By - Jon Brown

Pipelines 102: Part 192 Regulatory Requirements for Natural Gas Pipelines

If this event is of interest you may also be interested in this related event Pipelines 101 – Basic Principles of Onshore Pipelines, January 14-15, 2019 in Houston, TX Note: There will be some content overlap between Pipelines 101 and Pipelines Operations and Maintenance If you have any questions, please contact Erin Burba – [email protected] Several recent major accidents have

By - Jon Brown

Gas Insulated Substations

Faced with increasing demands for reliability, improved aesthetics and security, the adoption of gas insulated substations (GIS) by North American utilities is rapidly increasing. Companies elect to use GIS because of the increased load and limited space present in the urban areas. Often, building new substations or increasing capacity is difficult because land is either not available or is prohibitively

By - Jon Brown

Petroleum Geology for Non-Geologists

Geology is a fundamental aspect of the modern effort to locate and usefully exploit hydrocarbons (petroleum, natural gas and even coal). A basic understanding of its concepts, terminology and scope is indispensable for anyone working within the petroleum industry. This course is designed for oil and gas professionals with little or no technical training. The primary objectives of this course

By - Jon Brown

Introduction to Bridge Design for Non-Engineers

The course is intended to introduce basic bridge design concepts to professionals who work in the transportation and/or bridge engineering industry but do not have a bridge engineering background nor directly perform bridge engineering and design. The webinar introduces basic concept of bridge type, functionality, design, behavior, and construction characteristics. The webinar will conclude with a Q&A session. Learning Outcomes

By - Jon Brown

Improving Road Safety with Pervious Pavements

Pavement surface characteristics play a vital role on the safety of road users. In comparison to traditional pavements, pervious pavements provide better surface characteristics in terms of improved friction resistance (skid resistance); reduced potential for hydroplaning in wet weather; reduced water splash, reduced nighttime wet pavement glare and provide better visibility of pavement markings especially on wet nights. To achieve

By - Danielle Duignan

Geomagnetic Disturbance (GMD)

The sun emits coronal mass ejections consisting of charged particles, and approximately 3% of these ejections reach the Earth with varying intensities.  The interaction of the ejections with the Earth’s magnetic field is called a Geomagnetic Disturbance (GMD).  GMD events pose potentially severe, widespread effects on the reliable operation of the bulk power system which may result in voltage collapse

By - Jon Brown

Southwest Clean Power Summit

Virtually every state in the United States can produce its own energy from clean, renewable sources such as solar, geothermal, biomass, landfill gas and wind.  However, some states have more natural resources than others.  This is particularly true in the southwest U.S. — Texas, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, and California — where renewable energy options abound.   The greatest

By - Jon Brown

2017 Utility Storm/Emergency Restoration Logistics Conference

ATTENTION! Due to hurricanes Harvey and Irma we have postponed this event until November 14 – 15, 2017.  All existing registrations will be honored at the new date. To register for this event at the new date, please see here: http://www.euci.com/event_post/0917-storm-logistics/  

By - Jon Brown

Understanding the Evolving Electricity Market Landscape

The electricity landscape is evolving rapidly and being pushed by a few key drivers (decarbonization, decentralization, and digitalization) within the context of global markets. This course will help you understand how these trends are coalescing and integrating to create completely different utility and power market dynamics. It will also explain the opportunities and challenges for grid planners, utilities, solutions vendors,

By - Jon Brown

Combined Cycle Power Plant Fundamentals

“Extremely knowledgeable and industry expert who was enjoyable to listen to.” –Project Manager, AECOM “Great overview of how a combined cycle plant works and how they operate in general. Would recommend for any new employees who have little to no experience with power plants.” –Technician, Portland General Electric If this event is of interest you may also be interested in

By - Jon Brown

Solar Development on Landfills and Brownfields

With solar power moving into the mainstream of energy resources, the aggressive search for suitable greenfield has prompted savvy investors, project developers, suppliers and power organizations to consider sites with less conventional development characteristics. Ironically, these blemished sites often turn out to be attractive siting options for solar projects.  Business is flourishing.  Renewable energy policies, coupled with multiple tax and

By - Jon Brown

FERC Civil Penalties for Market Manipulation

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently approved a settlement with GDF SUEZ Marketing NA, Inc. (“GSEMNA”) in which GSEMNA agreed to pay civil penalties of $41 million and disgorge an additional $40.8 million of profits to resolve allegations that it manipulated the wholesale electric markets administered by PJM Interconnection, L.L.C.  This is the largest civil penalty imposed by FERC

By - Jon Brown

Natural Infrastructure for Resilient Communities

This interactive webinar highlights ecological approaches to address mounting risks from climate-related natural hazards. We will discuss emerging evidence of how well-managed ecosystems (e.g. floodplains, beaches & dunes, tidal marshes, etc.), native vegetation, ecosystem engineers, and nature-based features can help reduce disaster risks in ways that sustain people and nature. Participants will learn basic concepts of natural infrastructure along with

