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Electrical Distribution

Overview of Electric Distribution Systems

by Tim Taylor • Last updated 05/2021

4.7/5 (view ratings)
576 students
1 module
1:08 hours
7 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

  • 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

Tim is Owner and Managing Director of Electric Distribution Academy and has over 30 years of experience in distribution system engineering. He’s led and participated in many projects with many North American utilities and has also worked in Europe and Latin American. In addition to papers, articles, and conference presentations, he has served as an instructor for... Learn more


111 reviews

576 students have taken this course

by Steve Pope 12/20/2022

Great introduction to Electrical Distribution Systems. Felt that the material was easy to understand and helped provide a solid foundation on which to build.

by Youcef Mortadji 12/17/2022

Very good

by Oluwademilade Ogunwo 12/03/2022

I found this course to have valuable content on the electricity distribution system. The instructor is quite knowledgeable which reflects in how well the material in the course is explained.

by Dan Lewis, GenPro Energy 10/27/2022

by Victor Adenugba 09/07/2022

It was really an insightful lecture. It explains the fundamentals of electricity distribution system

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