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    • 21 Feb 2023
    • 9:00 AM (PST)
    • 22 Feb 2023
    • 12:30 PM (PST)
    • Online, Virtual Course
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    THE ELECTRIC UTILITY INDUSTRY

    From the Inside Out


    DATE, TIME, PLACE

    FEBRUARY 21 & 22, 2023

    9 AM - 12:30 PM PACIFIC - VIRTUAL 

    OVERVIEW

    This program is designed to present a non-technical overview of the public power system in its operating and business management context. Learn about the regulatory structure and competitive aspects of the electric utility industry. Explore the electric utility system infrastructure from power grid to meter, its operation, performance and development. Familiarize yourself with the strategic issues and industry trends that are impacting public power utilities and challenging the traditional public power business model.

    SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

    Session 1:

    Electric Utility Regulations & Business Models
    • The utility regulatory structure
    • Why and how utility regulation has changed
    The Regional Generation & Transmission Grid 
    • Electric generation types and operating characteristics (fossil fuels, nuclear, renewables)
    • Electric energy sources and operating characteristics
    • Key components of the interconnected national and regional transmission grid
    • Grid operation, reliability and security
    Session 2:
    Your Local Public Power System
    • Substations
    • Overhead and underground lines (transmission and distribution)
    • System operation, monitoring, and protection Strategies for interconnection of distributed generation

    WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE?

    This program has value for those who work in and with electric utilities, including those without a technical background:

    • New utility employees who are unfamiliar with the electric utility industry
    • Experienced utility employees who want to broaden knowledge of the industry and its infrastructure
    • Utility managers at all levels who have a need to better understand the regulatory, business and technical context in which they make decisions
    • Governing board members of municipal and cooperative electric utilities
    • Electric utility customers
    • Electric utility industry regulators 
    • Electric utility consultants and vendors

    REGISTRATION

    Cost: $600

    *$50 discount per person for entities that register 3 or more.

    REGISTER BY FEBRUARY 11, 2023

    Cancellations are accepted if request is made at least 10 days prior to start of the course. Within 1- 10 days or "no show", the full registration fee will be charged. When possible, please send a substitute instead of cancelling. We do not charge a fee for substitutions. 

    INSTRUCTORS

    Program instructors R. John Miner, P.E., and Tom Black, P.E. have over 75 years of combined experience in the electric utility industry, including roles in executive management and extensive experience in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the electric utility infrastructure. 

    Tom Black, P.E., Technical Consultant and Continuing Education Program Developer and Instructor, Collaborative Learning Inc.

    Tom is an accomplished executive manager, consultant and continuing education course instructor with more than thirty (30) years of experience in the electric and gas utility industries.  In addition to working with Collaborative Learning, Tom’s experience includes employment with both municipal (Colorado Springs and City of Fountain, CO) and Investor owned (Progress Energy) utilities across multiple jurisdictions in Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. Tom teaches courses on such topics as electrical distribution principles, overhead and underground distribution systems, the NESC, electric system planning, construction, operations, and maintenance. He has extensive executive level experience in managing electric and gas utility systems. 

    R. John Miner, P.E., President,
    Collaborative Learning Inc.
     

    John is an accomplished executive manager and educator with over forty-five years of experience in the electric utility industry.  He is president of Collaborative Learning, Inc. of Austin Texas, a firm that presents management and technical education programs and, through Collaboration Unlimited, provides management consulting services to the electric utility industry. John has been an adult educator for most of his career and has conducted hundreds of educational programs for various audiences in forty states, Canada, and five overseas locations.  His technical seminars and workshops for utilities have covered such topics as application of the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC), overhead and underground distribution systems, electric system planning, construction, operations, and maintenance.  He has also served as an expert witness on litigation involving electrical accidents and NESC compliance.   

    If you have questions or need assistance, you can contact Jillian Wolfe at Collaborative Learning. Email her at jillian.wolfe@cl-cu.com or call her at 512-657-7314.

    • 8 Mar 2023
    • 9:00 AM (PST)
    • 9 Mar 2023
    • 12:30 PM (PST)
    • Online, Virtual Course
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    NEW DATE CHANGE: MARCH 8-9
    DISTRIBUTION PROTECTION AND PROTECTIVE DEVICES


     OVERVIEW

    This course provides an overview of distribution protection: protection of the high voltage distribution system from damaging short-circuit (fault) currents and overvoltage’s. Topics include types of short circuit currents and their determination, short-circuit current limits of of distribution components, characteristics and typical applications of protective devices, selective coordination of devices for circuit protection, overvoltage’s, and overvoltage.

