Electric Utility Industry Overview: Strategic Challenges and Trends

Monday, May 14
Grand Hyatt Denver
Denver, Colorado

Course Schedule
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Recommended CEUs .7/PDHs 6.5/CPEs 7.8

Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge
For CPE Accreditation, this course is a group-live offering.

Certificate Program Requirement
This course is required for participants in APPA's Energy Efficiency Management Certificate Program, and APPA's Public Power Manager Certificate Program.

Course Overview
This course provides a largely non-technical overview of the local public power system in its broader operating and business management context. Learn about the electric utility system infrastructure from power grid to meter, its operation, performance, and development. Strategic issues and industry trends that are impacting public power utilities and challenging the traditional public power business model will also be discussed. Each attendee will receive a copy of APPA’s Electric Utility Basics handbook.

Course Topics
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  • Electric utility industry regulation and market restructuring
  • Developments in generation and regional transmission
  • Developments in local transmission and distribution infrastructure
  • Strategic issues and trends for electric utilities
  • The public power business model
  • How changes in the industry are affecting local public power systems

Course Level
This course does not have prerequisites and does not require advance preparation.

Who Should Attend
This course is designed for utility staff and policymakers looking for a comprehensive overview of the electric utility industry and is part of APPA’s Energy Efficiency Management Certificate Program and Public Power Manager Certificate Program.

R. John Miner, P.E., is an executive manager, educator and consultant with more than 45 years of experience in the electric utility industry. He is president of Collaborative Learning, Inc./Collaboration Unlimited of Austin and San Antonio, Texas, and has been an APPA instructor for more than 30 years and an instructor for the University of Wisconsin for 20 years. Before forming his own company, he worked for the Austin, Texas, Electric Utility Department, Rochester Public Utilities in Minnesota, and as an assistant professor for the University of Houston.

*Participants who can demonstrate advanced knowledge of the utility industry, through work experience or coursework, may opt-out of this course. Contact EducationInfo@PublicPower.org for more information.