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Energy Literacy Module Three: Electricity Generation Technologies

09/26/2023 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT


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Awards 0.2 CEUs / 2 PDHs (Click for more info)

AESP is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). AESP complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, AESP is authorized to issue the IACET CEU. AESP instructors disclose in advance that they have no interest in any product, service, or material discussed during the course. This information is stated orally and in the training course handbook.

Course Description:

This final course in the Energy Literacy series will focus on energy resources, prime movers, and generators.

If you can’t answer more than 2 or 3 of the questions below, this course is for you!

-What’s the difference between an engine, a motor, a turbine and a generator?
-What do CT and CCGT stand for?  What is the difference between them?
-What are criteria pollutants and where do they come from?
-What type of generator produces the most carbon and criteria pollutants per kWh of electricity?
-What is a prime mover?
-Name 3 types of biomass used to generate electricity.
-Name 3 types of electricity storage technology.
-Describe the difference between solar thermal and solar electric technologies.
-What does “once through cooling” mean?  Why is it being phased out?
-What are the advantages and disadvantages of decentralized generation?

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the characteristics of each resource used to generate electricity, including how and where it is produced and its environmental impacts.
  • Discuss the different types of prime movers are and how they work.
  • Summarize how generators work, the differences between them, and what each contributes to the grid.

If you would like to take all three modules in the Energy Literacy series, please contact Kristi, [email protected], for a discount.


*Attendees must earn an 70% or higher on the final course test in order to earn 0.2 CEUs.



Joy Morgenstern

Joy Morgenstern

Joy Morgenstern recently retired from the Energy Division of the California Public Utilities Commission, where she spent 18 years as a regulatory analyst. While at the CPUC, she focused on cost-effectiveness of customer programs and energy education. Joy has a Ph.D. in Energy Management and Environmental Policy from the University of Pennsylvania, and previously studied applied science at New York University and physics at the City College of New York.


2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
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