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Course Topics

Knowledge is your organization's most valuable and strategic resource, and a knowledge advantage, skillfully applied, is a competitive advantage.

Course topics encompass the following learning areas: fundamentals, leadership, trends and future.

Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution

Skip Collier - Professional Training Systems, Inc.

Learn:

  • Basics of generation, transmission, and distribution, including electrical terminology, equipment, construction, and operating theory

Natural Gas Production, Transmission, and Delivery

Richard Moore

Learn:

  • Basics of natural gas production, transmission and distribution including essential equipment and its operation

Next Generation Nuclear

  • Latest research and development on creating nuclear reactors that are safer and more economical

Utility Accounting and Financial Reporting — How Utilities Make Money

Julie Desimone - Moss-Adams

Learn:

  • Basic accounting concepts
  • What the financial statements communicate and how they are used
  • Cost management and how to know when you are making money

Financial Management and Capital Markets

Brandon Lohse - One Gas

Learn:

  • Value creation and the cost of capital/money
  • Financial policy development and accessing capital
  • Financial quality and credit ratings
  • Perspective of a utility sector investment manager

Regulation and Rate Making

Ric Gale

Learn:

  • Rate making process including revenue requirements, cost allocation, and rate design
  • How rate mechanisms are used in general rate cases

Utility Legislative and Regulatory Advocacy — Understanding the Big Picture

Learn:

  • Role industry advocacy plays in informing and shaping public policy
  • Responsibility of legislators, state regulators, and FERC
  • Customer preferences and the tension between stable prices and reliable services
  • State's rights vs. federal rights

Safety Culture

  • Creating a culture of safety that goes beyond protocols, training, and equipment
  • Committing to safety excellence that improves safety performance, operational effectiveness, and business performance

Strategic Change Leadership

Pat Newmann - Partner in Change, Roger Woodworth - Mindset Matters

  • How leadership behavior influences organizational culture
  • Gain personal insights about how "who you are" affects "how you are" as a leader
  • Systems thinking in developing a pro-active strategic response
  • Develop personal commitments and plans to be a high impact leader

Strategic Leadership in the Natural Gas Industry

  • Utility industry perspective on improving safety, managing risk, and driving continuous improvement
  • How current events affect natural gas operations, business strategy, and practices

CFO Panel — Managing Risk While Investing in the Future

Brian Bird - NorthWestern Corporation
Jennifer Davidson - Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Greg Hazelton - Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc.
Mark Thies - Avista Corp.

  • Disruptive technologies are creating shorter planning and investment cycles
  • Customer expectations and changing policies are impacting investment decisions
  • How rating agencies and Wall Street are viewing utilities and the impact on raising capital

Energy Diversity and the Evolving Consumer Ecosystem

Gregory Guthridge - EY Power and Utilities Advisory Practice

  • Advances in technology are powering new ways to engage in the increasingly diverse energy ecosystem
  • Managing information for competitive advantage
  • Building innovative products and services
  • Nontraditional players are challenging the utility business model

CIO Panel: Digital Transformation — Adopt and Adapt

  • Creating partnerships between business functions and IT to implement and support the digital transformation
  • Creating a utility workforce that understands technology, partners with IT and security, and understands the risks and opportunities posed by the digital transformation
  • How technology can support transforming the customer relationship

Legal and Regulatory Issues in the New Energy Marketplace

Noel Black - Southern Company

Matt Henry - Oncor Electric Delivery

Loretta Mabinton - Portland General Electric

  • Providing reliable, resilient, and affordable service through technological and customer choice changes
  • Internal and external stakeholders and how their agendas drive the industry
  • Integrating solar, electric vehicles, community energy, microgrids and storage, and home energy management
  • How extreme weather events are impacting the utility’s legal obligations and responsibilities

Strategic HR Panel — Preparing the Workforce of the Future

  • Energy industry challenges and the impact on the workforce
  • Digital workforce
  • Culture, engagement, and employee experience
  • Talent crisis
  • Workforce of the future

