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Energy Efficiency Fundamentals
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Energy Efficiency Fundamentals

1-Day Training Course: The Essential Guide to Understanding Efficient, Reliable Power Supply & Use. Attend this course to learn about how to improve the efficiency of electrical energy supply & utilisation systems; from generation through to storage & use, including quality/reliability factors, integrating clean energy, tariff breakdowns & demand management

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Key Learning Objectives

  • Identify the basic design, operation and components of electrical supply systems
  • Analyse the integrated electrical grid – generation, transmission and distribution
  • Discover the constraints and limitations of electrical supply – voltage regulation, power supply quality, reliability and energy efficiency
  • Recognise how renewable energy is incorporated into the grid system and the constraints imposed
  • Review the cost of energy – a breakdown
  • Appreciate the impact of increased efficiency consumer loads on the supply system
  • Efficiency of energy utilisation – modern lighting systems and their efficiency- potential for improvement with use of DC supply,
  • Analyse efficiency of transformers, overhead lines and cables
    Discover the smart grid: What does it mean? How will it improve electrical supply?

About the Course

This course will provide an overview of the essential features of operation, both technical and regulatory, of the electrical supply system. Within the technical aspects it will also discuss energy efficiency and the ways by which it can be improved.

It will provide an understanding of the basic technical principles that govern modern electricity supply, including the constraints and limitations that are imposed and how they affect energy users. It will also discuss a number of energy efficiency aspects of utilisation of energy in applications such as electrical lighting and IT equipment.

The responsibilities and impact of the various regulators that govern electrical supply and usage will be discussed.

Alternative or renewable energy sources such as wind and solar generation will play a major role in future electrical supply systems and issues relating to their impact on the supply system and energy efficiency will be covered.

The concept of the “Smart Grid” will also be described and discussed both from the consumer and supplier points of view, including its potential for demand management benefits and equipment operational efficiency.

Who Will Benefit

This course will benefit all those with little or no previous experience of electrical supply systems who need a better understanding of electrical energy supply and utilisation and reliability and efficiency of the operational aspects of energy supply and use.

Roles include senior managers and executives, non-engineers with responsibility for commercial and industrial infrastructure, legal practitioners, financial analysts, consultants and OHSE representatives.

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Use this course to help fulfil your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) educational requirements to retain your professional/chartered status. Contact your relevant association to learn how


“Trevor was very good at explanations and answering questions”
HSE Manager, UGL

“Great presenter, easy to understand”
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Terms & Conditions

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Course Outline

Basic structure of the electricity supply system

  • AC or DC, frequency, voltage level
  • Transmission and distribution
  • Radial and ring-main structure

Electrical power system components

  • Substations and transformers
  • Overhead lines and underground cables
  • Faults, circuit breakers, fuses and electrical protection

Power transfer basics and tariff

  • Kilowatts, kilovars, apparent power and power factor – what it all means
  • Rating of equipment
  • Power quality, linear and non-linear loads

Energy supply efficiency and losses

  • Electrical tariffs – breakdown of costs and identifying potential savings/efficiencies

Regulatory control of electrical supply systems

  • Transmission and distribution
  • The Australian energy regulator
  • Safety, reliability and efficiency of supply
  • Economic regulation, cost of losses – how this affects distributors and what they can charge:
    > The cost of energy lost

Efficiency of supply systems

  • Transmission and distribution losses
  • Power usage and energy usage monitoring

Energy usage monitoring

  • Life cycle cost of electricity supply systems
  • Improvement of energy efficiency of supply

Efficiency of electric energy utilisation

  • Modern lighting systems and their efficiency
  • LEDs, compact fluorescents, Inductions lighting, supply requirements
  • Impact of large scale IT systems on efficiency of supply
  • Use of local DC systems to improve efficiency
  • The MEPS program for electrical appliances

Environmental impact

  • Overhead versus underground supply
  • Electromagnetic fields

Renewable energy generation and its inclusion in grid systems

  • Embedded generation
  • Reactive power control
  • Impact on energy efficiency

The “Smart Grid”

  • Communications
  • Monitoring – utility and consumer
  • Real time control and rating of supply systems
  • Electrical energy management by utility and consumer

On-site & in-house training

Deliver this course how you want, where you want, when you want – and save up to 40%! 8+ employees seeking training on the same topic?

Talk to us about an on-site/in-house & customised solution.


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Sushil Kunwar
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