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Detailed Real-World Benefits of Distributed Energy Resources (DER)

1.5 Hour Online Training Program
Available Now. (7 day access)

How this online course works

Insightful online seminar training on the benefits of distributed energy resources (DER) with an instructor who is recognized as a leading world expert and practitioner with many years of experience. This online training dives into the details of DER avoided cost components providing essential information to electric utility consumer advocates and key regulatory staff on how DERs avoid costs.

This online training will cover overall DER stack benefits, energy market benefits, transmission and distribution system benefits, utility costs, and external benefits. The advantage of this online training is that you receive a comprehensive and detailed set of insights of the latest methodologies used for evaluating costs and benefits of DERs by industry experts.

This proven online training program 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.

What You Will Learn

  1. DER Stack Benefits
    1. What are DERs?
    2. What are all the benefits provided by DERs, and where are they located on the electric system?
    3. How to think of DER benefits in their natural categories?
  2. DER Energy Market Benefits
    1. Given forecasts of LMPs, how do DERs ensure marginal energy cost reduction at a location?
    2. Given forecasts of capacity prices, how does DER help in a zone?
    3. Given forecasts of A/S prices, how does DER help?
    4. How do DERs reduce the cost of network and local transmission charges?
    5. Given forecasts of electric and natural gas demand, how do DERs reduce future demand?
    6. How to quantify the overall impact of DERs on the effects of the wholesale price on retail sales?
  3. DER Transmission System Benefits
    1. How does DER avoid or defer transmission upgrades?
    2. How do DERs reduce network and local transmission line losses?
  4. DER Distribution System Benefits
    1. How does DER avoid or defer distribution upgrades?
    2. How do DERs avoid or defer distribution system operational costs?
    3. How do DERs reduce network and local distribution system losses?
    4. How do DERs avoid or incur administration costs by distribution utilities?
  5. DER Utility Costs
    1. What is the capital & operating costs to the utility to accommodate DERs on the T&D system?
    2. What is the cost to the utility to provide grid support services such as power factor correction, VAR optimization?
  6. Externalities from DERs
    1. Given forecasts of RPS Compliance costs, how does DER help?
    2. How do DERs benefit resiliency during emergency events on the grid?
    3. How do DERs provide a role in the reduction of carbon emissions?

Who Should Attend

Among those who will benefit from this online training include utility consumer advocates, regulatory staff, energy and electric power executives; attorneys; government regulators; traders & trading support staff; marketing, sales, purchasing & risk management personnel; accountants & auditors; plant operators; engineers; and corporate planners.

Types of companies that typically attend this training program include energy producers and marketers; utilities; banks & financial houses; industrial companies; accounting, consulting & law firms; municipal utilities; government regulators and electric generators.

Prerequisites and Advance Preparation

This fundamental level online training program 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.


Dr. Randell Johnson & Rao Konidena
CEO Acelerex

Dr. Randell Johnson

Dr. Johnson has expertise and experience in the Valuation, Design, Procurement, and Operations of Grid Batteries and Distributed Energy Resources. Dr. Johnson has been involved in the Energy Storage Road Map for the Maldives, New York Energy Storage Road Map, Massachusetts State of Charge Study, MISO Energy Storage Study, and numerous other energy storage studies. Dr. Johnson is inventor of the Acelerex integrated resource planning software and has also developed microgrid control software. He was selected by the World Bank to study 100% carbon-free grids with energy storage and the software is selected by the multiple international agencies for increasing penetration of renewables with storage. He is expert at power markets and valuation of energy storage to maximize utilization of existing transmission systems and co-optimization of other resources. A Harvard Business Case has been written for energy storage that includes methods pioneered by Dr. Johnson.

Dr. Johnson holds a Ph.D. in Power Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MS in Economics from Cass Business School, UK, and a Utility Corporate Finance Certificate for Gas and Electric Utilities from UConn Business School. Dr. Johnson has background in strategy, regulatory finance, economic optimizations, quantitative finance, electricity and energy markets, public policy, technical grid design, real-time optimizations, and high-performance computing.


Rao Konidena

Ras has domestic and international experience presenting and writing opinion pieces on distributed energy resource (DER) and energy storage topics. International regulators received the training, including Central America, Colombia, Denmark, East Africa, Mexico, the Philippines, and Vietnam. Most recently, Rao was with Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) as Principal Advisor for Policy Studies, working on energy storage and distributed energy resources. At MISO, Rao worked in management and non-management roles around reliability planning, resource adequacy, resource forecasting, economic planning, compliance, and policy functions. Rao has broad expertise in DER topics, including wholesale market compensation mechanisms for DER services, Value of DER, DER forecasting, DER regulation, and planning for DER. 

Including fifteen years at MISO, Rao has two decades of utility, consulting, and manufacturing industry experience. Rao has an Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelors’ degree from Bangalore University. His graduate school thesis was on the economic analysis of photovoltaics and fuel cells from the University of Texas at Arlington. Rao also has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management.

On-Demand Access Time

The on-demand training presentation is available for a total of 7 days from the time the training program is first viewed. After 7 days, 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

On-Demand 1.5 Hour On-Demand Online Training Program With Live Q&A - Available Now

$245 for the first attendee and $195 for each attendee thereafter

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

Important: To receive the lowest price, multiple attendees for the same course should sign up together since the first attendee price is charged by the PGS Website each time a new order is submitted.

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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