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AEE Members receive $100 discount on this seminar. Use discount code "SEM100" during checkout. To become an AEE member Click Here.

For information on team discounts, or to register your team for this seminar, CLICK HERE.

Note: Registering for the seminar does not automatically register you to take the DGCP exam. To complete the certification application process ($300 fee) and qualify to sit for the exam, or for more information on DGCP certification, CLICK HERE.

This course earns 2 CEUs, 20 PDHs and 4 AEE Credits toward Re-certification.





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Dates, Locations and Hotel Information

OCTOBER 15-17 | Charlotte, NC ( | WEEC) | held in conjunction with WEEC at the Charlotte Convention Center. For recomended hotels and prefered rates please visit

Seminar participants are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. A block of rooms offering special group rates has been reserved at the hotel where each course will take place. When you call the hotel, be sure to mention AEE, the name of the seminar and any applicable discount code.


This course will cover all of the technical, legal, and economic aspects of onsite generation and CHP systems, including renewable energy and distributed generation concepts. It is designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed to analyze, and economically evaluate all types of onsite generation systems. The seminar will also serve as a preparatory vehicle for AEE's Distributed Generation Certified Professional (DGCP) certification program. The instructor covers each topic in sufficient detail so that you are ready to apply new ideas and approaches in distributed generation and combined heat and power when you finish the course. Just enough theory is presented to assure that you have a firm and correct understanding of the working basics for DG and CHP technologies, but theoretical concepts are always “brought down to reality” using real-world examples.For those wishing to qualify for the DGCP certification, the DGCP examination will be administered on the afternoon of the final day of instruction at the same location.

Please Note: In order to qualify to sit for the DGCP exam, you must submit your completed DGCP application, along with a $300 application fee. For information on obtaining your DGCP application form, or for further information on the DGCP program, visit


Introduction to Distributed Generation (DG) and Combined Heat & Power (CHP)

Distributed Generation & CHP Technologies
• Reciprocating engines
• Spark-ignited
• Self-ignited
• Combustion gas turbines
• Microturbines
• Steam turbines
• Fuel cells
• Solar photovoltaic cells
• Wind energy conversion systems
• Energy storage systems
• Electric generators

Energy & Thermal Basics of Distributed Generation & CHP Technologies
• Energy, heat, & work
• First & second laws of thermodynamics
• Power cycles
• Simple, topping, bottoming, combined, cogeneration
• Carnot cycle & Carnot efficiency
• Need for power & heat
• Prime movers & simple cycles
• Otto, Diesel, Rankine, and Brayton cycles
• Properties of steam
• Enthalpy & entropy
• Steam turbine expansion
• Mollier chart analysis

Power Cycle Performance Measures for Distributed Generation & CHP Technologies
• Power cycle performance measures
• Thermal efficiency
• Higher heating value of fuel
• Lower heating value of fuel
• Heat rate & fuel rate
• Fuel credit & fuel credit value
• Net fuel rate
• Energy chargeable to power
• Fuel chargeable to power
• Cost chargeable to power
• Relationship of ECP, FCP, & CCP
• Total & life cycle CCP
• Examples

Economic & Life Cycle Cost Analysis for Distributed Generation & CHP Systems

PURPA & FERC Rules of QFs & SPPs

Summary & Applications of Distributed Generation & CHP Technologies

Regulatory & Permitting Systems Issues for Distributed Generation & CHP Systems
• Utility interface issues
• Utility interconnections
• IEEE 929-2000 & UL 1741
• IEEE 1547
• Net metering
• Air emission permitting

Distributed Generation & CHP Project Management
• Analyzing facility energy needs
• Selection of DG & CHP technologies
• Screening of technologies
• Addressing potential barriers
• Acquiring DG & CHP resources


BRUCE COLBURN, Ph.D., is currently Chief Operating Officer for EPS Capital Corp., responsible for marketing and implementing energy planning and implementations solutions. In addition to his executive management duties at EPS, he has been responsible for energy analysis, field data acquisition/instrumentation, automated building control systems, and design of mechanical and electrical retrofit work. His project work has included cogeneration and power projects, renewables, public schools, healthcare facilities, research laboratories, universities, commercial office buildings, industrial plants, and military and government facilities. Over more than three decades in the energy field, he has served numerous clients in planning, designing, analyzing, troubleshooting, and retrofitting industrial, commercial, healthcare, and power projects throughout North America and the world. Dr. Colburn has also been a lecturer at a number of energy training programs both in the U.S. and abroad. Past industry awards include the AEE Energy Professional Development Award, Sigma Xi Research Award, IEEE Prize Paper Award, and Houston Chapter AEE Achievement Award. He was inducted into the International Association of Energy Engineers Hall of Fame (AEE) in


Note: Fees shown are for seminar only and apply to continental U.S. courses listed above only. Application for an AEE certification and exam requires a separate fee. Registering for the seminar does not automatically register you to take the associated AEE exam. Are you registering multiple attendees? You may be eligible for Team Discounts up to $100 per attendee (US only) **How to qualify for team discounts.



Note: Below are standard seminar hours. Please refer to your registration confirmation letter to confirm actual seminar hours for the program for which you have registered.

and Onsite Registration Day 1: 8:15 am
Seminar Hours Day 1: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Seminar Hours Day 2: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Seminar Hours Day 3: 8:00 am - 12:00 noon
Exam on Day 3 Following Seminar: 1:00-5:00 pm
(separate pre-application required to sit for exam)



For assistance or questions pertaining to your seminar registration, please contact the registrar directly during the hours of 10:00 am -5:00 pm (eastern time U.S.) at (770) 925-9633, or email her at