GridEd Short Courses

GridEd's short course program seeks to train existing professional engineering staff on topics to prepare them to design and operate the grid of the future. Regular and sustained course offerings are derived from surveys and regular feedback from GridEd utility industry advisors. Courses are taught by EPRI experts, GridEd Partner university professors, and/or other university professors and industry experts with specialized knowledge in power systems engineering, distributed energy resources (DER), distributed generation (DG), and other related topics.

GridEd short courses are delivered in a variety of formats which include live-in-person, live-online, and recorded-online. Professional Development Hours (PDHs) are awarded to course participants based on the number of course hours. If you would like to request more information about a specific course, be added to the distribution list to receive notification when registration opens for new courses, or to register for a course at a discounted rate, please contact Amy Feser at afeser@epri.com.



Upcoming Course

Reliability Assessment of Distribution Systems Live Online Course — 12 PDH's

Dates: March 4-7th, 2019 (Online) | Monday-Thursday 1:00-4:00pm ET | Course Length: 4 days (12 hours Total)

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Registration: Reliability Assessment of Distribution Systems Live Online Course

This course is part of an educational library of short courses developed and offered by GridEd. The course will focus on distribution reliability. Typical reliability indices are considered useful for distribution capacity planning, such as SAIFI, loss of load expectation, expected energy not supplied, and others. Computational methods of reliability indices are presented and introduction to commercial reliability software. In addition, causes of interruptions will be considered. Reliability modeling and reliability analysis methods are explored. The course closes out by examining several case studies.

Recent emphasis on renewable generation resulted in the development and deployment of generating resources that are non-dispatchable, such as wind and PV. Many of these resources are connected at the distribution level. The penetration levels of these technologies are expected to increase as environmental and safety concerns tend to penalize the conventional generating resources. Non-dispatchable generating resources are also characterized with a substantial level of availability uncertainty. The combination of non-dispatchability and uncertainty generates unique challenges in the operation of the electric power system and planning of the system to ensure proper reliability levels. This short course will provide a tutorial on reliability methods of electric power systems with substantial penetration of non-dispatchable resources. The course will cover the basic power system reliability methods (analytical, enumerative-failure and effect analysis, and Monte Carlo) and the application of these methods to systems with substantial wind and PV resources. The effect of operating procedures for these resources on the reliability of the system will be quantified. The reliability methods will be used to compute effective capacity credits of wind and PV systems as well as effects on the dispatchable generation fleet such as cycling of thermal units.

Library of Course Offerings

The following courses are available upon request and may be repeated periodically as a standard offering based on feedback from the GridEd utility industry advisory board.

Coming Soon (Under Development)

  • Power System Analysis 1 & 2 (e-learning)

Pricing and Discounts

The cost to participate in a GridEd short course is $1200. Discounts are available as follows:

  • Group Discount for 3 or more staff enrolled in the same course – 20%
  • Government Worker (Non-Utility) – 25%
  • University Professors – 25% (University ID Required)
  • Graduate Students – 75% (University ID Required)

In addition, GridEd Affiliate university staff and students, GEARED universities, and DOE staff may be placed on a waiting list for short courses; and, if space is available, will be permitted to take the course for free.

Those who seek deeper discounts (up to 50%) and would like to purchase multi-seats for use in any GridEd short course may join EPRI's supplemental "GridEd course bundle" project (EPRI Product 3002008740). Additionally, EPRI members may purchase courses with Self-Directed Funds (SDF). GridEd advisors receive the greatest benefit and discounts which include three pre-paid slots per year to attend any GridEd short course, and the option to host a short course at their facility. If you would like to purchase a full course (all 25 seats), bring a course to your facility, or would like to join GridEd as an advisor, (EPRI Product 3002002386), please contact us at afeser@epri.com.

To be added to the short course invitation list, send a request to: afeser@epri.com

Previous GridEd Short Courses

September 25, 2018 Distributed Generation Interconnection on Radial Distribution Systems Live Online
September 20 - 21, 2018 Electric Transportation
June 18, 2018 Utility Applications of Power Electronics
June 7, 2018 Big Data Analytics in Electric Power Distribution Systems
April 4 - 5, 2018 Application of Smart Inverters Technology
February 22 - March 27, 2018 Distributed Generation Interconnection on Radial Distribution Systems
February 8 - 9, 2018 Energy Storage Technologies, Applications and Integration
January 16 - 17, 2018 Bulk System Integration of Variable Generation
December 12 – 13, 2017 Energy Storage Technologies, Applications and Integration
November 13 – 14, 2017 Electricity Markets
November 13 – 14, 2017 Energy Storage Technologies, Applications and Integration
September 19 – 20, 2017 Predictive Analytics
September 14 – 15, 2017 Electric Power Quality
August 28, 2017 Distribution Volt-Var Planning and Control
August 17 – 18, 2017 Application of Smart Inverters Technology
July 25 – August 17, 2017 Distributed Generation Interconnection on Radial Distribution Systems
May 15 – 16, 2017 Energy Storage Technologies, Applications and Integration
March 6 – 9, 2017 Utility Applications of Power Electronics
February 27 – 28, 2017 Business Case Analysis in the Electric Utility Industry
February 16 – 17, 2017 Applications of Smart Inverters Technology
February 7 – 8, 2017 Electricity Markets
October 4 – 27, 2016 Distributed Generation Interconnection on Radial Distribution Systems
February 25 – 26, 2016 Unbalanced Power Systems Analysis
January 13 – 14, 2016 Applications of Smart Inverters Technology
December 2 – 3, 2015 Business Case Analysis in the Electric Utility Industry
November 17 – 18, 2015 Electric Power Distribution Systems
October 8 – 9, 2015 Applications of Smart Inverters Technology
Sept. 8 – Oct. 6, 2015 Distributed Generation Interconnection on Radial Distribution Systems
August 25 – 26, 2015 Distributed Generation Technologies and Applications
July 8 – 9, 2015 Electric Power Distribution Systems
September 29 – 30, 2014 Business Case Analysis in the Electricity Utility Industry
September 11 – 12, 2014 Dynamic Distribution System Modeling with Open DSS
August 20 – 21, 2014 Electric Power Distribution Systems
July 16 – 17, 2014 Distributed Storage & Generation Technologies and Applications