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This course is part of the Introduction to Natural Gas Transmission track and is intended for anyone needing or wanting a more thorough understanding of construction options and costs, preparations, routing and right of way, facilities design, building a pipeline and challenges.

    This course is part of the Introduction to Natural Gas Transmission track and is intended for anyone needing or wanting a more thorough understanding of the chemical composition of natural gas, what pressure is, the effect of temperature on gasses, gas laws, base conditions and units of measure and relative density.

      This course is part of the Introduction to Natural Gas Transmission track and is intended for anyone needing or wanting a more thorough understanding of compressor stations, yard piping, main units, engines, compressors, support systems, auxiliary buildings, emissions control, control systems and telecommunications systems.

        This course is part of the ratemaking track and is intended for anyone needing or wanting a more thorough understanding of the ratemaking process natural gas companies follow to set rates charged to customers. Topics covered include typical rate case timetables, determining revenue requirements, rate base operating costs and cost of capital as well as cost allocation and rate design. As a result of taking this course, the student should learn the following.

        • Key considerations when deciding whether or not to file for new rates
        • The basics for determining revenue requirements, revenue deficiencies and designing rates for full revenue recovery
        • Cost of Capital issues as they apply to rate design
        • The various components that make up Operating Expenses
        • How adjustments to historic costs are applied for the recovery period
        • How costs are allocated to various customer and/or service types
        • Basic procedures in filing a rate case

          This course is part of the ratemaking track and is intended for anyone needing or wanting a more thorough understanding of the ratemaking process natural gas companies follow to set rates charged to customers. Topics covered include why pipeline and LDC perspectives differ, pipeline regulation background, rate design goals, typical rate case timetables and the ratemaking process: cost of service, fictionalization, classification, allocation, and rate design. As a result of taking this course, the student should learn the following.

          • Similarities and differences of interstate pipelines and local distribution companies that impact the ratemaking process
          • The interstate pipeline regulatory framework, commission and ratemaking process
          • Various ratemaking methodologies

          This course is intended for all audiences and introduces the student to the exploration and production segment of the natural gas industry. Topics covered include finding and Producing Resources to Fuel America's Economic Engine, basic drivers of an exploration & production company, capital investment and cash flow considerations, production procedures - drilling/testing and well completion and selling the product. As a result of taking this course, the student should learn the following.

          • How Natural Gas is found, extracted and marketed
          • What are the key drivers for an E&P company
          • What are the key challenges facing the E&P segment

          This course is part of the Introduction to Natural Gas Transmission track and is intended for anyone needing or wanting a more thorough understanding of assuring continuity of service in a safe and reliable manner, achieving lowest operating costs, developing an operating plan and implementing an operating plan.

            This course is part of the Introduction to Natural Gas Transmission track and is intended for anyone needing or wanting a more thorough understanding of the composition of wellhead gas, gas conditioning overview, separation of fluids, gas sweetening, dehydration, natural gas processing, odorization and gas quality.

              This course is part of the Regulatory Compliance track and is intended for anyone needing or wanting a more thorough understanding of regulatory compliance within the natural gas industry. Topics covered include history of regulation of natural gas pipelines, NGPSA requirements, state & federal jurisdiction, PHMSA, understanding the language, regulation construction and incorporation by reference & retroactivity. As a result of taking this course, the student should learn the following.

              • History of regulation of natural gas pipeline in the United States.
              • The entities involved in regulating natural gas and their jurisdictions.
              • The language used in Part 192.
              • How regulations are constructed and updated.

              This course is part of the Introduction to Natural Gas Transmission track and is intended for anyone needing or wanting a more thorough understanding of the development of the natural gas transmission industry, social trends affecting the use of natural gas and technology advances needed to make transmission of gas possible.

                This course is part of the ratemaking track and is intended for anyone needing or wanting a more thorough understanding of the ratemaking process natural gas companies follow to set rates charged to customers. Topics covered include fundamentals of economic regulation, regulatory overview, who regulates what: state and federal regulators and regulatory restructuring. As a result of taking this course, the student should learn the following.

