By - Jon Brown

Best Practices in Optimizing the Renewable Energy RFO/RFP Competitive Procurement Process

Utilities and other buyers of bulk renewable energy face an increasingly complex, competitive terrain when procuring new types of resources to meet clean energy and RPS requirements.  The new landscape has sprouted a market with hundreds of new procurement entrants, meaning a single request for proposal (RFP/RFO) may receive hundreds of responses with varying configurations and price offers. These competing,

By - Jon Brown

Capacity Markets: Design Fundamentals & Critical Elements

This course will provide an in-depth overview of the fundamentals of capacity market design. In particular, it will discuss the capacity market frameworks in use in the U.S., key ongoing debates surrounding the integration of capacity market designs with state zero-emission public policy initiatives, review the experience with capacity markets to date, and compare them to experience with current scarcity

By - Jon Brown

FERC Hydropower Compliance

If this event is of interest you may also be interested in these related events FERC Hydropower Licensing, December 14, 2020 Introduction to FERC Hydropower, December 8, 2020 Hydropower 101, December 7, 2020 This course will present a detailed overview of compliance and administration required at 1,000 active hydropower licenses and more than 600 projects that are exempted from licensing

By - Jon Brown

Offshore Wind: Permitting and Processes

As the offshore wind market gains traction, project developers must navigate the environmental review and permitting process, focusing on laws such as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), but they must also manage the various stakeholder issues that can affect the trajectory of a project. Developers and project managers must meet the various legalities, while

By - Jon Brown

Optimizing Distribution-Level Interconnections

The distribution grid is becoming an increasingly complex energy ecosystem, as solar, battery storage, and other DERs move into mainstream use.  The energy industry is still learning how these new technologies will impact the grid, with consideration given to the different sizes, capabilities, and forms (i.e. “hybrid” solar + storage) these projects are being proposed and developed.  This has made

By - Jon Brown

Pipeline Safety Regulations

The pipeline industry is under heightened scrutiny by regulators, the media and the public. The NTSB highlighted aging pipelines as a concern in its 2019-2020 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements. Likewise, Congress has ongoing interest in the safety of older transmission pipelines and in the replacement of leaky and deteriorating cast iron pipe in natural gas distribution systems. 

By - Jon Brown

Marginal Cost of Electricity Services

Marginal generation capacity costs have been set according to the least-cost means by which capacity can be provided. The $/kW-year costs associated with simple cycle CT capacity, however determined, has served as the benchmark methodology for some time. As a practical matter, recent developments challenge this well-anchored approach. First, lower levels of expected inflation and ongoing cost efficiencies introduce institutional

By - Jon Brown

Pandemic Response – Lessons Learned and Adjusting to a New Normal

As the world moves through this historic Coronavirus 2019 (“COVID-19”), the energy community continues to fight operations, security, and grid challenges to maintain reliability. By now, many organizations across industry have had a chance to analyze the scope of this pandemic and begin implementing a strategic response. However, the important question that still remains is “what next?” As we move

By - Jon Brown

Impact of 5G Deployments on Utility Infrastructure

Wireless telecommunications networks interconnect the nation’s electronics, machinery and systems, fuel national economic growth, and allow millions of people to communicate daily. To enable the high speed, low latency broadband services needed for today’s wireless networks, telecommunications carriers are deploying the fifth generation (5G) of wireless services. This 5G network is expected to provide technological and economic benefits to consumers,

By - Jon Brown

2020 Fleet Management for Executives

Relative to the overall cost of operating a utility company, the cost of owning and operating a utility company fleet is small and seemingly inconsequential. As a result, much of utility fleet management, including its vehicles and equipment, suffer from administrative neglect. And yet, utilities cannot function without their fleets; line crews regularly attest to the fact that their most

By - Jon Brown

Hosting Capacity Analysis (HCA)

“Hosting Capacity Analysis” (HCA) is an analytical tool that helps utilities, regulators and developers evaluate the best locations for distributed energy resources (DERs) to be added to the grid and determine their grid impacts, and what they are worth at each location.  HCA can be used as an interconnection screen and to steer optimal development of DERs on the distribution

