2017 EBA Primer Series: Electric Industry Technology for Lawyers

2017-12-04 12:00:00 2017-12-05 12:30:00 America/Denver 2017 EBA Primer Series: Electric Industry Technology for Lawyers- EBA **For a full listing of events visit http://eba-net.org/calendar Xcel Energy, 1800 Larimer St., Denver, CO 80202 EBA - Energy Bar Association admin@eba-net.org
Dates:  Monday, December 4, 2017 - 12:00pm to Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 12:30pm
Location:  Xcel Energy, 1800 Larimer St., Denver, CO 80202


This program will be rescheduled to be held in early 2018.  Information will be posted soon.

 The EBA will be hosting a NEW Primer, Electric Industry Technology for Lawyers. 

 Program Summary

This primer will provide an introduction to the basic technology that comprises the electric grid. The course begins with an introductory review of key terms and concepts – the building blocks for the remainder of the program. Next, our faculty will provide an in-depth view of the delivery segments of the industry: transmission and distribution, including the type of equipment used in each and how they function. On the second day of the program, participants will hear from experts on the basics of generation technology, followed by an in-depth view of the various types of generation, including coal, natural gas, nuclear, renewables, and applicable environmental controls. Finally, the program will conclude with a review of distributed energy resource technologies, such as distributed generation, storage, demand response and energy efficiency, and cutting-edge topics like the Internet of Things and electric vehicles.

For details about the entire EBA Primers Series,  visit: http://eba-net.org/node/273

  • Primer Program Brochure  (PDF)coming soon.
  • Agenda
  • Speaker Bios (PDF)
  • Reception
  • CLE Credit
  • Location
  • Hotel Sleeping Room
  • Registration Information


More details coming soon

Monday, December 4th
Noon – 1:00 pm:  Lunch and Networking

1:00 pm:  Introduction to Primer and Introductory Concepts

In this segment of the Primer, participants will learn the basic terminology and concepts for understanding the technology behind the electric grid.
A.    Watts, Volts, Amps, Hz
B.    kW, kWh, MW, MWh
C.    DC, AC
D.    Reactive Power
E.    Diagram of the Electric Grid

2:15 pm - 4:00pm:

Distribution:  This segment of the program will focus on the equipment that is used in the delivery of electricity to retail consumers.

A.    Definition

B.    Network, Radial
C.    Meters
D.    Operational Issues
    1.    Safety
        a.    Short-circuit current
    2.    Reliability
    3.    Power quality
        a.    Voltage control (e.g., capacitors)
E. Protection Systems
F. Transformers
G. Down-line Automation
H. Distribution SCADA, Control Room Operations
I. Bi-directional Distribution Systems

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm:

Transmission:  This part of the program will focus on the equipment that is used to deliver electricity from generators to distribution systems and between distribution systems.

5:30 pm - Dinner on your own

Tuesday, December 5
8:00 am – 12:30 pm
7:30 am  – 8:00 am:  Continental Breakfast
8:00 am – 9:30 am:

Generation:  This segment of the program will address the basic technological concepts underlying electric generation, followed by an in-depth review of the various types of generating technologies.

A.    General
    1.    Baseload, intermediate, peaking, intermittent
    2.    Heat rate
    3.    AGC
    4.    Reactive controls
    5.    Interia
    6.    Blackstart
    7.    Station power
B.    Coal
    1.    Different boiler designs and efficiency options up to ultra-    supercritical
    2.    Differences in coal
    3.    Coal gasification
    4.    Cycling issues
C.    Gas
    1.    RICE, aeroderivative turbines
    2.    Simple, combined cycle
D.    Nuclear
    1.    Basic designs
    2.    Fuel supply
    3.    Spent fuel storage
    4.    Containment technology
E.    Environmental Controls
    1.    SCR, NSCR
    2.    Bag house
    3.    Mercury controls
    4.    Solid waste management
    5.    Liquid waste management
    6.    CCS
F.    Renewables
    1.    Hydro
        a.    Licensed, federal
        b.    Impoundments, run-of-river, pumped storage
    2.    Wind
    3.    Solar (photovoltaic, concentrated)
    4.    Biomass
        a.    Landfill gas
        b.    Municipal waste
        c.    Wood waste
        d.    Dedicated fuel (e.g., switchgrass)
        e.    Animal digesters
        f.    Poultry waste

Coffee Break

Distributed Energy Resources (DER)
A.    Distributed Generation (DG) Technologies
    1.    RICE units
    2.    CHP
    3.    Solar, distributed wind, small hydro
B.    Storage
    1.    Thermal, mechanical, battery (different chemistries)
C.    Energy Efficiency (EE)
D.    Demand Response (DR) (devices and control systems)
E.    Internet of Things (IOT)
F.    Electric Vehicles (EVs)
G.    Integration Issues
    1.    Standards
    2.    Inverter technology
    3.    Potential impact on distribution grid
    4.    Potential impact on transmission
H.    Dispatch of DER
    1.    Generally
    2.    DER and natural / man-made disasters
12:30 pm Wrap up and Adjourn

About the EBA Primer Series:

One of the goals of the Energy Bar Association’s Strategic Plan is to promote excellence in the practice of energy law by enhancing opportunities for educational programming.  To further this goal, EBA has established a “primer program,” focused on teaching core regulatory and legal concepts and basic industry fundamentals that every energy law practitioner must understand.  The overall goal of this course is to provide attorneys new to the oil and refined products pipeline industry a foundational understanding of the industry and how it is organized and regulated, so they are better equipped to assist clients in this industry.

Continuing Legal Education Credits (CLE)

 MCLE accreditation approval to be submitted  for VA, NY, CO, TX.  For questions email llevine@eba-net.org


coming soon

Hotel Information

There are several hotels in the area (list coming soon).  EBA has not reserved a room block.  Please contact the hotels directly for rates and availability.


Driving or Uber are your best choices. 


 Registration includes the two-day Primer, attendee handouts, lunch, breakfast, breaks, and reception.

  EBA Member Non-Member
Private/Attorney $350 $395
Private/Energy Professional (formerly Non-Attorney) $375 $425
Private/Young Attorney* $275 $300
Gov't/Academic $300 $325
Student $100 $125

 *Those who graduated from law school within last three (3) years, that is, on or after January 1, 2015.

Three Ways to Register

Fax your completed registration form with payment to EBA: (202) 833-5596
Mail your registration form and payment to EBA, 2000 M St. NW, Suite 715, Washington, DC 20036

Cancellation Policy:

Refunds will be given to registrants who submit written cancellation by November 28, 2017.  You may send your cancellation request to Marlo Brown-Carpenter at Marlo@eba-net.org or by fax to 202.833.5596.


By registering for this program, you authorize EBA to use any photographs taken of you during the event. Photographs may be used in promotional materials or stories that appear in professional publications and websites.


For more information, please contact the Energy Bar office at (202) 223-5625 or by email at admin@eba-net.org