IPU Power Grid Course
Covers the engineering and economics of the operation and transformation of electric utility systems across the supply chain for power, from generation to transmission to distribution.
May 4-5, 2020
The program begins at 9:00 am Monday (May 4) Eastern Time and ends at 4:00 pm on Tuesday (May 5).
The program will be offered on a live remote-learning format.
Register online or by fax or email (pdf).
Base registration fee: $795. See the registration form for details.
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About the program
IPU Power Grid Course is designed to improve regulatory capacity for grid-related policy development and decision-making at all government levels in support of innovation, efficiency, and environmental goals. Drawing from the engineering and economics disciplines, this program considers the integral role of electricity grids in the energy supply chain. The program is designed to be responsive to emerging technological opportunities and policy mandates associated. The Power Grid Course is objective and rigorous, taught by knowledgeable and independent experts, and provides an intensive and interactive educational and professional networking experience.
IPU Power Grid Course is open to everyone and designed to meet the needs of the regulatory policy community, including commissioners and staff members of the federal and state public utility commissions, energy and environmental agency staff, legislative staff, consumer advocates, utility personnel (public and private), engineers, planners, investors, analysts, consultants, attorneys, and others interested in learning about the fundamentals of electricity grid. International attendees are very welcome. The program is designed to be eligible for continuing education credits as well as IPU’s Certificate of Continuing Regulatory Education (www.ipu.msu.edu/ccre).
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- Fundamentals of power systems and grid infrastructure.
- Fundamentals of electricity markets, economics, and regulation.
- Intersection of wholesale and retail electricity markets and jurisdiction.
- Grid integration and modeling for distributed and variable resources.
- Integrated resource and transmission grid planning
- Distribution system optimization, management, and planning.
- Power grid interdependency, vulnerability, and security.
- Grid architecture and technologies for ensuring reliability and resilience.
- Future of electricity grids, business models, and regulation.
Program learning objectives
- To understand the basic engineering form and function of electricity grids.
- To understand electricity markets, economics, and regulatory structures.
- To understand planning concerns related to grid infrastructure and operation.
- To understand and evaluate contemporary grid issues, including intelligence, resilience, and security
- To understand the technological and policy factors shaping the future of electric utilities and grids
- Dr. Joydeep Mitra, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Dr. Kenneth Rose, Independent Consultant and Senior Fellow of the Institute of Public Utilities
- Thomas Veselka, Principal Computational Engineer
- Michael Craig, Assistant Professor of Energy Systems
- Dr. Janice Beecher, Director of the Institute of Public Utilities
Don’t just take our word for it, hear what past Power Grid Course attendees think about the program.
- “I left with the best understanding I’ve ever had on the structure and interconnected sectors of the grid.”
- “I appreciated the relevance of the presentations, covering current emerging topics for the electric utility industry.”
- “The best training I have attended. Congrats!”
- “Great information, knowledgeable presenters, wonderful facilities-keep it up!”
- “High level and detailed look at various parts of the grid system.”
- “I appreciated the material was presented in an unbiased manner.”
- “A very good program with highly qualified teachers. It was a privilege to be a part of.”
Materials: Attendees will have access to electronic materials, including presentations, and useful supplemental resources. Bringing a portable computer is encouraged for accessing materials. WiFi access is free of charge throughout the facility.
Comfort: Campus casual attire is recommended, but bring a sweater, hoodie, or light jacket as meeting rooms can be cool.
Attendee list: Out of respect for your privacy, and in keeping with our educational mission, we do not publicize our attendee lists in advance of our programs.
Cancellation and refunds: Cancellations are generally accepted until one week before the program but may result in forfeiture of a group discount. Program fees may be applied toward a future program or refunded. Substitutions are accepted at any time.
Comments and complaints: IPU welcomes program input and feedback. Participants will be asked to complete program evaluation forms. Comments and complaints about the program may be directed to IPU Director, Dr. Janice A. Beecher (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the IPU Operations Manager (email@example.com).
NASBA National Registry Statement: The Institute of Public Utilities is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State Boards of Accountancy have the final authority on the acceptance of individual course for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org.
Program Level: The program is classified as both “intermediate” and “overview” and is accessible to relatively new personnel working in the regulatory policy community. Prior participation in one of the basic courses or some relevant work experience is recommended, but not required. The program focuses on the engineering and economics of power grids.
Program Prerequisites: No formal prerequisites apply to this program. However, preparatory resources are available on the IPU program web page and prereading of some materials may be advised.
Program Delivery: The program delivery method is classified as a “group-live” event with general lectures and opportunities for interaction. Active learning and participation are encouraged. Program instructors are accessible for individual assistance throughout the program.
Field of study: This program is relevant to the following NASBA fields of study: administrative practice, accounting and auditing (corporate and governmental), business law, economics, finance, taxes, regulatory ethics, and specialized knowledge and applications. For program details and registration, please visit ipu.msu.edu/grid.