Renewables Course Description

Renewable energy today is all about technical innovation. Policy & markets have driven much of this innovation — renewables such as solar & wind have seen their capital costs drop dramatically in recent years, becoming increasingly cost-competitive with fossil fuels. According to BP, the place of renewable energy (excluding hydro) in the energy mix of nations has moved steadily upward from 1.3% of global energy production in 2010 to beyond 5% today.

Climate change is on everyone’s mind & renewables will have a major role to play if greenhouse gas mitigation efforts are to succeed. The US has decided to re-engage & be bound by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change & other major nations such as China, Germany & France continue to stay the course.  Following through on Canada’s net-zero goals will require dramatic change in the way this nation utilizes energy — a shift away from hydrocarbons toward renewables. The Working Group II contribution to the IPCC 6th Assessment Report drives home the point that climate change is an ever-increasing problem, so finding workable ways to implement those big plans is a growing concern.

This 2-day Oak Leaf course will provide you with high-level information about wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, hydro & carbon capture & storage options. The course also considers the controversial topic of big & small nuclear energy because of nuclear’s potential to create large amounts of low-GHG energy. You will learn how renewables work, where they can be deployed most effectively & the most promising renewable technologies under development. You will also gain understanding of the economics of renewables, policy directions & how renewables will integrate with smart grids. Global renewable efforts are discussed throughout the course, but the primary focus will be on Canadian innovation & projects.

This renewable energy course is an information-packed 2-day session with plenty of group discussion, videos & hands-on activities. The course is of use to people in organizations embracing renewables and/or to folks considering their career options in a future-oriented industry.

Key Details

This course is offered in conjunction with

TBA Q2 2024
8 a.m. Mountain (10 a.m. Eastern) start
Early bird registration deadline: TBA
Calgary & ONLINE
Instructor — Chris Best
Calgary Venue address:  PTAC
4th floor, 500 5 Ave. SW
Venue: $1795  Venue Early bird: $1695
Online: $1695  Online Early bird: $1595

Course Level: Beginner/Introductory
Personal Development Hours (PDH): 16

Coffee, snacks, lunch & refreshments served both days



Electricity Fundamentals & Restructuring + Renewable Energy Fundamentals
Date: TBA (Electricity); Date: TBA (Renewables)
Early bird registration deadline: TBA
Calgary & ONLINE
Instructor — Chris Best
Calgary Venue address:  PTAC
4th floor, 500 5 Ave. SW
Venue: $3195  Venue Early bird: $2995
Online: $2995  Online Early bird: $2795

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Renewables Course Outline

  1. Introduction
  2. Why Renewable Energy?
  3. Conversion/Efficiency
  4. Wind
  5. Solar
  6. Geothermal
  7. Biomass/Bioenergy
  8. Hydro
  9. Storage
  10. Off-Grid Energy Solutions
  11. Carbon Capture & Storage
  12. Nuclear Energy
  13. The Smart Grid
  14. Renewable Energy Policy
  15. Renewables Issues & Summary

Renewables Course Key Learning Objectives

  • To understand important terms & concepts related to renewable energy
  • To learn which renewable energy technologies are in use today, how they are used, and why
  • To become familiar with recent government policy developments related to renewable energy
  • To grasp the economic, social, and environmental ramifications of increasing renewables usage
  • To gain insight into the future place of renewables in the energy mix of nations, including Canada

Renewables Course Support Materials & Assessment

Who Should Attend the Renewables Course?

  • People new to the renewables industry
  • Professionals already involved in renewables looking for more comprehensive knowledge
  • First Nations considering renewables development on their traditional territories for building local low-carbon electricity infrastructure and/or to feed power into the grid
  • Power producers
  • Regulators
  • Government agencies
  • Utilities
  • Energy marketers
  • Investment firms
  • Consulting groups
  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • Business Analysts
  • Financial Analysts & Planners
  • Energy Traders
  • Environmental Analysts
  • Advisors
  • Policy Analysts
  • Economists


Oak Leaf Energy Training offers oil & gas training and renewable energy courses in Canada & throughout the world.
Contact us for an in-house course at your organization or ONLINE
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