Oak Leaf, North America’s relevant, independent, and objective voice in energy research and training, keeps a close eye on the fast-changing Electricity Industry. Our updated and current Electricity course is a comprehensive 2-day seminar, presented by industry veterans Marcel Chorel and Don White. The course gives the details about this vibrant industry; Marcel and Don provide the perspective of their long and varied careers spent in Electricity.

The first day of the course zeroes in on electricity fundamentals. The assumption is that participants have no prior knowledge of the industry or the basics of how electricity works. You will figure out things like the difference between a kW and a kWh and other concepts you always wanted to know but perhaps were too afraid to ask! Then you will learn the basics of generation, transmission, and distribution. There are also sections on pricing and rates, wind energy, and electricity and the environment. By the end of this day, you will be familiar with how electricity works, how the power is bought and sold, and the latest technological advances in electricity.

On the second day, you will learn about how the electricity industry has been structured and restructured over the past 30 years or so. Getting to grips with the structure is central to understanding the details of how electricity is bought, sold and regulated. Not many years ago, almost all jurisdictions in the world ran their electricity systems as vertically-integrated utilities. But that has changed dramatically, and even within Canada, the electricity industry differs from province to province. By the end of this day, you will understand wholesale market operations, retail market operations, market governance, and how these functions vary in each province.

Courses held in Calgary and Edmonton will reflect the Alberta electricity system; Vancouver courses will focus on the BC system; courses in Toronto will emphasize the Ontario system. In-house courses will be tailored to reflect the particular jurisdiction where the course is held and/or the specific educational needs of your organization.

Key Details

November 25-26, 2019 | Calgary |
Alberta Innovates Technology Futures |
Instructor – Don White
Price: $1395 + GST
Early-bird Pricing (up to one month prior to the course): $1295 + GST
Course Level: Beginner/Introductory
Catering Included: Yes
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December 9-10, 2019 | Toronto |
Venue:TBA |
Instructor – Marcel Chorel
Price: $1495 + GST
Early-bird Pricing (up to one month prior to the course): $1395 + GST
Course Level: Beginner/Introductory
Catering Included: Yes

4-Day Suite: Electricity and Renewable Energy

An exclusive combination of both our Electricity Fundamentals & Restructuring course and Renewable Energy Fundamentals course.

November 25-26, 28-29| Calgary |
Alberta Innovates Technology Futures |
Instructors – Don White & Marcel Chorel
Price: $2595 + GST
Early-bird Pricing (up to one month prior to the course): $2395 + GST
Course Level: Beginner/Introductory
Catering Included: Yes
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Course Outline

Electricity Fundamentals
  1. Introduction
  2. Basic Concepts
  3. Electricity Industry Overview
  4. Generation
  5. Transmission
  6. Distribution
  7. System Operations
  8. Pricing and Rates
  9. Regulation and Ownership
  10. Electricity and 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

Key Learning Objectives

Electricity Fundamentals
  • Understand key concepts & formulas used in the electricity industry
  • Learn how electricity is generated
  • Study electricity transmission & distribution, starting from basics to final consumption
  • Know details of the pricing structure & regulations in Canadian provinces
  • Analyze the impact of the electricity industry on the environment and the energy sector
Electricity Restructuring
  • Perceive why restructuring occurs & the market factors influencing price movements
  • Become conversant with the regulations that affect the functioning & operation of wholesale, retail, and capacity markets
  • Gain working knowledge about the Smart Grid: how it has been designed & implemented within regional markets; major issues in moving to a Smart Grid; and Smart Grid development in other countries
  • Understand restructuring developments, important factors in the supply chain, and issues within each regional market

Support Materials & Assessment Tools

Who Should Attend?

  • People new to the Electricity industry
  • Professionals already working in Electricity looking for a more comprehensive understanding of their field
  • Power Producers
  • Regulators
  • Government Agencies
  • Utilities
  • Energy Marketers
  • Investment Firms
  • Consulting Groups

Testimonials and Course Rating

“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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