Understanding the Generation & Transmission Grid

Learn about the key components of the grid infrastructure and how the grid operates to deliver reliable and secure energy to local power systems.
March 8, 2019
11:00am EDT - 12:30pm EDT

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Webinar Description

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Eastern

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 include:

  • 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

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. 

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.

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Registration/Fee Information

This is the second of five webinars in the Electric Utility Industry 101 Webinar Series

Individual webinar: $109 for Association members; $209 for nonmembers

The five-part series (includes two free webinars): $425 for Association members; $825 for nonmembers

  • Register for the 5-part series at a discounted rate. 
  • Webinars are recorded and available for playback, in case you miss the live version. 

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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].