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Energy Literacy


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15 Hours




Start Dates

February 21, 2024

Registration Deadlines

March 15, 2024

About this microcredential

This microcredential will explore energy literacy through a technical, social, and political lens. It will introduce students to the fundamentals of the electric power grid, renewable generation technologies, and enabling technologies supplying learners with the tools to engage in dialogue and action surrounding the energy transition.

The energy transition will be explored from a northern perspective using the Yukon’s energy transition as a case study to explore the challenges and benefits associated with integrating renewables into these systems. The course is taught through a northern lens but is relevant to anyone interested in learning about energy literacy.

What will you learn?

Learners will be able to:

  • Understand fundamental electrical terms and concepts
  • Explain and describe the key features of the electric power grid
  • Evaluate the challenges and opportunities of integrating a variety of renewable energy sources into a power system
  • Discuss and analyze the challenges and opportunities related to the energy transition through a technical, political, and social lens
  • Analyze case studies of how renewable energy can be used within remote communities and identify benefits/challenges
  • Discuss the role that energy efficiency technologies have in the energy transition
  • Develop knowledge of educational pathways and other resources to continue learning

How does this prepare you for the low carbon economy?

Energy is a fundamental part of our modern world. We interact with, use, and depend on energy for nearly every facet of our lives. Energy Literacy is a holistic concept that explores how our electrical energy systems work, but more fundamentally it explores our relationship with energy. The energy transition is already underway in Canada and around the world and the choices we make now will shape the future.

To engage in this transition in a meaningful way, individuals will need to understand the technological, social, and political elements that make up the energy landscape. The goal of this course is to provide students with the tools they need to make informed energy decisions and to empower individuals to discuss energy in a meaningful way.