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[Live Webinar] Generation of Electricity from Variable Renewable Sources: Effect on the Grid

Intended Audience: All Engineers
Credits: 2 PDH Units
When: Wednesday 6/23. 10 am – 12 pm EST


Recently, generation of electricity from the sun or wind has become less expensive and far less polluting than generation of electricity with fossil or nuclear fuels.  From the utility perspective, however, there is still a challenge in meeting customer demand when the sun is not shining or the wind is not blowing.  This presentation identifies the problem in detail and presents cost-effective, customer and utility-friendly solutions, based upon a study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratories.  The solution involves enough work to keep engineers busy for the foreseeable future.

This 2-hour presentation is based on Volume 4 of the National Renewable Energy Laboratories Renewable Electricity Futures Study of 2012.

It covers the effect of large-scale deployment of wind and PV on the utility grid and introduces solutions for dealing with the variability of wind and solar generation.  In the 7 years since 2012, excellent progress has occurred in the implementation of the study conclusions, as shown by recent updates to the 2012 material.


  1. National Renewable Energy Laboratories, Renewable Energy Futures Study, Volume 4, 2012.
  2. Messenger & Abtahi, Photovoltaic Systems Engineering, 4th Edition, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL  2017.
  3. USDOE data sources.

Date:  Wednesday. June  23. Starts: 10 am – 12 pm EST
Credits: 2 PDH Units

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of the webinar, the student should understand the concerns involved with large scale deployment of PV and wind electrical generation.  Fortunately, many technological solutions to variable renewable impact are already available and many more are on the near horizon.  Specific topics discussed include

  • Information on annual installations of PV and wind generators.
  • Information on historic and present installed costs of PV and wind generators.
  • A comparison of worldwide energy production by fossil, nuclear and renewables.
  • What’s on the drawing board for new PV technologies?
  • Current levelized cost of energy for natural gas, nuclear, wind, PV and hydro.
  • PV system operation, individually and as a distributed system.
  • Wind power system operation, individually and as a distributed system.
  • Present organization and management of the grid.
  • Positive and potentially negative effects of renewables on the grid.
  • How to cost-effectively overcome the negative effects and achieve 80% renewables in the U.S. by 2050 with positive economic and environmental byproducts for the energy users and the utilities.

Special Webinar Instructions

After payment, please visit this webinar page, click “Start Course” and fill out the Webinar Registration Form.  You’ll receive email notification and details on how to join the webinar.  You will then be able to access the webinar slides, test your system and receive webinar reminders.  After completing the webinar requirements, your certificate of completion will be saved and available for download in your profile.

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Course Reviews


7 ratings
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  1. Generation of Electricity from Variable Renewable Sources: Effect on the Grid


    There was practically zero technical content on how this will be achieved. I was looking for something practical on “how we’re going to do it.”

  2. Generation of Electricity from variable Renewable Sources: Effect on the grid.


    Very informative and interesting.

  3. Great overview!


    Great overview of intermittent renewable sources and effect on the grid. Highly recommended to people new to the energy industry!

  4. Generation of Electricity from Variable Renewable Sources: Effect on the Grid


    Good overview and presentation.

  5. Generally met expectations....


    Presenter was quite good: personable, enunciated well and presented concepts clearly. The only way the course fell a bit short is, it was implied as including discussion of energy storage technologies and advances therein “on the horizon,” but the treatment of this was very limited. A separate course concentrates on this aspect.

  6. 2

    Could be my mistake. I thought this would talk more about technical issues and less about history and governing bodies.

  7. power balancing with variable sources


    coherant, and informative

  • $99.00
  • Average Rating3.7
  • Webinar No: WBNR 1142
  • PDH Units: 2

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