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. Topics include: utility business models and regulations, the generation and transmission grid, distribution system components and operations, business operational areas, utility trends and technologies.
February 22 - April 19, 2019

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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 includes the following webinars, all held at 11:00 a.m. Eastern. Sign up for webinars individually or register for the series at a discounted rate. You'll also get access to recordings and slides for future reference. 

Who Should Participate

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.


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 Electric Utility Basics Manual

Participants in the Electric Utility 101 webinar series will have an opportunity to purchase a discounted copy of the Association’s Electric Utility Basics publication at a discounted rate (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.

Shortly after you register for the webinar, you will receive an email from the Association with instructions on how to order a discounted copy of the book (limit one per registrant). Copies will be mailed out shortly after you place your order. Discounted rate (20% off) for webinar attendees: $40

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Registration/Fee Information

Individual webinars: $109 for members; $209 for nonmembers

Please click on each webinar title to register individually:

The 5-part series: $425 for members; $825 for nonmembers (one free webinar)

  • Register for the series (5 webinars).
  • Webinars are recorded and available for playback, in case you miss the live version.

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  • You will need a username and password to register. If you need assistance, please contact our web services staff.

How to Join a Webinar

  • Log-in information will be sent out the morning of each event (around 8 a.m. Eastern). If you do not receive the reminder email, please call 202-467-2965 or email [email protected]). 
  • Registration is for one phone line and one computer. If you have multiple employees participating from the same location, all can listen in via speaker phone.
  • You may use voice over internet protocol (VoIP) instead of a phone line. This option allows you to listen to the webinar audio through your computer’s microphone and speakers.
  • Submit your questions for speakers before the webinar — email them to [email protected]. You may also ask questions via online via chat during the webinar.


  • Each webinar is worth 1.5 CPEs/.2 CEU/1.5 PDH credits
    CPE Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge
  • The completion certificate is only available to the person who registered for the webinar and attendance is confirmed by the webinar report log.
  • Links to all handouts and an audio recording will be sent out shortly after the webinar.

Contact Us

Contact 202-467-2965 or [email protected].