Event Profile

Electric Utility Business Fundamentals - CANCELLED

July 28 — 29, 2020
Best Western Plus Hood River Inn
1108 East Marina Way
Hood River, OR 97031 


This event has been cancelled. For questions or to find out about future training opportunities, please contact Jenny Keesey at (360) 816-1458 or jenny@nwppa.org.

Who Should Attend:

New employees (we recommend at least six months at the utility before attending), experienced employees, utility commissioners, and board members who want to expand their understanding of how a utility business works.

Course Overview:

There are many interesting roles and opportunities in today’s electric utility. With the changes in energy sources, community needs, legislative impact, and consumer requirements, being new in this business can be exciting and challenging. The acronyms alone are daunting! Even those with years of experience are finding that a refresher is helpful in order to see the big picture. This course is two days of content, examples, resources, and discussion to help get a handle on the various components of the business of the electric utility and how they fit together.

Areas of focus during the two days are:

  • Differences between community-owned and investor-owned utilities
  • What does it mean to be a vertically integrated utility
  • The various functions of a utility
  • Customer load
  • A look at the region
  • Balancing authorities
  • Load and resources
  • Balancing load, resources, and wholesale power markets
  • The alphabet soup of federal and state regulators and other touchpoints with utilities
  • The evolving power grid
  • Utility financial management
  • The electric rate-making process
  • Customers and their changing needs and expectations
  • Safety
  • Utility workforce in transition

You’ll leave this class with just enough knowledge to be dangerous!

Course Instructor:

Julie Ryan, Aether Advisors

Course Schedule:

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. on the first day, and the class will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days. Lunch, as well as morning and afternoon breaks, will be provided both days.

Course Location and Hotel Information:

Best Western Plus Hood River Inn
1108 E. Marina Way
Hood River, OR 97031
(800) 828-7873

Room rate: $180 for an economy non-view queen, $198 for a standard non-view king.

Please book your room as soon as possible, but no later than June 28, 2020, to secure this rate. Mention that you are coming in with the NWPPA group when booking your reservation.

Course Fees:

Utility Member Early Bird (ends 6/27/2020): $720
Utility Member Standard: $795

Associate Member Early Bird (ends 6/27/2020): $1,080
Associate Member Standard: $1,155

Non-member Early Bird (ends 6/27/2020): $2,160
Non-member Standard: $2,235

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.

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Best Western Plus Hood River Inn

For More Information:

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