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Introduction to Electric Utility Systems for

December 5-6 | Online

Sponsored by EUCI

Click Here to register $1295.00

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all registrants for three business days after the event

This course has been developed for non-engineers working for electric utilities or involved in business relationships with electric utilities. It provides a non-technical introduction to the concepts that form the basis for the design and operation of the integrated electric utility system. The concepts underlying legacy electric power systems and how the attributes of these systems affect their operation in today’s evolving market structure are addressed without reference to rigorous engineering techniques or mathematical analysis.  Challenges facing companies in today’s changing regulatory and operational environment are also discussed.

Participants will learn to recognize equipment and facilities in the field, understand their purpose and functioning, and develop a strong layman’s understanding of the underlying design, economics, and operation of electric power systems. Contemporary issues facing the designers, operators, and managers of modern electric power systems are also covered.

After completing the course, attendees will feel comfortable speaking with engineers from their company and asking follow-up questions to clarify their understanding of the issues that are being discussed.

Learning Outcomes

  • Examine the components of all functional areas of electric utility systems  
  • Consider the drivers of system design and operation  
  • Review the power system’s definitions and terminology 
  • Discuss the effects of industry and corporate changes on power systems design and operations, including:  
    • Alternative energy resources  
    • New concepts in system architecture such as the smart grid  
    • Emphasis on reliability and power quality 
  • Explain industry standards-related issues  
  • Discuss challenges created by the evolving regulatory/market environment  



9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Central Time

Introduction to Power Systems

  • Power System Overview and Electricity Basics
  • End-Use Loads and Load Characteristics

Power Generation

  • Steam Power Plants
  • Hydroelectric Power Plants
  • Renewable Energy Resources
  • Energy Storage

The Transmission System

  • Alternating Current Transmission
  • Direct Current Transmission
  • Transmission Structures
  • Transmission Interconnections, NERC, and RTOs


  • Power Transformers
  • Substation Equipment and Facilities



9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Central Time

The Distribution System

  • Services and Secondary Lines
  • Line Transformers
  • Primary Line Equipment and Facilities
  • System Protection
  • Smart Grid

Electrical Losses

  • Line and Transformer Losses
  • System Demand and Energy Losses
  • Power Flow Model

Electricity Metering

  • Watt-Hour and Demand Metering
  • Metering High Voltages and Currents
  • Advanced Metering Infrastructure
  • Special Metering Applications

Power System Restoration


Lawrence (Larry) J. Vogt, Vogtage Engineering Corporation

Mr. Vogt has over 45 years of experience in engineering, industrial marketing, demand-side management, and rates and regulations in the electrical utility industry. He has a comprehensive knowledge of power system planning, design, and operations, as well as forecasting, cost-of-service analysis, and electricity pricing methodologies. Mr. Vogt has served in various engineering and managerial positions at ABB Power T&D Company, Louisville Gas & Electric Company, Mississippi Power Company, Public Service Indiana (now known as Duke Energy – Indiana), and Southern Company Services. He is a member of AEE and IEEE, and he is a registered Professional Engineer in several states. Mr. Vogt has served as an expert witness in several regulatory proceedings.  He has Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degrees in the field of electrical engineering from the University of Louisville. 

Mr. Vogt is the author of several technical papers and the textbooks Electricity Pricing: Engineering Principles and Methodologies (CRC Press, 2009) and Electrical Energy Management (Lexington Books, 1977). He is also a chapter author in the 3rd Edition of the Power Systems volume of The Electric Power Engineering Handbook (CRC Press, 2012). He has conducted numerous courses and webinars for the Electric League of Indiana, Inc., the Edison Electric Institute, EUCI, and the University of South Alabama. In addition, Mr. Vogt has served as an Adjunct Professor in Penn State University’s International Power Engineering Program.