Understanding Clean Energy: Alternative, Renewable, and Non-Conventional Sources

Understanding Clean Energy: Alternative, Renewable, and Non-Conventional Sources
Single User Price: $1,595.00


Clean energy sources have cycled in and out of favor for years and especially in recent years as the price of oil marched to $145, crashed to $33, and covered all points in between. The environment surrounding economics, investment, research, production, and national security have converged to create a potent environment ripe for explosive growth in coming years. Alternatives to conventional crude oil have existed for centuries; even the beginning of time. Ethanol has been a major blending component of gasoline in the Midwest since the 70’s. Diesel fuel, natural gas, and electricity are not new however how we produce them and what we use to produce them has certainly changed. In a world where oil is poised to return to triple digits, pervasive unrest exists in oil-rich countries, global warming and climate change are top-of-mind, and national security is gaining an ever higher priority the prospects for clean domestic energy have never been higher.

EMI’s Understanding Clean Energy will arm attendees with a solid base of knowledge. EMI is not a trade association nor connected with the production of any fuel and delivers education from an unbiased perspective. The course cuts through myths, falsehoods, and urban legends to deliver the relevant facts on all aspects of the subject. Did someone really invent an engine that runs on water?...yes. Did some oil company buy up the plans and destroy them?...hardly. Is there an energy gain or loss when producing renewables like ethanol and biodiesel? Is there really such a thing as “clean coal?” We’ll present a wide variety of perspectives allowing attendees to draw their own conclusions.

What You Will Learn

The buzzword in energy today is “clean.” We’ve all heard it, read about it, and listened to President Obama invoke the words in his State of the Union address pushing funding and policy direction toward the job-creating, national security, and environmental benefits of “clean” energy. But what exactly is considered clean these days? What are the drivers pushing clean energy? What are the benefits? Are these energy sources really clean? And for that matter how is the term “clean” defined? Understanding Clean Energy is a primer on the subject of alternatives, renewables, non-conventional, and emerging sources of energy; those that fall in the “clean” category.

This course provides a thorough exploration of developments in environmental, geopolitical, and traditional oil sectors that have given rise to today’s clean energy sources. The Energy Policy Act defines seven different fuels as being commercially viable alternatives, while the renewable and emerging fuel categories more than doubles that list. We’ll look at each of these energy sources in detail and discuss their feasibility, renewability, production, advantages, disadvantages, uses, and current state of development. While many of these sources have been utilized for decades, we’ll take a fresh look at the latest advancements in areas like Jatropha, Algae, Bio-/Coal-/Gas-to-Liquids, and non-conventional Shale. Our discussion will focus primarily on the domestic environment surrounding alternatives however we will include a look to other countries where appropriate.

Topics covered include:

  • Historical factors pushing “clean”
  • Conventional vs. non-conventional
  • Clean infrastructure issues
  • DOE classified alternatives
  • Pricing/economics
  • Energy efficiency/renewability
  • World oil/alternatives environment
  • Clean Air/Energy Policy Act
  • Manufacturing processes
  • Feedstock issues
  • Fuel specifications
  • Tax issues/policy
  • Vehicle issues/availability
  • Emerging fuels
  • Energy sources examined:
    • Biodiesel
    • Electricity
    • Ethanol
    • Hydrogen
    • LNG
    • Natural Gas
    • Oil Sands
    • P-series
    • Propane
    • Shale
    • Solar
    • Wind
  • What’s ahead

Who Should Attend

Understanding Clean Energy is designed to benefit all those with an interest or curiosity in the expanding fields of alternative, renewable, and non-conventional energy sources. Past attendees have included everyone from those evaluating a move into the industry for the first time, to seasoned industry veterans looking to adapt decades old business models to a changing clean landscape. This course has no prerequisites and assumes attendees have little or passive knowledge of the subject. As an introductory course, the content is presented from a cross-discipline format favoring diversified attendee backgrounds. Strongly consider attending if you fit one of the following categories:

  • Alternative fuels investment
  • Alt fuels/petroleum legal counsel
  • Soybean producer/cooperative
  • Corn producer/cooperative
  • Petroleum marketer
  • Oil company marketing
  • Petroleum marketer
  • Bulk fuel terminal operations
  • Commercial fleet operator
  • Private fleet operator
  • Utilities
  • Commodity trading
  • Industrial fuel procurement
  • Alternative fuels distributor
  • Ag-, Petro- Investment banking
  • Industry trade association
  • Alternative fuels producer
  • Clean Cites
  • Students and Academics
  • State Environmental Departments
  • Federal/State/Municipal fleet operator
  • Federal Government
  • Environmental services

Class Details

Industry Segment
Alternative Fuels
Course Level
Introductory to Intermediate
Competency Path
Alternative Fuels
Course Type
Course Type
Course Times
Day 1: 9:00am–4:00pm
Day 2: 9:00am–4:00pm