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Understanding Electric Power Systems: An Overview of the Technology and the Marketplace



Understanding Electric Power Systems: An Overview of the Technology and the Marketplace

Jack Casazza, Frank Delea

ISBN: 978-0-471-66786-5 April 2004 Wiley-IEEE Press 232 Pages



The Enron scandal notwithstanding, it is important for professionals in the electric power industry and related positions gain a solid understanding of electric power systems and how they work. Written by two veteran power company managers and respected experts, this is a real-world view of electric power systems, how they operate, how the organizations are structured, and how electricity is regulated and priced.

A comprehensive overview of the electric power industry from the inside
Covers electric power system components, electricity consumption, generation, transmission, distribution, electric utility operation, electric system control, power system reliability, government regulation, utility rate making, and financial considerations.

Includes an extensive glossary of key terms used in the U.S. and also definitions for terms used worldwide

List of Figures.


1. History of Electric Power Industry.

2. Electric Power System.

3. Basic Electric Power Concepts.

4. Electric Energy Consumption.

5. Electric Power – Generation.

6. Technology of the Electric Transmission System.

7. Distribution.

8. Functioning of the Electric Bulk Power System.

9. Reliability.

10. Restructuring, Competition and Deregulation.

11. Legislation and Regulation - The Regulatory Network.

12. The Business Network.

13. ISOs, RTOs and ITPs.

14. The Money Network.

15. Information, Communications and Control Network.

16. Role of NERC, NAESB and Other Organizations.

17. Where Restructuring Stands.


About the Authors.

"...translates highly complex and intricate material into a straightforward narrative, making it easy for the novice or layman to grasp highly technical electrical concepts." (Design-Build Dateline, March 2005)

"Anyone wanting a broad overview about…the electric power grid in the United States will find this book very easy to read and will come away with a good general understanding..." (IEEE Electrical Insulation Magazine, January/February 2005)

"…a good book for nonelectrical engineers and electric power engineers alike as it provides a good summary of where we have been and how we got to where we are today-all in one brief reading." (IEEE Power & Energy Magazine, July/Aug 2004)

"Understanding Electric Power Systems is recommended for engineers, policymakers and students alike and can be a useful addition in the academic libraries for young researchers in electrical engineering.” (E-Streams, Vol. 7, No. 5)

"In consistently clear and simple language, without strident arguments or unrealistic projections, these authors have put together a thorough explanation (arguably the best one in print) of what the electric power supply industry is...and its relationship to the worlds of law, politics, and finance." (Electrical Apparatus, December 2003)