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Welcome to the Electricity Industry

For juniors through to executive level newcomers to the electricity industry.

This informative introductory course is for people at all levels who are relatively new to the electricity industry and would benefit from a better understanding of the industry as a whole, industry jargon, and where their roles fit. We will take you on a tour across the electricity value chain, starting with the consumer and working through how the industry meets this demand.


What does this course cover?

  • Consumption and its drivers.
  • Security, reliability and system operation.
  • Wholesale and retail markets.
  • Transmission and distribution.
  • The influence politics has on the electricity industry.
  • How it all fits together and why it is so complex.


Course Overview

wb_icon_clock 100 minutes of high quality online video

Inductees watch 11 high quality videos from our online resource centre, each approximately 10 minutes in length. Additionally, we provide a case study of Pole 1 of the HVDC.

wb_icon_date 1 full day session at your place

With everyone up to speed on the basics, these highly interactive and stimulating sessions consist of group discussions, case studies, simulations and demonstrations delivered by our two expert industry trainers – Steve and David.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a base level of industry knowledge.
  • Become sufficiently conversant in the industry to engage in discussions and decision making.
  • Understand where your particular field fits into the electricity value chain.
  • Develop critical thinking skills to apply to the real world problems that threaten electricity markets.
  • Develop your understanding of the wider electricity industry and how it all fits together.
  • Understand the importance of the technical-economic-political nexus.


You will come away from this course with a broad grasp of the connections between the different parts of the sector, and will be conversant with peers across your organisation.

Find out more by emailing Steve at  This course is also available as an online-only course – find out more here.


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Welcome to the Electricity Industry

The ideal overview course for those new to the electricity industry, or those wanting a high-level perspective of how the whole value chain fits together, from generation to delivery.


$7,000 for up to 6 people plus $700 per additional person (GST excl)

"Overall an excellent course. It was rewarding to listen to Dave and Steve’s insights into the NZ electricity industry. The background reading, case studies and demos, lectures and group discussions resulted in a broad understanding of the history and current and future issues facing the New Zealand electricity industry. Well recommended."