IPU Grid School

Engineering, economics, regulation, and transformation of the supply chain for power

March 27-30, 2017 | Kellogg Hotel | East Lansing, MI | 30 CCRE credits



    Who Should Attend?

  • Members of the Federal and State Regulatory Policy Community
  • Commissioners and staff members of the public utility commissions
  • Energy and environmental agency staff, legislative staff, and consumer advocates
  • Utility personnel, engineers, planners, investors, analysts, consultants, attorneys
  • Others interested in learning about the electricity grid from qualified experts

IPU’S GRID SCHOOL 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. Grid School is open to the public and private sectors, including economic and environmental regulators. The program provides an intensive, interdisciplinary, and interactive educational and professional networking experience. Grid School is objective and rigorous, taught by knowledgeable and independent experts. This program considers the integral role of electricity grids in the energy supply chain and is designed to be responsive to new mandates and infrastructure investments associated with federal and states policies. IPU Grid School is sponsored by the Institute of Public Utilities in collaboration with MSU’s College of Engineering and Argonne National Laboratory.

IPU Grid School is open to everyoneand designed for members of the federal and state regulatory policy community, including commissioners and staff members of the 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 electricity grid. Attendees receive a certificate of participation and credit toward a Certificate of Continuing Regulatory Education (currently available only to public sector and non-profit employees). IPU also can help arrange continuing education credits (for engineers, accountants, attorneys, and others).



Grid School draws from knowledgeable academics and technical experts and includes:


Participants in IPU programs are awarded a certificate of participation, as well as applicable continuing education credits and credits toward a Certificate of Continuing Regulatory Education (CCRE) endorsed by NARUC.  IPU-MSU will calculate attendance hours and issue a letter.

Program Learning Objectives The IPU Grid School Program is eligible for the following credits:
  • CPE Credits: 30
  • CLE Credits: 30
  • CCRE Credits: 30 (visit the CCRE page for additional information)
  • Program Level. The program is classified as “advanced.” It is best for experienced professionals who have attended one or more of the courses classified as basic or intermediate.

    Program Prerequisites. No formal prerequisites apply to this program. However, attendees are strongly encouraged to attend only after participating in one or more of the basic or intermediate courses. Some professional experience is also helpful. Preparatory resources are available on the IPU website on the URS program page as well as the IPU research page.

    Program Delivery.The program delivery method is classified as a “group-live” event and consists primarily of lectures by experienced professionals, including examples and opportunity for discussion. Active learning and participation are encouraged. Instructors are accessible for individual assistance throughout the program.

    Cancellation and Refunds. Cancellations are generally accepted until one week before the program. Substitutions are accepted at any time. Program fees may be applied toward a future program or refunded.

    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 (beecher@msu.edu) or IPU Program Coordinator, Ms. Ligita Espinosa (ligita@msu.edu).

    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 final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.learningmarket.org.

    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.


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