According to NECE training and program manager, Alicia Uhde, smart grid courses ensure those already working in the industry are prepared for the latest advances in technology.
"The NECE works really closely with industry leaders and national organizations like EPCE to offer relevant and technically advanced training. Smart grid is being integrated all over the world and we are proud to be part of making sure that energy industry employees are ready for it," Uhde says.
The new course addresses an array of business impacts that accompany smart grid deployment including financial implications, emissions implications and methods to produce a quality business plan for a smart grid project. The course content is designed to be of broad value to the electric utility workforce who installs, maintains, operates, repairs, markets, sells and supports the smart grid.
The NECE worked with industry experts and EPCE representatives to develop and write the course content. This course is an online self-study course with approximately 12 hours of content, worth one CEU and is open for registration at any time.
The other smart grid courses offered by the BSC NECE and developed with EPCE under the DOE grant include:
Smart Grid, Smart Customer: A non-technical overview of the smart grid and the enhancements it will provide both the consumer and the electric power industry.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, "smart grid" refers to computer-based remote control and automation used in the country's electricity delivery systems. Smart grid technology is used on electricity networks ranging from power plants and wind farms to the consumers of electricity in homes and businesses. A key benefit of the smart grid is the energy efficiency that results from the ability utilities gain to adjust and control individual devices from a central location.