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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

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:

Fri., Apr. 24, 2015
Location: UWM School of Continuing Education (Click link for directions)
Instructor: Anthony F. Sleva, P.E., Adjunct Faculty
CEUs: 0.4/PDHs: 4
Program No. 4840-7538
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