IPU Grid School 2015

MARCH 9-12, 2015 | Chicago Marriott, Oak Brook | Oak Brook, IL



    Who Should Attend?

  • Members of the Federal and State Regulatory Policy Community
  • Commissioners and staff members of the public utility commissions
  • Energy and environmental agency staff, legislative staff, and consumer advocates
  • Utility personnel, engineers, planners, investors, analysts, consultants, attorneys
  • Others interested in learning about the electricity grid from qualified experts

IPU’S GRID SCHOOL takes place March 9-12, 2015 in Chicago, IL. IPU Grid School is designed to improve regulatory capacity for grid-related policy development and decision-making at all government levels in support of innovation, efficiency, and environmental goals.  Grid School is open to the public and private sectors, including economic and environmental regulators. The program provides an intensive, interdisciplinary, and interactive educational and professional networking experience. Grid School is objective and rigorous, taught by knowledgeable and independent experts. This program considers the integral role of electricity grids in the energy supply chain and is designed to be responsive to new mandates and infrastructure investments associated with federal and states policies. IPU Grid School is sponsored by the Institute of Public Utilities in collaboration with MSU's College of Engineering and Argonne National Laboratory.

IPU Grid School is open to everyone and designed for members of the federal and state regulatory policy community, including commissioners and staff members of the public utility commissions, energy and environmental agency staff, legislative staff, consumer advocates, utility personnel (public and private), engineers, planners, investors, analysts, consultants, attorneys, and others interested in learning about the electricity grid.  Attendees receive a certificate of participation and credit toward a Certificate of Continuing Regulatory Education (currently available only to public-sector and nonprofit employees).  IPU also can help arrange continuing education credits (for engineers, accountants, attorneys, and others).



Grid School draws from knowledgeable academics and technical experts and includes:


Participants in IPU programs are awarded a certificate of participation, as well as applicable continuing education credits and credits toward a Certificate of Continuing Regulatory Education (CCRE) endorsed by NARUC. The IPU Grid School is eligible for 30 CCRE credits(Public Sector only. Coursework relevant to the regulatory professions offered by accredited universities and professional organizations), 30 CPE and up to 30 CLE credits.

Program Learning Objectives

Program Level. The program is classified as “advanced.” It is best for experienced professionals who have attended one or more of the courses classified as basic or intermediate.

Program Prerequisites. No formal prerequisites apply to this program. However, attendees are strongly encouraged to attend only after participating in one or more of the basic or intermediate courses. Some professional experience is also helpful. Preparatory resources are available on the IPU website on the URS program page as well as the IPU research page.

Program Delivery. The program delivery method combines presentations by experienced professionals, including examples and opportunity for discussion. Active learning and participation are encouraged and instructors are accessible for individual assistance throughout the program.

Cancellation and Refunds. Cancellations are generally accepted until one week before the program. Substitutions are accepted at any time. Program fees may be applied toward a future program or refunded.

Comments and Complaints. IPU welcomes program input and feedback. Participants will be asked to complete program evaluation forms. Comments and complaints about the program may be directed to IPU Director, Dr. Janice A. Beecher or IPU Program Coordinator, Ms. Ligita Espinosa.

NASBA National Registry Statement. The Institute of Public Utilities is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN 37210-2417. Website: National Association of State Boards of Accountancy. CLE credits are also available. IPU-MSU will apply for accreditation or registration of the program. Application does not guarantee approval..


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