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How to Plan for Safe, High-Quality, and Cost-Effective Power Distribution Systems: Second Edition



# Power Distribution Planning Reference Book, Second Edition ## Introduction - What is power distribution planning and why is it important? - What are the main challenges and opportunities for power distribution planning in the 21st century? - What are the main topics covered in the book and who is the target audience? ## Power Delivery Systems - What are the key components and functions of power delivery systems? - What are the different types of power distribution system design and how do they affect reliability, performance, and economics? - What are the natural laws of power transmission and distribution and how do they influence system planning? ## Consumer Demand and Electric Load - What are the factors that affect consumer demand and electric load? - How do consumers value quality of power and how does it impact system planning? - How can load forecasting and load management help optimize system operation and planning? ## Electric Load Coincidence and Behavior - What are load curves and how do they represent load behavior and coincidence? - How can load modeling and analysis help understand load diversity, peak demand, and load factor? - How can load research and data collection help improve load estimation and planning? ## Power System Reliability - What are the causes and consequences of power outages and interruptions? - What are the reliability indices and how do they measure system performance and quality of service? - How can reliability analysis and benchmarking help evaluate system reliability and identify improvement opportunities? ## Economics and Evaluation of Cost - What are the different types of costs involved in power distribution planning and operation? - How can time value of money and discounting methods help compare costs over time? - How can variability of costs and risk analysis help account for uncertainty and risk in system planning? ## Evaluation, Prioritization, and Approval - What are the different approaches and paradigms for system planning evaluation and decision making? - How can benefit-cost ratio, incremental benefit-cost, and profit-based methods help evaluate and prioritize system alternatives? - How can regulatory, market, environmental, and social factors affect system planning approval and implementation? ## Equipment Ratings, Loading, Lifetime, and Failure - What are the capacity ratings and lifetime characteristics of distribution equipment? - How can equipment loading and thermal limits affect system performance and reliability? - How can equipment failure modes, rates, and consequences affect system operation and maintenance? ## Distribution System Layout - What are the principles and objectives of distribution system layout design? - How can voltage drop, capacity constraints, feeder configuration, transformer units, service points, protection devices, switching options, automation, communication, metering, control, monitoring, etc. affect system layout design? - How can computer aided design (CAD) tools help optimize system layout design? ## Substation Siting and System Expansion Planning - What are the factors that affect substation siting and sizing decisions? - How can substation location, capacity, configuration, voltage level, etc. affect system performance, reliability, economics, etc.? - How can system expansion planning methods help plan for future load growth, system reinforcement, interconnection, etc.? ## Conclusion - Summarize the main points of the article - Highlight the main benefits of reading the book for power distribution planners, engineers, managers, regulators, etc. - Provide some suggestions for further reading or resources on power distribution planning ## FAQs - