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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.

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

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Course Outline/Topics

Friday, October 25, 8am-Noon

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

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This program can be applied toward the:

Dates and locations to be announced.
Fee: $195
CEUs: 0.4, PDHs: 4
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Email us with your interest, contact:
Murali Vedula,, 414-227-3121
Marcia Gabriel,, 414-227-3378


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