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Energy Industry Fundamental


									Course Materials
   Module 1: History and Organization of the
   Module 2: Safety
   Module 3: Electric Power Generation
   Module 4: Electric Power Transmission
   Module 5: Electric Power Distribution
   Module 6: Career Exploration
   Module 7: Hot Topics in Energy
A.   History of the U.S. Energy Industry and
B.   The Energy Industry: Structure and
C.   Energy Flow: Generation, Transmission, and
A.   Regulatory/Procedural/Security
B.   Preparing for Hazards in the Workplace
C.   Hazards and Response
A.   Conventional Electric Power Generation
B.   Overview of Generation Fuel Sources
C.   Overview of Emerging and Alternative
     Generation Technologies
A.   Introduction to Electric Power Transmission
B.   Transmission Governance, Stability and
     Emerging Technologies
A.   Introduction to Electric Power Distribution
B.   Distribution Governance, Stability and
     Emerging Technologies
C.   Natural Gas Distribution
   Each module is divided into units.
   A module’s table of contents presents the flow of
    the entire module in a unit-by-unit fashion.
   While the teaching materials vary, each unit
    contains the same major components in the
    same sequence.
 Unit Overview
 Learner Expectations
  (Student learning objectives)
 Teaching Strategies
 Pacing Chart for Lesson Delivery
 Complete Student Text for the Unit
 Teaching Resources
Example Unit Sequence
 In this unit you will follow Shawn and Brianna as
  they look for ways to reduce their electricity bill
  and find out how electricity is generated,
  transmitted, and distributed to consumers.
  Along the way, they’ll discover ways the utility
  industry has changed to become more efficient
  in the production, transmission, and distribution
  of power.
 This unit traces the evolution of the power industry,
  from the discovery and harnessing of electricity to its
  status as a consumer product. We begin with a very brief
  look at the properties of electricity and continue with a
  discussion of some of the inventors who commercialized
  its use. Next, we examine the economic principles
  behind the commercialization and the economic
  regulation that developed from a system of investor
  holding companies. The unit concludes with an
  investigation of environmental regulations and
  methods for reducing toxic emissions.
 Describe the process of electric metering
  and billing for energy consumption.
 Explain the flow of energy from
  generation through distribution to the
 Discuss the history of the United States energy
 Discuss environmental laws and regulations that
  impact the energy industry (local, state, and
  federal) and explain importance of proper
  documentation to ensure compliance.
 Explain the role of regulatory bodies
  in the energy industry.
   Throughout this unit and the rest of the course,
    students will be asked to complete short
    activities, worksheets, laboratory activities, and
    to answer a variety questions. It is recommended
    that they keep a spiral notebook or composition
    book in which they can collect data, record
    answers, take notes and so forth. Keeping
    documentation is a skill required in
    many jobs in the energy industry.
   This unit presents many opportunities for small group
    discussion. Allow students to work on the Critical Thinking
    exercises in groups. Give them time for reflection and
    research, if needed. Collaborative learning allows you to
    work with smaller groups of students….Based on your
    interaction with the small groups you can determine which
    concepts, if any, need to be reviewed or re-taught before
    continuing to the next lesson. Additionally, it gives
    students the opportunity to develop
    interpersonal skills required by industry.
   PowerPoint presentation with outlines
   Activity materials—student handouts,
    lab worksheets, vocabulary exercises,
    guided note-taking
   Review questions and quizzes
   Answer keys to activities, critical thinking
    exercises, review questions, quizzes
   Links to supplemental resources
   Equipment list for discretionary activities
1. Title Slide: The Science Behind Cleaner Air
2. Monitoring Particulate Air Pollution
    a. Many developing countries do not have air
       monitoring sensors, so it is difficult to estimate the
       amount of pollution
    b. Particle pollution is one-tenth the diameter of a
       human hair (PM2.5 = 2.5 micrometers or less in
    c. Suspected of contributing to millions of premature
       deaths around the world each year
1. Discuss the types of information found in an
   electric bill.
2. Describe the major components of a generating unit
   and the energy conversions that occur in each.
3. Describe how power plants have become more
   efficient over the years.
4. What is the purpose of the transmission system?
5. What does a transformer do? Why is this important?
6. What is the relationship between current,
   voltage, and power?
Module 6—Career Exploration
   Overview of working in the
    energy industry (conditions, job
    descriptions, education
    requirements, links to outside
   Career Profiles (descriptions of
    specific jobs within the industry)
   Extension Activities (activities
    that can be done by individual
    students or as a facilitated group
Sample Career Profile
Modules 6 and 7 (in development)are web-
           Sample Career Profile
 Energy
 Alternative Energy

 Emerging Technologies

 SmartGrid and Time of Use
 Energy Regulatory Issues

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