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System Failure Anatomy of a Blackout : Part I Conditions Leading to the Blackout

Lee Layton, PE

This four-hour course is a detailed account of the August 14, 2003 electric system blackout that affected over 50 million people in the Eastern United States - one of the largest blackouts in American history. This course is part one of a two part series about the blackout. Part one covers the conditions leading up to the point where the system started cascading into a blackout. To help understand the confusion that occurred on August 14th, the course includes actual transcripts of conversations between control centers and between the control centers and generating facilities.

This course includes a multiple choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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