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PEER Fundamentals

GBCI: 0920002436

Learn about the PEER rating system
Eligible for 6 CE HOURS.
  • 6 CE

  • LU

Rating system: v1 - PEER v1.1

Published on: January 15, 2015



PEER, modeled after the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program for buildings, provides energy professionals with a comprehensive understanding of how to define, assess, and specify sustainable power to buildings. The PEER Fundamentals Course is an opportunity for electricity professionals to explore how microgrid architecture enables utilities, regulators, consumers, and the private sector to work together to accelerate electricity system investment and improvement, and learn how to maximize smart grid benefits for consumers and stakeholders alike.

To complete this course, click the title of each of the included sessions below and click the PLAY icon. Then, return to this page to take the quiz. Once you have passed the quiz, you will have access to a PDF certificate of completion.

Please note the course mentions being able to become a PEER Associate, which is not currently available. We are developing a series of PEER courses which you can always find here.

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  1. Understand how PEER can be used as a framework for designing an electricity system that is more consumer responsive, cost effective, reliable, environmentally sustainable, energy efficient, and resilient
  2. Identify PEER program objectives, design elements, performance criteria, processes, and tools for the four categories of power system performance
  3. Understand how to strengthen the business case for investment based on verifiable savings, new revenue streams, and improved customer engagement
  4. Identify different types of electricity systems and the opportunities associated with a microgrid approach
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Green Business Certification Inc.
Washington, DC
United States
U.S. Green Building Council
Washington, DC
United States

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Included sessions

PEER Fundamentals
1: Course Primer

PEER Fundamentals
5: Enabling Customer Action

PEER Fundamentals
2: Energy Efficiency and Environment

PEER Fundamentals
6: Course Conclusion

PEER Fundamentals
3: Reliability, Power Quality and Safety

PEER Fundamentals
4: Operational Effectiveness

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Energy Manager, U.S. Army

Great intro to PEER. However I wish you would give a PDF a summary of these slides. maybe there is and I did not find them. Also it was not clear on what order to take the program in. suggest numbering the different segments 1-6

Mechanical Engineer, Harrison French & Associates, LTD

I agree with the others that this is a well done course. The material is technical, useful and specific. There's a lot of meat here but is presented very concisely with a lot of straight-forward visuals. They obviously spent some real time on the production value. My only suggestion would be to provide slide handouts because there is so much technical content here.

Vice President and Director of Construction, River City Construction Services
Pro Reviewer

This is a very well done course helping to introduce users to a very in-depth subject. It is in no way to be considered the final course in this subject matter, it represents more of a stepping stone along the path. The content is offered in an easy flowing manner but there are several areas in which users are taken off on tangential discussions that are critical to a full understanding of the material. This course requires one's full attention. Expect to take the full allotment of 6 hours and dedicate your full and unwavering attention to the coursework. Take all of the quizzes at the end of each section and spend the time to understand what you get wrong, you will be happy you did.
Clearly, this is one of the better courses offered on the education platform. It is appropriate for the level of the course offering. It left me wanting to continue on to the next course in the series.

Principal / Senior Sustainability Wizard, TLC Engineering for Architecture
Pro Reviewer

This is a must-have education for any utility system (either investor-owned, municipal, or campus) project manager or consultant who is considering making his/her system more resilient, customer-focused, economically sound and ready to move into the modern age. This is not a light load, irrespective of its designation as "Basic" level - the material is dense, technical and well outside the expertise of the typical architect or even mechanical-electrical building system engineer. As my fellow reviewer, William Holness notes, the material is well presented so that non-power system engineers can understand and appreciate it, but it is not a light lift. The production values and organization of the material are first rate - some of the best I have seen in the USGBC Education Portal.

The material is presented in a "click next to continue" format, and requires a fairly robust internet connection - it is not downloadable for viewing offline (although I did manage to get through the last two of the six modules and the overall quiz on an airplane WiFi connection). The navigation is easy to understand and allows you to come and go from the courses, but doesn't hold your place automatically. I especially appreciated the "spot check" quizlets at the end of each major section in the modules. This helped cement the understanding and comprehension of the concepts and terminology used.

The quiz given at the end of completeing these six modules is not the PEER Associate Certification examination. See for more information.

International Environmental Policy - Grad Student, CBRE
Pro Reviewer

The content of the course does contribute to the achievement of the learning objectives. It is also relevant, innovative, specific and accurate. It is intended to be taken as the first step for the preparation for the PEER Associate Certification.
The course takers must take into account that this is a 6-hour course and the it requires attention through its whole duration. In addition to meeting objectives, the course also shows some examples of how related metrics have been made in some states in the country.
As stated above, the course is very specific, but at the same time is shown in a way that makes it easy to be understood even by professionals whose academic background is not electrical engineering. Again, I would recommend this course for any individual aiming to obtain the PEER Associate Certification as the content is very detailed in all of the categories of such system.

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