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4 Credits
Available Fall

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ENGR 202
and ME 311


Robin Feuerbacher
105A Cascades Hall
OSU-Cascades, Bend, OR

Course Description

Detailed coverage of the electrical energy distribution system, its operation, control and design. Design considerations and impacts to meet emerging and evolving customer needs. Broader understanding of natural gas and oil pipeline distribution for these infrastructure commodities.


  • Distribution systems (operation, control and economics in detail; supplementary information about forecasting, fault handling, and design techniques; and analysis of voltage regulation equipment, distributed generators and system capacity)
  • Transmission system (covered in detail for understanding of how economics play a vital role in the energy market sector; and forecasting, operation, control, and redundancy)
  • Generators (analysis and impacts on the operation of the distribution system)
  • Natural gas and oil pipelines (investigated and discussed to understand the similarities and differences to that of the bulk electricity market; infrastructure needs; and pros and cons associated with the widespread use by consumers)
  • Smart grid (current trends to improve the efficiency and operation of existing resources: smart meters, charging stations, LED lighting, and various SCADA upgrades; demand response; and home area network automation)
  • Additional topics (how other countries approach electrical system design, including Germany, to understand the differences as well as to compare and contrast insights for renewable generation adoption.


Learning Outcomes

  1. Compare and contrast the current US electrical system and the smart grid in terms of transmission, distribution, and control.
  2. Analyze the relationships between grid components and power quality, reliability, capacity, and conservation for traditional and alternative sources.
  3. Create and apply economic models for designing feasible distribution strategies.
  4. Develop, measure, and evaluate load control strategies (for a mix of technologies) including management of peak loads and application of new technologies (e.g. smart meters, charging systems, etc.).
  5. Give examples that illustrate the relationships between pricing, distributed generation, and system investment at the transmission and distribution levels.
  6. Review different distribution technologies in terms of economics, efficiency, reliability, emissions, and permitting requirements.