Electrical Grid Ops Faculty

Electrical Grid Operations Faculty

This course provides an overview of the national and northwest-regional Electric Power Grid authorities and the corresponding impact of governing agencies on the T&D industry.  Adjunct faculty with extensive experience in system operations worked with Gonzaga University faculty to create the course curriculum. 

The course begins with an explanation of the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) and the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) by a T&D supervising engineer currently working at a public utility. Understanding these governing agencies and how they operate is critical to successful planning for T&D engineers in the United States.

An electrical engineer with Bonneville Power Administration created the next section of the course which reviews WECC policies and guidelines. Students will learn about historical power outages and how the nation’s power grid is designed to avoid these devastating occurrences. 

Finally, a planning engineer with more than 20 years experience in the power industry has created several presentations which allow students to review actual system disturbances and analyze powerflow case studies.  Students will learn how to run sample cases and determine system risks.  By looking back at past system failures, and the resulting regulatory changes in the utility engineering field, students will gain valuable tools in an ever-changing industry.