Getting to Know Today’s Electric Utility Industry

An interactive 1-day workshop covering the major aspects of the electric utility industry. Questions that are answered during the day include:  What is electricity and how is it “generated?” How do you compare the many choices of generation and demand management and what does everything cost? How does the “grid” work? Who regulates the electric grid and ensures reliability? What are organized energy markets and how do they work? How do states and local governments regulate utilities and what happens in the ratemaking process? How do investor-owned utilities make profits and how does that process influence their behavior?  How does someone get a handle on all the industry disruption and change – on what should we be focused? How do utilities work with customers, what are key customer trends to watch, and how do utilities influence customer behavior?  And if you think that’s a lot to cover, we also answer everyone’s questions, have fun, encourage networking, and seek to simplify this complex industry.

Is it right for you?

Are you new to the industry?  Do you work for an electric utility, regulatory agency, or policy-maker? This session will help you get you up to speed and give you context for your role. Are you part of a clean tech company, non-profit, or utility supplier? Do you have to communicate complex energy topics to customers or the public? Maybe you are an experienced professional just looking to keep up with the industry changes and disruptions happening around you? Come join us…it will be well worth your time! See previous attendee’s comments here.

When you’re done you’ll know…

So much more than you ever thought you were missing! You can tell all your co-workers about the basic principles of electricity, and share your knowledge of the many types of generation. Everyone will be impressed when you explain the different monopoly business models. When someone asks, “What’s a NERC?” you’ll know, and you’ll also know what a FERC is. Wow them with your grasp of the North American grid organization, and explain why disruption has the industry in an upheaval. PURPA will no longer keep you up at night, and you’ll rest easier knowing that unbundling and deregulation are occurring all across the country. If all of that wasn’t enough, we’ll throw in some customer trends and choices! And you thought electric utilities were boring.

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