The focus of O-T-S is the development and delivery of training programs for electric power system operations personnel.

Southwest 2011 Outage

The Dynamics of Disturbances class has been updated to include a detailed description of the 9/8/2011 Southwest outage.

About Mike

Mike Terbrueggen was born in Detroit, Michigan. After high school graduation he entered the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado. He was in the 4th infantry with the 4th Combat Engineers. Mike has two daughters, one son, two grandsons and two granddaughters and lives in Longmont, Colorado where, in his spare time, Mike enjoys golf, music and home improvement projects.

Mike's undergraduate degree is from Michigan (Go Blue!) and is in Electronics Engineering. His graduate degree is from University of Colorado and is in Power Engineering.

Mike formed Operations-Training-Solutions in 1994, is the CEO and Principal Engineer, and designs, develops, and delivers advanced training seminars, develops training programs and materials, and provides consulting services for power operations and engineering personnel. Sample clients and projects include:

Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) ~ Mike is the author of the EPRI sponsored "Dynamics of Interconnected Power Systems" tutorial. The latest version was published in 2009.  Mike conducts seminars throughout the world based on the contents of this tutorial.

Otter Tail Power (OTP) ~ Mike has conducted seminars on a variety of topics for OTP.  OTP typically invites participants from throughout the Dakota region to participate in the power system operations seminars.

Mid-West ISO ~ Mike assists MISO with the training of system operators and engineers and has conducted numerous training seminars on power system dynamics and written training materials and delivered training seminars on automatic generation control (AGC), voltage stability, power system restoration, and protective relaying. Mike has also developed and presented NERC Standards training programs for MISO system operators.

Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) ~ Mike has delivered training seminars to ERCOT member systems on many different occasions. The seminars have addressed voltage control/stability, frequency control, transmission operations, and NERC Standards. Mike is the principal author of a Fundamentals Training Manual for ERCOT system operators.

WECC ~ Mike conducts seminars titled "Power System Dynamics", "Dynamics of Disturbances", and “Protective for System Operators” for WECC system operators. The seminars are held several times a year at WECC headquarters in Salt Lake City, UT.

Mike has also provided training services to the following utility clients:

Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) Mo Power
American Transmission Company (ATC) Montana Dakota Utilities (MDU)
American Electric Power (AEP) Nevada Power
Arizona Public Service (APS) New York Power Pool (NYPP)
ATCO Northwestern Energy
Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) Oglethorpe Power Corporation
Brascan Power Oklahoma Gas & Electric
British Columbia Hydro (BCH) Omaha Public Power District (OPPD)
Brownsville Public Utilities Otter Tail Power (OTP)
California ISO Pacific Gas & Electric
Chugach Electric PacifiCorp
City of Austin Portland General Electric (PGE)
City of Colorado Springs Puget Sound Energy (PSE)
City Public Service of San Antonio PPL Wyoming
Dairyland Power Cooperative Reliant Energy
DTE Energy Rocky Mountain Power Pool
Duke Energy Salt River Project (SRP)
ERCOT Seattle City Light (SCL)
Exelon Corporation Sierra Pacific Power (SPP)
First Energy Southwest Power Administration (SWPA)
Garland Power & Light Tenaska
Golden Valley Electric Association (GVEA) Western Area Power Administration (WAPA)
Hydro Quebec Western Electricity Coordination Council (WECC)
Intermountain REA (IREA) Western Resources
International Transmission Company (ITC) Wisconsin Public Service
Kansas Power & Light (KP&L)

Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD)

Manitoba Hydro Xcel Corporation Northern States
Midwest ISO Xcel Corporation Public Service Colorado


Utility Work Experience

Mike was employed as an electrical engineer by Colorado-Ute Electric Association (CUEA) for 10 years. He held the positions of planning engineer, protection engineer, staff engineer, and technical supervisor at a 500 MW thermal plant.

Mike combines 10 years of power industry engineering experience with 20 years of power operations training and consulting experience. He applies his power background and training capabilities to offer real world solutions to a company's training and operating needs.

To reach Mike:

E-mail to mike@o-t-s.com