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Wind Power Today

Steven G. Liescheidt, P.E., CCS, CCPR

Course Outline

This one hour online course discusses the current and future state of wind energy from multiple perspectives including how the technology is being accepted, how wind energy generated electricity is and can be integrated into the nations electrical grid and how reducing of costs through improved performance can be achieved.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will learn about:

Intended Audience

This course is intended for electrical and mechanical engineers.

Benefit for Attendee

Attendee of this course will be able to better understand the current state of technology of wind energy and the future opportunities of this technology.

Course Introduction

In support of Advanced Energy Initiative objective to expand the use of wind energy, the Wind Energy Program is increasing its efforts to overcome near-term deployment barriers to wind by enhancing public acceptance, promoting supportive public policies, engaging key stakeholders, and addressing siting and environmental.  The natural variability of the wind resource can present challenges to grid system operators and planners with regard to managing regulation, load following, scheduling, line voltage, and reserves.  Although research efforts for the past two decades have led to dramatic reductions in the cost of wind energy, continued incremental improvements to wind turbine performance will lower system costs even further while improving system integration and enhancing technology acceptance issues.

Course Content

This course is primarily based on the U.S. DOE – Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy – DOE/GO-102007-2424, May 2007

Wind Power Today

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Course Summary

Wind energy is and emerging technology that is sustainable and renewable.  This course gives a quick overview of the current state of wind energy, enhancement of the national electrical grid to accommodate wind energy power, removing barriers to development of wind energy systems and an analysis of the energy policy.

Related Links

For additional technical information related to this subject, please visit the following websites:

United States Green Building Council –
US Department of Energy –
National Renewable Energy Laboratory –


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.