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Overview

​The emergence of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) technologies is giving consumers more choices than ever before. Electric cooperatives are well positioned as consumer-owned organizations to be their member's "trusted partner" in navigating the opportunities, risks and benefits of solar and other emerging technologies. This online course discusses the top DER technologies, policy issues and questions that co-ops must be prepared to discuss with their members.

KEY TOPICS

  • Discussing changes in the market structure of the electric energy industry.

  • Anticipating member questions.

  • Integrating DER with the cooperative's strategic plan.

  • Examining key questions in the boardroom about DER.

​FEATURES OF THIS ONLINE COURSE
  • NRECA instructor
  • No travel required
  • Co-op specific content
  • BLC credit awarded upon completion
  • Continuing education awarded toward Director Gold
DIRECTOR COMPETENCIES COVERED IN THIS COURSE

Policy Development

  • Establishes policies that provides guidance and sets expectations for performance.​ ​

Analytical ​Thinking and Decision Making

  • Thinks systematically, conceptually, and analytically to determine effective solutions.​

Strategic Planning

  • Engages in strategic planning that contributes to the direction, core values and goals of the cooperative.

Risk Management and Oversight

  • Forecasts and evaluates a variety of risks and identifies strategies to avoid or mitigate their impact.

Industry Principles and Concept

  • Knows the basic jargon and concepts of the energy industry.

Cooperative Principles and Practices

  • Demonstrates an appreciation of the cooperative business model and a commitment to cooperative values.

Community Engagement and Communication

  • Places the cooperative in a collaborative position for maintaining and growing healthy communities.

Member Focus

  • Focuses on the needs of members.

Interpersonal Communications

  • Listens, relates and expresses oneself in a manner that is effective while supporting mutual understanding.

Builds Relationships and Influences Others

  • Creates and fosters constructive working relationships; Persuades others towards an outcome consistent with the organization’s goals.

Integrity and Courage

  • Makes decisions and acts consistently with values, professional standards, and the broader interests of the cooperative.
CREDITS

NRECA – 1 credit

CEU – 0.6 credits

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Fees

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Competencies

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