By - Jon Brown

Energy Storage Summit

Energy storage has become big news and a valuable contributor to the energy sector. The interest in energy storage is expanding for a couple of reasons. As utilities continue to add renewables to the grid, storing electrons and releasing them as needed is a key ingredient to solving the intermittency problem, particularly with wind and solar. Secondly, evolving technology now

By - Jon Brown

2017 UAS for Electric Utilities

This conference gathers industry experts to discuss all the important topics relevant to Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)  use for electric utilities. An FAA UAS expert will discuss rules and regulations pertaining to UAS and their implications to the utility industry Xcel Energy’s UAS Program Manager will provide new updates regarding their program CenterPoint Energy will discuss their UAS program and

By - Jon Brown

Basics of the Reserves Report

Many professionals in the oil and natural gas industry have likely heard of the “Reserves Report”, but unless you’re a reserves engineer, it’s unlikely you’ve been exposed to the technical complexity found beyond the title. The Reserves Report is the single point of reference for the value of your resource assets, and is a report required by the Security Exchange

By - Jon Brown

Introduction to Gas Insulated Substations

This course will attempt to provide an in-depth understanding of Gas Insulated Substations (GIS), including design, construction, operations, and maintenance. Attendees will gain a perspective from both an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and utility on the lifecycle journey to a GIS installation including costs and long-term ROI. As more utilities consider making a cost-benefit analysis, they must consider more factors

By - Jon Brown

2017 Rate Design Conference: Rate Design Renaissance

Current advancements in technologies such as solar photovoltaic systems, EVs, and battery storage are likely to have a big impact on future rate designs. As customers consume less power or generate their own, utilities have sought to shore up their bottom lines by decreasing the volumetric portion of utility bills and increasing the fixed portion that customers pay. As customer

By - Jon Brown

Extracting Energy from Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plants

Municipal wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) that re-position themselves as Resource Recovery Facilities can leverage multiple revenue streams including those from renewable natural gas (RNG), environmental attributes of the RNG, tipping fees, recovered nutrients and fertilizer/soil amendments. Recently, environmental attributes of the RNG, such as Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) and Low Carbon Fuel credits have favored the growth of resource recovery

By - Jon Brown

7th Annual 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

Intro to Fault Location, Isolation and Service Restoration (FLISR)

With ever-increasing customer demands for a highly reliable supply of electric power and energy, distribution utilities must avail themselves of new technology and evolving design techniques to insure customer satisfaction.  One of the newest and most effective ways to meet this challenge is through the use of fault location, isolation & service restoration (FLISR) at the medium voltage operating level.

By - Jon Brown

Supply Chain Management for Utilities Conference

Few things can gum up a utility’s operations more completely than mismanaging supplier relationships, parts sourcing, and inventory. Today’s supply chains are the result of what we’ve done in the past; tomorrow’s supply chain will be the result of what we do today.  So, a utility that is constantly examining the efficiency of their supply chain should consistently remain more

By - Jon Brown

Midstream Oil & Gas Contracts

Midstream companies do business through contracts, but often the details are only understood by the core team who creates them.  Whether the contract is for the purchase and sale or processing of oil and gas; for the engineering, procurement, and construction of pipelines and other facilities; or for master purchase or service agreements; there are many critical areas attorneys and

By - Jon Brown

Residential Demand Charges

Today, most American households pay for electric service via a two-part electric rate. There are some variations on this two-part model – including energy rates that vary based on time of day or total monthly consumption.  But, the basic structure of residential rates hasn’t changed much over a long period of time.  In the past few years to address the

By - Jon Brown

Coal Power Plant Fundamentals

This general introductory course provides some basic engineering concepts needed to understand how a coal-fired power plant works, followed by a general overview of power plant layout and operating principles. All major systems in the power plant will be discussed, from coal handling to the switchyard. Relationships between power plant systems will be illustrated. The focus will be on simple

By - Jon Brown

Volt/VAR Optimization

Have you wondered how much energy could be saved by reducing energy losses by a small amount? As pressure increases for utilities to modernize their grids, industry experts are recognizing the significant energy savings and reliability benefits available through use of Volt/VAR Optimization (VVO). VVO systems have the ability to significantly improve power quality, lower line losses and reduce peak

By - Jon Brown

Changing Dynamics in Power Generation

In recent years, the power industry has been undergoing fundamental changes. Aging coal plants are being rapidly retired. Nuclear plants are asking for (and receiving) multi-billion dollar subsidies. And the only new capacity additions being built are wind farms, utility-scale and distributed solar, and high-efficiency gas plants. As a consequence, the dynamics of power generation are changing as well. Solar

By - Jon Brown

The Promise and Challenge of Electric Vehicles from the Utility Perspective

In the past five years, electric vehicle (EV) sales have surged from nothing to approximately 160,000 vehicles.  The market sector is likely to boom in the near future as more affordable and longer-range vehicles, such as the GM Bolt and Tesla Model 3 are introduced into the market. The growth of the EV sector places unique demands on the power

