Developed In Partnership With DISTRIBUTECH and POWERGRID International
This course introduces the design, equipment, people, and processes of the electric distribution system. It is designed for non-engineers, and people new to distribution. The course covers traditional distribution, the changes brought about by distributed energy resources (e.g. Photovoltaic on the roof, and storage), and the impact of electrification of transportation.
The material should help someone just stating in the industry, someone in a regulatory role without an industry background, staff members of officeholders who have to provide input on electrical issues, college students, and others who want to understand how the grid works, and why. Quick side trips to explain what is different in large cities, Europe and other difference in distribution design are important to understand.
The course will introduce key roles in the distribution utility, what they are called and what they do, it will introduce key processes and the systems that support them, what the real vulnerabilities in distribution are to attackers. Finally it will take a quick detour into rates, tariffs, net metering and transactive energy, so that attendees will have an idea of how distribution costs are paid for. This includes explaining the difference in accounting, investment and executive focus.
This is a foundational course for anyone interested in a career in electrical distribution. Instructor Doug Houseman has been called "a leading visionary and innovator in utility and grid modernization" and has earned his reputation as a world-class educator. His live courses fill up quickly, so this is a rare opportunity to spend six weeks learning from Doug in an interactive online learning environment.
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