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On-Demand Self-Study Course
Professional Development Credit Hours
There is no pre-requisite for this course.


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Introduction to Smart Grid in the United States (ON-DEMAND) - ISGUS

Course Summary

The goal of this course is to introduce the Smart Grid project in the U.S. to help modernize the nation’s electric power infrastructure. The existing grid, designed 100 years ago, is overtaxed and straining against its limits as the demands on it are increasingly more complex. Cost, environmental impact, and difficulty in citing new generation and transmission infrastructure have made building new capacity unrealistic. The Smart Grid strives to fully optimize existing transmission infrastructure, reduce the power used in operating it, and to gradually transform it from a centrally organized control structure to a more distributed, local network. New ICT (interactive communication technologies) enables our existing infrastructure to function more efficiently. Smart Grid interactive technologies also facilitate integrating new forms of distributed generation, or locally generated power as well as renewable energy resources such as wind, solar and other renewables. By using interactive technologies, a more evolved grid lessens the impact of dangerous blackouts or terrorist attacks. Greater efficiencies created using ICT technology reduce losses on the transmission lines further optimizing our existing system. Smart Meters can provide dynamic interactive communication between system operators and consumers, enabling greater transparency regarding price and consumption. This course introduces the mandate given to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Title XIII of the Energy and Security Act of 2007, which outlines priorities for a more intelligent grid. The course introduces some of the new technologies now being deployed to transform the grid from an early 20th century design to an automated, efficient, green, resilient and secure power system, updated to support a 21st century economy.

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Course Content

You will learn to:

  • Recognize the history and hurdles that were overcome to develop a commercially viable CCPG unit.
  • Recognize what defines a more intelligent electric power grid.
  • Distinguish between our legacy power grid and a smart interactive grid.
  • Point out the economic drivers for upgrading our power system.
  • Identify how the deregulation of the Power Industry in the 1990s laid the foundation for growth of an interactive grid.
  • Point out how new Smart Grid technologies will help to prevent blackouts.
  • Recognize how decarbonization, decentralization and digitalization are drivers for sustainable economic growth while presenting technical challenges to the management of the grid.
  • Identify how renewable generation technologies present technical challenges to the operators of the system in integrating these power technologies safely into the electricity power grid.
  • Recognize how distributed generation or power generated locally off the high-voltage transmission system presents both technical challenges but opportunities for managing the larger transmission system most efficiently.
  • Point out how the Information, Communications and Technology industry will be one of the biggest consumers of power in the next decade ahead.
  • Identify several advanced energy and Information Communication Technologies (ICT) and how they will work to extract the most value from the grid.


Practice exercises and self-assessment quizzes are included to help reinforce key topics introduced throughout the course.

A comprehensive final test will be given at the end of the course.

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