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This course provides best practices of modern distribution power systems.

Participants will examine the practical aspects of the technologies, design and implementation, smart grid applications and sensing; demand side management, smart grid economics, microgrids and distributed energy resources, and fault location and service restoration (FLSIR).

Course Highlights:

  • Overview of traditional of distribution systems
  • Modern and future distribution systems
  • Smart grid
  • Distributed energy resources (DER)
  • Challenges of integrating of distributed energy resources into the distribution systems
  • Conservation voltage reduction
  • Advanced protection systems, feeder automation and reconfiguration
  • Fault location, Isolation and Service Restoration (FLSIR)
  • Microgrids
  • Engineering economics for smart grid
  • Road mapping

Course Learning Outcomes:

  • Grasp the structure of the evolving distribution systems     
  • Learn the nature of distribution loads and their characterization
  • Master the depth of distribution reliability and relevance of reliability indices
  • Assimilate the impact of distribution feeder voltage regulation
  • Understand the value of the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA) in today’s dx system
  • Comprehend the impacts of selected distribution automation applications
  • Identify the challenges with Distributed Energy Resources on dx systems
  • Learn the salient points of smart meters, Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and applications, Distribution Management Systems (DMS), and Outage Management System (OMS)

Course Typically Offered: Online in Summer and Winter quarters.

Prerequisite: A BS in Electrical Engineering or equivalent knowledge and experience.

Next Step: After completing this course, consider taking other courses in the Power Systems Engineering certificate program to continue learning.

Contact: For more information about this course, please email

Course Number: ECE-40314
Credit: 3.00 unit(s)
Related Certificate Programs: Power Systems Engineering