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An Overview of Electric Power System Reliability for Non-Electrical Professionals

3 Professional Development Hours

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Be knowledgeable of electricity reliability matters, and how the transmission system reliability differ from electrical distribution system reliability, its rules and regulation as they apply to the North American power system and the reliability framework in North America
  • Interact more effectively with other work groups involved in electric power system transmission and distribution
  • Apply knowledge of codes and standards of electricity reliability in regulatory work related to the bulk power system in North America

Electricity reliability of an integrated power system is a complex matter. After the largest blackout in North American History in 2003, both Canada and the US governments initiated an effort to strengthen the reliability framework of the North American grid. The course explains the fundamentals of electricity reliability of North American Power System. It describes step by step the North American interconnection of transmission system, what is bulk power system reliability, why blackout happens, what is the reason for the largest blackout in North American history and what are the rules to avoid a black out. The course also describes the North American reliability framework, the role of North American Reliability Corporation (NERC), and the reliability standards overview. The course also explains how the elements of reliability of an electric distribution system differ from integrated transmission system reliability. .

The course is intended to provide a clear understanding of the reliability of bulk power system in North America to both technical and non-technical professionals who, although qualified in their own disciplines, may not have exposure to the electricity reliability matters associated with an integrated power system. To that end, it is a course that can benefit a wide range of audience who are associated with power system related work in any capacity.

Course Outline:

  • Blackouts and Causes
  • Bulk Power System Reliability
  • Blackout in 2003

Who Should Attend
The course is designed for individuals who are associated with power system related work but do not have direct power system background. For example, regulators, legal services, engineers from disciplines other than electrical engineering, as well as individuals involved in power systems transmission or distribution work, oil and gas industries professionals and electricity export/import market specialists will find this course to be useful.

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Almost all of EPIC's courses offer :

  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and
  • Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

These course credits will help attendees earn training requirements for their associations or provincial governing bodies.

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