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Natural Gas Fundamentals

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Professional Development Hours

All classes qualify for professional development hours. Learn more about SGA's PDH program by clicking here

 

Continuing Professional Education Credits

Introduction to Regulated Natural Gas Accounting and The Ratemaking Process qualify for Continuing Professional Education Credits (CPE).

 

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Introduction to the Natural Gas Industry (Back To List)

This program provides practical information about the natural gas industry in a fast paced, time saving format. A broad range of subjects will be covered, from exploration and production to the latest technology and issues impacting the industry.

Who Should Attend

Personnel new to the industry or new to a job function, or any employee needing an overview of the gas industry will benefit by attending. Excellent training for employees from natural gas, electric or combination gas/electric companies.

Topics:

  • Industry segments - producers, pipelines, gas supply marketers and local distribution companies
  • Exploration and production
  • The natural gas pipeline transportation system
  • How natural gas is bought, sold and transported
  • Local distribution company (LDC) operations
  • Regulatory agencies - local, state and federal
  • LDC sales and marketing
  • Environmental and safety issues
  • Common terms, definitions and acronyms
  • Future trends in the energy industry

Professional Development Hours & Continuing Professional Education Credits: 6 hours


The Ratemaking Process (Back To List) 

The first day provides information on the basic components of the rate process from the pipeline and LDC perspective, including fundamentals of the ratemaking process such as:

  • Rate of return issues
  • Mock rate case exercises
  • Revenue requirements
  • Cost of service issues
  • Rate design components
  • Regulatory considerations
  • Future trends in ratemaking

The day concludes with an interactive group exercise, the Van Go Transportation Company, which illustrates issues companies face when structuring their rates and determining if services are fixed, variable or both.

The second part of the program provides an opportunity for participants to apply the information they received the previous day in a series of case studies and role playing exercises. The Ratemaking Game - a set of case studies based on actual rate cases - divides participants into role-playing groups comprised of gas company representatives, commissioners, consumer advocates and interveners.

Who Should Attend

  • Rate Analysts (two years or less) from LDC, transmission, or gas supply marketing companies
  • Non-rate professionals from any department who need a broad understanding of the rate process, including: Operations, Government Relations, Marketing, Public Affairs, Accounting, Engineering and other departments.

Professional Development Hours & Continuing Professional Education Credits: 9 hours


 

Introduction to Regulated Natural Gas Accounting (Back To List)

This course provides an overview of various functions related to gas industry accounting. It covers key elements, ex­plores the relationship between various departments and how interaction and accurate communication between business units is critical for success.

Who Should Attend

Entry level accountants from all departments, including gas accounting, property, tax budget/planning, and general accounting; rates, or other departments interfacing with accounting. Entry level accountants from all departments, including gas accounting, property, tax budget/planning, and general accounting; rates, or other departments interfacing with accounting.

Professional Development Hours & Continuing Professional Education Credits: 9 Hours