                • The reasons for regulated rates
                • Economic impacts when regulated rates are more or less than a fair market value
                • Industry segments that are and are not under price regulation
                • Regulatory bodies that have jurisdiction over industry segments
                • Evolution of regulation and impacts on industry activity
                • Current market and regulatory framework

                This course is intended for all audiences and introduces the student to the local distribution company sales and marketing. Topics covered include marketing strategies, different types of customers -residential, commercial, industrial - and new business opportunities. As a result of taking this course, the student should learn the following.

                • How local distribution systems are the key interface with the consuming public
                • The benefits of Natural Gas compared to other energy sources
                • The cost/benefit analysis of expanding service territories and offerings

                This course is intended for all audiences and introduces the student to the local distribution company and its different functions. Topics covered include Industry role, the physical system, operations and maintenance. As a result of taking this course, the student should learn the following.

                • How local distribution systems are designed and constructed
                • How local distribution systems are operated in a safe and reliable manner
                • The role of individual departments in providing service to customers

                This course is part of the Introduction to Natural Gas Transmission track and is intended for anyone needing or wanting a more thorough understanding of the origins of oil and natural gas, oil and gas formations, exploration, production and other sources of methane

                  This course is intended for all audiences and introduces the student to the ratemaking process natural gas companies follow to set rates charged to customers. Topics covered include how gas companies make money, role of the rate department, regulatory agencies, financial issues and the cost of service and other rate components. As a result of taking this course, the student should learn the following.

                  • The evolution of industry oversight and regulation
                  • The current regulatory structure and environment
                  • Key FERC orders that are the foundation of the current marketplace
                  • The Ratemaking process to determine appropriate rates charged by utilities (pipelines and LDCs)

                  This course is part of the Introduction to Natural Gas Transmission track and is intended for anyone needing or wanting a more thorough understanding of the terminology used when discussing natural gas reserves.

                    This course is part of the Introduction to Natural Gas Transmission track and is intended for anyone needing or wanting a more thorough understanding of why storage is needed, underground storage, depleted fields, aquifers, salt domes and liquified natural gas (LNG).

                      This course is part of the Regulatory Compliance track and is intended for anyone needing or wanting a more thorough understanding of initial response to an incident, incident reports, annual reports and safety-related conditions. As a result of taking this course, the student should learn the following.

                      • What Part 191 is, what it applies to, and what it does not apply to.
                      • What operators should initially do to respond to an incident.
                      • What the reporting requirements are for an incident.
                      • What is required for annual reports.
                      • Reporting requirements for Safety-Related Conditions.

                      This course is part of the Regulatory Compliance track and is intended for anyone needing or wanting a more thorough understanding of criteria, external corrosion control, internal corrosion control, atmospheric corrosion, remedial measures and corrosion control records. As a result of taking this course, the student should learn the following.

                      • The code requirements for controlling corrosion.
                      • The criteria used to determine if proper corrosion control is being met.
                      • The methods used for internal, external and atmospheric corrosion control.
                      • The remedial measures that should be taken to repair corrosion.
                      • Recordkeeping requirements.

                      This course is part of the Regulatory Compliance track and is intended for anyone needing or wanting a more thorough understanding of Subpart “P”. As a result of taking this course, the student should learn the following.

                      • What is required in Subpart “P”
                      • What each of the sections includes.

                      This course is part of the Regulatory Compliance track and is intended for anyone needing or wanting a more thorough understanding of what an emergency is and §192.615 - Emergency Plans. As a result of taking this course, the student should learn the following.

                      • What an emergency is.
                      • What is included in an emergency plan.
                      • Where to find additional resources.

                      This course is part of the Regulatory Compliance track and is intended for anyone needing or wanting a more thorough understanding of regulatory compliance within the natural gas industry. Topics covered will include design requirements, inspection, testing and maintenance of regulation and overpressure protection devices. As a result of taking this course, the student should learn the following.

                      • Design requirements for gas pressure regulators and overpressure protection devices.
                      • Requirements for inspection, testing and maintenance of gas pressure regulators and overpressure protection devices

                      This course is part of the Regulatory Compliance track and is intended for anyone needing or wanting a more thorough understanding of repairing and protecting pipe. As a result of taking this course, the student should learn the following.

                      • The 192 requirements for repairing and protecting pipe for transmission lines and mains.

