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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.


  • the basics of generation, transmission, and distribution.
  • basic electrical terminology, equipment construction and equipment operating theory.
  • how to communicate technical information using non-technical language.

Natural Gas Production, Transmission, and Delivery

Richard Moore


  • the basics of natural gas production, transmission and distribution including essential equipment and its operation.
  • the mechanics of the gas industry so that you understand your organization better, and those you
  • compete with.

Utility Accounting and Financial Reporting

Julie Desimone - Moss-Adams


  • basic accounting concepts.
  • what the financial statements communicate and how they are used.
  • about cost management and how to know when you are making money.

Financial Management and Capital Markets

Brandon Lohse - One Gas


  • value creation and the cost of capital/money.
  • financial policy development and accessing capital.
  • valuation and capital allocation.
  • financial quality and credit ratings.
  • perspective of a utility sector investment manager.
  • M&A and strategic activity.
  • market forecast and capital access.

Regulation and Rate Making

Tim Tatum - Idaho Power Company


  • the rate making process including revenue requirements, cost allocation, and rate design.
  • how rate mechanisms are used in general rate cases.

Effective Rate Making in the Evolving Regulatory Landscape


  • how the inherent challenges of regulation impact the work.
  • the key regulatory issues and priorities.
  • to think from a regulator’s perspective.
  • what steps utility professionals can take to achieve effective regulation.

Strategic Change Leadership

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


  • understand foundational skills for strategic leadership.
  • develop personal plans for making a meaningful difference.
  • practice establishing group norms for effective collaboration and adaptive learning.
  • learn and apply tools for developing a strategic response.
  • develop plans to apply your learning experience within your organization.

Putting New Knowledge to Work


  • how global issues such as the economy, climate change, and politics are impacting the utility industry.
  • how to put today’s challenges in context - changing technology, regulatory environment, changing customer relationship. 
  • the importance of developing flexibility, adaptability and the ability to discern where the industry is going.
  • strategies to take new knowledge, skills and enthusiasm back into your organization.

Current Issues Facing CFOs

Brian Bird - NorthWestern Corporation
Jennifer Davidson - Sacramento Municipal Utility District
William Rogers - CenterPoint Energy
Mark Thies - Avista Corp.


  • the role and responsibility of the CFO in implementing strategic initiatives and managing risk.
  • the importance of communication in managing diverse stakeholder interests.

Energy Diversity and the Evolving Consumer Ecosystem

Gregory Guthridge - EY Power and Utilities Advisory Practice


  • how the traditional utility/consumer relationship is evolving.
  • how nontraditional players are challenging the traditional utility model. 
  • how to manage information for competitive advantage.
  • how building innovative products and services will strengthen the consumer relationship.

Strategic Leadership in the Natural Gas Industry

Sumeet Singh - Pacific Gas and Electric


  • an energy industry perspective on improving safety, managing risk, and driving continuous improvement.
  • how current events affect natural gas operations, business strategy, and practices.

Customer Experience

Roy Barnes - Blue Space Consulting


  • how customer experience design and management is evolving.
  • to integrate the customer experience into product and service design.
  • to identify and communicate the customer experience ROI.

Advanced Grid Planning

Dana Cabbell - Southern California Edison


  • where the smart grid evolution is on the road to optimization.
  • about implementing new uses for the customer and integrating into operations.
  • about integrating renewables, advanced AMI, distributed generation, and storage.

Fuel Diversity: Integrated Resource Planning

Jason Thackston - Avista Corp.


  • about trends in generation and the changing fuel mix.
  • how to manage fuel diversity.
  • integrated resource planning process.

Wholesale Power Markets


  • about sources in generation including regional and national mix.
  • RTO market overview.
  • the fundamental design features of locational marginal pricing and financial transmission rights.
  • where RTO markets are going.

Cyber Security

Mike Mertz - PNM Resources, Inc.


  • the areas of greatest vulnerability (SCADA and transformers) and who is in charge of overseeing physical protections of the grid.
  • strategies to detect and deflect attacks on critical utility infrastructure systems.
  • about challenges in building up the resiliency of our infrastructure to withstand disruptions.

Environmental Collaboration

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


  • how state regulation affects utilities’ capacity to invest in environmental solutions, and how to remove unintended barriers.
  • how utilities can make energy efficiency and renewable energy a profit center.
  • how utilities can plan and create diversified, environmentally responsible electric-and gas-resource portfolios that will ensure more reliable and affordable service for customers.
  • how federal environmental legislation affect the utility industry.
  • how utilities can revive investment in grid assets to enhance reliability and reduce congestion, despite widespread opposition to new transmission lines.

Current Issues in the Natural Gas Industry


  • 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.

Energy Company of the Future


  • how to identify and prioritize key success factors.
  • how scenario planning for the future impacts today’s management decisions.
  • how to align corporate strategy across diverse stakeholder interests.

Corporate Strategy

George Pohndorf - Black and Veatch Management Consulting


  • how an industry creates a context for corporate strategy.
  • the distinction between long-range corporate vision and short-term corporate strategy.
  • the role and responsibility of the main decision makers in the forming and implementation of corporate strategy and the need to balance competing interests.
  • about consensus-driven strategy development (the feedback loop).
  • how the various UEC curriculum components tie together.

Strategic Human Resources


  • how advancing technologies and the retirement dynamic are impacting the utility industry.
  • how utilities are planning for the next 5-7 years and the workforce of the future.

Experience Innovation: Design Thinker Simulation

Lyall Samaroden - ExperiencePoint


  • about human centered design.
  • terms, techniques, and thought patterns of successful innovators.
  • how to balance analysis with intuition.

Energy and Mobility: EV Adoption and Implications for Utilities

Joseph Herger - Bain and Company


  • the impact electric vehicles (EV) will have on the electric grid and on mobility and the environment.
  • how quickly EV adoption will happen and why.
  • investments utilities should be making to support and accelerate EV adoption.
  • how individual utilities should customize their charging infrastructure investments based on their unique environments.

EEI 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.

Executive Education

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