System Failure- Anatomy of a Blackout - Part I

Course Number: E-4017
Credit: 4 PDH
Subject Matter Expert: Lee Layton, P.E.
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Overview

In System Failure- Anatomy of a Blackout - Part I, you'll learn ...

  • The ability to explain the conditions prior to the blackout
  • The ability to identify key players involved in the blackout
  • The operational failures of First Energy
  • The operational issues of MISO that contributed to the outage

Overview

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Credit: 4 PDH

Length: 46 pages

This four-hour course is a detailed account of the August 14, 2003 electric system blackout that affected over 50 million people in the Eastern United States - one of the largest blackouts in American history. This course is part one of a two part series about the blackout. Part one covers the conditions leading up to the point where the system started cascading into a blackout. To help understand the confusion that occurred on August 14th, the course includes actual transcripts of conversations between control centers and generating facilities.

Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • The ability to explain the conditions prior to the blackout
  • The ability to identify key players involved in the blackout
  • The operational failures of First Energy
  • The operational issues of MISO that contributed to the outage
  • The vegetation issues that affected system reliability
  • How computer failures played a part in the blackout
  • The impact of operators losing situational awareness
  • How generator outages affected system reliability
  • How a TLR works
  • The importance of an N-1 condition
  • The time frame of power flows leading up to the blackout
  • The function of a state estimator

Certificate of Completion

You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a multiple-choice quiz consisting of 25 questions. PDH credits are not awarded until the course is completed and quiz is passed.

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