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Systems Failure Anatomy of a Blackout Part 2

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This course gives a detailed description of the electrical system blackout of August 14th, 2003. Being one of the largest blackouts in US history, it affected more than 50 million people in the eastern United States territory. This is the second part of a two part series and covers the spread of the blackout throughout the Eastern Interconnect and then how and why it ultimately stopped.

After taking this course, one will be able to explain and understand the scope of the blackout, the significance of the Eastlake 5 loss, the impact of First Energy’s transmission collapse, the causes that lead to the major 345 kV transmission trips, the Michigan system separation, the impact of the reversed power flow between Michigan and Ontario, the UFLS systems, how Quebec survived the outage, the impact of vegetation re-clearing, and the impact of a loss of situational awareness.

At the end of this course, there is a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty (20) questions from Chapters 4-5 of the NAERC Technical Analysis of the August 14, 2003, Blackout, to earn 4-PDH for accreditation.


Aug 28, 2020


Electrical Engineering , Electrician





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