By - Jon Brown

ADMS 101 – Advanced Distribution Management Systems

Arguably, grid modernization has had more impact on the electric distribution system than on any other portion of the power grid. Electric distribution utilities have been migrating mostly manual, paper-driven business processes to electronic, computer assisted decision making with a much higher level of automation than before. Visibility of the growing penetration of distributed energy resources (DERs) and their impact

By - Jon Brown

Renewable Energy M&A in the Evolving Marketplace

Analysts had predicted that the renewable energy market would be in overdrive in 2020.  Experts anticipated increased demand for tax equity this year and, in response to that expectation, many sponsors came to the market early in mid- to late 2019 with 2020 projects. The industry is still working toward finalizing those transactions. The reality is there are a lot

By - Jon Brown

Project Management for Power Generation Professionals

Modeled specifically for the power generation industry, this course will give the participant a strong overview of project management fundamentals and how to apply them to real world projects. The content is in compliance with the PMBOK© (Project Management Body of Knowledge) as published by PMI (Project Management Institute). The participant will learn how to determine project scope, develop a

By - Jon Brown

The Impact of Distributed Energy Resources on the Power System and Electricity Markets

“This course has helped utilities better prepare for the challenges and opportunities DER technology has to offer, especially around the concepts of hosting capacity, power quality concerns, protection and coordination concerns, and infrastructure offset opportunities.” Manager – Distribution Planning, EPCOR The growth of distributed generation (DG) and distributed energy resources (DERs) is challenging many of the assumptions upon which traditional

By - Jon Brown

Applied Enterprise Architecture (EA)

Enterprise Architecture (EA) is increasingly being used in businesses across a variety of industry sectors as a key tool to proactively understand, and respond to, emerging trends and disruption impacting all levels of business.  By understanding the social, financial, and technical elements of an organization – and how they relate to each other in their environment – EA provides a

By - Jon Brown

Project Schedule Management

If this event is of interest you may also be interested in this related event Project Cost Management , June 12, 2020  This webinar will give the participant an overview of project scheduling. To develop a definitive schedule, one must first determine the scope of the project. This requires discussions with key stakeholders, suppliers, end users, and clients. Further, maintaining

By - Jon Brown

Project Cost & Schedule Management

“EUCI made me believe that learning is not locked down during COVID 19 pandemic time. EUCI provided online learning opportunity which proved that learning from home is possible!” –Operations Support Analyst, TC Energy ”Teams was very easy to navigate and made for a great and easy platform to use.” –Sr. Communications Specialist, Pepco Holding This course will give the participant

By - Jon Brown

Mapping Robust Business Performance (Post-Pandemic) Using Scenario Planning

Are you finding that the COVID-19 pandemic is creating unprecedented uncertainty for you, your organization and your industry or sector and supply chain?  Are you wondering what the new normal might look like and what it might mean for your organization?  Are you looking to invest or reinvest in proven tools and methods for tackling complexity? In a crisis, survival

By - Jon Brown

Improving Human Performance on the Grid

As new technologies integrate into the energy industry, human resilience is challenged by the complexity of adapting while maintaining legacy assets. This transition presents opportunities and challenges to the workforce. Proven Human Performance strategies and techniques, combined with augmented reality and other emerging technologies, can now be provided to a worker to make him safer and more resilient in today’s

By - Jon Brown

Long Duration Energy Storage: The Economic Case and the Technologies

Interest in long duration energy storage is rising rapidly as the growth of variable output renewables continues and issues with grid stability & efficiency become more tangible for grid operators. Long duration energy storage is expected to be increasingly necessary for an electricity system to transition from a primary reliance on conventional fossil fuel generation to a grid dominated by

By - Jon Brown

Extending the Retail Portfolio: Fixed Billing for Mass Market Customers

Retail rate designers have been experimenting with broadening choices for residential and small commercial customers. Not only are they offering time-of-use pricing, sometimes with short-notice critical price updates, but also at the other end of the pricing spectrum with fixed billing.  Fixed billing offers customers a lump-sum bill that is fixed for the contract period, usually a year, based on

