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

Courses Open for Registration

Energy Storage   12 PDHs

December 12th, 2017 – 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
December 13th, 2017 – 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: Entergy 10055 Grogan’s Mill Road
Parkwood II (First Floor)
The Woodlands, TX 77380

Information: Storage Short Course Flyer

This course focuses on energy storage technologies and applications for transmission and distribution connected systems. Students will learn about the policy, cost, and technical challenges facing the wider use of energy storage and what can be done to address those challenges.

Predictive Analytics    12 PDHs

September 19th, 2017 – 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
September 20th, 2017 – 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: University of California - Los Angeles
Room 47-124
420 Westwood Plaza
Information: Predicitve_Analytics_PDH_2017
Registration: Predictive Analytics Registration

This 1.5-day course focuses on applications of predictive analytics on smart electric power distribution systems and the use of Large Scale (Big) Data Analytical methods and their application to electric distribution system analysis and design. The basics of big data analytics and the electric power distribution system will be introduced. Four data-driven applications in electric power distribution systems will be studied closely.

Electric Power Quality   12 PDHs

September 14th, 2017 – 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
September 15th, 2017 – 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: Hyatt Regency Denver
650 Fifteenth Street
Denver, CO 80202
Information: GridEd Short Course Electric Power Quality

The topics discussed are the main points that encompass this field in the world today including voltage sags, harmonics, momentary events, interference, and waveform distortion. These topics are studied in terms of definitions and theoretical bases; measurement and instrumentation; circuit analysis methods; standards; sources of problems; and alternative solutions. A special focus on power quality issues related to solar photovoltaic and wind energy resources is included.

Distribution Volt-Var Planning & Control    8 PDHs

August 28th, 2017 – 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location: North Carolina State University
Ventures Place Building
Power American - 2nd Floor
930 Main Campus Dr. Suite 200
Raleigh, NC 27606
Information: Distribution Volt-Var Planning & Control

This course addresses several evolving forces that will alter the fundamental operating characteristics of the electric grid, transforming it from a one-way central supply structure to one that has bidirectional power flows resulting from distributed energy resources (DER). Self-generating consumers or those with electric storage devices will alter the design requirements for the electric distribution system. This course focuses on voltage control and reactive power control with a special emphasis on integration of distributed generation.

Application of Smart Inverters    12 PDHs

August 17, 2017 – 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
August 18, 2017 – 8:00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.

Location: Snohomish County PUD
2320 California St
Everett, WA 98201
Information: Flyer Application of Smart Inverters

This course investigates the core theory, modeling, and analysis behind smart inverter technology and its application on the power system. Students will learn relevant characteristics of inverter operation, including topologies, modulation, maximum power point tracking, grounding, and protection.

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)

  • Bulk System Integration of Variable Generation
  • Data Communication Technologies and Applications
  • Distribution System Reliability

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

Previous GridEd Short Courses

July 25 – August 17, 2017 DG Interconnection on Radial Distribution Systems

May 15 – 16, 2017

Energy Storage

March 6 – 9, 2017

Utility Applications of Power Electronics

February 27 – 28, 2017

Business Case Analysis

February 16 – 17, 2017

Applications of Smart Inverters

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

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

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