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Hours to complete

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Suggested: 5 weeks of study with 2 hours of work per week...
Available languages

English

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Energy PolicyDemandRenewable EnergyManagement
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Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 10 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study with 2 hours of work per week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Taking Shape and Grid Fundamentals

We kick off this course with a look at how the electric utility industries' technical, regulatory and structural history continues to shape how we receive electricity today. You'll follow electricity from how utilities generate it by using fossil fuels or renewables to how it is delivered to your home or business. And, you'll learn there is more than meets the eye when it comes to the electricity we all depend on....
Reading
11 videos (Total 75 min), 1 quiz
Video11 videos
1.2 Electric Utility Industry Animated Crash Course6m
1.3 What Happens When You Flip a Switch?3m
1.4 Generation for Generations8m
1.5 Fossil Fuels8m
1.6 Nuclear5m
1.7 Renewables - Hydroelectric and Wind12m
1.8 Renewables - Solar, Biomass and Geothermal15m
1.9 The Generation Portfolio4m
1.10 Transmission and Distribution6m
1.11 Outrom
Quiz1 practice exercise
Taking Shape and Fundamentals30m
Week
2
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Price and Value

From generating electricity through various primary fuel sources to transmission and distribution, we know there is value in the grid itself. At the same time, this value is not necessarily obvious to customers. In this module, we'll learn how rates are determined and governed. We will also review different types of utilities as we explore pricing and value together....
Reading
5 videos (Total 36 min), 1 quiz
Video5 videos
2.2 Usage, Rates and Your Bill7m
2.3 Utility Types and Prices: Overview, Public Power and Electric Cooperatives9m
2.4 Utility Types and Prices: Investor-Owned Utilities (IOUs)7m
2.5 Regulatory Compact and Rates Process10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Price and Value32m
Week
3
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Not Your Grandparents' Utility

You've invested time in learning the basic blocking and tackling in this industry. This foundation will be important as we examine how this industry is evolving. With this information under your belt, you can knowledgeably evaluate the various options and choices you will have in the future and can weigh in with an informed opinion on some of the most pressing and even controversial topics today....
Reading
4 videos (Total 38 min), 1 quiz
Video4 videos
3.2 Becoming More Customer Focused9m
3.3 Energy Efficiency15m
3.4 Distributed Generation10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Not your grandparents' utility30m
Week
4
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Pace of Change, Technology and Regulation

Arguably, the electric utility industry is moving at a pace faster than ever seen before in its century-old history. Customer expectations and evolving technology will continue to drive this evolution. While many may express frustration that the pace of change is too slow, the existing regulatory structure and customer requirements around affordability and reliability mean that there is little room for error. We will explore the regulatory framework at a federal, state and local level and touch on some of the global trends in this area as well. We will tackle some of the more controversial topics, including potential overlap between federal and state regulatory accountabilities. The information you glean from this module will help you form more holistic and knowledgeable opinions as you watch this industry continue to unfold....
Reading
7 videos (Total 36 min), 1 quiz
Video7 videos
4.2 Technology and Customer Expectations3m
4.3 Aging Grid and the Rise of Federal Transmission Regulation10m
4.4 Federal Regulation and the Environment5m
4.5 State of Electric Utility Policy4m
4.6 State Regulation and the Environment6m
4.7 Outro1m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Pace of Change, Technology and Innovation30m

Instructor

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Melissa Wood

Faculty Member
University of Colorado Denver Business School, Global Energy Management Program

About University of Colorado System

The University of Colorado is a recognized leader in higher education on the national and global stage. We collaborate to meet the diverse needs of our students and communities. We promote innovation, encourage discovery and support the extension of knowledge in ways unique to the state of Colorado and beyond....

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