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EBA Primer Series: Electric Industry Technology for Lawyers

2018-02-15 12:00:00 2018-02-16 12:30:00 America/Denver EBA Primer Series: Electric Industry Technology for Lawyers- EBA **For a full listing of events visit http://eba-net.org/calendar Western Area Power Administration Headquarters, Golden, CO EBA - Energy Bar Association - rockymountain admin@eba-net.org
Dates:  Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 12:00pm to Friday, February 16, 2018 - 12:30pm
Location:  Western Area Power Administration Headquarters, Golden, CO
Rocky Mountain Chapter


  NEW Primer: Electric Industry Technology for Lawyers


Program Summary

Never offered before, 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.

See information below about the optional post-primer tour. 


Thursday, February 15

Noon – 1:00 pm:  Lunch and Networking

1:00 pm:  Introduction to Primer

I. Introductory Concepts: In this segment of the Primer, participants will learn the basic terminology and concepts for understanding the technology behind the electric grid, such as the basic tools for measuring electricity, the difference between capacity and energy, the difference between real and reactive power, and the difference between direct and alternating current. Students will gain an understanding of how today’s electrical grid is configured – and why.
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:

II. Distribution:  This segment of the program will focus on the equipment that is used in the delivery of electricity to retail consumers. Students will gain an understanding of the difference between network and radial systems, where and why electric meters are located, operational issues faced by utility operators, how key distribution equipment such as protection systems and transformers work, and what happens in a control room – the place where operation of the electric grid all comes together.

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 (Supervisory  Control and Data Acquisition), Control Room Operations
I. Bi-directional Distribution Systems

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm:

III. 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. Students will gain an understanding of the key components of the transmission system such as towers, insulators and conductors, how transmission systems are designed (including concepts such as stability and thermal limits), and operational issues confronted by transmission operators (including loop flows and vegetation management).

5:30 pm - Networking Reception (included in Primer registration fee)

7:30 pm - Dinner on your own

Friday, February 16  - 8:00 am – 12:30 pm

7:30 am  – 8:00 am:  Continental Breakfast

8:00 am – 9:30 am:

IV. 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. Students will gain an understanding the basics of generation, including the difference between baseload, intermediate, peak and intermittent generation; heat rate; blackstart generators; and station power. Our instructors will then discuss different types of generation – coal, natural gas, and nuclear – and the environmental controls that are used in power plants using those fuels. The session will wrap up with a discussion of renewable generation (hydropower, wind, solar, and biomass).

A.    General
    1.    Baseload, intermediate, peaking, intermittent
    2.    Heat rate
    3.    Automatic Generation Control (AGC)
    4.    Reactive controls
    5.    Inertia
    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.    Reciprocating internal combustion engine (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.    Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) and Non-Selective Catalytic Reduction (NSCR)
    2.    Bag house
    3.    Mercury controls
    4.    Solid waste management
    5.    Liquid waste management
    6.    Carbon Capture and Storage (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

V. Distributed Energy Resources (DER): This segment of the seminar will address new technologies that perform a power supply function. The session will cover the basics of distributed generation (DG) technologies, including combined heat and power and small renewable generators and how they are integrated with the electric grid. The session will also address energy storage, energy efficiency, and demand response, including how they are dispatched by grid operators. Our instructors also will cover emerging issues such as the impact of the Internet of Things and electric vehicles.

A.    Distributed Generation (DG) Technologies
    1.    RICE units
    2.    Combined heat and power (CHP) (a/k/a cogeneration)
    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

Optional Post-PrimerTour: 

Currently, we are working on an optional post-primer tour of the Xcel dispatch center the afternoon of Friday Feb 16; You are responsible for your own transportation to the tour which is easily accessible by taxi and Uber.  You must respond your interest in the tour, to Lisa Levine at llevine@eba-net.org.

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.

About the Trainers


Western Area Power Administration Headquarters, 1667 Cole Boulevard,  Building 19, Suite 152 Golden, CO 80401, here is a PDF of the map and directions.

Here is a short URL for the address https://goo.gl/maps/a2ZaC96F8Jm

Parking is free in this area.

Hotel Information

Marriott Denver West which is the closest, and walkable: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/denwe-denver-marriott-west/

But here is a website with all the nearby hotels. https://www.wapa.gov/EPTC/about/Pages/local-information.aspx

EBA has not reserved a room block.  Please contact the hotels directly for rates and availability.


Parking is free for those 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

OnlineRegister Now
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 February 5, 2018.  You may send your cancellation request to Marlo Brown-Carpenter at Marlo@eba-net.org or by fax to 202.833.5596.


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