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


  • No refunds within 10 days of the course.
  • One person must be the primary registrant, others will be listed as guests on this registration. All individuals will receive a $50 discount.

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From the Inside Out


FEBRUARY 21 & 22, 2023


This course has three one-hour units per day with two 15- minute breaks, for a total of six course hours, and 6.0 PDHs.


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 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


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


Cost: $600

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


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. 


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 or call her at 512-657-7314.

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