Energy University offers free energy management courses

Anyone interested in energy management can become certified through several online courses, and it’s free.

October 6, 2010—Schneider Electric’s Energy University is a vendor-neutral, online educational community. The courses are designed to provide anyone involved in the decision-making, management, planning, design or construction of a space impacted by energy a level of expertise to address efficiency issues and apply safe, reliable and cost-effective measures, according to the website.

“The talent that Schneider needs is not coming out of universities,” said Jeff Drees, president of Schneider Electric, U.S, during the Schneider Electric Editors’ Event in September. “Schneider has established an Energy University to train engineers on systems analytics.”

The company expects Energy University to reduce complexity and raise awareness by providing users around the world easy, online access to all energy aspects.

Courses are product-agnostic and focus on the critical concepts and best practices necessary to achieve a high degree of energy management. Experts from all areas of the company help develop and create the courses. As the demand for new technologies and knowledge increases, Energy University will introduce more courses.

Foundational courses offered include topics on:
· Energy Efficiency Fundamentals,
· The Economics of Energy Efficiency,
· Going Green with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED),
· Trusted Advisor Program Overview,
· Alternative Power Generation Technologies,
· Data Center Efficiency: Reducing Electrical Power Consumption, and
· Lighting Basics for Energy Efficient Applications I.

Each self-paced course typically can be completed in less than an hour. The online platform makes learning convenient and accessible from any Internet-ready computer. Quizzes measure a user’s knowledge and prepare him or her for the certification exam. Certification verifies that a user understands energy management and can independently handle situations related to energy awareness, problem-solving and solutions design.

Energy University courses have been submitted for approval to specific professional associations and organizations that review the content. The following groups have either assigned credits or approved the program to fulfill continuing education credits requirements:
• FIRE, the Italian Federation for the Rational use of Energy, is a nonprofit association that promotes energy efficiency, supporting energy managers, ESCOs and other companies dealing with energy.
• The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) is a global nonprofit, specialist change agent aiming to catalyze the market for renewable energy and energy efficiency, with a primary focus on emerging markets and developing countries.
• The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.
• The IEEE is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.

Energy University is available on-demand at

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