Courses

Utility Applications of Power Electronics Live Online    Live/Online 12 PDHs

March 6 – 9, 2017 – 2:00PM – 5:00PM ET

This course is one in a series of several courses developed and offered by GridEd to address the 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). This course addresses aspects of interfacing various generation technologies with the utility grid through power electronics. This class identifies and serves to fill the gaps between common course offerings such as Power Electronics and Power Systems. The class covers steady state and dynamic aspects of grid interface, along with teaching about various industry standards that require compliance prior to interconnection with the power grid.

Duration: 4 Days
Location: Live Online
Information: Utility Application Formalized Flyer.pdf
Registration: http://www.cvent.com/d/zvqy3g

Application of Smart Inverters    12 PHDs

February 16, 2017 – 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
February 17, 2017 – 8:00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.

Beginning with the basics of grid-tied inverter operation, this course will introduce participants to modern inverter topologies, modulation schemes, real/reactive power control, maximum power point tracking techniques, grounding practices, and islanding detection methods. From this foundational understanding, the concept of "smart" functionality will be developed that harnesses these fundamental features to support the grid.

Duration: 1.5 Days
Location: Hyatt Regency-Huntington Beach
21500 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, California 92648

Information: GridEd_Application Smart Inverters_final.pdf
Registration: http://www.cvent.com/events/applications-of-smart-inverters-short-course/event-summary-4cd5ef04eeee41b189e2da65e67724b8.aspx?i=561d9eb3-05a2-4b47-bc65-ca5e4303490c

Distributed Generation Interconnection on Radial Distribution Systems Live Online    Live Online / 16 PDHs

October 4 – 27, 2016 – Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ET

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, and fault performance and protection.

The 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.

Duration: 4 Weeks
Location: Live Online
Information: Dist Generation_ver1 Final Flyer.pdf
Registration: http://www.cvent.com/d/kfqhfp

Unbalanced Power Systems Analysis    12 PDHs

February 25, 2016 – 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
February 26, 2016 – 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

This course focuses on analysis tools for unbalanced power systems. The physical and mathematical concept of a three phase balanced electric power system will be reviewed. Discussion will involve, how and when a balanced electric power system becomes unbalanced, why a distribution system could normally be unbalanced, and the importance of developing and using alternate mathematical models and methods of analysis to study unbalanced power systems. Examples will be used to compare the behavior of unbalanced distribution systems with balanced systems.

Duration: 1.5 Days
Location: JW Marriott Austin – Austin, TX
Information: GridEd_Unbalanced_power_ver3.pdf
Registration: http://www.cvent.com/d/7fqk8h/4W

Application of Smart Inverters    12 PDHs

January 13, 2016 – 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
January 14, 2016 – 8:00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.

Beginning with the basics of grid-tied inverter operation, this course will introduce participants to modern inverter topologies, modulation schemes, real/reactive power control, maximum power point tracking techniques, grounding practices, and islanding detection methods. From this foundational understanding, the concept of "smart" functionality will be developed that harnesses these fundamental features to support the grid.

Duration: 1.5 Days
Location: CPS Energy, San Antonio, TX
Information: GridEd_Application Smart Inverters_final.pdf
Registration: http://www.cvent.com/d/2fq7tr/4W

GridEd Short Course - Distributed Generation Technologies and Applications    12 PDHs

Online Course

This course focuses on distributed generation technologies and applications. The operation and applications of distributed generation technologies for utility applications will be explored. The course content spans not only how these technologies work but also the history of their development and use and the benefits that DER can bring to generation requirements; transmission and distribution systems; microgrids; and off-grid applications. Participants will also learn about the technical challenges facing the wider use of DER and what can be done to address those challenges.

Duration: 12 hours*
*This online course may be viewed at any time. A live one-hour webcast for feedback with course instructors is required before professional development hours will be awarded.
Information: DGTechnologiesAndApplications Final Flyer
Registration: http://www.cvent.com/d/lrq667/4W

Business Case Analysis in the Electric Utility Industry    12 PDHs

December 2, 2015 – 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
December 3, 2015 – 8:00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.

Accommodating relentless changes in how electricity is used to power economic growth and prosperity, to meet changing customer wants and needs and to accommodate distributed renewable resources has profound physical and financial implications for the utility, its ratepayers, and all society. This course presents and demonstrates the foundations for utility investment decision making from three related cost/benefit perspectives: societal, utility, and customer. The course will provide participants with a general understanding and specific subject area knowledge of how electric utilities plan and operate a power system. The lessons are reinforced through case studies focused on how utilities have invested in smart grid technologies, as well as accommodated distributed generation resources and foster new electricity uses.

Duration: 1.5 Days
Location: Georgia Power, Atlanta, GA
Information: GridEd_Business Case_ver3 Final.pdf
Registration: http://www.cvent.com/d/rrqtr5/4W

Electric Power Distribution Systems    14 PDHs

November 17 and 18, 2015 – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

This course focuses on electric power distribution systems and covers background and analysis of many modern distribution problems, such as integration of distributed generation, advanced distribution automation, and volt-var control. This course has particular emphasis on impacts on reliability, voltage profiles, and efficiency. The course includes several problem sessions where the class will work through real-world problems. It will focus on a few cross-cutting problems. For example, as volt-var control is examined, the following topics are also considered: the response of different loads to voltage changes, voltage drop fundamentals, impact of reactive power, capacitor control, and regulator control.

