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  • Course No E – 1201
  • PDH Units 6.00

Course No E - 1201
PDH Units 6.00

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  • Course No E – 1201
  • PDH Units 6.00

Course No E - 1201
PDH Units 6.00

Intended Audience: electrical, mechanical, and civil engineers concerned with the design and maintenance of the electric grid.


The U.S. electric power infrastructure—the grid—will face large challenges in the next 20-30 years as population and associated energy demand increase, environmental regulations become more strict, and the possibility of terrorist attacks must be considered. Fortunately, we have a way forward. Federal and state policymakers, business leaders, and other stakeholders are coming to agree that a “Smart Grid” is not only needed but achievable. The Department of Energy lists five fundamental technologies that will make up the Smart Grid: 1) Integrated communications; 2) Sensing and measurement technologies; 3) Advanced components (for example, superconductivity, storage, power electronics and diagnostics); 4) Advanced control methods; and 5) Improved interfaces and decision support. The present course describes these technologies in sufficient detail to show their potential for saving energy, lowering costs to the consumer, increasing security, and reducing emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases. This course includes a true/false and multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to highlight the general concepts of the course material.

Learning Objectives

At the successful conclusion of this course, you’ll be able to identify and discuss:
  • Learning how communication systems may be used to detect overloads and reroute power to prevent or minimize potential outages
  • Learning how energy from virtually any fuel source including solar and wind can be accepted as easily as coal and natural gas;
  • Learning how real-time communication between the consumer and utility can be used so consumers can tailor their energy consumption based on individual preferences;
  • Understanding how the power quality necessary to power a digital economy may be maintained;
  • Learning how resistance to attack and natural disasters may be increased;
  • Learning how the advance of global climate warming may be slowed; and
  • Being aware of current DOE demonstration Smart Grid projects.

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