                      This course is part of the Regulatory Compliance track and is intended for anyone needing or wanting a more thorough understanding of high consequence area (HCA) and the requirements of integrity management. As a result of taking this course, the student should learn the following.

                      • The terms used in integrity management.
                      • What a high consequence area (HCA) is and how to identify one.
                      • The code requirements of integrity management.

                      This course is part of the Regulatory Compliance track and is intended for anyone needing or wanting a more thorough understanding of regulatory compliance within the natural gas industry. Topics covered will be the key definitions needed to understand information covered in DOT Parts 191 & 192. As a result of taking this course, the student should learn the following.

                      • The meaning of terms used throughout the 192 material.
                      • The difference between a transmission line and a transmission facility.
                      • How to identify a service line.

                      This course is part of the Regulatory Compliance track and is intended for anyone needing or wanting a more thorough understanding of Part 192 – Subpart J – Test Requirements and Part 192 – Subpart K - Uprating. As a result of taking this course, the student should learn the following.

                      • The pressure testing and recordkeeping requirements for different types of pipe.
                      • The requirements that must be met when uprating to a higher MAOP on existing lines.

                      This course is part of the Regulatory Compliance track and is intended for anyone needing or wanting a more thorough understanding of the regulation relating to odorization. As a result of taking this course, the student should learn the following.

                      • Why odorant is added to natural gas.
                      • The 192 requirements operators must meet regarding the odorization of gas.

                      This course is part of the Regulatory Compliance track and is intended for anyone needing or wanting a more thorough understanding of maintenance & normal operations, abnormal operation, continuing surveillance and damage prevention. As a result of taking this course, the student should learn the following.

                      • What is required by operators to comply with Subpart “L”
                      • The requirements for procedures addressing maintenance and normal operations, abnormal operations, continuing surveillance, and damage prevention.

                      This course is part of the Regulatory Compliance track and is intended for anyone needing or wanting a more thorough understanding of transmission, distribution, valves, vaults and accidental ignition. As a result of taking this course, the student should learn the following.

                      • The maintenance requirements for Transmission and Distribution lines.
                      • The maintenance requirements for valves and vaults.
                      • Maintenance requirements to prevent accidental ignition.

                      This course is part of the Regulatory Compliance track and is intended for anyone needing or wanting a more thorough understanding of the key terms, qualification programs and inspections. As a result of taking this course, the student should learn the following.

                      • What is included in Subpart N and changes that have been made since being published.
                      • What a qualification program should include.
                      • How inspections are performed.

                      This course is part of the Regulatory Compliance track and is intended for anyone needing or wanting a more thorough understanding of pipe types, Subpart F : Joining Plastic Pipe, installation and repair and handling and storage. As a result of taking this course, the student should learn the following.

                      • The different types of plastic pipe used in the natural gas industry and their design limitations.
                      • The methods and requirements for joining plastic pipe.
                      • The requirements for installing and repairing plastic pipe.
                      • The requirements for handling and storing plastic pipe.

                      This course is part of the Regulatory Compliance track and is intended for anyone needing or wanting a more thorough understanding of why public awareness is needed, the public awareness regulation, API RP-1162 and public awareness program (PAP). As a result of taking this course, the student should learn the following.

                      • Why public awareness is needed.
                      • How the regulation has evolved.
                      • What is required based on API 1162.

                      This course is part of the Regulatory Compliance track and is intended for anyone needing or wanting a more thorough understanding of terminology, the weld, welding methods, qualified procedure, qualifications and limitations for welders, protection, preparation, and testing, repair and maintenance and Appendix “C” Basic Test. As a result of taking this course, the student should learn the following.

                      • The terminology used to describe the welding process
                      • What tasks are included in the welding process
                      • The procedures for welding and the qualifications and limitations for welders.
                      • The protection, preparation, and testing for welding on pipelines.
                      • Repair and maintenance required for welded pipe.
                      • What is included in Appendix “C”.

                      This course is part of the Introduction to Natural Gas Transmission track and is intended for anyone needing or wanting a more thorough understanding of production and Market areas, transportation of natural gas, advantages of pipeline transmission, pipeline design, pipeline pressure, protecting the pipeline, the public, and the environment, pipeline maintenance as well as corrosion and Prevention of Corrosion.

