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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.

Note: Registering for the seminar does not automatically register you to take the DGCP exam. To complete the certification application process ($200 fee) and qualify to sit for the exam, or for more information on DGCP certification, CLICK HERE.


Earns 2.4 CEU


May 16-19, 2006/ Anaheim, CA
Knott's Berry Farm: (714) 995-1111


This comprehensive three-day course will cover the technical, economic, and regulatory aspects of on-site generation systems, including distributed generation concepts, combined heat and power systems, and renewable energy sources. It is designed to provide attendees with the knowledge and skills they need to technically analyze, economically evaluate, select, install, deal with permitting requirements, and operate all types of on-site generation systems. The third day of the program will be substantially devoted to case studies of actual distributed generation and combined heat and power systems.

The seminar will also serve as a preparatory vehicle for AEE's Distributed Generation Certified Professional (DGCP) certification program. For those wishing to qualify for the DGCP certification, the DGCP examination will be administered on the day following the last day of the seminar, 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 $200 application fee. For information on obtaining your DGCP application form, or for further information on the DGCP program, visit


Day 1 / Morning

Introduction to Distributed Generation (DG) and Combined Heat and Power (CHP)
• Definitions of DG and CHP
• Cogeneration Systems
• Types of DG and CHP Systems
• Benefits of DG and CHP Systems
• DG and CHP Technologies
• Regulatory Issues in DG and CHP Systems
• Barriers to Implementation of DG and CHP Systems
• Information Resources for DG and CHP Systems

Distributed Generation and 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

Day 1 / Afternoon

Energy and Thermal Basics of Distributed Generation and CHP Technologies
• Energy, Heat and Work
• First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics
• Power Cycles
• Simple, Topping, Bottoming, Combined, Cogeneration
• Carnot Cycle and Carnot Efficiency
• Need for Power and Heat
• Prime Movers and Simple Cycles
• Otto, Diesel, Rankine, and Brayton Cycles
• Properties of Steam
• Enthalpy and Entropy
• Steam Turbine Expansion
• Mollier Chart Analysis

Day 2 / Morning

Power Cycle Performance Measures for Distributed Generation and CHP Technologies
• Power Cycle Performance Measures
• Thermal Efficiency
• Higher Heating Value of Fuel
• Lower Heating Value of Fuel
• Heat Rate
• Fuel Rate
• Fuel Credit and Fuel Credit Value
• Net Fuel Rate
• Energy Chargeable to Power
• Fuel Chargeable to Power
• Cost Chargeable to Power
• Relationship of ECP, FCP, and CCP
• Total and Life Cycle CCP
• Examples

Day 2 / Afternoon

Economic and Life Cycle Cost Analysis for Distributed Generation and CHP Systems
• Simple Payback Period
• Life Cycle Costing
• Time Value of Money
• Present Value and Present Worth
• Net Present Value
• P, A, I, N parameters
• Internal Rate of Return
• Life Cycle Cost
• Savings to Investment Ratio
• After Tax Cash Flow
• Point of Use Costs

PURPA and FERC Rules for QF's and SPP's
• Public Utilities Regulatory Policy Act (PURPA)
• Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
• QF's - Qualifying Facilities
• SPP's - Small Power Producers
• Avoided Cost
• Ownership Standard
• Operating Standard
• Efficiency Standard
• Topping Cycles and Bottoming Cycles

Summary and Applications of Distributed Generation and CHP Technologies
• DG and CHP System Operating Characteristics
• Characteristics of DG and CHP Technologies
• Comparison of DG and CHP Technologies
• Selection of DG and CHP Technologies
• Purchase and Operating Cost Data for DG and CHP Systems
• Generic Case Study

Day 3

Regulatory and Permitting Systems Issues For Distributed Generation and CHP Systems
• Utility Interface Issues
• Utility Interconnections
• IEEE 929-2000 and UL 1741
• IEEE 1547
• Net Metering
• Air Emission Permitting
• The Permitting Process
• Air Emission Limits

Distributed Generation and CHP Project Management
• Analyzing Facility Energy Needs
• Selection of DG and CHP Technologies
• Screening of Technologies
• Addressing Potential Barriers
• Acquiring DG and CHP Resources

Distributed Generation and CHP Case Studies
• Basic DG and CHP Systems Analysis
• Generic Case Studies
• Advanced Case Studies


BARNEY L. CAPEHART, Ph.D., C.E.M., is a professor emeritus of industrial and systems engineering at the University of Florida, Gainesville. He has broad experience in the commercial/industrial sector, having served as director of the University of Florida Industrial Assessment Center from 1990 to 1999. He has personally conducted over 100 audits of industrial facilities, and has assisted students in conducting audits of hundreds of office buildings, and other non-industrial facilities. He is a fellow of IEEE, IIE, and AAAS.

CARL E. SALAS, P.E., is a majority stockholder and principal in the firm of Salas O'Brien Engineers, Inc., San Jose, California. He has been evaluating and re-designing existing facility infrastructures and power systems since 1974. During that time he has surveyed, tested or designed literally thousands of power/energy systems, energy efficiency projects, or infrastructure/utilities projects at a myriad of commercial, industrial and institutional sites. Along with his "real world" approach to facilities and energy engineering, he has instructed more than 5,000 engineers and facility managers in the "art" and practice of energy-based and environmental-based systems engineering.

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