By - Jon Brown

Energy Storage Contracts

If this event is of interest you may also be interested in this related event Maximizing the Value Propositions of (Hybrid) Renewable and Energy Storage Projects, May 27, 2020 In the electric system, energy storage is a technology like no other because of the multiple, essential functions it can perform as a generation resource, as load, and as transmission or

By - Jon Brown

Maximizing the Value Propositions of (Hybrid) Renewable and Energy Storage Projects

If this event is of interest you may also be interested in this related event Energy Storage Contracts, May 28, 2020  The practice of combining energy storage with wind and solar projects is increasingly the norm.  For investors and grid operators on utility-scale projects, the grid stability features and market pricing optionality provided by storage to their variable and intermittent

By - Jon Brown

Virtual Engagement Tools for Transmission Projects

Utilities, agencies and organizations across the world have been flexing quickly to modify their engagement efforts amidst the current COVID-19 situation. As with this current situation and possible future scenarios, business must go on, and to help appropriately adapt, utilities need to be flexing their virtual engagement tools and techniques to accommodate project schedules. This webinar is aimed at providing

By - Jon Brown

Utility Tax Accounting

As the Power & Utility industry continues its rapid transformation to the utility industries of the future, it is important to stay abreast of the tax issues that the industry faces.  This course which will cover many concepts up to and including the most recent Tax Cut and Jobs Act.  Together, we will review how utility tax and tax accounting

By - Jon Brown

DER Management Systems (DERMS) Decision Making to Manage Increasing Distributed Energy Resources

Distributed Energy Resources (DER) are impacting electric utilities, transmission operators, regulatory agencies and society at large.  As utilities seek to gain greater visibility and control of DER in their territory, the need for advanced processes, planning and technology is required. This has spurred the emergence of DER management initiatives, which is a combination of new operational processes, organizational change, upgrades

By - Jon Brown

Overview of Transmission Splicing and Maintenance of the Underground Transmission System

Underground transmission is a costly and complicated project type. One of the most complicated components of an underground transmission line are the splices connecting two cables together. If you are interested in learning more about how these splices are accomplished and the maintenance required, this course will provide you with a high-level overview of transmission splicing and the processes involved.

By - Jon Brown

Conscious Inclusion: The Leadership Competency of the Future

If this event is of interest you may also be interested in this related event How to Be a Sponsor of Diverse Teams, May 6, 2020 Unconscious bias is a popular term in conjunction with diversity and inclusion. These biases, the social stereotypes about certain groups of people that we form without explicitly realizing, impacts all of us. Unconscious bias

By - Jon Brown

Crisis Communications II: Planning, Preparedness and Mitigation

If this event is of interest you may also be interested in these related events Crisis Leadership: Strategic Decision-Making and Data Analysis, May 26, 2020 | Online Crisis Communications I: Leading Strategically During Uncertainty, May 27, 2020 | Online How your organization communicates during a crisis can largely determine your outcome. Companies must be prepared to communicate with the public,

By - Jon Brown

Crisis Leadership: Strategic Decision-Making and Data Analysis

If this event is of interest you may also be interested in these related events Crisis Communications I: Leading Strategically During Uncertainty, May 27, 2020 | Online Crisis Communications II: Planning, Preparedness and Mitigation, May 28, 2020 | Online The current marketplace during this pandemic is forcing utility and energy leaders to make sweeping decisions affecting workforce size, load demands,

By - Jon Brown

Crisis Communications I: Leading Strategically During Uncertainty

If this event is of interest you may also be interested in these related events Crisis Leadership: Strategic Decision-Making and Data Analysis, May 26, 2020 | Online Crisis Communications II: Planning, Preparedness and Mitigation, May 28, 2020 | Online In a crisis, leaders and their organization are in the spotlight as never before. Key audiences who have the power to

