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

Bulk System Integration of Variable Generation   12 PDHs

January 16th, 2018 – 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
January 17th, 2018 – 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: Arizona Public Service
4612 East Bell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85032

Information: Bulk System Integration Flyer


This course will review topics related to variable generation (VG) integration into the bulk electric system. Increasing penetration of wind and solar (collectively, VG) can have significant impacts on bulk power system planning and operations. This includes the impact of transmission connected resources, but also the impact of the aggregate of large penetrations of Distributed Energy Resources on the bulk system. The impacts relate to a number of factors, including the variability and uncertainty associated with VG output over multiple time frames, the fact that these inverter based resources are non-synchronous to the electric power system and therefore behave differently from typical resources, and the locations of these resources, either far from load at locations with good wind and solar resources, or located on the distribution system such as with rooftop PV. These resources also have close to zero marginal costs, impacting on the system economics. Due to these factors, areas experiencing or expecting to experience high VG penetration will require significant changes to how they plan and operate the bulk system.

Distributed Generation Interconnection Radial Distribution Systems   16 PDHs

Tuesday's and Thursday's from 3:00- 4:30 p.m. ET for four weeks,
beginning on Feb. 27th, 2018 and ending on March 22nd, 2018.

Location: Online

Information: DG Interconnection on Radial Distribution Systems Course Flyer

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 includes discussion of key issues that arise when distributed generation is added to radial distribution systems and followed by computational exercises on specific issues.

Key topics include:

  • Voltage rise/drop
  • Voltage regulation
  • Grounding and Temporary Overvoltage
  • Fault performance and protection

This course includes three design case studies based on the open source software Open DSS. An OpenDSS tutorial will be provided as part of this course and no previous experience with this software is needed. The case studies include material on Smart Inverter capability and the traditional methods for identifying DG penetration level limitations. This course is being offered in a web-based format with 8 sessions (90-minutes each) scheduled over a 4-week period.

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)

  • 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

December 12 - 13, 2017 Energy Storage
November 13 - 14, 2017 Electricity Markets
November 13 - 14, 2017 Energy Storage
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
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