In week one, Heather Cummins, Director of Business Process Improvements at Avista will give an overview of automation and the benefits of "SmartGrid" upgrades. Week two Heather covers the reliability issues related to system automation. Week three Tuan Tran, Energy Delivery Engineering Director at Seattle City Light, gives students an overview of transmission automation systems, including design schemes, SCADA, real-time flow and load shedding.
Weeks four and five Heather will cover Distribution Automation including radial overhead, design aspects, equipment, radial loop underground and communication. In week six, Tuan covers economic justification for automation. Weeks seven and eight Tuan and Heather will wrap up with distributive generation issues, demand side management, and the future of the "SmartGrid".