Event Profile

Electric Utility System Operations

March 8, 2023
Yellowstone Valley Electric Cooperative

Who Should Attend:

Any electric utility industry employee (utility or vendor) whose job performance will benefit from a basic understanding of the operations side of the utility business, including engineering, operations, safety, purchasing, information technology, regulatory and rates, customer service, public relations, legal, accounting, utility commissioners, and board members.

Course Overview:

This popular one-day course presents a clear understanding of the technical heartbeat of the utility by providing employees with a comprehensive understanding of electric utility system operations, including generation (fossil fuel, hydro, and nuclear generation), transmission, and distribution (down to 120V/240V residential connections). You will learn how all key pieces of equipment in the system are built, how the equipment operates, and how the equipment functions in the overall operations of a utility system. The course assumes no electrical background and builds on the basics to provide a comprehensive understanding of the equipment and operation of the electric utility system.

Course Highlights:

In addition to the above, the course will also cover:
  • Demand and load curves
  • System frequency
  • Wheeling
  • Load shedding and outages
  • Power and demand factors
  • System and equipment protection
  • Safety, including step and touch potential
  • Course Instructor:

    A.R. "Skip" Collier, Professional Training Systems, Inc.

    Course Schedule:

    Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. Mountain Time, and the class will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lunch, as well as morning and afternoon breaks, will be provided.

    Course Location:

    Yellowstone Valley Electric Cooperative
    150 Cooperative Way
    Huntley, MT 59037

    Alternative Date:

    Electric Utility System Operations, March 9

    This class is being offered twice so you can choose the date that works best for your schedule.

    Recommended Hotel:

    Hilton Garden Inn
    2465 Grant Road
    Billings, MT 59102

    Course Fees:

    Utility Member Early Bird (ends 8/28/2022): $1,120
    Utility Member Standard: $1,195

    Associate Member Early Bird (ends 8/28/2022): $1,680
    Associate Member Standard: $1,755

    Non-Member Early Bird (ends 8/28/2022): $2,240
    Non-Member Standard: $2,390

    Note: Organizations that register a group of employees will receive every fifth registration for free. For example, if you register five employees, you only pay for four; register 10 employees, you only pay for eight; and so on. There is nothing additional you need to do to receive this discount.

    Cancellation Policies:

    For webinarsvirtual classes, and section meetings: cancellation at least five days prior to the event, full refund; within 1-4 days or no show, 100% of the registration fee.

    For in-person events: cancellation at least 30 days prior to the event, full refund; within 15-29 days, $100 fee; and within 1-14 days or no show, 100% of the registration fee.

    If canceling because the attendee is showing COVID-19 symptoms any time before the event, a full refund will be issued; if leaving during the event for COVID-19 reasons, a prorated refund will be issued.

    When possible, please send a substitute instead of canceling; NWPPA does not charge a fee for substitutions. 

    Safety Measures:

    As we continue to monitor and evaluate COVID-19 levels, we understand that the health and safety of our members, staff, and the community are of highest concern. We are asking everyone to do their part. NWPPA and local venues will follow applicable federal, state, and local health protocols. Assumption of Risk: COVID-19 has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. It is not possible for NWPPA or anyone else to completely prevent the presence of the disease. Therefore, if you choose to attend a conference organized by NWPPA and voluntarily enter onto premises where its conference is held, you are accepting the risk, without right of claim against NWPPA and its directors, employees, or agents, of being exposed to, contracting, and/or spreading COVID-19 and its variants.


    For More Information:

    To find out more about this event, or to learn about other events, view the Training and Event Catalog.