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Training Week I

Natural Gas Fundamentals & Leadership Program

 

May 14 - 16, 2013

Atmos Energy / Charles K. Vaughan Center, Plano, TX (Suburb of Dallas)
3697 Mapleshade Lane, Plano, TX 75075

  

SGA's Training Week provides an excellent opportunity for employees to receive valuable, industry specific training in only a few short days. Workshops are often combined during the week so that attendees can attend multiple classes to get the most benefit out of their travel and schedule.

Beginning with Introduction to the Natural Gas Industry, new employees can get up to speed quickly with a broad overview of the industry. See below for a description of the class.  In addition to the Introduction class, participants then have the option of attending other classes that will assist them in their professional development.  Some workshops will be offered in parallel, so check schedules accordingly.

All participants are welcome to participate in the tour of Atmos' "Gas City" and Meter Shop.

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Workshops

 

Registration Fee

Member fee - $395 for INGI, Ratemaking, IRNGA and How Natural Gas is Bought and Sold
Non-member fee - $595.
Member fee - $450 for Team Engagement (A Dale Carnegie Course)
Non-member fee - $650 for Team Engagement

Member fee - $295 for The Level Headed Leader
Non-Member fee - $495

Registration includes comprehensive workbooks, breakfasts, and refreshment breaks for all classes. Lunch is included for days where class extends from morning to afternoon or where attendees are attending multiple workshops. 

 

Professional Development Hours

All classes qualify for professional development hours. Learn more about SGA's PDH program by clicking here.  Downloadable specific workshop PDH forms will be available here, at a later time.

  • Introduction to the Natural Gas Industry
  • How Natural Gas is Bought & Sold
  • The Ratemaking Process
  • Introduction to Regulated Natural Gas Accounting
  • The Level Headed Leader: Understanding Yourself before Leading Others
  • Team Engagement

 

Hotel Information

* Ask for the Atmos Corporate Rate

Staybridge Suites 301 (Closest to the facility)

  • $94.00 per night single studio
  • Silverglen Drive, Plano, Tx
  • (972) 612-8180, (972) 612-8185 Fax
  • www.staybridgeplano.com

Hilton Garden Inn 1001

 

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Introduction to the Natural Gas Industry (Back To List)

Tuesday, May 14, 8:00 a - 4:30 p to Wednesday, May 15, 8:30 a to Noon

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: 9 hours


The Ratemaking Process (Back To List) 

Tuesday, May 14, 8:30 a - 4:30 p to Wednesday, May 15, 8:30 a - 12:30 p

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: 9 hours

  


How Natural Gas is Bought and Sold (Back To List) 

Wednesday, May 15, 1:00 p - 4:30 p to Thursday, May 16, 8:30 a - 4:00 p

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This workshop addresses the fundamentals of buying and selling natural gas. The first part of the class covers the phyical system, while the second part covers the financial systems.

Topics include the evolution of gas purchasing; basic knowledge and terms (firm vs. interruptible transportation, GISB, etc.); gas supply and transportation issues (capacity release, price differentials at various pricing points, imbalances, nominations, confirmations/allocations, penalties, cash-outs, force majeure); and risk management (NYMEX, futures, options, swaps).

The 2nd part of the class covers the financial aspects of buying and selling gas, including market analysis, gas purchasing scenarios, the processes involved in developing a supply portfolio, and the different tools and financial mechanisms that can be utilized. The workshop wraps up with a tour of a gas trading floor.

Who Should Attend

  • Industrial and commercial marketers that deal with end users who buy large volumes of gas or are transportation customers.
  • Entry level gas supply marketing professionals
  • Anyone interested in an overview of the gas buying and selling process

Professional Development Hours: 9 hours

 


Introduction to Regulated Natural Gas Accounting (Back To List)

Wednesday, May 15, 1:30 p - 4:30 p to Thursday, May 16, 8:30 a - 4:30 p

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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: 8 Hours

 


 The Level Headed Leader: Understanding Yourself before Leading Others (Back To List)

Thursday, May 16, 8:30 a - 5:00 p

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This workshop equips leaders to effectively manage themselves and their relationships with others. The knowledge of emotion intelligence (EQ) is foundational for a successful leader. The specific skills that comprise EQ have to do with self-knowledge, ability to read individuals and groups, and the ability to communicate with and influence others. People who increase their skills in these areas tend to be very effective in their personal relationships as well as business interactions, organizational challenges, collaboration, and leadership. Apply these skills at work to become a better leader and a more desirable employee.This workshop equips leaders to effectively manage themselves and their relationships with others. The knowledge of emotion intelligence (EQ) is foundational for a successful leader. The specific skills that comprise EQ have to do with self-knowledge, ability to read individuals and groups, and the ability to communicate with and influence others. People who increase their skills in these areas tend to be very effective in their personal relationships as well as business interactions, organizational challenges, collaboration, and leadership. Apply these skills at work to become a better leader and a more desirable employee.

Professional Development Hours: 8 Hours

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 Team Engagement ( A Dale Carnegie Course) (Back To List)

Wednesday, May 15, 8:30 a - 5:00 p

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Modules:
Conflict Maintain Emotional Control

Disagree Agreeably

Managing Stress

Interpersonal Skills Competency for Career Growth 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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