Utility Interconnection
Electrical Distribution

Overview of Electric Distribution Systems

by Tim Taylor • Last updated 05/2021

4.6/5 (view ratings)
350 students
1 module
01:14 hours
8 assignments

Course description


In this free short course, get an introduction to electric utility distribution systems, with Tim Taylor of Electric Distribution Academy. This course enables attendees to:

  • Obtain an overview of how distribution fits with generation and transmission
  • Understand the typical characteristics of Electric Distribution
  • Know the differences between Distribution and Transmission
  • Be able to name the portions of a typical distribution feeder and describe its layout
  • Understand the basics of distribution conductors, distribution transformers, overcurrent protective devices, and switches
  • Build awareness of the present-day challenges of electric distribution systems

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Full course outline

Module 1 - Overview of Electric Distribution Systems

  • Welcome New Instructor - Watch this video first! (05:27 minutes)
  • Part 1 - Introduction to Course (10:11 minutes)
  • Part 2 - Electric Distribution Systems (20:08 minutes)
  • Part 3 - Principal Electric Distribution Equipment (13:53 minutes)
  • Part 4 - Distribution System Challenges (24:22 minutes)
  • Class Presentation Materials (.pdf)


Tim Taylor

Owner and Managing Director, Electric Distribution Academy

Mr. Taylor is Owner and 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...Learn more


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by Bob Solger, Managing Partner, Solar Design Studio 05/15/2022

Highly recommend to anyone involved in the engineering and design of solar pv and EV charging systems.

by Mohit Jaiswal 05/08/2021

I have really been looking for a course to understand the Distribution systems and finally got found this. I now believe I have a good understanding of the subject. However, I would love to do the detailed course, but as a student I can't really afford it.

by Quincy M 05/17/2022

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