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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Courses Open for Registration
Bulk System Integration of Variable Generation 12 PDHsJanuary 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 PDHsTuesday'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.
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.
- Applications of Smart Inverter Technology
- Bulk System Integration of Variable Generation
- Business Case Analysis for the Electric Utility Industry
- Distributed Generation Interconnection on Radial Distributions Systems
- Distributed Generation Technologies
- Electric Power Distributed Systems
- Electricity Markets
- Energy Storage Technologies, Applications and Integration
- IEEE 762
- Power Quality
- Predictive Analytics and Optimization for Electric Power Distribution Systems
- Unbalanced Distribution System Analysis
- Utility Applications of Power Electronics
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 email@example.com.
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|