporters to the utility. Such customers with greater variability in their load profiles — particularly those who use a greater amount of

By - Jon Brown

Leadership Conference for Women in Energy

[printfriendly] 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.

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