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Fundamentals of the Grid – Online Instructor-Led Training Course

June 4 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

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*To register with Group Member Points, email [email protected]
Awards 0.3 CEUs / 3 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.
We professionals who work in areas related the power grid are generally experts in one particular vertical, but few folks understand how all of the pieces fit, from management issues on the low-voltage distribution system to the issues on the bulk power system such as interconnection of renewable resources, frequency management, resource adequacy, and the like. Concepts like spinning reserve, inertia, replacement reserves and contingencies are foreign to most people who work in the grid.  However, when a storm like Uri comes along, they actually matter in terms of whether the grid actually functions. This course explains how the grid works at the bulk power and distribution level, explains key concepts, and discusses where the power grid is headed in the near future, with attendant challenges and opportunities.

At the conclusion of this course, attendees will:

  • Describe the basic infrastructure of the power grid at both the bulk power and distribution system level.
  • Cite how power markets work, and the various services that are bought and sold, including energy, capacity, and various ancillary services.
  • Summarize the key characteristics of various generation technologies.
  • Examine the current evolution of the grid, and key challenges in the process of decarbonization.
  • Identify the importance of energy storage and be able to explain the various emerging technologies being deployed on the grid.
  • Outline the challenges related to “electrify everything” on both the high-voltage bulk power and low-voltage distribution systems.
  • Interpret the hurdles and opportunities related to the deployment and activation of distributed energy resources

    *Attendees must earn an 70% or higher on the final course test in order to earn 0.3 CEUs.
    Questions? Reach out to [email protected]



Peter Kelly-Detwiler

Peter Kelly-Detwiler

Co-Founder, NorthBridge Energy Partners, LLC

Peter Kelly-Detwiler has over 30 years of experience in the electric energy industry, with much of his career in competitive power markets. Formerly an SVP leading Constellation Energy’s Demand response team, he’s currently a leading consultant and trainer in the electric industry, providing strategic advice to clients and investors, helping them to navigate the rapid evolution and complexities of the electric power grid.

Mr. Kelly-Detwiler offers numerous keynotes, trainings, and workshops on a wide range of topics for organizations. His book on the transformation of electric power markets – “The Energy Switch” – was published by Prometheus Books in June of 2021.

Education: Bachelor of Arts – German Literature, Williams College
Master of Arts in Law & Diplomacy – Tufts Fletcher School


June 4
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
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