Starting May 31st, for a limited time, Tim Taylor’s “Electric Utility Distribution Equipment” is included with your HeatSpring Membership. Membership gives you access to premium courses that usually cost more, including:

There are tons of other benefits, too – you can explore membership here or sign up directly through “Electric Utility Distribution Equipment” course page.

About Electric Utility Distribution Equipment

This course will help you understand what different distribution equipment does, how to recognize it, and how utility distribution systems work.

This course is approved for IEEE 0.5 CEUs/ 5 PDH.

For anyone working with utility distribution systems or Distributed Energy Resources (DER), including Solar PV, that interconnect to them, a working knowledge of distribution equipment is essential to complete job tasks, converse with others, and advance one’s career.

If you are new to a job with a distribution utility, municipal, or co-operative, or work with a Solar PV organization such as a developer, design/engineering, or community solar provider that works with Solar PV farms connected to utility distribution, this course provides a solid background in utility distribution equipment.

This course is heavy on visuals and makes the material easy to understand, through:
* Photos
* Diagrams
* Videos

28 different types of the most common distribution equipment are discussed, including:
* Transformers
* Conductors
* Reclosers
* Voltage regulators
* Fuses
*And more.

To give context to the distribution discussions, an overview of the following is provided:
* Generation
* Transmission
* Substations

The course goes through the process of laying out a distribution feeder, from the substation down to residential meters on some streets in a small town.

The course provides an introduction to basic distribution concepts, such as:
* Three-phase and single-phase lines
* Voltage regulation
* Short-circuits and protection
* Feeder switching

You will also learn common distribution terms/nomenclature, and the typical values of voltage, current, and power throughout a distribution system.

This is an introductory level course – students are not required to have any prior utility power system knowledge, and no math is required.

The course requires approximately four hours to complete, and assignments include videos, lectures and quizzes to reinforce comprehension.

About HeatSpring Membership

At $19/month, HeatSpring Membership is a bundle of learning opportunities that would otherwise cost a lot more. Here’s what you get:

  1. Extended access to paid courses. All of our courses come with 1-year of unlimited access. Sometimes people get busy and don’t finish, but they don’t want to pay for the class again. This is original reason we created HeatSpring membership. Now you can pay the small monthly fee for as long as you need to finish the class and get your certificate of completion.
  2. Certificates of completion for all free courses. We have lots of teams that use our free courses for learning and professional development. If earning certificates of completion help with tracking and motivation, then membership is a really affordable tool to get better results for your team.
  3. Member access to premium courses. With membership you get access to a bunch of premium courses that you would normally have to pay a lot more to take. Sometimes they carry CEUs. We try to add a new course every month to keep it fresh. Like all of our premium courses, once you’re enrolled you have a full year to take the course.

Membership is intended to lower the barrier to learning so you can make professional development a regular habit.

Membership is also available to Teams. Team discounts are applied automatically and team memberships have all of the same benefits as the individual membership.

About Tim Taylor

Tim Taylor is Owner and Managing Director of Electric Distribution Academy and has over 30 years of experience in distribution system engineering. He’s led and participated in many projects with many North American utilities and has also worked in Europe and Latin American.
In addition to papers, articles, and conference presentations, he has served as an instructor for electric distribution courses throughout his career. Tim is a Senior Member of IEEE, and a past member of the Distributech Advisory Committee. He lives in Cary, NC and enjoys salt water fishing and vintage baseball card collecting.