With the help of Apogee Interactive Inc., the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) is set to launch a set of online courses for utility engineers through its Power Quality University. The courses will focus on three major technical areas: power quality, lighting, and motors and drives.

EPRI chose Apogee because of its history in developing beyond-the-classroom training. The Tucker, Ga.-based Web-course developer got started in distance technical training for the utility industry in 1994 with interactive CD-I and CD-ROM-format classes.

“Because of the technical nature of these courses, they lend themselves well to online instruction,” says Marsha Grossman, EPRI’s project manager for the training unit. “With today’s tighter training and travel budgets, e-learning also enables us to continue to provide quality training opportunities for our members worldwide.”