By - Jon Brown

2017 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 - Jon Brown

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

Electric Distribution Grounding & Stray Voltage

“EUCI organized and coordinated a training class that was well put together and focused on attendees and content.” –Electric Utility Engineer III, City of Tallahassee “Speakers were well-spoken and entertaining. Appreciated the joke slides between topics, really helped break it up between.” –Power Quality Engineer, CenterPoint Energy The electric distribution ground system is a complex network of various paths and

By - Jon Brown

Utility Contact Center Conference

Major advances in technology, combined with advances in the ease of access and information-sharing, have created a consumer whose expectations of customer service have increased dramatically. Further, research has shown that proactive and timely communications with customers is critical to customer satisfaction. With developments like smart phones, social media, mobile connectivity, cloud technology, big data, and speech analytics, energy companies

By - Jon Brown

Building Leadership: Conference for Women in Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC)

We are pleased to announce our inaugural event, the Building Leadership: Women in Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC), taking place in Chicago on April 20th and 21st, 2017. This conference will bring together both women and men across related sectors in the AEC industry, leading the way on diversity and inclusion issues. Come network with top professionals in the industry

By - Jon Brown

Business Concepts for Engineers/Utility Professionals

Supplement your current expertise with critical insight into wider business concepts and skills to accelerate your career and help develop the management skills needed to lead your industry. This course will provide the opportunity to analyze and appreciate the global perspective of your work in a different way and understand today’s changing and complex utility business environment. It will give

By - Jon Brown

2017 Plant Retirement: Mitigation of Risk, Project Execution, and Redevelopment

Generation owners of aging coal or oil fueled stations have already done so or are still planning on closing facilities due to various U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules like the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards with some impacts by many other rules as well. While these rules have been a major force in changing the landscape of coal powered generation,

By - Jon Brown

2017 Western Transmission Summit

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

By - Jon Brown

Pipeline Integrity Management

Pipeline Integrity Management (PIM) is the cradle-to-grave approach of understanding and operating pipelines in a safe, reliable manner. PIM programs are systems managed by pipeline owner-operators that consider all stages of the pipeline life cycle, from conception, to engineering and design, construction, operation, inspection, and finally to repair/replacement when necessary. In the United States, pipeline operators are required to abide by regulations put forth

By - Jon Brown

Southeast Clean Power Summit 2017

Many utilities in the traditionally coal power-dominated Southeast (SE) are significantly ramping up investments in renewable energy,  as the states in which they operate adopt policies and implement strategies that promote the addition of solar, wind and other forms of renewable power. Two major utility contributors to this massive uptick from renewable sources are Duke Energy and Southern Companies that

By - Jon Brown

Utility Scale Storage Battery Investments

The concept of storage batteries is not new to the electric power industry. However, the universal application of utility scale storage batteries as an integral component of the U.S. electric power industry transmission and distribution systems is quite new. Currently, the battery technology is on advancement trajectory with the expectation of higher energy density and lower cost. As a result,

By - Jon Brown

Best Practices for Wood Utility Poles

Always in plain view, but not always noticed, wood utility poles have been the backbone of the electric distribution system since the mid-19th century with the installation of the telegraph system. Today, with new technology, new standards, and new materials, it is getting increasingly difficult for utilities to determine what is best for not only their utility, but most importantly,

By - Jon Brown

The Cannabis Industry’s Energy Challenge

The cannabis industry is an extremely energy-intensive business, requiring massive amounts of energy for lighting, venting, and dehumidifiers essential for indoor-growing facilities. In 2012, one study found that legal indoor marijuana growing facilities accounted for 1% of national electricity use at a cost of roughly $6 billion per year, rivaling energy consumption of data centers. States where cannabis is already

By - Danielle Duignan

Best Practices in Public Participation for Transmission Projects

Transmission infrastructure projects are often characterized by high perceived risk and low stakeholder trust.  A balance must be struck between the need for additional transmission development and landowner priorities, environmental impact considerations and regulatory compliance. A comprehensive strategic public participation process is a key tenet to the success of any transmission project.  All stakeholders must be engaged throughout the process,

By - Jon Brown

Facing the Challenges of Aging T&D Infrastructure

Faced with aging transmission and distribution systems and limited O&M budgets, utilities are being pressed to maximize the lifespan of their current equipment while facing heavy scrutiny from both internal and external stakeholders. This conference will provide attendees with clear strategies for managing classifying and prioritizing the repair and replacement of their aging T&D systems. The format for this conference

By - Jon Brown

Preferred Communication Channels for Enhancing Customer Engagement

Major advances in technology, combined with advances in the ease of access and information-sharing, have created a consumer whose expectations of customer service has increased dramatically. Add to that the rapidly growing use of mobile devices across all customer segments, which further promotes the use of mobile communications as an important avenue to help meet utility customer needs and expectations.

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