By - Jon Brown

Technical Aspects of the Electric Power System
October 14, 2020 | Online :: Central Time

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The Electric Power Grid will increase participant’s understanding of the electric grid and how it functions. Join us to learn how power is generated, generation resources, substations, transmission, distribution, and utilization will be provided along with the essential reliability and resilience aspects of the power grid. Attendees do not need to have engineering or technical background. Participants completing this one-day course will be able to return to their organizations with a broad understanding of the make-up and functions of the electrical system as well as reliability and resiliency aspects.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe basic electricity concepts, including voltage, current, power, types of electric current – alternating current (AC) vs. direct current (DC), three-phase power, and energy
  • Explain components of the power system and how they fit and work together
  • Discuss design and operation of electric utility systems
  • Identify drivers of system planning, design, and operation
  • Explain benefits of different types of power generation sources including renewables such as wind, solar, geothermal, and hydros, their status, and future role
  • Identify various voltage capacities of AC and DC transmission lines, and explain how DC transmission is integrated into an AC transmission network
  • Discuss the purpose of station equipment, such as transformers and circuit breakers
  • Review  right-of-way requirements for transmission and distribution lines
  • Discuss the basic concept and need for resiliency
  • Recognize the need for grid modernization and smart grid and status



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 0.6 CEUs for this event.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must log in and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

The seminar will include PowerPoint presentation, a power flow demonstration, videos, and class discussion/review questions.


Wednesday, October 14, 2020 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Login and Welcome

9:00 a.m. – 4 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 12:30 p.m. :: Lunch Break

Short breaks will be taken throughout the course

Electricity Fundamentals

  • Voltage and current (AC vs. DC)
  • Power, energy, frequency
    • Three-phase power
    • Reactive power – VARs
    • Power triangle – relationship between real power, reactive power, and total power
    • Measuring power & energy
      • Volts, amps, watts, reactive power, frequency, and losses
  • Load
  • Determining load and usage
  • Load forecasting, power factor, load factors, system peaks
  • Demand response


  • Fossil fuel power plants and their future
    • Coal, natural gas, simple and combined cycle
  • Renewable energy – status and future
    • Solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, other
  • Nuclear energy
  • Distributed generation resources
  • Energy storage – types, role, current status and future

Power System Transmission Network

  • Types of transmission lines
    • AC vs. DC
    • Overhead vs. underground
  • Functions of transmission lines
  • Voltages and purpose
  • Role of transmission lines in the interconnected environment and organized markets
  • Components of transmission towers/poles and conductors
  • Right-of-way considerations
  • What determines power flow, loop flows, and losses?
  • Overview of DC transmission


  • Purpose
  • Components at a typical substation
    • Transformers, circuit breakers, series and shunt reactors
    • Series and shunt capacitors
    • Switches, lightning arresters, protection equipment

Lunch Break

Distribution System

  • Purpose – then and now
  • Voltage class
  • Modernization of distribution systems and integration of renewables such as roof top solar, net metering
  • Types of microgrids and integration

Power System Planning and Design Aspects

  • Basics of system planning for adequacy, public policy, and renewable integration
  • FERC Order 1000 and inter-regional planning
  • Enhanced planning
  • Basics of power line design

Power System Operation and Security in the Interconnected Environment

  • Single contingency, N-1, N-2 and system security
  • Functions of balancing area and reliability coordinators
  • Importance of frequency control and how
  • Ancillary Services

System Reliability and Resiliency

  • Interconnected network effects
  • Balancing authorities (control areas)
  • Transmission congestion, contract paths, flow gates
  • System impacts due to natural threats such as GMD, hurricanes, forest fires, pandemics, malicious threats, such as EMP
  • Resiliency improvements to maintain system reliability during and after major disasters

Grid Modernization and Smart Grid

  • Grid of the future and the key attributes
  • Infrastructure improvements
  • Modernization of operational practices with technological innovations and tools


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.

Online Delivery

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.


Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

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

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