Event Profile

Electric Utility System Operations

June 4 — 5, 2019
Hilton Vancouver Washington
301 West 6th Street
Vancouver, WA 98660 
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Online registration is currently closed, but spaces are still available. If you would like to attend this event, please call NWPPA at 360-254-0109, and our staff will be happy to help you.

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.

Related Event:

Electric Distribution Systems, March 12-13, 2019

Course Overview:

This popular two-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 Objectives:

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

Course Schedule:

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. on day one, and the course will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on both days. Lunch, along with morning and afternoon breaks, will be provided.

Course Location & Hotel Information:

Hilton Hotel
301 W 6th Street
Vancouver, WA  98660
(360) 993-4500

Room rate: $179 for a single/double

Please book your room as soon as possible, but no later than May 4, 2019, to secure this rate. Mention that you are coming in with the NWPPA group when booking your reservation.


Overnight Hotel Guests:
Parking is located in our underground garage at Columbia between 5th and 6th on the east side of the hotel. Self-Parking is $20.00 per day and Valet $25.00 per day. Overnight guests will need to check into hotel first to receive a key to access the hotel’s parking garage. Overnight guests may use the short term parking in front of the hotel when checking in.

Day Guests: (attending meetings, events or restaurant dining in Gray’s At the Park)
Vancouver Center Building has a “Park & Go” garage located at 6th Street between Columbia and Washington Streets. Fees are $1.25 an hour. Parking is similar to downtown Portland’s Pay & Display parking. Pay at the meter for the amount of time needed and simply attach the receipt to the driver’s side window.

Course Fees:

Utility Member Early Bird (ends 5/04/2019): $810
Utility Member Standard: $885

Associate Member Early Bird (ends 5/04/2019): $1,215
Associate Member Standard: $1,290

Non-member Early Bird (ends 5/04/2019): $2,430
Non-member Standard: $2,505

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations are accepted, with full refund, if request is made at least 30 days prior to the course. Within 30 days, fees are as follows: 15-29 days, $100; 1-14 days or "no show," 100 percent of registration fee. When possible, please send a substitute instead of canceling. NWPPA does not charge a fee for substitutions.

Continuing Hours:

This course qualifies for 12 continuing hours. Certificates are issued upon full completion of the course.


This course qualifies for credit toward the NRECA Board Leadership Certificate Program

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Skip Collier
Organization: Professional Training Systems, Inc.