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Energy Literacy Module Two: The Electric Grid

09/19/2023 @ 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 second course in the Energy Literacy series will be an overview of the Grid, running the Grid, and electricity end-uses and demands.

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

 -What’s the difference between transmission, sub-transmission and distribution?
-What do “RTO” and “ISO” stand for?  What do these organizations do?
-What do base load, peak load, and load-following mean?
-What is the “duck curve” and why is it important?
-How does demand differ because of the weather, time of day or year, and among the different customer classes?
-What is a substation, and what happens there?
-What is reactive power and how does it affect the grid?
-What causes line losses, and how can we minimize them?
-What is three phrase power and why do we need it?
-What does it mean to “step-up” and “step-down” voltage?  How and why do we do that?

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain each component of the electric grid, what it does, and how they fit together
  • Describe how electricity supply gets from the generator to the end-user
  • Summarize the how demand for electricity is determined
  • Interpret how electricity supply and demand are balanced

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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