Online Courses

Energy Risk Management Fundamentals

1/2 day on-demand seminar with Live Q&A
Available Now. (7 day access)

How this online course works

This fundamentals online training program takes participants from the basic statistics underlying value-at-risk (VaR) to the most sophisticated techniques used by energy companies today. Learn how a set of effective planning tools can be used to frame, analyze and manage your organization's exposures. In addition to presenting the fundamental concepts of VaR, EaR and risk management, this training program will also address the financial hedging tools that are required to effectively manage energy risk. Learn a comprehensive energy risk management methodology that addresses energy risk from the strategic perspective of the enterprise level all the way down to the detailed management of specific individual risks.

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. Strategic Risk Management Plan and why it's important.
  2. Risk framing to identify, assess, control and monitor energy risk.
  3. Fundamentals of hedging energy risk exposure using spot purchases, forward contracts and options.
  4. Layered hedging strategies for volatile energy markets using triggers and stop losses in dynamic hedging decisions.
  5. Risk Quantification (Tools) including VaR, TEVaR, CFaR, EaR.

Seminar Agenda

  • Introduction to Risk Management
  • What it is
  • Why it's important
  • Keys to Successful Enterprise Wide Risk Management
  • Defining Enterprise Risk Management
  • Key Elements of Enterprise Risk Management
  • Setting up a Enterprise Management Framework
  • Strategic Risk Management Planning
  • Identifying Risk
  • Understanding Risk
  • Quantifying Risk
  • Risk Computational Methods
  • Analytical Methods
  • Historical Methods
  • Monte Carlo Methods
  • Fundamentals of Hedging Energy Risk
  • Review of Hedging Strategies
  • Comparing Hedging Instruments
  • Case Study - Hedging Energy Exposure
  • Spot Market
  • Fixed Price
  • Collar
  • Combinations of Spot, Fixed, Collar and Call
  • Case Study - Layered Hedging Strategy
  • Statistics Based Hedging
  • Setting Trigger Levels
  • The Importance of the Long-Run Sustainable Price

Who Should Attend

The training program is designed for those who desire a fundamental understanding of this vital topic including utility employees, commission staff, energy service professionals, and others. The course is designed to provide a solid understanding of the principles and terminology of EE and DR programs, and provide an introduction to the advanced analysis techniques and models that are used by program planners and evaluators. The training program is not overly analytical, but rather summarizes these important techniques used by DSM professionals.

Prerequisites and Advance Preparation

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

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.


Ken Skinner, Ph.D.
Vice President Integral Analytics Inc.

Dr. Skinner is a Vice President for Integral Analytics Inc. (IA), an energy conservation focused analytical planning software and consulting firm. IA is fully owned by Willdan, an industry-leading energy solutions provider and sustainability consultant. Dr. Skinner supports core energy risk management and sustainability services including electric grid optimization, integrated resource planning, design and implementation of integrated demand side projects and distributed energy resources. He is part of a team specializing in energy engineering, renewable generation, electric vehicle fleets and infrastructure, program management, microgrids, financing, data analysis, software development, and other fields.

Dr. Skinner has over 20 years of energy industry experience developing energy conservation and commodity supply strategies involving portfolio risk management, hedging strategies, and least-cost supply opportunities. Having worked as an energy consultant, Dr. Skinner has significant experience in economic analysis and modeling of distributed energy projects, forward energy prices, financial derivatives, and valuation of energy assets using econometric analysis, statistical methods, optimization principles, real option valuation techniques. Dr. Skinner is widely published having served as the technology columnist for Wiley Natural Gas and Electricity Journal. He is a noted speaker on energy related topics for organizations such as AESP, IAEE, ACEEE, PLMA, IEPEC, INFORMS, Infocast, EUCI, SNL Energy and PGS Energy Training.

On-Demand Access Time

The on-demand training presentation is available for a total of 7 days from the time the training program is first viewed. After 7 days, your access to the online presentation will expire. However the PDF training program slides and other materials you receive are yours to keep.

Program Pricing

 1/2 day on-demand seminar with Live Q&A - Available Now. 

$395 for the first attendee and $295 for each attendee thereafter

Special pricing is available for groups of five or more. Please email or call (440) 853-1038.

Important: To receive the lowest price, multiple attendees for the same course should sign up together since the first attendee price is charged by the PGS Website each time a new order is submitted.

Payment and Cancellations

Payment is required prior to training program access. Payment can be made by Visa, Master Card, 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.
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