Online Courses

Fundamentals of Renewable Energy, Demand Response, and Distributed Energy Resources

1/2 day on-demand seminar with Live Q&A
Available Now. (96 hour access)

How this online course works

Understand the terminology, challenges, opportunities, and business/policy issues of wind energy, solar, demand response, and distributed energy resources ("DER").

Get quickly up-to-speed on this rapidly developing segment of the U.S. electric power industry. Register today and learn how it all fits together.

This seminar features the same material used in the popular PGS in-person classroom seminar. Register today and join the over 10,000 industry professionals who trust PGS for their energy training needs.

Training Sessions

Session 1: Fundamentals of Renewable Energy, Demand Response, and Distributed Energy Resources - Part 1

What You Will Learn

  1. A summary of the capital and levelized costs of solar and wind generating resources, and how these costs compare with fossil fuel, nuclear, and other traditional sources of electricity supply.
  2. An overview of onshore and offshore wind energy and the challenges it faces.
  3. The differences between utility scale solar, community solar, and roof-top solar, and the pros and cons of each. Note: This seminar will not have time to address renewable energy resources other than wind and solar.
  4. What "firm solar" and "firm wind" are, and what the role of grid-scale batteries is.
  5. Federal versus state regulatory/legal authority: Who has jurisiction for what, and why it matters.
  6. Why it is so difficult to build new power lines in the United States.

Session 2: Fundamentals of Renewable 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.

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.


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.

On-Demand Access Time

The on-demand training presentation is available for a total of 96 hours from the time the training program is first viewed. After 96 hours, your access to the online presentation will expire. However the PDF training program slides and other materials you receive are yours to keep.

Program Pricing

1/2 day on-demand seminar with Live Q&A - Available Now (96 hour access)

$295 for the first attendee, $245 for the second attendee, and $195 for each attendee thereafter

Special pricing is available for groups of 10 or more. Please email or call (440) 853-1038.

Payment and Cancellations

Payment is required prior to training program access. Payment can be made by Visa, Master Card, 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.
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