April 13, 2021

Distributed Energy Resources Fundamentals Course  (virtual)

Learn a comprehensive overview of the DER landscape, use cases, potential grid services, and costs. Get insights on the challenges and opportunities for public power.

Course Overview

The electric utility industry is undergoing a revolution. As the foundation of the legacy bulk electric system erodes, new grid models emerge with distributed energy resources (DERs) at the forefront. These technologies pose both daunting challenges and valuable opportunities for public power in rethinking the economics and management of their systems. 

Get a comprehensive overview of the DER landscape, use cases, potential grid services, market players, and costs of DERs and discuss how to incorporate them into your strategic planning. Learn how new DERs are proliferating and impacting energy production, storage, management, and transactions. Discuss new technologies, new types of customers, changing customer expectations, new market participants, and evolving business models. Get insights on dealing with the challenges of lost revenue and increased costs and complexities while taking advantage of opportunities to diversify your business, upgrade your systems and operations, and respond to your customers and communities. Register here!

Course Topics

  • Why DERs are proliferating
  •  What are DERs and what do they do?
    • Physical DERs (energy sources, storage, consumption, management)
    • Virtual DERs (energy efficiency, management, and transactive energy)

  • Challenges and opportunities for public power
  • Proactive approaches to DERs
    • Applications and case studies
    • Vendors and products
    • Planning, interconnection and operations policies

Who Should Attend?

This foundational course is designed for utility staff and policymakers looking for a comprehensive overview of distributed energy resources

Registration Info

Provider: American Public Power Association (APPA)

Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time

Length: 1 day

Capacity: minimum of 12 attendees to start the class; no maximum

Estimated Enrollment Fee

SCPPA MEMBER RATE (per attendee)


(NOTE: the actual cost will be based on the final number of attendees and billed directly to the respective utilities. SCPPA Members do not need to make any payments online.)  


The following continuing education credits will be provided, after successfully completing the full live session and filling out an online evaluation at the end. Completion certificates will be emailed out within a week of the course. This session will be recorded, though certificates can only be awarded to those who participate in the live even.

  • Recommended CEUs .3/PDHs 3.25/CPEs 3.8
  • Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge


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