ONLINE COURSES

Power Industry Fundamentals

EJS-101
Introduction to the U.S. Electric Service System
1/2 day on-demand seminar with Live Q&A
Available Now (7 day access)

A fundamental knowledge of the properties of AC power and the structure and function of the physical electric service system is necessary before one can properly understand the U.S. electric power industry and its markets.

This online training program clearly explains key electricity terms, concepts, and units; how the six North American power grids are set up; how these grids function; how electricity flows from generation to load; what load shedding and demand response are, and how balancing authorities, ISOs, and control areas "keep the lights on."

This proven online training program features the same material used in the popular PGS in-person classroom seminar. Register today and join the over 10,000 industry professionals who trust PGS for their energy training needs.

What You Will Learn
  1. The properties of electricity including voltage, AC power, direct current, reactive power (vars) and other electric power terms and concepts.
  2. The basic concept of how AC electromagnetic generators and AC motors work, and why reactive power can be an important issue for industrials and solar generation resources.  
  3. The difference between real power (MW) and electrical energy (MWh), and why the power industry can have negative prices during off-peak hours.
  4. An overview of the North American electric service system (T&D wires and generation), and how it functions.
  5. How power moves across transmission lines, and what line losses, shrinkage, var support, ancillary services, and parallel flows are.
  6. The difference between AC and DC high voltage power lines.
  7. How the North American power industry is set up, the locations of the six North American AC power grids, and how the electric bulk transmission and distribution systems are structured.
  8. What control areas and balancing authorities are, and how they "keep the lights on.".
  9. What the definition and role is of the AGC system, spinning reserve, quick start capacity and load shedding.
  10. How control areas, balancing authorities, and ISOs prepare the pre-hour operating schedule, and why ISOs and RTOs are fundamentally just large control areas.
  11. How the re-dispatch of generating units can impact the availability of power line transmission capacity.
  12. What the terms lambda and security constrained-environmental-economic dispatch mean.
What You Will Also Learn
  1. What control areas and balancing authorities are, and how they "keep the lights on.".
  2. What the definition and role is of the AGC system, spinning reserve, quick start capacity and load shedding.
  3. How control areas, balancing authorities, and ISOs prepare the pre-hour operating schedule, and why ISOs and RTOs are fundamentally just large control areas.
  4. How the re-dispatch of generating units can impact the availability of power line transmission capacity.
  5. What the terms lambda and security constrained-environmental-economic dispatch mean.
How This Online Course Works

Get the best of both worlds with this blended learning approach.

  1. Learn at your own pace and on your own schedule as you first enjoy the internet-streamed, on-demand seminar. Speed up, slow down, or repeat sections of the presentation.
  2. Upon completion, join us for one of our regularly scheduled live online Q&A sessions. A calendar of live Q&A dates and times is provided in the program access instructions you will receive. You can also email your questions directly to the instructor.
Course Access

You will receive immediate online access to the on-demand training presentation. The audio for the online seminar is only available through your computer or other Internet connected device. You will also receive links in your access instructions to PDFs for all the presentation materials in case you want to print or keep a copy.

The on-demand training presentations are available for a total of 7 days from the time any one of the training presentations is first accessed. After 7 days, your access to the on-demand presentations will expire. However the PDF formatted training program slides and other documents you receive are yours to keep.

Your Instructor
John Adamiak
President PGS Energy

John Adamiak is President and Founder of PGS Energy Training and an expert in energy derivatives and electric power markets. Mr. Adamiak is a well-known and highly effective seminar presenter who has over 20 years experience in the natural gas and electric power industries. His background includes 15 years as a seminar instructor, 9 years of energy transaction experience, and 6 years of strategic planning and venture capital activities. John's academic background includes an M.B.A. degree from Carnegie Mellon University.

Program Pricing
$395 for single attendee, $295 per attendee thereafter.
Special pricing is available for groups of four or more. Click here for more information.

If you have additional questions please email customercare@pgsenergy.com or call (440) 853-1038.
Payment and Cancellations

Payment is required prior to training program access. Payment can be made by Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or corporate check. Your credit card will be charged at the time of registration unless other arrangements have been made.

Cancellations for online training programs can be made before the program access instructions are sent by PGS, and cancellations will result in a credit. For more information on PGS policies regarding administrative matters and complaint resolution, please contact our offices at (440) 853-1038.

Who Should Attend

This training program will benefit a wide variety of organizations in the electric power, financial and energy industries. Professionals from banks, energy producers, electric utilities, energy marketers, industrial companies, electric generators, and municipals will gain valuable insights, as will natural gas, oil and electric power executives, traders, marketers, (sales, purchasing & risk management professionals), accountants, economists, trading support staff, auditors, attorneys, government regulators, rate specialists, plant operators, engineers and corporate planners.

Prerequisites and Advance Preparation

This fundamental level online training program has no prerequisites. No advance preparation is required before the seminar.

Why Choose PGS?

PGS training programs are known for their clear explanations and in-depth content. Register today, and join the over 10,000 industry professionals who trust PGS with their energy training needs.