The Utility Classroom blog


Utility Classroom supports the Association of Women in Energy (AWE)

March 7, 2018

In honor of International Women’s Day let’s be in awe of AWE, the Association of Women in Energy. AWE’s mission is to encourage, assist and unite women in the energy industry through networking, education and mentoring opportunities. In that spirit, just in the last couple of … Read more

We're always asked

What in the world is clean coal?

February 2, 2018

The energy and electric utility industries are full of overly complicated issues, jargon, and misconceptions, partly because the industries often find themselves at the intersection of physics and politics. Questions that we are constantly asked in our classes include “what is clean coal?” and “is … Read more

We're always asked

The Grid: why we keep building a bigger church for Easter Sunday

December 21, 2017

Utility Classroom was founded in Oregon, supposedly the most “un-churched” state in the US. But even here in Oregon it’s apparent that the two days a year when many people go to church are on Christmas and Easter Sunday. Those are the days of the … Read more

We're always asked

How do you compare generation choices?

November 21, 2017

In our workshops we spend an entire section of the day understanding and comparing different types of generation options (as well as demand side management options).  How do we do this fairly and come up with apples to apples comparisons—for example, how does solar generation … Read more


Interested in Demand Response training? Try a PLMA Course and save $700

November 2, 2017

Utility Classroom has a partnership with the Peak Load Management Association (PLMA) and YOU can benefit.  PLMA is a electric industry trade organization made up of Demand Response (DR) solution providers and consultants along with the utilities that offer DR programs to their customers.  Attendees … Read more

We're always asked

How is the solar market changing?

November 1, 2017

We always get lots of questions and have healthy discussions regarding solar during our classes.  No other technology has caused as much disruption to the industry as solar.  We talk about the pros & cons, look at why it has been so disruptive, and how … Read more

What's New?

2018 Calendar Planning Under Way

October 25, 2017

We are finalizing the 2018 calendar now.  Utility Classroom is looking for host organizations and cities to add to our schedule. Can’t find one near you? Let us know! And join our mailing list if you’d like to be notified when we add new locations and classes.


Host an event

May 13, 2017

Interested in hosting a public Utility Classroom workshop?  Do you have a room that comfortably fits 15 – 20 people?  If so, let’s talk!  We’ll make it worthwhile for you and your organization.  Contact us at (503)867-2234 or