    • Distribution overcurrent protective devices for both overhead and underground applications
    • Causes, types and characteristics of short circuit currents
    • Impacts of system grounding on short circuit current magnitudes
    • Time-current characteristics and use of TCC curves
    • Determination of available short circuit currents on the distribution system

    DATE, TIME, PLACE

    MARCH 8 & 9, 2023

    9 AM - 12:30 PM VIRTUAL

    COST

    $600

    *$50 discount per person for entities that register 3 or more.

    INSTRUCTORS

    Tom Black, P.E., Technical Consultant and Continuing Education Program Developer and Instructor,
    Collaborative Learning Inc.

    Tom is an accomplished executive manager, consultant and continuing education course instructor with more than thirty (30) years of experience in the electric and gas utility industries.  In addition to working with Collaborative Learning, Tom’s experience includes employment with both municipal (Colorado Springs and City of Fountain, CO) and Investor owned (Progress Energy) utilities across multiple jurisdictions in Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. Tom teaches courses on such topics as electrical distribution principles, overhead and underground distribution systems, the NESC, electric system planning, construction, operations, and maintenance. He has extensive executive level experience in managing electric and gas utility systems. 

    R. John Miner, P.E., President,
    Collaborative Learning Inc.
     

    John is an accomplished executive manager and educator with over forty-five years of experience in the electric utility industry.  He is president of Collaborative Learning, Inc. of Austin Texas, a firm that presents management and technical education programs and, through Collaboration Unlimited, provides management consulting services to the electric utility industry. John has been an adult educator for most of his career and has conducted hundreds of educational programs for various audiences in forty states, Canada, and five overseas locations.  His technical seminars and workshops for utilities have covered such topics as application of the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC), overhead and underground distribution systems, electric system planning, construction, operations, and maintenance.  He has also served as an expert witness on litigation involving electrical accidents and NESC compliance.   

    If you have questions or need assistance, you can contact Jillian Wolfe at Collaborative Learning. Email her at jillian.wolfe@cl-cu.com or call her at 512-657-7314.

    • 13 Mar 2023
    • 8:00 AM (EDT)
    • 15 Mar 2023
    • 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • Lakeland Electric, Lakeland, Florida
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    THE NEW 2023 NATIONAL

    ELECTRICAL SAFETY CODE

    Significant Rules and Changes

    March 13 & 14, 8am-4pm • March 15, 8-11am Eastern

    15 Professional Development Hours (PDH) CREDITS

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    THIS COURSE IS LIVE AND IN-HOUSE AT
    LAKELAND ELECTRIC, 501 E. LEMON ST.,
    LAKELAND, FLORIDA 33801.

    The 2023 Edition of the NESC® (ANSI C2-2023) was published on August 1, 2022. It will go into effect in most jurisdictions on February 1, 2023. The NESC is the national standard for safety in the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of electric utility supply and communication systems.


    Even where compliance with the NESC is not legally enforced, employees of utilities and their contractors have a moral responsibility to design, construct, operate and maintain electric supply and communication systems in a safe manner. When incidents involving utility systems cause death, injury, and property damage, litigation is often based on claims of non-compliance with the NESC.

    Course Overview:

    During two and one half days of intensive presentation and learning exercises, you will explore the Code’s origin and purpose as well as significant rules and changes for electric supply stations, overhead line clearances, conductor and structure mechanical loading, underground lines, and grounding.


    Who Should Attend:

    • Anyone responsible for the design, construction, operation, maintenance, or safety of electrical or communications supply systems 
    • Electrical Engineers 
    • Technicians
    • Line workers
    • Electricians
    • Safety Professionals

    Requirements:

    This course requires the latest NESC 2023 codebook published in August 2022. It can be purchased in print, PDF or digital format at :
    https://www.techstreet.com/ieee/standards/ieee-c2-2023?product_id=2254672

    Course Outline:

    Introductions

    • Course objectives, schedule, notebook and format
    • Course participants' sharing of questions and problems

    Introduction to the NESC – Significant Rules and Changes

    • History, purpose, and scope
    • Organization and contents
    • Committee structure 
    • Interpretations
    • Revision process
    • References and resources
    • Section 1 – Introduction
    • Section 2 – Definitions of Terms
    • Section 3 – References
    • Application principles 
    • Check-up quiz (Sections 1, 2 & 3)

    NESC Section 9 Grounding - Significant Rules and Changes

    • Purpose and scope (Sections 90 and 91)
    • Effective grounding
    • Points of connection of grounding conductor (Section 92)
    • Grounding conductor and means of connection (Section 93)
    • Grounding electrodes and connections (Sections 94 and 95)
    • Ground resistance requirements (Section 96)
    • Check-up quiz (Section 9)

