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Electric System Fundamentals

Learn the basic electrical principles as you take a guided tour of the physical system from the generator through the customer meter

This one-day seminar presents an overview of the physical electrical system.  If you are new to the industry, or even a veteran who was never fully exposed to the physical aspects of the electrical business, Electric System Fundamentals is designed to help you better understand these basic principles.

You will learn the units by which electricity is measured, the difference between AC and DC power, the basic laws of electricity, and the jargon which pervades the industry.  You will then be taken on a tour of the electrical system learning details about generation, transmission, distribution, services, and finally the customer meter.

This course was designed with your participation in mind! Questions and discussion among attendees are highly encouraged. And you will participate in a number of group exercises that will give you a real-world perspective of how the electrical system actually works. You will leave this information-packed seminar with relevant and current information that can be applied immediately to your work!

Prerequisites: No prerequisites or advance preparation is required.

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Is Electric System Fundamentals the right seminar for me?

If you need a solid overview of how the electric system functions from a technical perspective, without having to work through equations and engineering theory, this seminar is for you!  Whether you are new to the business or you’re an industry veteran, you will benefit from hearing complex technical concepts explained in understandable language. While anyone with a connection to the electric power business should consider this fundamental seminar, here are the types of employees who have found this class helpful to their continued success in the industry:

  • New hires: anyone new to the industry, whether you are working for a utility, transmission company, merchant generator, energy marketing company, renewable generation firm, startup, or any company providing services to the industry
  • Employees with industry experience in business areas who need a better understanding of the physical system
  • Employees with customer contact, sales or marketing responsibilities
  • Regulatory employees who need to understand physical system opportunities and constraints
  • Accounting or Information Technology professionals who need a solid foundation in the physical system
  • Professionals such as attorneys, finance, PR, communications, etc. who are working for an industry participant or providing services to the energy industry
  • Virtually any employee with limited experience on the physical side of the industry

How will Electric System Fundamentals help me?

The physical design and operation of the electric system is complex.  And often those that work in design and operations on a day-to-day basis are either too busy or find it difficult to explain the system in a way that non-technical professionals can understand. If you are new to the industry, this seminar will give you the foundation you need to start your career grounded in a basic knowledge of the physical system. And if you are an industry veteran, you will finally hear complex topics explained in a way that makes sense!  After attending this seminar, you will be prepared to actively and competently interact with technical professionals and to perform your job with a fuller understanding of how the physical system impacts your responsibilities.

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What you will learn
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In one information-packed day, this dynamic course will provide you with a solid understanding of:

  • Electric industry jargon and basic electrical principles
  • Generation types and sources and their advantages and disadvantages
  • How the physical system is structured and operated to delivery electricity
  • The purpose, function and components of the transmission system
  • The purpose, function and components of the distribution system
  • How service connections are provided to customer facilities
  • How electricity is delivered into and metered at the consumer’s facility
  • How the physical system impacts costs and services to customers

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Course agenda
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Electrical Definitions

  • Electricity, volts, amps, watts, kilowatts, kilowatt-hours, kilovolt-amperes
  • Conductors and insulators
  • Voltage (volts), resistance (amps)
  • Direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC)
  • Basic electrical relationships (Ohms Law, Watts Law)
  • Circuits (functions and types)
  • Real power, apparent power, reactive power
  • Power factor
  • Calculation examples

Rate Structures

  • How electric rates relate to the physical system
  • How electric rates vary
  • Electric bill components
  • Demand ratchets

Generating Electricity

  • The electrical system
  • Types and sources of generation
  • Advantages/disadvantages/costs of each generation type
  • Single vs. three phase
  • Station transformers and switchyards
  • Functions of power control
  • Load forecasting
  • How units are dispatched

The Transmission System

  • Purpose and function
  • Components (substations, transformers, switchyard, transmission lines)
  • Interconnections
  • North American electrical grids
  • Power flow and control
  • NERC regions, RTOs, ISOs, TRANSCOs

The Distribution System

  • Purpose and function
  • Components (substations, distribution lines, lighting arrestors, voltage regulators, fuses, reclosers, capacitor banks)
  • Distribution circuits (types and voltages)
  • Lines (wye vs. delta; overhead vs. underground)
  • Primary vs. secondary distribution

The Secondary System and Electrical Services

  • Services (overhead and underground; single phase and three phase, voltage)
  • Components (service transformer, service drop, meter loop, meter, main disconnect, service/breaker panel, branch circuits)

Meters and Metering

  • Types of meters
  • Current transformers (CTs) and potential transformers (PTs)
  • Location of meters
  • Registers
  • Smart meters and automatic meter reading (AMR)

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What they are saying
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"Most valuable aspects of the course were the way in which all of the terms were explained, and the examples and analogies helped a lot. Excellent instructor. One of the best seminars I have been to in the industry."
Wayne B.
Doble Engineering

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Discounts, networking and seminar details
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Group discount

Attend this seminar with your workgroup and you can save up to 25%. For every three people from the same company who attend this course, the fourth is free!

Course length

One day


No prerequisites or advance preparation is required.

Seminar times

This seminar begins at 8:30 and ends at 5:00.

Registration fee

$795 (save $100 - only $695 if paid three weeks prior to seminar). This fee includes continental breakfast, lunch and morning and afternoon breaks. The fee also includes course materialst.

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Cancellation policy

All class sizes are limited and your place in class is held exclusively for you. Registrations cancelled two weeks or more prior to the seminar date will receive a full refund minus a 10% administrative fee or a credit for 100% of the registration fee good towards any other Enerdynamics product. Registrations cancelled with less than two weeks notice but more than two days notice will receive a credit for 100% of the registration fee good towards any other Enerdynamics product. Registrations cancelled with less than two days notice are not eligible for refund or credit. Substitutions may be made at any time and without additional cost.

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  • CPE credits? Absolutely!

    • Enerdynamics Corp. is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA), as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN 37219-2417. Web site: www.nasba.org

      Delivery Method: Group-live

      You will receive 8 CPE credits when you successfully complete Electric System Fundamentals.

  • Bring this seminar onsite

    • If you have 8 or 10 participants, chances are it's cost-effective to have us bring this seminar to you. Save time and travel cost by hosting a seminar at your company site. We can also customize the content for your company or geographic region. Give us a call at 866-765-5432 to discuss your onsite options, or send us an 'info'.

  • No risk to you!

    • Enerdynamics seminars and training programs are the best in the industry. So we are proud to offer a money-back satisfaction guarantee for all of our public seminars: If for any reason you are not completely satisfied with your program, we'll gladly refund your entire registration fee. For more information regarding administrative policies such as complaint and refund, please contact us at 866-765-5432


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