Reviewing a Nascent Industry


About The Course

This course will provide a detailed analysis of Utility and Community Scale Energy Storage (U&CES) Systems. Beginning with an overview of the current available technologies the course will present the elements of U&CES with a focus on the benefits to Utilities as well as the advantages of energy storage for Commercial and Industrial energy users.

Issues to be covered include: Storage system design, battery applications, component specification and installation, integration of storage with Renewable Energy (RE) systems, multiple presentations of specific manufacturers of storage systems, O&M issues, available industry resources for ongoing education and the development of individual projects.

Key Learnings

This course will allow participants to gain practical and theoretical knowledge about U&CES systems with a focus on real-world applications and current working examples of the various technologies.

Participants in this course will upon completion of this course, be able to:

  • Define & explain how Utility and Community Scale Energy Storage (U&CES) operates and the benefits of these systems.
  • Describe and identify components and specifications of a U&CES system
  • Identify the best application and limitations of each system type
  • Calculate U&CES system costs
  • Describe financial benefits of U&CES systems
  • Correctly size a U&CES system
  • Recommend a U&CES system type to meet a Utility administrator’s or business owner’s goals
  • Identify and describe different U&CES system types, their storage capabilities and the systems
  • Explain data analysis, connection scheme, control algorithm and power system study for U&CES
  • Explain and safety issues with U&CES system
  • Define commissioning, operation and maintenance procedures for U&CES systems
  • Demonstrate proper safety procedures when installing a U&CES systems
  • Explain various policy, methodologies and utility-sided business model for implementation of U&CES systems

Who Should Attend

  • Project developers and administrators
  • Investors
  • EPCs
  • Project managers
  • Installers
  • Designers
  • Government policy makers

Course Faculty - Christopher LaForge

Christopher LaForge is the CEO of Great Northern Solar and is a NABCEP certified Photovoltaic Installation Professional. He has been an instructor with the Midwest Renewable Energy Institute since 1993 Teaching advanced Photovoltaic (PV) design and installation and is an IREC Certified Master Trainer (TM) in Photovoltaic Technologies. Christopher was the primary curriculum developer for the MREI Photovoltaic courses at the Institutes inception.

A strong advocate for clean energy production Christopher volunteers with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (board of directors member 2004-2014, Chair of the Nominations Committee-current) and with the Northern Futures Foundation.

Christopher has a Masters degree in Philosophy from the UW Madison and is an organic gardener.

Specialties: Christopher has developed training for contractors, administrators, project managers and the public. Clients have included the city of Minneapolis Minnesota, Hennepin and St. Louis County in Minnesota, the Madison Area Technical College and several other colleges. He has trained many electrical contractors in the greater Midwest and beyond.


“Well thought out courses that enables the participants to know what to look for in the design & implement process of the U & CES and the right questions to ask to vendors” – Executive & Load Forecasting, Tenaga Nasional Berhad

“PowerEdge never disappoint when it comes to providing training in Power & Energy Industry. TQ!” – Executive Engineer, Single Buyer

“Excellent training, very experienced and enthusiastic trainer” – Tenaga Nasional Berhad

“Christopher is very experienced and knowledgeable in the nascent technology of energy storage systems. The course was excellently presented and very timely eye-opener for my utility company to consider a phased approach in identifying the detail needs of services by the system operator and for specifying requirements of criteria’s for project implementation.” – Single Buyer, Tenaga Nasional Berhad

“Interesting speaker for an interesting topic. Enjoyed the whole 3-days course, and gained better understanding on the subject matter.”– Tenaga Nasional Berhad

Unique Features with powerEDGE Training

• Pre-Course Questionnaire to help us focus on your learning objectives
• Detailed Course & Reference Manual for Continuous Learning and Sharing
• Practical Exercises & Case Examples to better understand the principles
• Limited class size to ensure One-to-One Interactivity
• Assessment at the end of the course to help you develop a Personal Action Plan