Practice Areas: Training and Education Experience

Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Workforce for Rural Electric Power Sector

Princeton Energy Resources International (PERI) is teaming with a local university, a community college and two rural electric cooperatives to provide training and workforce development to accelerate the use of sustainable energy resources in the Mid-Atlantic region. Working with Worchester and Wicomico Community College, PERI is developing and implementing an Associate degree program in Environmental Engineering Technology, and a certificate program in alternative energy. A distance learning component will be added to the program to provide further outreach to electric cooperatives. The PERI team is also assisting University of Maryland Eastern Shore in the development of a Rural Energy Business Administration program that focuses on business issues related to sustainable and renewable energy. To further enrich the learning experience, Maryland Energy Administration is supporting a wind and solar data collection laboratory to provide hands-on field training experience. Choptank Electric Cooperative and Old Dominion Electric Cooperative are implementing mentorships and scholarships. To guide the overall program, an Industry/Academic Advisory Board is being formed. Click here for more information.

Armenia - Sustainable Energy Technology and Business Training
Under a sub contact to Tetra Tech funded by United States Agency for International Development, PERI engineers are assisting the government of Armenia in evaluation and developing its abundant renewable energy resources in order to reduce its dependence on imported natural gas and aging nuclear and fossil energy power plants. Work has included: wind and solar resource assessments and market projection, tariff structuring, developing grid interconnection standards, preparation of a model wind power purchase agreement and conducting a wide range of technology and business training seminars. Drawing on our sustainable energy project development experience in the US, Russia, and other countries, PERI provide detailed technical, economic and business information to power companies, regulators, technical institutes, academia and local businesses. Reports and seminars were presented in English and translated into Armenian and Russian. Please follow links to wind potential and legal reports to view the wind energy potential in Armenia and strategy to overcome legal and regulatory barriers. All reports and presentations are located on the Assistance to the Energy Sector of Armenia to Strengthen Energy Security and Regional Integration (ARMESRI) site under Task 2.

China - Wind Energy Business Development Seminar
A training workshop on Wind Power Business Development and Policy Analysis was held in Hangzhou, China on March 15-19, 1999 by PERI. The Ministry of Science and Technology in People's Republic of China and the U.S. Department of Energy sponsored the meeting that was hosted by the Zhejiang Provincial Power Bureau. Participants included 70 executives, planners, engineers, and economists from electric utilities, provincial and central government, local wind plant companies, and equipment manufacturers. Lectures covered topics on wind energy business trends and government run financial incentives employed worldwide, project debt and equity financing, cash flow planning and management, costs and economics of wind and other renewable energy technologies, and policy options needed to accelerate the deployment of wind plants in China. A case study was presented on financing 100-MW wind plants installed in China. Seven variations on the case study illustrated effects of wind speed, project scale, deployment experience and learning curves, tied-aid and Chinese tax laws, and special Bank of China financing terms.

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