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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.

This half-day, PDH-booster course is part of a three-course group that allows you to earn 28 PDHs in just one week. Take it in combination with the three-day Power Systems A course, and the half-day Power Systems B course (also a PDH-booster) to complete the 28 PDHs. This course can also be completed individually.

Still looking for more? Enroll in our online Engineering Ethics course for two additional PDHs, bringing your total to 30 PDHs in just one week.

This course can be applied to the Electrical Engineering Certificate.

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

All sessions are Face-to-Face unless otherwise noted.

Fri., May 6, 2016


Location: UWM School of Continuing Education

Instructor: Anthony Sleva P.E.

Fee: $195

CEUs: 0.4, PDHs: 4

Enrollment Limit: 40

Program Number: 4840-8841

Registration Deadline: Fri., May 6, 2016

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