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Power Systems C: Discussion of Widespread Power System Blackouts

Get introduced to transmission system design considerations through case studies of real-world events. You may find yourself in a position that requires you to be aware of the potential for trouble – understand the conditions and factors that lead to blackouts and develop recommendations on how to prevent them.

Instructor

Anthony Sleva, P.E.

Anthony Sleva, P.E.

Mr. Sleva is President of Sleva Associates, an electrical consulting and training company founded in 1995. He is a registered Professional Engineer with a BSEE degree from Pennsylvania State University. During his career, he has designed electrical systems for nuclear ... read more

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Understand how to recognize pre-blackout conditions
  • Identify major problem areas
  • Forecast the most likely sequence of events that can lead to the next major, widespread blackout

Course Outline/Topics

Case studies of four power system blackouts will be presented. Due to the sensitive nature of this topic, only blackout-related information readily available from public sources will be discussed.

Case Study 1:  Northeast, November 1965

Case Study 2:  Northwest, July and August 1996

Case Study 3:  West Coast City, December 1998

Case Study 4:  Southwest, September 2011

Each of the case studies will include discussions of:

  • Pre-Blackout Conditions
  • Major Problem Areas
  • Recommendations that would help prevent future blackouts

Case Study 5:  A futuristic view of the most likely sequence of events that can lead to the next major, widespread blackout