Renewable Energy 101

Renewable Energy 101

February 27, 2024 | Online :: Central Time

Very easy to understand and digest.” Manager, Community Affairs, Vesper Energy 

“I learned everything I need to know to advise clients on renewable energy issues.” Attorney, California Department of Water Resources 

“Paul is an excellent speaker who passionate about renewable energy topics and presents material in a way that is easy to understand. Very helpful for analyzing possible trends regarding renewables and to see what the future holds within the energy industry.” Engineer I, Williams

“Useful for all experience levels and backgrounds. Speaker was capable of taking a high-level background view or going deep on specific topics. Material was both thorough and digestible for all skill sets, resulting in an informative and engaging experience.” – US Department of Energy

“Paul was a great instructor. I really liked his use of analogies to explain the confusing topics.” – National Grid Renewables

“This is a great course for anyone who wants to learn more about the renewables, how they have changed over time, and where they are heading.”– Senior Civil Engineer, Barr Engineering Company

“I recommend the course to get an excellent introduction to renewables.” – Manager, Environment and Climate Change Canada

“Clear and concise presentation from someone with excellent theoretical and practical knowledge.” – Protection & Control Engineer, Bermuda Electric Light Company

“My experience attending EUCI’s Renewable Energy 101 conference remotely went very well. The technology utilized was very user-friendly and allowed me to fully participate in the conference. I’m glad I was able to receive the training and knowledge needed, despite an inability to travel. Would certainly recommend to others!” – Regulatory Affairs, DTE Energy

“I am new to the utility industry and the instructor’s ability to make renewable energy comprehensive, interesting, and enjoyable is remarkable.” – Staff Attorney, Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority

“Provided good context on which details were more dynamic [and] how quickly costs and policies are changing.” -Energy Analyst, US International Trade Commission

“Very thorough presentation on renewable energy markets and energy usage of the future.” -Regulatory Manager, ENMAX Corporation

“As someone with virtually no background in the energy industry, this course was able to break down the mechanics and applications of renewables. Very helpful for anyone with interest in joining the renewable energy industry.” – General Manager, Energy Consulting

Renewable Energy 101 is an introductory course designed to provide a comprehensive overview of sustainable energy sources and their role in addressing global energy challenges. This course covers the fundamental principles, technologies, and applications of renewable energy, with a focus on wind and solar but also mentioning hydro, thermal and biomass. Attendees will gain a solid understanding of the environmental and economic benefits of renewable energy, as well as the key technical and policy considerations that drive its adoption. 

Throughout this course, attendees will explore the basic science behind renewable energy generation. They will also delve into the practical aspects of project development, integration into existing energy grids, and the economics of renewable energy projects. Whether you’re a beginner, professional, or simply interested in the subject, Renewable Energy 101 offers a foundation for navigating the renewable energy landscape.  

Register today to:

  • Get to know the fundamental principles of renewable energy technologies 
  • Connect with professionals and enthusiasts in the renewable energy sector 
  • Enhance your knowledge and skill set, making you a more valuable contributor to your field and community

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the overall utility industry and its components
  • Review development, construction, and maintenance processes needed for renewable energy technologies including: 
    • Wind
    • Solar 
    • Hydropower
    • Thermal
    • Biomass
  • Evaluate renewable energy projects and technology selection
  • Explore challenges and solutions associated with integrating renewable energy sources into the grid
  • Review vocabulary used by companies involved in renewable energy


Tuesday, February 27, 2024 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Course Timing

9:00 – 9:20 a.m. :: Overview and Instructions

9:20 – 10:00 a.m. :: Introduction to the Utility Industry

  • Point of reference – what part of the process are you in?
  • Brief history of public utilities
  • Components to an electrical grid:
    • Generation
    • Transmission
    • Distribution
  • How do you play the game?
    • NERC, FERC, 3 grids
    • ISO vs Non-ISO

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. :: Introduction to Renewable Energy

  • What is considered renewable energy?
  • Brief history of renewable energy, including: 
    • Wind
    • Solar
    • Hydropower
    • Thermal
    • Biomass
  • Capital expenditure, operational expenditure, cost comparison
  • Levelized cost of energy – how do you compare different technologies

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:45 – 11:00 a.m. :: Units and Measurements

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: Fundamentals of Renewable Energy Development

  • Prospecting – how do you even begin a renewable energy project?
  • Permitting ordinances
  • Leases or purchases of land
  • Measurement campaigns
  • Political factors
    • Policies
    • Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) 

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. Lunch Break

1:15 – 1:45 p.m. :: Interconnection Overview

  • Feasibility study, impact study, facility study
  • RFP, IRP, LMP, HUB, Zones

1:45 – 2:15 p.m. :: Financial Considerations for Renewable Energy Projects

  • Techno economic model
  • How long does it take to pay back?
  • Tax credits
  • OEMs

2:15 – 2:45 p.m. :: Sustainable Construction in Action 

  • Equipment
  • Schedules
  • Mobilization – notice to proceed
  • Logistics
  • Tech in construction
  • Force majeure
  • Power performance
  • Commend operation date

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. :: Ownership Logistics

  • Do you own the facility, power, or both?
    • Tax equity, middle stage, late stage, IPP
  • PPA vs merchant
    • Demand vs supply
  • Financial returns
    • NPV, IRR, breakeven

3:30 – 4:00 p.m. :: Renewable Energy O&M Essentials

  • Schedule and unscheduled maintenance

4:00 – 4:30 p.m. :: Taking the Next Step

  • Decommission or repower?
  • New tech/black swans


Rolando Tejeda, Development Strategy Manager, RES Group 

Rolando Tejeda is an experienced engineer, development strategist, and construction analyst manager with an academic background in mechanical engineering and a Masters in Business Administration. He has 10 years of demonstrated experience in designing and managing increasingly complex projects in the renewables industry across the US, Canadian, and Chilean markets resulting in billions of dollars in cost savings and new revenue. As a leader in the energy sector, Rolando’s personal goal is to adapt to fast-changing policies and technology. He aims to balance rapid growth in renewable energy companies while ensuring sound project evaluation processes, sustainable operations, and consistent organizational culture. His long-term goal is to help lead the United States energy industry into a new age of low-carbon and sustainable energy sources.

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 separate email with a unique link to a personalized landing page which will include links to join all sessions of this event.
  • 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 attendees for 7 days after the event


Renewable Energy 101

February 27, 2024 | Online
Individual attendee(s) - $ 895.00 each

Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 3,580.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 6,265.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 10,470.00 (42% discount)

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 January 26, 2024 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



EUCI is accredited by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard. IACET is recognized internationally as a standard development organization and accrediting body that promotes quality of continuing education and training.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.7 CEUs for this event.

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

PowerPoint presentations, Q&A, open discussion, quizzes/polls.

Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Course CPE Credits: 7.5
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: None

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Who Should Attend

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

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