There have been several major power blackouts in North America in the past 50 years, most notably in the densely populated Northeast. Some covered wide areas affecting multiple States and Provinces. Others were limited to major cities such as New York or San Diego. Why did these major outages occur and what can be done to prevent them in the future? This course will discuss the composition and the operation of the electric grid in North America. Then, based on that knowledge, we will analyze these blackouts to determine what went wrong and what has been done to attempt to prevent future occurrences. This material will be presented in layman’s terms with no prior knowledge of electrical principles required.
Dean Chapman holds a Master’s Degree In Electrical Engineering and has over 40 years of experience in creating, maintaining and managing the computer systems used to monitor and control the power system.
Mondays, 9:00-11:00 3 weeks Nov 18-Dec 2