A Virtual Tour of Electric Utility Distribution Equipment


Learn to recognize and understand basic utility distribution equipment and how it works

Instructor: Tim Taylor

Subjects: Solar: Solar Utility Interconnection, Utilities: Electrical Distribution

Length: 8 modules

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345 students have taken this course



This is an introductory level course in utility distribution systems equipment. Students are not required to have any prior utility power system knowledge, and no math is required. It is primarily targeted at those who are new to working with electric power utilities. The course includes discussion of 28 types of utility distribution systems equipment/facilities, including photos and diagrams. The course requires approximately four hours to complete, and assignments include videos, lectures and quizzes to reinforce comprehension.

In this course students will gain an understanding of the following:

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Detailed overview level explanations of electrical distribution structure and typical equipment, appropriate for viewers with some previous knowledge. Good pace of presenting the materials, as well as good images and supporting material.

- Jekabs Hayes - Solar Design Engineer, Pure Power Engineering

This is a quick and easy course that provides a lot of useful visual information. Good stepping stone to understand the current grid.

- Tim Ohno - Advisor, Colorado School of Mines

I found this material very interesting.

- Jack Ailey - Co-president, Ailey Solar Electric

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Tim Taylor

Electric Distribution Academy

Mr. Taylor is the Managing Director of Electric Distribution Academy, and has over 30 years of experience in electric distribution planning, design, operations, and asset management. He also has experience in business development and technical sales support in ADMS, asset management systems, and overcurrent protection products. Mr. Taylor has led and participated in...[more]

Course Outline

A Virtual Tour of Electrical Distribution Equipment

  • Welcome & Introductions (Text)
  • Introduction - Learning Objectives and Assignments (Video - 04:42 minutes)
  • Course Presentation Materials (Download .pdf)
  • Distribution Feeder Diagram (Download .pdf)
  • Safety Tips - Downed Power Lines (Resource)
  • Two-Minute Overview of Course (Video - 02:16 minutes)
Module 1 - Generation Transmission Overview

  • Generation Transmission (Video - 23:44 minutes)
  • Transmission Switching (Resource)
  • Generation Transmission (Quiz)
Module 2 - Basic Distribution System Concepts

  • Basic Distribution System Concepts (Video - 25:35 minutes)
  • Short-Circuit Faults on Distribution (Resource)
Module 3 - Substation and Basic Equipment

  • Substation and Basic Equipment (Video - 34:48 minutes)
  • Distribution Concepts and Substations (Quiz)
Module 4 - Feeder Main / Backbone

  • Feeder Main / Backbone (Video - 35:34 minutes)
  • Three Phase Equipment (Quiz)
Module 5 - Underground Equipment

  • Underground Equipment (Video - 15:33 minutes)
  • Replacing a Pad Mounted Residential Transformer (Resource)
  • Underground Equipment (Quiz)
Module 6 - Single-Phase Overhead and Secondary Service Equipment

  • Single-Phase Overhead and Secondary Service Equipment (Video - 17:33 minutes)
  • Changing a Line Fuse (Resource)
  • Distribution Systems Review - A Different Perspective (Resource)
  • Single Phase Overhead and Service Entrance (Quiz)
Module 7 - Overview of Distributed Energy Resources on Distribution Systems

  • Watch: Distributed Energy Resources on Distribution Systems (Video - 30:15 minutes)
  • Module 7 Presentation Materials (Download .pdf)

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