Training & Education
Energy Industry Coalition EPCE Smart Grid and Renewable Energy online courses
By Craig Pearson
The Energy Providers Coalition for Education (EPCE) has launched a new online course designed to provide training for electric power industry workers in the areas of clean energy solutions and smart grid deployment. “Renewable Energy Sources” and the “Smart Grid” explores electricity production from various forms of renewable energy as well as the function, operation and vision of the smart grid. Designed to be an overview, the first course covers renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, ocean, biomass and geothermal, as well as a high-level look at smart grid challenges, benefits, technology needed, and the role of the consumer. The first in a series of three, this course was developed in collaboration with EPCE’s education partner, Bismarck State College’s National Energy Center of Excellence, as part of a U.S. Department of Energy workforce training and development grant administered by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL). The other two courses will be developed and delivered over the remainder of the three-year DoE grant project. All the courses require about 10 to 12 hours of time, and students can access these online courses any time.