BSC offers new smart grid course through DOE grant

As part of a $2.5-million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Bismarck State College National Energy Center of Excellence (NECE), in partnership with the Energy Providers Coalition for Education (EPCE), has developed the fourth and final course in a series on the smart grid. The new course, “Impact of the Smart Grid,” will provide a comprehensive understanding of the business impacts that affect decision making on the implementation, governing and operation of the smart grid.

According to NECE training and program manager, Alicia Uhde, smart grid courses ensure those already working in the industry are prepared for the latest advances in technology.

“The NECE works really closely with industry leaders and national organizations like EPCE to offer relevant and technically advanced training. Smart grid is being integrated all over the world and we are proud to be part of making sure that energy industry employees are ready for it,” Uhde says.

The new course addresses an array of business impacts that accompany smart grid deployment including financial implications, emissions implications and methods to produce a quality business plan for a smart grid project. The course content is designed to be of broad value to the electric utility workforce who installs, maintains, operates, repairs, markets, sells and supports the smart grid.

The NECE worked with industry experts and EPCE representatives to develop and write the course content. This course is an online self-study course with approximately 12 hours of content, worth one CEU and is open for registration at any time.

The other smart grid courses offered by the BSC NECE and developed with EPCE under the DOE grant include:

  • Smart Grid, Smart Customer: A non-technical overview of the smart grid and the enhancements it will provide both the consumer and the electric power industry.
  • Renewable Energy Sources and the Smart Grid (1 CEU): This course examines electricity production from various forms of renewable energy and provides a vision of the smart grid.
  • Operation Considerations for the Smart Grid (1 CEU): Students will gain understanding of the operational strategies for technicians who will install, control, monitor and maintain the smart grid.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “smart grid” refers to computer-based remote control and automation used in the country’s electricity delivery systems. Smart grid technology is used on electricity networks ranging from power plants and wind farms to the consumers of electricity in homes and businesses. A key benefit of the smart grid is the energy efficiency that results from the ability utilities gain to adjust and control individual devices from a central location.

Learn more about the new course here.


About Bismarck State College
Bismarck State College, an innovative community college in Bismarck, N.D., offers high quality education, workforce training, and enrichment programs reaching local and global communities. For more information, visit

The BSC National Energy Center of Excellence is home to many nationally-recognized energy industry degree and training programs. Students have the opportunity to complete programs on-campus or online. At BSC, one-fourth of students are enrolled in energy programs. For more information, visit

About EPCE

The Energy Providers Coalition for Education (EPCE) is a group of industry representatives that develops, sponsors, and promotes industry-driven, standardized, quality online learning programs to meet the workforce needs of the energy industry. BSC is proud to be the initial education provider for EPCE. For more information, visit

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