Online Courses

Introduction to the Natural Gas and Electric Utility Industry

2.5 Hour on-demand seminar with LIve Q&A
Available Now. (7 day access)

How this online course works

Overview of the Natural Gas and Electric Utility Industry: We will begin with an overview of the energy industry from gas production and electric generation through transmission and distribution. Importance of industry metering and billing data will be explained and many functions of utilities and their unique methods will be covered. Utility jargon and energy units will be explained along with engineering descriptions of a variety of electric generation technologies.

What You Will Learn

  1. Plain English explanations of numerous gas & electric utility industry terms
  2. What is natural gas the different types of natural gas and electric measurement units and conversions, key consumption sectors and demand
  3. The terminology, concepts and mechanics of the utility industry infrastructure components and how the utility industry operates across the value chain spectrum.
  4. Where the gas supply is, how gas is produced, related production economic issues and the relationship to current supply issues, concerns and directions.
  5. What gas gathering is, how it works and is managed and what are the economic issues and concerns of the other parts of the infrastructure value chain.
  6. What happens at different gas processing stages and NGL extraction flows.
  7. What "pipeline quality gas" is and the different concerns along the value chain about gas quality and interchangeability.
  8. Various power generation technologies and the capital and operating costs of each.
  9. Data collection through the metering function and billing process.
  10. Energy usage load profiles and their use in utility system planning and operation

Seminar Agenda

  • Conduct a thorough review of the gas & electric industries.
  • Data collection and billing systems
  • Customer and system load information
  • System design principles based on energy usage profiles
  • Power generation technology for base load and peak load
  • Overview of federal and state level regulators
  • Discuss the major regulatory changes that created the energy marketplace of today.


Who Should Attend

Utility analysts, utility employees involved in customer service, sales, or marketing, Utility commission employees, industrial customers, commercial customers, Energy producers, utilities, electric generators, and marketers; energy and electric power executives; traders; marketing, sales, purchasing & risk management personnel; accountants; trading support staff; auditors; attorneys; government regulators; plant operators; engineers and corporate planners.

Prerequisites and Advance Preparation

This fundamental level group 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.


Jim Crist
President of Lumen Group, Inc

Jim Crist is President of Lumen Group, Inc. headquartered in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. He has over 27 years experience in the energy industry covering coal, gas, oil, propane, and electricity. Jim has conducted many strategic studies of the industry and prepared market and business assessments for several large energy companies. Before founding Lumen Group in 1996, Jim spent 20 years working for major energy companies in engineering, technology development, rate and regulatory policy development and marketing. He served as marketing vice president in both regulated and deregulated entities.  His consulting practice provides strategic planning, marketing and business development, and rate and regulatory consulting, along with serving as an expert witness in regulatory proceedings in several jurisdictions.

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

 2.5 hours on-demand seminar with Live Q&A 

$295 for the first attendee and $195 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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