By - Jon Brown

Distribution Volt/VAR Management

Power Factor Correction and Voltage Regulation are essential components for distribution system efficiency and power quality. This course introduces attendees to these concepts and moves quickly into the characteristics and application for power capacitor and voltage regulators. It then expands to provide information that will be helpful in specifying features and accessories for both devices.  Upon completion of the course

By - Jon Brown

5G Deployment: Next Generation Communication Network Planning

The level of expectation created around 5G and the next generation network is huge – but as always, the reality will be something different. The options for public network utilisation vs private usage is of great interest to utility companies, as is the potential for hybrid options, network slicing and options for integration with other last mile connectivity solutions such

By - Jon Brown

FERC Accounting 101

“EUCI provided accountants and non-accountants alike an amazing opportunity to hear a professional in the industry and their experiences. The environment was warm and engaging, and I really enjoyed my time here.” Accountant Associate, El Paso Electric Company The overriding purpose of the Uniform System of Accounts (USofA) is to ensure uniformity and consistency in the reporting of the accounting transactions

By - Jon Brown

Renewable Energy 101

“The course surpassed my expectations – a lot of very pertinent data was covered over a very short time. This is a great course for anyone who wants to learn more about the electric industry including power risks and opportunities.” – Senior Technical Advisor, EPRI Renewable energy is growing at an astounding pace, and now accounts for more than three-fourths

By - Jon Brown

Switchgear Cubicle Safety

Working in Switchgear Cubicles just got a lot safer. When your employees need to enter a switchgear cubicle to perform inspections, maintenance, or repairs, they face numerous safety challenges. There may be unsafe access to critical components such as secondary blocks and auxiliary switches, limited ability to perform thorough inspections due to exposed energized bus, and no underside protection from

By - Jon Brown

Pricing Distributed Energy Resources: The Canadian Challenge

Canadians are beginning to explore site generation, and their utilities are facing the need to support them with connection services and supportive rates. While distribution costs are going up, sales revenues are going down.  This webinar reviews why distributed energy resources (DER) creates this dilemma. We will review how Canadian utilities currently price DER, via net metering and net billing. We

By - Jon Brown

Reactive Power Compensation at Big Hill Switchyard: A Case Study

The Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ) project is the Public Utility Commission of Texas’ response to a public mandate to increase renewable energy in Texas to serve the electric needs of the state. LCRA Transmission Services Corporation is one of several transmission service providers that have been formally ordered by the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) to construct the

By - Jon Brown

Siting and Permitting for Transmission Projects [POSTPONED]

Out of an abundance of caution and per CDC guidelines, this event has been postponed. We will post exact dates as soon as they are confirmed.  Siting new transmission lines is a daunting task with numerous regulatory hurdles in the process. These complications are compounded when projects have an impact on areas that have significant natural, rural, or urban resources.

By - Jon Brown

Green Infrastructure: Concepts, Planning, Implementation, and Maintenance

There are many practical purposes for implementing green infrastructure including increased stormwater control, enhanced energy efficiency, and improved water, soil, and air quality. Additionally, green infrastructure beautifies landscapes and reduces heat stress in urban environments, hosting several long-term benefits at a relatively low cost. This course will be led by Brian Wethington, Green Infrastructure Project Manager, City of Denver and

By - Jon Brown

Intermediate Energy Trading, Hedging, Portfolio & Risk Management

This course is geared toward those who want to build on a base-line knowledge of energy markets transacting, power trading and hedging. It will cover market dynamics and the difference between transacting in traditional bilateral markets, OTC and exchange energy markets as well as wholesale electricity (ISO) markets. The content will examine the different market players and their motives, as

By - Jon Brown

Energy Transaction & Trading Fundamentals

This is an Online Course. In light of COVID-19 conditions, for the health and safety of our speakers and attendees, EUCI events are now conducted exclusively online. If this event is of interest you may also be interested in this related event Intermediate Energy Trading, Hedging, Portfolio & Risk Management, October 20-21, 2020 This course will provide the fundamental knowledge

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