Webinar Series

Electric Utility Industry 101 Webinar Series

This five-part webinar series presents a non-technical overview of public power operations and business management.

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Series Description

This five-part series presents a non-technical overview of the public power system in its larger operating and business management context. Explore the electric utility system infrastructure from energy source to meter, including what is involved in its operation, performance, and development. Learn how the regulatory structure and industry trends are challenging the traditional public power business model, and what utilities are doing to successfully operate in the 21st century.

The five-part series recorded in 2019, includes the following webinars: 

  • Exploring Electric Utility Regulations and Business Models
  • Understanding the Generation & Transmission Grid
  • Operating a Local Public Power System
  • Managing a Public Power Utility Enterprise
  • Keeping Pace with Utility Trends and Technologies

Recommended for

Designed for utility staff and policymakers looking for a comprehensive overview of the how the electric utility industry works, the key components of a local public power system and operational areas, and current challenges and trends impacting the industry. This series is geared towards those who are new to the electric utility industry, though experienced staff can also benefit.

Speaker

R. John Miner 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, Texas. John has been an instructor for the Association for more than 30 years and for the University of Wisconsin for 20 years. Before forming his own company, he worked for the Austin, Texas, Electric Utility Department (now Austin Energy), Rochester Public Utilities in Minnesota, and as an assistant professor at the University of Houston. He is also the author of the Association’s Electric Utility Basics manual.

Purchase the full 5-part series: $425 for members; $825 for nonmembers

Recommended: Electric Utility Basics Manual

Participants in the Electric Utility 101 webinar series are encouraged to purchase a copy of the Association’s Electric Utility Basics publication (written by the webinar instructor, John Miner). The publication isn’t required for the webinar series but is a great resource for those looking to learn more about the industry.

Contact Us

Have questions or would like to purchase individual webinars? Contact 202-467-2997 or [email protected]

 

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    Webinar #1: Exploring Electric Utility Regulations and Business Models 

    Recording length: 1 hour, 33 minutes

    The electric utility industry is evolving along with changes to legislation and regulations. Learn – or get a refresher on – the different utility ownership types, regulatory structures, and business models. Review how key legislative and regulatory initiatives have brought change to both the wholesale and retail electric energy markets and discuss how these changes affect the way utilities operate.

    Topics 

    • The utility regulatory structure
    • Why and how utility regulation has changed
    • Utility ownership types and business structures
    • New wholesale and retail market operations

    Speaker

    • John Miner, President, Collaborative Learning Inc., Austin, Texas

     

    Webinar #2: Understanding the Generation & Transmission Grid

    Recording length: 1 hour, 36 minutes

    The electric grid has been called one of the greatest engineering marvels of the 20th century, yet few people understand how it works, or how it has evolved to meet 21st century demands. Explore the range of electric energy sources and the ways that these sources provide electricity to the interconnected national and regional transmission power grids. Learn about the key components of the grid infrastructure and how the grid operates to deliver reliable and secure energy to local power systems.

    Topics 

    • Electric generation types and operating characteristics (fossil fuels, nuclear, renewables)
    • Electric energy sources and operating characteristics
    • Key components of the interconnected national and regional transmission grid
    • Grid operation, reliability, and security

    Speaker

    • John Miner, President, Collaborative Learning Inc., Austin, Texas

     

    Webinar #3: Operating a Local Public Power System

    Recording length: 1 hour, 38 minutes

    Explore the ins and outs of how a public power system delivers electricity to businesses, homes, and other customers. Review the physical features that make up the system, including substations and lines, and the key components involved in operating the transmission and distribution portions of a public power system. Also learn how public power utilities are incorporating distributed generation sources into the local transmission and distribution network.

    Topics 

    • Substations
    • Overhead and underground lines (transmission and distribution)
    • System operation, monitoring, and protection
    • Strategies for interconnection of distributed generation

    Speaker

    • John Miner, President, Collaborative Learning Inc., Austin, Texas

     

    Webinar #4: Managing a Public Power Utility Enterprise

    Recording length: 2 hours, 2 minutes

    Learn what is involved in managing the business aspects of a public power utility. Review typical electric utility business management functions and considerations for capital and operating costs, marketing and sales, and competitive forces. Explore how rate design and other cost recovery mechanisms impact a utility’s bottom line, and how the expectations of customers, regulators, and other stakeholders translate into developing a utility’s services.

    Topics 

    • Electric utility business management functions
    • Cost structure, cost management, and cost recovery
    • Customer services, marketing and sales
    • Business performance and competition

    Speaker

    • John Miner, President, Collaborative Learning Inc., Austin, Texas

     

    Webinar #5: Keeping Pace with Utility Trends and Technologies

    Recording length: 2 hours

    We don’t know exactly what the future holds, but we do know that utilities can expect to see more distributed energy resources, energy conservation and storage, continued physical and cybersecurity threats to the grid, new technologies, changes in customer expectations, and changes to the workforce. Learn how public power utilities can keep pace with industry trends, and what strategies foster success and sustainability. Discuss ways to leverage new technologies and changing customer expectations to develop your workforce and services to meet these changes and associated challenges head on.

    Topics 

    • Changing customer needs and expectations (services, reliability, pricing, information, communication)
    • Impacts of distributed generation, energy storage, AMI, and smart grid technologies
    • Critical infrastructure and challenges in physical and cybersecurity
    • New technologies for system automation, information management, and workforce development
    • Changing workforce requirements and work management technologies
    • Changing employee needs and expectations

    Speaker

    • John Miner, President, Collaborative Learning Inc., Austin, Texas

    Purchase the full 5-part series: $425 for members; $825 for nonmembers

    Contact Us

    Have questions or would like to purchase individual webinars? Contact 202-467-2997 or [email protected]