Renewable Energy 101

Renewable Energy 101

January 19, 2022 | Online :: Central Time

“Renewables 101 is a very well thought-out and delivered course for basic understanding of the renewable energy market.  The course covers a wide range of topics from technologies to system integration, to market forecast and opportunities.  The instructor, Paul Komor, is a recognized expert who provides an interactive course that informs and challenges the attendees.” – Contracts Analyst Principal, American Electric Power (AEP)

“The course surpassed my expectations – a lot of very pertinent data was covered over a very short time. This is a great course for anyone who wants to learn more about the electric industry including power risks and opportunities.” – Senior Technical Advisor, EPRI

“Professional, stimulating, and educational–all I could ask for in a renewable seminar!” – Energy Services Coordinator, City of Ames Electric

Renewable energy is growing at an astounding pace and now accounts for more than two-thirds of all new electric generating capacity additions in the US. Costs for renewables—notably solar photovoltaics (PV)—have dropped to the point where they can undercut coal and natural gas-fired generation. With projections for further cost reductions and continued industry growth, renewables are challenging many of the assumptions upon which traditional utility planning and operation relies.

This course provides a thorough primer on renewables in the rapidly changing energy marketplace. It delivers insight into the technologies themselves, focusing on real-world cost and performance. It covers metrics for assessing renewable technologies and for comparing them to traditional generation. It also untangles the complex issue of grid integration, detailing the technical and economic challenges that variable renewables impose on electricity grid operation. And this course provides a pragmatic guide to the various and evolving policies and market conditions that both help and hinder renewables.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the electricity industry, its key concepts, and the growing role of renewable generation
  • Review statistics on renewable market growth and projected future
  • Evaluate technologies cost, performance, and technical characteristics of renewable energy technologies, including:
    • Wind
    • Solar – photovoltaic (utility scale and distributed)
    • Hydro power
    • Geothermal power
    • Biomass
  • Examine impacts of wind and solar generation on the electric grid
  • Review processes and best practices for integrating renewable electricity on the grid
  • Analyze the ever-changing policy environment and its impacts on renewable business
  • Identify opportunities, risks, and how to best move forward for renewable business success


Wednesday, January 19, 2022 – Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Course Timing

The Big Picture: Renewable Energy Technologies & Their Growing Role on the Electric Grid

  • Electricity systems: Introduction and overview
  • Electricity units and measures: The fundamentals
  • Trends and shifts in electricity markets: Drivers for change
  • Cost metrics for electricity generation

Renewable Energy Technologies: Cost and Performance

  • Technical fundamentals: How they work  
  • The renewable energy resource: Where and how much
  • Understanding their potentials, limitations, and promising applications
  • Costs and performance: Current status and projections
  • Technologies covered include:
    • Wind
    • Solar Photovoltaic: Utility-scale and distributed
    • Hydro power
    • Biomass

Grid Integration

  • What is grid integration, and why does it matter?
  • Solar PV and wind variability
  • Technological and economic limits to variable renewable electricity in power systems
  • Options to increase system flexibility
    • System operation
    • Load management/DSM
    • Electricity pricing
    • Flexible generation
    • Storage
  • Best planning practices to accommodate variable renewables while maintaining system reliability

The Ever-Changing Policy Environment

  • Understanding the policy landscape to leverage renewable business
  • How policy helps (and hinders) new renewables
    • Federal policy drivers: Tax Credits – ITC and PTC
    • State and local policy drivers: Renewable portfolio standards (RPSs), Net metering
  • Wholesale market design

Putting it all Together: Tips for Renewables Success

  • Renewable market projections
  • Market disruptions
  • Tools, data, and software for renewable technology analysis
  • Opportunities and risks: How to move forward


Paul Komor, Research Faculty at the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI), University of Colorado-Boulder

Paul Komor teaches courses in energy technology and policy at CU-Boulder and is an Advisor to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Prior to joining the University of Colorado faculty, Paul was a Project Director at the U.S. Congress’ Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), where he worked with Congressional Committees in preparing and evaluating energy legislation. Prior to joining OTA, he taught at Princeton University. He has published numerous refereed articles, reports, and other papers on renewable energy. His book, Renewable Energy Policy, was required or recommended reading for courses at many Universities worldwide. Paul was awarded the MAP/Ming Visiting Professor of Energy and the Environment at Stanford University, where he spent a sabbatical year researching and teaching on renewable energy policy and technology. In 2007, Paul shared in the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) “for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change.” Paul holds a BS in Engineering from Cornell University, and MS and PhD degrees in Engineering from Stanford University.

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all registrants for three business days after the event

Event Standard RateAttendees
Single Seat - Renewable Energy 101US $ 795.00
Pack of 5 SeatsUS $ 3,180.00
Pack of 10 SeatsUS $ 5,565.00
Pack of 20 SeatsUS $ 9,540.00
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* all other discounts do not apply to seat packs

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Cancellation Policy

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before December 17, 2021 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800

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Requirements For Successful Completion Of Program

Participants must log in and be in attendance for the entirety of this one-day course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods
Case studies and PowerPoint presentations will be used in this program.

Who Should Attend

Anyone who is interested in learning more about hew renewables integrate into the electrical grid and how the industry is affected. It is for those who are just getting into the industry, or those who work on renewable-centric projects.