Power System Fundamentals for Non-Electrical Professionals

Edmonton, Alberta /
Apr 19 - 20, 2021 /
Course Code: 11-0418-2386

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

  • Interact more effectively with other work groups involved with transmission, generation and operation of the grid
  • Apply knowledge of power system in regulatory work related to electric facilities construction and operation
  • Understand power system reliability issues and their impacts on electric power systems
  • Review reliability standards and their use in specific applications
  • Participate in discussions regarding trends and developments in electric power system

The course explains the fundamental principles of electric power system. It describes step by step what constitutes an electric power system, how it works, what are the associated components of a power system and their functionalities, why blackouts occur, what are the mitigation measures and which are the institutions that carry out those measures.

The course also describes the latest developments in power system like smart grid, its components and their applications in transmission and distribution.

Course Outline:

  • Electricity Basics
  • What Constitutes a Power System
  • Active and Reactive Power
  • Single and Three Phase Systems
  • Distribution and Transmission Systems Overview
  • Overhead Systems
  • Power System Faults and Protections
  • How Stable is Our Power System
  • Power System Reliability
  • Blackouts and Causes and Who Ensures Reliability of our Power System
  • Distributed Generation and Smart Grid

Who Should Attend
Regulators • Legal services• Engineers from disciplines other than electrical engineering • Technicians involved in power conversion work required for oil and gas industries, manufacturing facilities and process industries • Electricity export/import market specialists • Professionals who need to upgrade their current experience and knowledge of electrical power systems.

Special Features:
Participants will receive a USB thumb drive containing the presentation material for future reference. Bringing laptop is optional.

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Daily Schedule
8:00 Registration and coffee (first day only)
8:30 Session begins
12:00 Lunch
4:30 Adjournment (Day 1), 3:30 Adjournment (Day II)

There will be a one-hour lunch break each day in addition to a refreshment and networking break during each morning and afternoon session.

Day 1

Welcome, Introduction, Seminar Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method

Electricity Basics

  • Fundamentals of electricity
  • Volts, amps, frequency
  • Basic elements in a power system
  • Power and Energy
  • DC System
  • AC System
  • AC versus DC System

What Constitutes a Power System

  • What is power system?
  • AC power system
  • Generators and how they work
  • Energy sources: Thermal, Hydro, Nuclear
  • Other types of power generations
  • Canadian energy sources
  • Transformers and their applications
  • Substations

Active and Reactive Power

  • Active and Reactive Power
  • Power factor and concept of Lead-Lag
  • Reactive compensation

Single and Three Phase Systems

  • Single and three phase power
  • Why do we need three phase power
  • Balanced and unbalanced systems
  • Symbols and diagrams
  • Phasors: engineers’ tool

Distribution Systems Overview

  • Voltage classification
  • Residential system
  • Industrial system
  • Radial vs Ring Main
  • Design considerations
    • Grounding
      • Substation
      • Equipment
    • Arc Flash & Safety
      • Root cause and impact
      • Protection boundary
      • Warning labels and PPE
      • Arc Flash mitigations
      • CSA Z462 & IEEE1584
    • Voltage Dips and Flickers
      • Causes and impacts
      • Compensation
    • Harmonics
      • Causes and impacts
      • Mitigations
    • Other Considerations

Transmission Systems Overview

  • Transmission overview
  • AC versus DC transmission
  • AC power transmission – Overhead and Underground
  • Short versus long transmission lines
  • Inductance and capacitance of transmission lines
  • Line losses and voltage regulation
  • Loss Compensation

Overhead Systems for Transmission and Distribution

  • Poles and towers
  • Conductors
  • Insulators
  • Sags and safety standards

Concepts of Power Flow Study

  • What is power flow
  • Power flow diagram
  • Active and reactive power flow
  • Tutorial

Power System Faults and Protections

  • Types of faults in a power system and how to protect a system
    • Residential system
    • Industrial Applications
    • Equipment protection
  • Generator
  • Transformer
  • Circuit Breakers
    • Transmission System
    • What happens when a fault is not cleared

Questions and Answers

4:30 Adjournment

Day II

Recap of Day I

  • What have we learned so far?

How Stable is Our Power System

  • What is power system stability?
  • Analogy of an eco-system
  • Power system dynamics
  • Power swing and cascading
  • System oscillations

Power System Reliability

  • Concept of electricity reliability
  • North American interconnections
  • Bulk power system reliability

Blackouts and Causes

  • What is black out
  • Cascading and blackout
  • Geomagnetic disturbance
  • North American blackouts

Blackout in 2003

  • Blackout 2003 case study: How it happened, what are the impacts, what are the root causes, Task Force recommendations
  • Reliability Framework in North America

Distributed Generation

  • What is distributed generation (DG)
  • Advantages and disadvantages of DG
  • Types of DG: Wind, Solar, Natural gas, Others

Smart Grid

  • What is a smart grid?
  • Why smart grid?
  • Smart grid in distribution
  • Smart grid in Transmission
  • Electric vehicles
  • Smart grid initiatives: North America, Europe, Asia
  • Smart grid technical issues: Codes and standards, Reliability, Cyber security and privacy

Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment


Amitabha Gangopadhyay, P Eng

Amitabha Gangopadhyay, M.Eng., P.Eng, is well recognized in the area of power system engineering, where he has made many contributions in a wide range of power system applications during the past 35 years.

Prior to pursuing higher studies in Canada, Amitabha has worked in the utility industry and with English Electric in India. In Canada, Amitabha has worked with Group Schneider, Global Thermoelectric, Fuel Cell Energy and SNC Lavalin in many areas of power system engineering. Currently, Amitabha works in the area of regulatory matters related to electric reliability of bulk power systems in North America.

His areas of interest are electrical transmission and distribution, protection and smart grid applications. Amitabha holds a Master's Degree from the Memorial University of Newfoundland. He has published a number of papers in international journals and conferences. Amitabha is a professional engineer in the province of Alberta.


To be announced

Although the venue is not officially confirmed, EPIC courses are generally held at the following location(s):

Radisson Hotel Edmonton South
4440 Gateway Blvd.
Edmonton AB  T6H 5C2

DoubleTree by Hilton Edmonton Downtown
9576 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton AB  T5H 3V3

Please confirm with EPIC that the venue has been officially confirmed before making any reservations or travel arrangements.


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Fee & Credits

$1295 + taxes

  • 1.3 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 13 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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