Electricity Course Description

Flick a switch, and you assume lights will turn on. Most people don’t know exactly why or how electricity works, but they expect it to work! After completing the 2-day Oak Leaf course, Electricity Fundamentals & Restructuring, you will know all about the whys and hows of electricity. You will gain a fuller understanding of the technologies, systems, and markets operating in the background, enabling that flicked switch to bring light.

On Day 1, we walk through the basics, from how electricity functions to ways it may be generated, transmitted, bought, sold, and distributed.  We introduce you to recent electricity innovation, including renewables development, and you also discover how the Smart Grid is transforming electricity storage, distribution, and pricing.

Day 2 covers electricity industry restructuring, an ongoing global trend over the last 35 years.  Alberta’s electricity industry restructured early and is now more of a marketplace than a utility. Other provinces, like Ontario, have restructured differently, according to their needs. We explain why jurisdictions restructure their electricity industries and why restructuring will continue. How does electricity restructuring affect society?  Your organization?  Your career?  We consider these questions, looking for answers.

Electricity industry veteran Chris Best is your guide, bringing his 25+ years of experience to the course.  Not only does Chris present electricity basics, but because he has been working at the cutting edge of the industry—dealing with emissions mitigation and renewable energy technologies—he also explains the vital role electricity can play in an increasingly carbon constrained world.

Reasons why you should attend this electricity course:

  • To learn how electricity affects society, your organization, and your role
  • To fill your electricity knowledge gaps, whether they are wide or narrow
  • To grasp how generation, transmission, and distribution work to provide electricity efficiently to consumers
  • To ask real time questions of your instructor, an approachable, friendly electricity expert
  • To understand electricity transactions and markets: the many ways electricity is bought and sold
  • To discover the latest technical innovations in electricity
  • To consider electricity’s future technical promise and the path(s) restructuring will take

Important questions the electricity course answers:

  • The basics: what is electricity and how does it behave?
  • The essentials: how do generation, transmission, and distribution interact to power society?
  • The evolution: in this century, many jurisdictions have shifted from coal-fired electricity generation to other forms. What are these forms? How are things working out?
  • The economics: can you make money from electricity in 2022?
  • The environment: how can increased electricity usage reduce carbon emissions?
  • The future: will electricity evolution become revolution?

Electricity Course Key Learning Objectives

Electricity Fundamentals
  • To understand key concepts & formulas used in the electricity industry
  • To learn how electricity is generated, transmitted, and distributed
  • To know details of the pricing structures & regulations in Canadian provinces
  • To become familiar with new technologies—such as batteries, various other storage developments, and smart metering—that are transforming the electricity industry
  • To analyze how electricity can help power society while mitigating negative environmental impacts
Electricity Restructuring
  • To perceive why restructuring occurs & understand the market factors influencing price
  • To become familiar with regulations affecting wholesale, retail, and capacity markets
  • To understand restructuring developments and issues within each regional market
  • To gain knowledge about the Smart Grid: how it has been designed & implemented within regional and national markets, and major issues to be considered when moving to a Smart Grid

Key Details

This course is offered in conjunction with

February 28-29, 2024
8 a.m. Mountain (10 a.m. Eastern) start
Early bird registration deadline: February 16
Calgary & ONLINE
Instructor — Chris Best
Calgary Venue address:  PTAC
4th floor, 500 5 Ave. SW
Venue: $1795  Venue Early bird: $1695
Online: $1695  Online Early bird: $1595

Course Level: Beginner/Introductory
Personal Development Hours (PDH): 16

Coffee, snacks, lunch & refreshments served both days



Electricity Fundamentals & Restructuring + Renewable Energy Fundamentals
February 28-29 (Electricity); March 18-19 (Renewables)
Early bird registration deadline: February 16
Calgary & ONLINE
Instructor — Chris Best
Calgary Venue address:  PTAC
4th floor, 500 5 Ave. SW
Venue: $3195  Venue Early bird: $2995
Online: $2995  Online Early bird: $2795


Electricity Course Outline

Electricity Fundamentals
  1. Introduction
  2. Basic Concepts
  3. Electricity Industry Overview
  4. Generation
  5. Transmission
  6. Distribution
  7. System Operations
  8. Pricing & Rates
  9. Regulation & Ownership
  10. Electricity & the Environment
  11. Wind Energy
Electricity Restructuring
  1. Introduction
  2. Industry Restructuring
  3. Wholesale Market Operation
  4. Retail Market Operation
  5. NEW! Capacity Market Operation
  6. The Smart Grid
  7. Alberta Wholesale Market
  8. Alberta Market Governance
  9. Ontario Power Market
  10. PJM Market
  11. Conclusions

Electricity Course Support Materials & Assessment

Who Should Attend the Electricity Course?

  • People new to the Electricity industry
  • Professionals already working in Electricity looking for a more comprehensive understanding of their field
  • First Nations considering entry to electricity markets and renewables development on their traditional territories
  • Power producers
  • Regulators
  • Government agencies
  • Utilities
  • Energy marketers
  • Investment firms
  • Consulting groups

Electricity Course Testimonials

“Felt the course met my objective of gaining knowledge, exposure and understanding of the electricity industry.”
Steven Supervisor, Oil Accounting
“The course was perfect in teaching me the fundamentals + restructuring of Electricity. I now have a clearer view of what we do as an organization working in the electricity world.”
Lynn Senior Executive Assistant
“Excellent introductory course overall; excellent instruction and presentation from Marcel.”
Tom Regulatory Legal Counsel
“Very nice to have an instructor who can answer any and all questions on the spot and can also add his own experiences to the discussion”
Jack Coordinator of Energy Accounting



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