Workshops & Tour


How To Register

These add-ons are available during the SEPA Utility Conference registration process. If have already registered and would like to add one of these events to your registration, please contact Erika Tomatore at


Introduction to System Operations (Closed)

 Thursday – Friday, April 27-28, 2017

Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Location: Shuttle service from UC hotel – La Paloma – provided to and from the event
*Lunch will be provided

Price: $250 Member/ $325 Non-Member

“The WECC training is so valuable in terms of understanding what the grid is and how it works, that I send every one of my employees to it. If you don’t understand how the grid operates today using traditional resources, it’s impossible to have a conversation about how to transform into the grid of the future. Every person who works in the electric industry should have a basic knowledge of how the grid functions, and this training provides that foundation.”

Carmine Tilghman, Senior Director, Energy Supply, Tucson Electric Power

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Following UC, Tucson Electric Power will host a two-day training providing an exceptional introduction to electric system operations. This event features an experienced instructor from the Western Electricity Coordinating Council and will start with the fundamentals of electricity before diving into the elements of the power system (generation, transmission and distribution) and power system operations. Regardless of your NERC region – this training will provide valuable insight into grid operations. This is an excellent course for newer utility personnel or anyone who could benefit from a deeper understanding of our electric system and operations.

Course Description

The Introduction to System Operations begins with a history of the Western Interconnection and the fundamentals of electricity. With a foundation of history and electricity basics, the balance of the class focuses on the elements of a power system (generation to transmission to distribution), and the principles of power system operations.

Class Topics:

  • Introduction to WECC
  • Fundamentals of Electricity
  • Power System Overview
  • Principles of Generation
  • Substation Overview
  • Transformers
  • Power Transmission
  • System Protection
  • Principles of System Operation

Why You Should Attend

This 2-day class is designed for entry level personnel or anyone who needs an
in-depth understanding of overall power system operations.

Solar Tour (SOLD OUT)

Date: Monday, April 24, 2017

Time: 9:00am – 4:30pm (tbc)
Location: Bus will pick-up and return attendees to the La Paloma

Price: $150 Members/ Non-Members
Must register for full conference to attend. Contact Erika Tomatore at to be put on the waitlist

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This is always the hottest pre-conference ticket! Get out of the conference room and visit the coolest solar and storage sites in Tucson. Learn from the experts on the ground about their projects and experiences.

You and your colleagues will visit:

  • The Solar Zone at the UA technology park. Dubbed “the largest testing and demonstration site in the nation” and “one of the largest grid-level multi-technology solar evaluation sites in the United States. The “first-of-its-kind solar-centric research park.”
  • Two new battery storage projects for Tucson Electric Power (TEP). A 10-MW lithium nickel-manganese-cobalt at a TEP substation helps support stable voltage at times of high demand, increasing reliability and a 10-MW “lithium titanate oxide” that includes a 2-MW solar project.

Guaranteed to sell-out, so please register today. If this event is sold-out, please contact Erika Tomatore ( to be put on the waiting list.


Golf Tournament

Date: Monday, April 24, 2017
Time: 11:00am
Location: Westin La Paloma Golf Course

Early Rate (ends January 27th): $149
Regular Rate (ends March 15th): $159
Final Rate: $169

Must register for full conference to attend. Register Now

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Network and connect with fellow attendees while enjoying the breathtaking views of the Santa Catalina Mountains and Sonoran Desert. This stunning location, on property at the Westin La Paloma Resort, is an award-winning Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course.

The tournament will run as a best ball scramble for golfers of all skill levels and handicaps. Top winners of the day will be announced and prizes awarded at our opening reception later that evening.

Space is limited, so please sign up soon so you do not miss out!

*Lunch, practice balls, and cart are included in registration fee.*


How to Register
To participate in the golf tournament, you must be a registered attendee of the Utility Conference. To register, select the Golf Tournament Add-On as you register for the Utility Conference.


Design Thinking Workshop

Monday, April 24, 2017

Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm (tbc)
Location: La Paloma Hotel (room to be announced)
*Breakfast and lunch will be provided

Price: $395 Members/ $595 Non-Members
Must register for full conference to attend. Register Now

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WOW your customers by applying Design Thinking to your solar and distributed energy customer programs, services, and experiences.

Why did it take 80 years for luggage designers to put wheels on suitcases? We had wheels and we had suitcases.

Many times, the product development process happens like this: An energy-reduction goal is set; the utility decides which customers to target; then the utility uses rebates to entice those customers to participate.

But what if we turned the process on its head, putting the customer first? Doing so requires understanding what customers want, creating an attractive program that includes benefits beyond energy savings, and then identifying how the utility also stands to profit from the outcomes of the program.

Developed at Stanford University’s Institute of Design (the ‘’), Design Thinking can be applied to any challenge. It is notably responsible for innovations like the computer mouse, Mayo Clinic’s award-winning patient care process, Bank of America’s hyper-successful “Keep the Change®” program, Ford’s award-winning hybrid-EV dashboard, and much more.

Join SEPA and E Source for this invaluable workshop on applying “Design Thinking” to your solar and DER-related customer programs, services, and experiences.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided