This 1-day course offers you a comprehensive introduction to the wind energy industry, a growing part of the energy mix of nations.  You will learn the technologies, the projects, the research & development, the economics & the many recent policies promoting further wind energy development in Canada & abroad.  Wind’s importance grows daily as capital & operating costs have plummeted in recent years, making it one of the most cost-effective renewable energy sources to develop & operate.

Global installed wind capacity grew by 12.9% annually between 2012 & 2022, with the world now annually producing 2104.8 TWh of wind electricity — as much as all other non-hydro renewables combined. Global installed wind capacity growth from 2021 to 2022 alone was 13.5%, indicating ongoing optimism about wind as nations work towards mid-century net-zero GHG goals.

Electricity specialist Chris Best presents the Wind Energy Fundamentals course. Chris demonstrates his passion for the power industry & his equally keen interest in discovering new ways — such as harnessing the wind — to generate reliable, ever-cleaner electricity for Canada & the world.

Key Details

Dates: TBA 2024
HYBRID COURSE — Online & public venue
Instructor: Chris Best
Price: TBA
Early-bird pricing: TBA
Early-bird deadline: TBA

Course Level: Beginner/Introductory
Personal Development Hours (PDH): 8


Course Outline

1. How Wind Works
2. Generating Energy Using Wind
3. Building a Wind Power Farm
4. Financial Analysis of Wind Power Projects
5. Integration into the Grid
6. Wind Integration Throughout the World
7. Wind Variability Management
8. Storage & Forecasting

Key Learning Objectives

  • Working knowledge of wind energy generation trends in Canada and across the world
  • Understand wind power generation options through a detailed study of wind turbine configurations
  • Analyze the costs associated with the installation, operation, and maintenance of wind rotors
  • Consider how wind costs compare to those of non-renewable and other renewable electricity forms
  • Understand the importance of wind farms, related technical issues, and reliability problems
  • Study management of wind power interruption, mitigation strategies and forecasting models
  • Determine wind’s possible role(s) in the energy mix.  Can wind serve as baseload or peaking power?
  • Learn about various wind policies, including Feed-In-Tariff programs that encourage infrastructure development and connecting wind energy to the electricity grid

Support Materials & Assessment Tools

Who Should Attend?

  • Entry-level employees new to the energy industrys
  • Middle and Upper Management
  • Business Analysts
  • Financial Planners
  • Auditors
  • Advisors
  • Consumer Mediation Officers
  • Policy Makers and Analysts
  • Barrister and Solicitors

Testimonials and Course Rating

“Great course – very informative especially after taking course on electricity. Being a new employee in the power industry really helped my overall understanding.”
Course was very helpful. Shed light into both technical and economic aspects of wind I was not aware of.
“I found the course highly informative and there was a tremendous amount of high quality information presented.”
John Calgary
“Very nice to have an instructor who can answer any and all questions on the spot and can also add his own experiences to the discussion”
Jack Calgary



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