Event Profile

Distribution Engineering Series: System Modeling & Analysis and System Planning

July 29 — August 2, 2024
Idaho Falls Power

Who Should Attend: 

Engineers and senior technical personnel involved in distribution system design, planning, modeling, and analysis. 

Related Events:  

Distribution Engineering Series: Overcurrent Protection, March 19-20, 2024  

Course Overview: 

The focal point of this week-long class will be modeling the system and interpreting the results. This module will cover theory used to model distribution systems, including system impedance models, connectivity, loading the model, calculation of voltage drops, and load currents. You will learn how to set planning criteria and, most importantly, how to project and grow a sample system model and solve common system problems such as low voltage and/or excessive load current. Together, the class will discuss methods of how to place fixed and switched capacitor banks and work through class problems. 

Another focus will be on the development of short- and long-range plans for distribution systems and thoroughly review how to prepare a present worth analysis. You will also learn methods for factoring reliability in the planning process as well as methods to determine discount rates, carrying charges, and interest rates. Discussion will also include estimating construction options, including budgeting for new service extensions. 

Note: This course is part of the Distribution Engineering Series. Sessions in this series may be taken in any order. 

Course Instructor: 

Kevin Mara, Hi-Line Engineering 

Course Schedule: 

Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. Mountain Time on day one, and the class will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and until noon on Friday. Lunch and refreshments will be provided Monday through Thursday. 

Course Location and Hotel Information: 

Course Location:  

Idaho Falls Power 
140 S. Capital Ave. 
Idaho Falls, ID 83405 

Hotel Information:  

Residence Inn Idaho Falls
635 W Broadway St. 
Idaho Falls, ID 83405 
(208) 542-0000 

Room rate: $219 single 

Please book your room as soon as possible but no later than July 7, 2024. Mention that you are coming in with the NWPPA group when booking your reservation.

Course Fees:  

Utility Member Early Bird (ends 6/29/2024): $3,150 
Utility Member Standard: $3225 

Canadian Member Early Bird (ends 6/29/2024): $2,490 
Canadian Member Standard: $2,545 

Associate Member Early Bird (ends 6/29/2024): $4,725 
Associate Member Standard: $4,800 

Non-Member Early Bird (ends 6/29/2024): $6,300 
Non-Member Standard: $6,375 

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 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. 

When possible, please send a substitute instead of canceling; NWPPA does not charge a fee for substitutions. To request a refund, please email registration@nwppa.org or call (360) 254-0109. 

Continuing Hours:  

This course qualifies for 27 continuing hours. Certificates are issued upon full completion of the course.  

For More Information:

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