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 22, 2018

2 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern


This is the first in series of five Electric Utility 101 webinars:

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. 

Webinar Description

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

Who Should Participate

These webinars are for anyone in or affiliated with an electric utility that would like to attain a basic understanding of how the industry works, the key components of a public power system, and managing a utility as a business enterprise. This series is geared towards those who are new to the electric utility industry, including public power policymakers, management, and other staff, although experienced staff can also benefit from this comprehensive overview.


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.


  • You will need a username and password to register. If you need assistance, please contact us.

Log-In/Call-In Information

  • Log-in information for each webinar will be sent out the morning of the event (around 10:30 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 in this webinar from the same organization and all are in the same location, you can have multiple people 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.


  • 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.

Questions for Speakers

We encourage registrants to submit topics and questions prior to the webinar—email them to [email protected]. Questions may also be submitted online via chat during the webinar.

Contact Us

Have questions? Contact 202-467-2965 or [email protected].