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Electric Power System Basics: For the Nonelectrical Professional

Electric Power System Basics: For the Nonelectrical Professional

Steven W. Blume

ISBN: 978-0-470-18580-3

Oct 2007, Wiley-IEEE Press

300 pages

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This book explains the essentials of interconnected electric power systems in very basic, practical terms, giving a comprehensible overview of the terminology, electrical concepts, design considerations, construction practices, operational aspects, and industry standards for nontechnical professionals having an interest in the power industry. From generation to household wiring, this book explains it all in easy-to-understand terms.

Electrical Power System Basics exposes readers to all of the important aspects of an interconnected power system without assuming a great deal of existing knowledge or experience. Some very basic formulas are presented throughout the book and several examples, photographs, drawings, and illustrations are provided to help the reader gain a fundamental understanding of the subject.



Chapter 1 System Overview, Terminology, and Basic Concepts.

Chapter Objectives.

History of Electric Power.

System Overview.

Terminology and Basic Concepts.

Chapter 2 Generation.

Chapter Objectives.

ac Voltage Generation.

The Three-Phase ac Generator.

Real-Time Generation.

Generator Connections.

Wye and Delta Stator Connections.

Power Plants and Prime Movers.

Chapter 3 Transmission Lines.

Chapter Objectives.

Transmission Lines.


Transmission Line Design Parameters (Optional Supplementary Reading).

Underground Transmission (Optional Supplementary Reading).

dc Transmission Systems (Optional Supplementary Reading).

Chapter 4 Substations.

Chapter Objectives.

Substation Equipment.



Circuit Breakers.


Disconnect Switches.

Lightning Arresters.

Electrical Bus.

Capacitor Banks.


Static VAR Compensators.

Control Buildings.

Preventative Maintenance.

Chapter 5 Distribution.

Chapter Objectives.

Distribution Systems.

Transformer Connections (Optional Supplementary Reading).

Fuses and Cutouts.

Riser or Dip Pole.

Underground Service.

Chapter 6 Consumption.

Chapter Objectives.

Electrical Energy Consumption.

Power System Efficiency.

Power Factor.

Supply and Demand.

Demand-Side Management.


Performance-Based Rates.

Service-Entrance Equipment.

Chapter 7 System Protection.

Chapter Objectives.

Two Types of Protection.

System-Protection Equipment and Concepts.

Distribution Protection.

Transmission Protection.

Substation Protection.

Generator Protection.

Generator Synchronization.

Overall Transmission Protection.

Chapter 8 Interconnected Power Systems.

Chapter Objectives.

Interconnected Power Systems.

The North American Power Grids.

Regulatory Environment.

Interchange Scheduling.

Interconnected System Operations.

System Demand and Generator Loading.

Reliable Grid Operations.

Chapter 9 System Control Centers and Telecommunications.

Chapter Objectives.

Electric System Control Centers.

Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA).

Energy Management Systems.


Chapter 10 Personal Protection (Safety).

Chapter Objectives.

Electrical Safety.

Personal Protection.


Appendix A The Derivation of Root Mean Squared.

Appendix B Graphical Power Factor Analysis.


"This book is well written and offers a nice overview of power system fundamentals at a level that does not require advanced mathematics or physics." (IEEE Power & Energy Magazine, November/December 2008)

"Highly recommends this work for its comprehensive discussion of electric power system terminology, and encourage non-engineering professionals in industry support and auxiliary services (product development, sales, marketing, etc.) to read and keep this excellent resource close at hand." (CHOICE, April 2008)

"'For the Nonelectrical Professional' says this well-illustrated book's subtitle, and the author does a good job of addressing that audience." (Electrical Apparatus, December 2007)