Regulatory Strategy

Noel Black - Southern Company

  • How the regulatory model supports, or does not support, the changing industry
  • How regulatory strategy supports corporate strategy
  • Current issues, including rooftop solar, extreme weather, EV infrastructure, decarbonization

 

 

Customer Experience

Roy Barnes - Blue Space Consulting

  • Customer experience design and management
  • Integrate the customer experience into product and service design
  • Identify and communicate the customer experience ROI
     

Advanced Grid Planning and Operations

Dana Cabbell - Southern California Edison

  • Where the smart grid evolution is on the road to optimization
  • Implementing new uses for the customer and integrating into operations
  • Integrating renewables, advanced AMI, distributed generation, and storage

Wholesale Power Markets

Erika Bierschbach - Austin Energy

  • Generation sources in the regional and national mix
  • RTO market overview
  • Fundamental design features of locational marginal pricing and financial transmission rights
  • Where RTO markets are going 

Data Analytics

  • Using predictive analytics for risk prioritization
  • How energy companies are using big data to appeal more directly to what customers want
  • How big data is transforming the energy industry
  • Machine learning

Next Generation Technologies

  • Zero carbon sources of energy
  • Connected home devices and the next wave of demand response
  • Automation enables new capabilities

Environmental Collaboration

Ralph Cavanagh - Natural Resources Defense Council, David Owens, Edison Electric Institute (retired)

  • Removing unintended regulatory barriers to increase utilities’ capacity to invest in environmental solutions
  • Making energy efficiency and renewable energy a profit center
  • Creating diversified, environmentally responsible electric and gas resource portfolios to ensure more reliable and affordable service for customers
  • Impact of federal environmental legislation on the utility industry
  • Investing in grid assets to enhance reliability and reduce congestion, despite opposition to new transmission lines

Current Issues in the Natural Gas Industry

Richard Meyer - American Gas Association

  • industry wide perspective on natural gas abundance, new demand, emissions, infrastructure replacement, and the future of energy policy
  • the operational and regulatory differences between managing electric and natural gas delivery systems

CEO Panel: Pathways to the Future

  • Identifying and prioritizing key success factors
  • Scenario planning for the future impacts of today's management decisions
  • Aligning corporate strategy across diverse stakeholder interests

Retail Company of the Future

Roger Curtis - Consumers Energy

  • Bridging capabilities across silos to create more collaboration
  • Gaining customer trust and building strategic partnerships
  • Becoming a solutions provider 

Corporate Strategy

George Pohndorf - Black and Veatch Management Consulting

  • How an industry creates a context for corporate strategy
  • Role and responsibility of the main decision makers in the forming and implementation of corporate strategy while balancing competing interests
  • Consensus-driven strategy development

Strategic Partnerships

  • Leveraging strategic partnerships to deliver value to customers
  • Responding to digital innovations
  • Core competencies for collaboration

Experience Innovation: Design Thinker Simulation

Lyall Samaroden - ExperiencePoint

  • Human centered design and balancing analysis with intuition
  • Terms, techniques, and thought patterns of successful innovators

What's Beyond the Horizon for Utilities

Grant Dougans - Bain and Company

  • Investing to benefit customers and contribute to growth, including grid modernization and hardening, power-generation fleet transitions, and new energy technologies
  • Customers want more services, including more green and reliable energy
     

State of the Energy Industry

David Owens - Edison Electric Institute (retired)

  • how industry changes are shaping the future of the electric power industry.
  • the current status of energy legislation.
  • how access to capital will impact reliability.
  • a view forward—responding to comprehensive energy and climate legislation and a new regulatory model

Shaping the Evolving Energy Landscape

  • Collaborating across diverse markets, regulatory environments, and geographies to understand emerging technologies and business models to prepare for the utility of the future

 

Executive Education

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Phone: 208-885-6265

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