    NESC Part 1 Supply Stations - Significant Rules and Changes

    • Purpose and scope (Sections 100 and 101)
    • Protective arrangements (Section 11)
    • Guarding live parts (Section 124)
    • Working space (Section 125)
    • Storage batteries (Section 14)
    • Photovoltaic generating stations (Section 19)
    • Check-up quiz (Part 1)

    NESC Part 2 Overhead Lines - Significant Rules and Changes

    • Purpose and scope (Section 20)
    • General requirements (Section 21)
    • Relative Levels (Section 22)
    • Clearances (Section 23)

    NESC Part 2 Overhead Lines (continued)

    • Clearances (Section 23) continued
    • Check-up Quiz Sections 21, 22, and 23)
    • Grades of construction (Section 24)
    • Loading for grades B & C (Section 25)
    • Structure strength (Section 26)
    • Check-up Quiz (Sections 24, 25 & 26)

    NESC Part 3 Underground Lines - Significant Rules and Changes

    • Purpose and scope
    • General requirements (Section 31)
    • Underground conduit systems (Section 32)
    • Cable in underground structures (Section 34)
    • Direct buried cable (Section 35)
    • Cable risers and terminations (Sections 36 and 37)
    • Equipment (Section 38)
    • Check-up Quiz (Part 3)

    NESC Legal Status and Compliance

    • State law and regulation of regulated utilities
    • Self-regulated utilities
    • Legal precedent
    • Enforcement and compliance
    • Engineering ethics and practice 
    • Check-up Quiz

    NESC Part 4 Work Rules - Significant Rules and Changes

    • Purpose and scope (Sections 401 and 402)
    • Supply and communications systems – Rules for employers (Section 41)
    • General rules for employees (Section 42)
    • Additional rules for supply employees (Section 44)
    • Check-up Quiz (Part 4)

    Open discussion of NESC application challenges and questions 


    About the Instructors:

    R. John Miner, P.E., President of Collaborative Learning Inc. and Co-Founder, Academy for Utility Line Design Professionals

    John is an accomplished executive manager and educator with over forty-five years of experience in the electric utility industry.  He is president of Collaborative Learning, Inc. of Austin Texas, a firm that presents management and technical education programs and, through Collaboration Unlimited, provides management consulting services to the electric utility industry. 

    John has been an adult educator for most of his career and has conducted hundreds of educational programs for various audiences in forty states, Canada, and five overseas locations.  His technical seminars and workshops for utilities have covered such topics as application of the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC), overhead and underground distribution systems, electric system planning, construction, operations, and maintenance.  He has also served as an expert witness on litigation involving electrical accidents and compliance with the NESC.  

    M. Thomas Black, P.E., Technical Consultant and Continuing Education Program Developer and Instructor, Collaborative Learning Inc.

    Tom is an accomplished executive manager, consultant and continuing education course instructor with more than thirty (30) years of experience in the electric and gas utility industries.  In addition to working with Collaborative Learning, Tom’s experience includes employment with both municipal (Colorado Springs and City of Fountain, CO) and Investor owned (Progress Energy) utilities across multiple jurisdictions in Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida.


    Tom teaches courses on such topics as electrical distribution principles, overhead and underground distribution systems, the NESC, electric system planning, construction, operations, and maintenance. Tom has extensive executive level experience in managing electric and gas utility systems. System responsibilities include planning and engineering, standards, construction, operations and maintenance, gas pipeline safety, energy management (EMS), supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), outage management (OMS), field-related outage response and the planning and implementation of a SMART Grid system.
      
    Tom earned his bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis (with honors) and is a registered professional engineer in the states of Colorado and Arizona. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

     

    Registration:  
    Course Registration Fee:  $650.00 per registrant


    If this course is full, please check for vacancies in this same course on the alternate dates of March 15th-17th. If both are full, you will be placed on a wait list and we will contact you.


    We will build custom programs
    for your organization!

    Collaborative Learning, Inc. offers programs on the NESC that vary in length from one-half to three days (3-18 contact hours) in whatever format and length best meets the needs of our clients.   This includes on-site or on-line programs. All programs address the origins of the NESC and its fundamental application to electric utility transmission and distribution systems, highlighting the important changes that are effective with the 2023 edition.  Longer programs will allow more extensive and in-depth coverage of topics, as well as practice exercises for participants.

    For more information or to inquire about scheduling and pricing 
    of custom courses, contact Jillian Wolfe, Vice President 
    of Collaborative Learning, Inc.

    Phone: 512-687-7314

    Email:  Jillian.Wolfe@CL-CU.com

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