FREE Online Utility Course Now Open

Blog Post created by nwainwright on Apr 24, 2017

Registration is now open for the Global Energy Management (GEM) Program’s free, online electric utility course, Electric Utilities Fundamentals and Future on Coursera. Coursera is a learning platform that partners with top universities to offer free online courses globally. This course gives you the inside track to a complicated industry. It was created to give learners the basic understanding of how the electric utility industries’ technical, regulatory and structural history shapes the development and distribution of electrical power. Course lectures will address how utilities are generated through fossil fuels or renewables; how utility rates are priced and governed; industry background and hurdles; and what is to come in the future. 

Electric Utilities Fundamentals and Future

The approach of this course is truly unique in how it approaches and engages learners. It looks at the electric utility industry, which has remained critical to our quality of life, health and comfort from the eyes of numerous industry experts through on-location interviews, compelling visuals, and animation. You will benefit from having the inside track because you see some behind-the-scenes information not covered in news stories, social media or even if we are in the business ourselves.


Each week you not only learn what is changing but why. As this industry continues to unfold at an unprecedented pace, you will be armed with knowledge and insights to form informed opinions supporting decisions you will increasingly make for your energy-dependent homes and businesses. This course kicks off with animated crash course on industry history, highlighting aspects of the structure, governance, and technology that remain today, despite the passage of time. Then, throughout the modules, you will build some basics about how electricity gets to you, who watches over decisions, including setting rates. This information establishes a knowledge foundation so that when we explore some of the most critical topics, like renewable energy, smart grid, battery storage, and you can think about it from a much more analytical and critical viewpoint.

Electric Utilities Fundamentals and Future

No prior education or experience required. You just need a healthy curiosity and an open mind to learn about an industry that I think a lot of us, including myself sometimes, take for granted.


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Register for Electric Utilities Fundamentals and Future