Duration: 2 Days
Location: LG&E and KU, Louisville, KY
Information: GridEd_Flyer Electric_ver2.pdf
Registration: http://www.cvent.com/d/8rqtfb/4W

Application of Smart Inverters    12 PDHs

October 8, 2015    8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and
October 9, 2015    8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Beginning with the basics of grid-tied inverter operation, this course will introduce participants to modern inverter topologies, modulation schemes, real/reactive power control, maximum power point tracking techniques, grounding practices, and islanding detection methods. From this foundational understanding, the concept of "smart" functionality will be developed that harnesses these fundamental features to support the grid.

Duration: 1.5 Days
Location: Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, Baltimore, MD
Information: ApplicationOfSmartInverters.pdf
Registration: http://www.cvent.com/d/drq5X4/4W

GridEd Short Course - Distributed Generation Technologies and Applications    12 PDHs

August 25 and 26, 2015 and Online

This course focuses on distributed generation technologies and applications. The operation and applications of distributed generation technologies for utility applications will be explored. The course content spans not only how these technologies work but also the history of their development and use and the benefits that DER can bring to generation requirements; transmission and distribution systems; microgrids; and off-grid applications. Participants will also learn about the technical challenges facing the wider use of DER and what can be done to address those challenges.

Duration: 1.5 Days
Location: UNC Charlotte – EPIC Room 1332
Information: DGTechnologiesAndApplications Final Flyer
Registration: http://www.cvent.com/d/zrqrwz

Distributed Generation Interconnection on Radial Distribution Systems    16 PDHs

September 8 - October 6, 2015 - Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. ET

This course provides computational examples that cover key issues that arise when distributed generation is added to radial distribution systems. Key topics include voltage rise/drop, voltage regulation, fault performance and protection, and grounding and temporary overvoltage.

The course includes material on Smart Inverter capability and adaptive time overcurrent protection in addition to traditional methods for identifying DG penetration level limitations. It includes three design case studies based on OpenDSS open source software as well as a series of on-line quizzes.

Duration: 4 weeks
Location: Live Online Course
Information: DGInterconnectionOnRadialDistSystems Flyer
Registration: http://www.cvent.com/events/grided-short-course-distributed-generation-interconnection-on-radial-distribution-systems/event-summary-7cb4a3fec3f649c7ac7e1f5d5096d7fd.aspx

Electric Power Distribution Systems    14 PDHs

July 8-9, 2015

This course focuses on electric power distribution systems and covers background and analysis of many modern distribution problems, including, integration of distributed generation, advanced distribution automation, and volt-var control. This course has particular emphasis on impacts on reliability, voltage profiles, and efficiency. The course includes several problem sessions where the class will work through real-world problems.

Duration: 2 Day Course
Location: UNC Charlotte - EPIC G287
Information: GridEd_02-ElectricPowerDistributionSystems_2015
Registration: http://www.cvent.com/d/yrqx53/1Q

Addressing the Educational Needs for Engineers Designing and Operating Future Electric Grids with Distributed Energy Resources (DER)

March 6, 2015

This one-day tutorial will provide a summary of a four-course tutorial series launched by GridEd in 2014. The material will include a summary of the full course content, selected topics in detail from the course material, and selected topics from courses that are planned for 2015. Emphasis will be placed on distributed solar photovoltaics (PV).

Duration: 1 Day Tutorial
Location: Salt River Project - Pera Club, Tempe, AZ
Information: SRP_One_Day_Tutorial_Agenda     SRP_One_Day_Tutorial_March2015
Registration: http://www.cvent.com/d/srq9kl/4W

2014 Courses

Distributed Storage & Generation Technologies and Applications

July 16-17, 2014

This course will include applications of energy storage and distributed generation technologies for utility and customer applications. Specific topics include operating characteristics, the history of their development and use, and the costs and benefits to the grid, microgrids, and off-grid applications.

Duration: 1.5 Day Course
Location: EPRI office in Charlotte, NC
Information: GridEd_01-DistributedStorageGeneration

Electric Power Distribution Systems

August 20-21, 2014

This course focuses on electric power distribution systems and covers background and analysis of many modern distribution problems, including, integration of distributed generation, advanced distribution automation, and volt-var control. This course has particular emphasis on impacts on reliability, voltage profiles, and efficiency. The course includes several problem sessions where the class will work through real-world problems.

Duration: 2 Day Course
Location: Con Edison—The Learning Center, Long Island City, NY
Information: GridEd_02-ElectricPowerDistributionSystems

Dynamic Distribution System Modeling with OpenDSS

September 11-12, 2014

This course covers advanced analysis techniques for analyzing many modern distribution system problems that require time-varying simulations. It has particular emphasis on modeling integrated grid technologies with time-varying characteristics that have potentially disruptive impacts on load profiles, voltage profiles, reliability, and efficiency.

Duration: 2 Day Course
Location: Omni Hotel in Nashville, TN
Information: GridEd_03-DynamicDistributionModeling

Business Case Analysis in the Electric Utility Industry

September 29-30, 2014

The course will provide participants with a general understanding, and specific subject area knowledge, of how electric utilities plan and operate a power system to meet multiple objectives. The learnings are reinforced through case studies focused on how utilities evaluate smart grid technology investments, accommodate distributed generation resources, and new electricity uses.

Durations: 2 Day Course
Location: EPRI office in Washington, DC
Information: GridEd_04-BusinessCaseAnalysis