                        This course is part of the ratemaking track and is intended for anyone needing or wanting a more thorough understanding of the ratemaking process natural gas companies follow to set rates charged to customers. Topics covered include calculating rate base and return, calculating cost of service, classifying costs and designing rates. As a result of taking this course, the student should learn the following.

                        • How to apply and practice ratemaking principles through a practical hands-on exercise.

                          This course is intended for all audiences and introduces the student to the ratemaking process natural gas companies follow to set rates charged to customers. Topics covered include how gas companies make money, role of the rate department, regulatory agencies, financial issues and the cost of service and other rate components. As a result of taking this course, the student should learn the following.

                          • The evolution of industry oversight and regulation
                          • The current regulatory structure and environment
                          • Key FERC orders that are the foundation of the current marketplace
                          • The Ratemaking process to determine appropriate rates charged by utilities (pipelines and LDCs)

                          This course is part of the ratemaking track and is intended for anyone needing or wanting a more thorough understanding of the ratemaking process natural gas companies follow to set rates charged to customers. Topics covered include the case for decoupling, early decoupling initiatives, evolution of decoupling mechanisms, balancing accounts:  regulatory assets and liabilities, alternatives to decoupling mechanisms: rate stabilization plans and straight fixed variable rate design as well as decoupling observations: state of the states, implementation complexities and underlying rate design issues. As a result of taking this course, the student should learn the following.

                          • Why volumetric rates do and don't make sense
                          • Recent trends that reveal problems with traditional rate design methods
                          • Evolution of methods to decouple revenue from throughput
                          • The basis and validity of the arguments for and against decoupling
                          • Alternatives to decoupling
                          • The purpose and application of regulatory Balancing Accounts

                          This course is part of the Introduction to Natural Gas Transmission track and is intended for anyone needing or wanting a more thorough understanding of the importance of  shale gas, shale gas development in the United States, regulatory framework, oil and gas operations on public lands, other federal laws and requirements that protect the environment, environmental considerations and hydraulic fracturing.

                            This course is part of the ratemaking track and is intended for anyone needing or wanting a more thorough understanding of the ratemaking process natural gas companies follow to set rates charged to customers. Topics covered include rates 101 and using the Rate Making Process to: achieve stakeholder objectives, establish goals and ensure corporate alignment, communicate Key messages, influence customer and competitor behavior, implement risk management and profit strategies, reward and penalize performance and change rates and revenues. As a result of taking this course, the student should learn the following.

                            • Fundamental assumptions that support ratemaking techniques
                            • The basic ratemaking formula
                            • The importance of sound expense and usage forecasting
                            • The various stakeholders in the ratemaking process
                            • The strategic potential of the ratemaking process beyond just determining revised rates

                            This course is part of the Introduction to Natural Gas Transmission track and is intended for anyone needing or wanting a more thorough understanding of the structure of the natural gas industry, what a "natural monopoly” is, how transmission functions are regulated, ratemaking as well as "Deregulation” and restructuring.

                              This course is intended for all audiences and introduces the student to the interstate pipeline system which is typically part of the transmission segment of the natural gas industry. Topics covered include natural gas transmission, construction practices and procedures, operations, maintenance and gas storage. As a result of taking this course, the student should learn the following.

                              • How large pipeline systems are constructed
                              • What the key challenges are in getting a new pipeline constructed
                              • How gas is physically moved through the pipeline infrastructure
                              • How the pipeline systems are operated in a safe and reliable manner

                              This course is part of the Introduction to Natural Gas Transmission track and is intended for anyone needing or wanting a more thorough understanding of open access, tariffs, types of transportation, types of service, contracts and measurement.

                                This course is intended for all audiences and introduces the student to the administrative functions associated with the transportation of natural gas. Topics covered include pipeline capacity services, contracts and nominations, confirmation & allocation of gas purchases. As a result of taking this course, the student should learn the following.

                                • How gas movements are requested and processed
                                • How gas is measured, quantified and accounted for
                                • How imbalances are determined and resolved

                                This course is part of the Introduction to Natural Gas Transmission track and is intended for anyone needing or wanting a more thorough understanding of what energy is, the history of U.S. energy use, current energy consumption, categories of natural gas use, reasons why natural gas is used, environmental impact of natural gas and a few special uses of natural gas.