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Wind Energy Applications for Municipal Water Services

COURSE NO: R02-006
Wind Energy Applications for Municipal Water Services
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course presents a systematic assessment of the potential for wind power to support water utility operation, with the objective of identifying promising technical applications. The first part of the course describes the current situation that municipal providers face with respect to energy and water. The second part describes the progress that wind technologies have made in recent years to become a cost-effective electricity source. The third part describes the analysis employed to assess potential for wind power in support of water service providers, as well as two case studies. The course concludes with results and recommendations.


Municipal water and wastewater operations are energy intensive. Energy used by water systems account for more than 3 percent of total electric demand.  Energy inputs to water systems occur at different locations in the system, from initial extraction of water from surface or groundwater sources, through conveyance, storage, treatment, distribution, end-use, wastewater collection and treatment, and discharge or reuse. These important energy inputs to water systems are sometimes located in places with significant wind energy potential. Although the focus of this course is municipal systems, many water supply systems provide service to all types of users.  Where wind energy systems can contribute to energy inputs, and particularly to the energy required to lift and move water, important overlaps in benefits between municipal and other uses occur.


This 2 PDH online course is intended primarily for civil, environmental, and mechanical engineers involved in the water services industry.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding the challenges for U.S. water supply and wastewater treatment
  • Understanding the stresses on municipal water service providers
  • Knowing the energy requirements
  • Familiarizing with the wind energy market, as well as its drivers and economies
  • Understanding the implementation issues
  • Learning about wind-powered water service applications
  • Screening for water service opportunities in windy U.S. areas
  • Siting locations with wind-water potential
  • Learning from case studies
Course Document

In this online engineering PDH professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) document, "Wind Energy Applications for Municipal Water Services: Opportunities, Situation Analyses, and Case Studies", by L. Flowers and L. Miner-Nordstrom, Conference Paper NREL/CP-500-39178, January 2006. 

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Wind Energy Applications for Municipal Water Services (2.07 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of fifteen (15) questions to earn 2 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on this DOE publication.


The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you may print your Certificate of Completion after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email you your Certificate of Completion. Also, you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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