By - Jon Brown

Renewable Energy 101
March 9-10, 2020 | Charlotte, NC

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Renewable energy is growing at an astounding pace, and now accounts for more than half of all new electric generating capacity additions.  Costs for renewables — notably solar photovoltaics (PV) — have dropped to the point where they can undercut coal and natural gas-fired generation.  And further cost reductions are expected for wind and solar PV, meaning that these technologies will continue to see very rapid growth. 

Renewables’ growth is challenging many of the assumptions upon which traditional utility planning and operation relies.  Renewables are creating countless new business opportunities, and disrupting many of the existing companies and institutions that make up the electricity grid. 

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

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To participate in class exercises, a laptop computer with internet connection capability is required.

Learning Outcomes

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



EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.2 CEUs for this event.


Requirements For Successful Completion Of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the conference to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

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


Monday, March 9, 2020

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

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 renewables’ potentials, limitations, and promising applications
  • Costs and performance: Current status and projections
  • Technologies covered include:
    • Wind
    • Solar
      • Photovoltaic (PV) – utility scale and distributed
      • Concentrating Solar
    • Hydro power
    • Geothermal power
    • Biomass

Grid Integration

  • What is grid integration, and why does it matter?
  • Solar PV and wind variability
  • How much variable renewable energy can power systems handle?
    • Technological and economic limits
    • Case studies: Denmark, US, CAISO
  • 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

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  :: Course Timing

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
    • State goals and procurement policies, including RECs
    • Renewable portfolio standards (RPSs)
    • Utility programs and policies
    • Net metering

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, Founder of Energy Education Programs, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI)

Paul Komor  teaches graduate courses in energy technology and policy at the University of Colorado-Boulder, and is an Advisor to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and UTP (Malaysia).  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 House and Senate 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 University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), University of Denver (DU), University of Utah, Robert Gordon University (UK), and elsewhere.  Paul was selected as the MAP/Ming Visiting Professor of Energy and the Environment by 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”.  For his work with the IPCC, Paul was named a contributor to the Nobel Peace Prize. Paul holds a BS in Engineering from Cornell University, and MS and PhD degrees in Engineering from Stanford University. 


Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte North

9315 Statesville Rd

Charlotte, NC 28269

Reserve your room:

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Room Block Reserved For:

Nights of March 8 – 9, 2020

Room rate through EUCI:

$139.00 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to February 14, 2020.


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