Presented online in a series of three live 3 hour time modules, this seminar is designed to provide the specific training and background needed by professionals preparing to sit for AEE's Certified Energy Procurement Professional (CEP) certification exam.
You can participate in the seminar from your office, home, or anywhere you have access to the internet and a phone or VOIP. You'll have opportunities to interact with your instructor and colleagues in real time during the three live teleconferencing sessions.
Become a Certified Energy Procurement Professional (CEP). Here's your opportunity to take part in a focused, fast-paced instructional program, designed both to expand your knowledge in the field, and to serve as a preparatory vehicle for the examination required to achieve AEE's Energy Procurement Professional (CEP) certification. (Optionally, you may also consider taking the 3 day Fundamentals of Buying & Selling Energy live course, offered at several locations throughout the U.S. each year.)
The program covers the full spectrum of topics essential to the energy procurement process, examining both electricity and natural gas, from both a purchasing/procurement and a selling/marketing perspective. Youll learn the best approaches for defining corporate energy goals, assessing energy use parameters, evaluating energy provider options, comparing competitive proposals, and integrating the benefits of competitive energy procurement into an overall energy management program. On the selling side, the program will examine proven strategies for building a customer base, answering RFPs, and establishing overall sound business practices that will build your market share and status as a player in the marketplace.
Complete Your Certification Application & Register for an Exam
This program covers the full scope of subjects addressed on the AEE's certification exam. The exam can be taken at a remote testing center. For more about certification and testing, visit aeecenter.org, then select the required certification and complete step 2 of the application process.
Presented online in a series of three live three-hour time modules , for a total of 9 hours of instruction. The course is scheduled for:
Feb 19-23, 2018
May 21-25, 2018
Daily session times shown opposite:
Times (Eastern time)
1 pm - 4 pm
1 pm - 4 pm
1 pm - 4 pm
Completion of all three modules is required to receive CEU and PDH Credit, and Course Certificate awarded by AEE.
SESSION 1: 3 hours
THE STRUCTURE OF THE NATURAL GAS INDUSTRY Producer, Transporter and Distributor Review of the Physical System History of the Gas Industry Billing Information Traditional Ways of Seeking Lower Rates
PURCHASING NATURAL GAS UNDER THE NEW RULES Procurement Process Information Gathering Creating a RFP Selecting a Gas Marketer, Broker or Aggregator Evaluating Bids Negotiating Contracts Contract Adherence Fuel Switching, Gas Cooling, Cogeneration
SESSION 2: 3 hours
THE STRUCTURE OF THE ELECTRIC UTILITY INDUSTRY Generation, Transmission and Distribution Review of the Physical System History of the Electric Industry Billing Information Traditional Ways of Seeking Lower Rates
PURCHASING ELECTRICITY UNDER THE NEW RULES Procurement Process Information Gathering Aggregation Creating an RFP Selecting a Power Marketer, Broker or Aggregator Evaluating Bids Negotiating Contracts Contract Adherence Standard Market Design Locational Marginal Pricing Metering Load Management
This online seminar will be taught by a team of at least two of the following instructors, led by Richard Costello:
RICHARD J. COSTELLO, P.E., C.E.M., C.D.S.M., C.L.E.P., is President of Acela Energy Group. He was previously founder and president of Westwood Energy Group. Mr. Costello conducts seminars on energy procurement and management nationwide, and has participated in the development of AEEs Certified Energy Procurement (CEP) Professional program.
JOHN SNELL is Senior Vice President at the RMI Division of FCStone, LLC. He founded Risk Management Incorporated (RMI) in 1988 to provide energy price risk management consulting, execution, and software services to energy end users. In 2010 RMI became a wholly owned subsidiary of INTL FCStone Inc. Mr. Snell has presented at numerous energy conferences including industry trade groups such as AGA, APGA, SGA, NYMEX and NARUC.
DAN CONRATH is Senior Vice President at the RMI Division of FCStone, LLC. In 1992 he partnered with John Snell of Risk Management Incorporated (RMI), which became a wholly owned subsidiary of INTL FCStone Inc. in 2010. He has significant practical experience in guiding utilities and energy-intensive companies on the best application of risk management methodologies for their respective cultures and risk tolerances.
STEPHEN J. MURPHY, P.E., currently serves as regional sales manager of the New England region for GDF Suez Energy Resources, NA. He was previously vice president of the Westwood Energy Group. Mr. Murphy has served on the Executive Group of the Edison Electric Institutes Transmission Committee and the Board of Directors for the local AEE chapter. His experience includes electric transmission and distribution operations, supply and demand-side resources, and consulting in the gas and electric industries.
Course Materials and Advance Preparations
The seminar fee covers registration for all three three-hour program modules, seminar workbook (downloadable PDF format), course certificate, and teleconferencing services, including domestic phone charges. (International calls will have non-tollfree access.) Payment in full must be received prior to the start date of the seminar.
You will receive instructions, personal support, and a chance to test your teleconferencing connection in advance of the first session.
Enrollment in this realtime online seminar will be limited to 40 participants to ensure that each student has ample opportunity for interaction with instructors and other participants.
MAXIMIZING ENERGY SAVINGS & MINIMIZING COSTS John Studebaker, Ph.D.