Fundamentals of Electricity Transmission
February 16-17, 2021 | Online :: Central Time
New electricity transmission, transmission expansion, and transmission upgrades are being proposed in every region of the US and Canada. Electricity transmission—and the need for more of it—is the key to many of North America’s energy goals, including: increased reliability and security, the integration of more renewable energy, more competitive markets, and the construction and implementation of a smart grid. In addition, new transmission market mechanisms are being applied in many US regions.
This course is designed to provide a practical overview of electricity transmission and the transmission system for non-engineers or those who are new to the industry. The course will cover how new transmission is designed and planned, as well as how the transmission system is regulated. Important topics such as markets and new technologies will also be discussed.
- Define and describe the major concepts of electricity transmission
- Explain considerations that impact transmission planning and design
- Analyze the importance of transmission reliability and the factors that can affect it
- Examine the purpose, role, and impact of NERC
- Identify the main drivers for new transmission and discuss the many challenges of transmission expansion
- Review the history and trajectory of FERC regulations for transmission planning and cost allocation
- Examine the structure of major transmission markets in the US and comprehend how the market system operates
EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.
EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event.
Requirements for Successful Completion of Program
Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.
Case studies and PowerPoint presentations will be used in this program.
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 – Central time
8:45 – 9:00 am :: Log In
9:00 am – 4:30 pm :: Course Timing
12:30 – 1:15 pm :: Lunch Break
- Basic Electricity Concepts
- Terms and definitions
- Relationship of voltage, current, resistance and power
- Direct and alternating current and voltage
- Sectors and characteristics
- Electricity demand drivers
- Load shapes, coincidence factor, and load factor
- Electricity generation basics
- Types of renewable and conventional generating resources
- Primary functions and voltage class
- Major components of power lines and stations
- High voltage AC transmission (HVAC)
- Impact of transmission outages
- High voltage DC transmission (HVDC)
- FERC and State Regulation
- Power System Reliability and Compliance
- NERC compliance process overview
- Bulk electric system reliability
- Transmission Line Losses
- System Integration and Grid Operation
- System operations terminology
- Balancing area concepts
- Ancillary services
- Power System Protection Basics
- Transmission Planning Concepts and FERC Orders
- Design & Planning
- ROW considerations
- Types of structures
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 – Central time
8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Login
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Course Timing
- Renewable and Conventional Generating Resource Interconnection Requirements
- Role of Transmission in Wholesale Real Time Power Markets
- RTO advantages and disadvantages
- FERC authority over RTOs/ISOs
- Regional Organized Markets
- The players
- Locational Marginal Prices (LMP)
- Components of LMP
- Three bus examples for LMP
- Transmission Congestion and Risk Management
- Financial Transmission Rights (FTRs)
- Emerging Issues: Challenges and Opportunities
Raj Rana, PE, MBA, CEM, PMP – Consultant
At present, Mr. Rana provides consulting services in the electric utility industry in the areas of NERC compliance, energy markets, power system planning and operation, resources integrations, and project management.
Previously, while serving as Director – RTO Policy and NERC Compliance at American Electrical Power, Mr. Rana was responsible for coordination of energy, transmission, market structure, finance, and governance related RTO policy issues among the AEP business units, development of corporate positions/policies, and advocacy of such positions at regulatory agencies as well as at stakeholder forums in PJM, SPP, and ERCOT RTOs. He was also responsible for the development and coordination of strategic direction of AEP’s power system reliability compliance program among all business units as well as coordination and facilitation of compliance plans, policies and procedures within the company to ensure timely and successful compliance of NERC and regional reliability standards.
Mr. Rana also worked in AEP’s System Planning department in various positions. His experience at AEP includes planning and operation of the bulk transmission network, generation interconnections, tariff and regulatory/legislative issues, system integration, asset management, mergers and acquisitions, as well as planning and engineering studies for international transmission and generation projects.
Mr. Rana holds a BSEE degree from M. S. University (India), an MSEE degree from West Virginia University, and an MBA degree from University of Dayton. Mr. Rana also completed the AEP Management Development Program at the Fisher Business College of the Ohio State University. He is a life-senior member of IEEE and holds Ohio State PE license. Mr. Rana is also a certified energy manager and a project management professional.
We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.
- You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
- Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
- You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
- If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
- The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.
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If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all registrants for three business days after the event