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Fundamentals of Solar, Wind Energy, Demand Response, and Distributed Energy Resources
3/4 day on-demand seminar with Live Q&A
Available Now (15 day access)

Understand the terminology, current challenges, future opportunities, economics, and policy issues of solar, wind energy, demand response ("DR"), and distributed energy resources ("DER").

Get up-to-speed on this rapidly developing segment of the U.S. electric power industry, and discover how solar, wind energy, DR, and DER resources interact with the electric grid, utilities and ISOs.

Register today, and learn how it all fits together.


Seminar Agenda
Click each session to see a list of topics covered.
Session 1: Fundamentals of Solar, Wind Energy, Demand Response, and Distributed Energy Resources - Part 1
What You Will Learn
  1. The current and likely future status of U.S. solar, wind, DER, and demand response (DR).
  2. A summary of the capital and levelized costs of solar and wind generating resources, batteries, and how these costs compare with fossil fuel, nuclear, and other traditional sources of electricity supply.
  3. An overview of onshore and offshore wind energy, and the challenges they face.
  4. The differences between utility scale solar, community solar, and roof-top solar, how net metering works, and the future of each. Note: This seminar will not have time to address renewable energy resources other than solar and wind.
  5. What "firm solar" and "firm wind" are, and what the role of grid-scale batteries is.
  6. Federal versus state regulatory/legal authority: Who has jurisdiction for what, and why it matters.
  7. Why it is so difficult to build new power lines in the United States.
  8. Why the U.S. power grid is not ready to support renewables, and the problem wih multi-year connection queues.
  9. What DER, DR, and virtual power plants are, and how they work.
  10. The basics of power purchase agreements (PPAs).
Session 2: Fundamentals of Solar, Wind Energy, Demand Response, and Distributed Energy Resources - Part 2
What You Will Learn
  1. What demand response, demand side management ("DSM"), and the smart grid are, and why these resources are effectively virtual generating plants that compete with physical generating assets.
  2. The challenges to the electric power grid presented by roof-top solar and other forms of distributed energy resources ("DER").
  3. Why FERC Order 872 issued in July 2020 may make things more difficult for developers of distributed energy resources.
  4. How the regulated electric utility business model is threatened by DER, DSM, demand response, conservation, and the smart grid, and why regulated electric utilities behave the way they do. 
  5. What the California Duck Curve and FRAC-MOO are, and why these issues are important.
  6. What renewable energy credits (RECs) and power purchase agreements (PPA's) are.
How This Online Course Works

Get the best of both worlds with this blended learning approach.

  1. Learn at your own pace and on your own schedule as you first enjoy the internet-streamed, on-demand seminar. Speed up, slow down, or repeat sections of the presentation.
  2. Upon completion, join us for one of our regularly scheduled live online Q&A sessions. A calendar of live Q&A dates and times is provided in the program access instructions you will receive. You can also email your questions directly to the instructor.
Course Access

You will receive immediate online access to the on-demand training presentation. The audio for the online seminar is only available through your computer or other Internet connected device. You will also receive links in your access instructions to PDFs for all the presentation materials in case you want to print or keep a copy.

The on-demand training presentations are available for a total of 15 days from the time any one of the training presentations is first accessed. After 15 days, your access to the on-demand presentations will expire. However the PDF formatted training program slides and other documents you receive are yours to keep.

Your Instructor
John Adamiak
President PGS Energy

John Adamiak is President and Founder of PGS Energy Training and an expert in energy derivatives and electric power markets. Mr. Adamiak is a well-known and highly effective seminar presenter who has over 20 years experience in the natural gas and electric power industries. His background includes 15 years as a seminar instructor, 9 years of energy transaction experience, and 6 years of strategic planning and venture capital activities. John's academic background includes an M.B.A. degree from Carnegie Mellon University.

Program Pricing
$495 for single attendee, $395 per attendee thereafter.
Special pricing is available for groups. Please click here for more information.

If you have additional questions please email or call (440) 853-1038.
Payment and Cancellations

Payment is required prior to training program access. Payment can be made by Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or corporate check. Your credit card will be charged at the time of registration unless other arrangements have been made.

Cancellations for online training programs can be made before the program access instructions are sent by PGS, and cancellations will result in a credit. For more information on PGS policies regarding administrative matters and complaint resolution, please contact our offices at (440) 853-1038.

Who Should Attend

This training program will benefit a wide variety of organizations in the electric power, financial and energy industries. Among those who will benefit from this seminar include energy and electric power executives; attorneys; consultants, accountants & auditors, asset developers, engineers, economists, corporate planners, entrepreneurs, government regulators; rate engineers, traders & trading support staff; marketing, sales, purchasing & risk management personnel, and plant operators. Types of companies that typically attend this program include electric utilities; banks & financial houses; asset developers, renewable energy firms, ISO staff, industrial companies; consulting & law firms; accounting firms, municipal utilities; government regulators and electric generators.

Prerequisites and Advance Preparation

This fundamental online training programr has no prerequisites. No advance preparation is required,.

Why Choose PGS?

PGS training programs are known for their clear explanations and in-depth content. Register today, and join the over 10,000 industry professionals who trust PGS with their energy training needs.