Event Profile

Alaska Pre-conference Class: Electric Utility System Operations for Medium to Small Utilities

November 18 — 19, 2019
William A. Egan Civic & Convention Center


The pre-registration is currently closed. If you would like to attend this event, please come to the NWPPA registration desk at the hotel, and our onsite coordinator 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 and distribution 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.

Also, any civil and mechanical engineers, line workers, substation workers, apprentices, and support staff that have direct responsibility for the construction, operation, and maintenance of the utility's distribution system.

Related Events:

NWPPA/APA Alaska Electric Utility Conference, November 20-21, 2019

Distribution Engineering Series: Session 2 - Overcurrent Protection, November 18-19, 2019

Lineman Skills Series - Lineman Rigging, November 18, 2019

Lineman Skills Series - AC System Troubleshooting, November 18, 2019

Lineman Skills Series - Equipotential Grounding, November 19, 2019

Lineman Skills Series - AC Transformers, Advanced Theory, and Practical Application, November 19, 2019

Course Overview:

This popular course presents a clear understanding of the technical heartbeat of a utility by providing employees with a comprehensive understanding of electric utility system operations, transmission, and distribution for smaller utilities. 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 Topics:

  • Generation (fossil fuel and hydro)
  • Transmission and distribution, including both overhead and underground
  • Customer voltages including single-phase 120v/240v, three-phase 120V/240V, three-phase 208VY/120V, and three-phase 480VY/277V
  • Transformers, circuit breakers, and fuses
  • Demand/load curves
  • System frequency
  • Load shedding and outages
  • Demand factor and demand charges
  • Safety, including step and touch potential

Course Instructor:

Skip Collier, Professional Training Systems

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. on both days. Lunch, as well as morning and afternoon breaks, will be provided both days.

Course Location:

Egan Civic & Convention Center
555 West Fifth Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501

Hotel Information:

Hilton Anchorage
500 West Third Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501
(907) 272-7411

Room rate: $109 for a single/double

Please book your room as soon as possible, but no later than October 11, 2019, to secure this rate. Mention that you are with Northwest Public Power Association when booking your reservation.

Course Fees:

Utility Member Early Bird (ends 10/18/2019): $850
Utility Member Standard: $925

Associate Member Early Bird (ends 10/18/2019): $1,275
Associate Member Standard: $1,350

Non-member Early Bird (ends 10/18/2019): $2,550
Non-member Standard: $2,625

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.

For More Information:

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