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Transmission System – The Interconnected Bulk Electric System

25 July

(Prerequisite for this course is Power System Basics or a familiarity with basic formulas and power system equipment.)

Date: Thursday, 25 July 2024     

Instructor: Douglas A. Bowman
Douglas A. Bowman is a Lead Engineer in the R & D and Special Studies group at Little Rock, AR based Southwest Power Pool, where he has served in various engineering roles within SPP’s engineering business. Doug is also the current chair of the Central Arkansas chapter of the IEEE Power and Energy Society.

The focus of this course is to provide participants with knowledge of how electric power is transferred from generation sources to distribution systems via the interconnected electric bulk power system known as “the grid.” Basic physical laws governing the grid will be introduced, as well as the regulatory agencies involved in its governance. The great blackouts will be explored. This course is intended to increase participant’s understanding of the electric grid and how it functions in the electric power system.

Topics covered in the course include an introduction to the fundamental concepts of power, energy, and power system stability as they relate to the grid. The grid is explored in terms of its interconnections, power flow, North American interconnections, and governing bodies such as NERC/ERO, ISOs, and RTOs. Reliability standards and contingency analysis are addressed. Issues related to the planning and operation of the grid, such as transmission and economic constraints, determining transmission transfer capability, and dealing with congestion are reviewed. The course also discusses the great blackouts, their root causes, and lessons learned.

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