IPU’s Power Grid School
Engineering and economics of the transformation and modernization of electric utility systems
across the supply chain for power, from generation to transmission to distribution.
IPU Grid School 2018 Program: Agenda and Faculty
Open to everyone – but space is limited. Eligible for continuing education credits.
April 8-11, 2019
The program runs from 8:00 am Monday (April 8) to 1:30 pm Thursday (April 11).
Introduction to Public Utility Regulation is offered on the afternoon of Sunday (4/7) – separate registration required
Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, MSU, East Lansing, MI
Hotel reservations may be made directly with the Kellogg Center.
Room rate: $111 per night with conference code: 1904IPUGRI
Register online or by fax or email (pdf).
Base registration fee: $950. See the registration form for details.
Contact us about discounts for IPU Affiliates, early registration, and groups.
Use IPU’s Power Grid Program budget estimator to plan your participation.
About the program
IPU’s Power Grid Program (also known as “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. The Power Grid Program 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. The Power Grid Program 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 Power Grid Program is sponsored by the Institute of Public Utilities in collaboration with MSU’s College of Engineering and Argonne National Laboratory.
IPU Power Grid Program is open to everyone and 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).
- Fundamentals of Power Systems and Grid Infrastructure
- Fundamentals of Electricity Markets and Economics
- Intersection of wholesale and retail markets
- Grid integration for variable energy resources
- Resource modeling, planning, and mapping
- Energy storage and emerging technologies
- Distributed energy resources and their impacts
- Integrated resource planning policy and practices
- Demand-side energy resources and their evaluation
- Cost allocation issues and net metering
- Efficiency electrification of transportation and heating
- Grid architecture, next generation smart grids, and the grid edge
- Infrastructure interdependency, cyber-security, and resiliency
- Comparative and emerging utility and regulatory models
- Future of electricity grids and their regulation
Core program faculty
Power Grid Program draws from knowledgeable academics and technical experts and includes:
- Mr. Galen Barbose, Energy/Environmental Policy Research Scientist/Engineer, Electricity Markets & Policy Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
- Dr. Janice Beecher, Director, Institute of Public Utilities, Michigan State University
- Dr. Joydeep Mitra, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Michigan State University
- Dr. Ralph Muehleisen, Principal Building Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory
- Dr. Kenneth Rose, Independent Consultant and Senior Fellow at the Institute of Public Utilities
- Dr. Chee-Wooi Ten, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Michigan Technical University
- Dr. Michael Thomas, Associate Professor, School of Planning, Design and Construction, Michigan State University
- Mr. Thomas Veselka, Prinicpal Computational Engineer, Argonne National Laboratory
- Ms. Rachel Wilson, Senior Associate, Synapse Energy Economics, Inc
Program learning objectives
- To understand the basic engineering based form and function of electricity grids.
- To understand energy market structures and economics in relation to electricity grids..
- To review regulatory policy and planning concerns related to grid infrastructure and operation.
- To improve evaluation of contemporary grid issues, including intelligence and security.
- To engage in a peer-to-peer educational and networking opportunity.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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.
Don’t just take our word for it, hear what past Power Grid Program 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 a unbiased manner.”
- “A very good program with highly qualified teachers. It was a privilege to be a part of.”