Event Profile

Electric Utility System Operations - CANCELLED

June 2 — 3, 2020
Heathman Lodge
7801 NE Greenwood Dr.
Vancouver, WA 98662 


This event has been cancelled.

Next Available Course Dates:

For questions please contact Dale Mayuiers at (360) 816-1448 or dale@nwppa.org.

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 18-19, 2020

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 and Hotel Information:

Heathman Lodge 
7801 NE Greenwood Drive
Vancouver, WA  98662
(888) 475-3100

Room rate: $179 for a single/double 

Please book your room as soon as possible, but no later than May 11, 2020, to secure this rate. Mention that you are coming in with the NWPPA group when booking your reservation.

Shuttle service is available to and from The Heathman Lodge and The Portland International Airport from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the cost of $15 per person per trip. Ten-day advanced reservations are required; same-day shuttle requests cannot be guaranteed but will be accommodated on an availability basis. For reservations, please contact shuttle@heathmanlodge.com.

Course Fees:

Utility Member Early Bird (ends 5/02/2020): $830
Utility Member Standard: $905

Associate Member Early Bird (ends 5/02/2020): $1,245
Associate Member Standard: $1,320

Non-member Early Bird (ends 5/02/2020): $2,490
Non-member Standard: $2,565

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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For More Information:

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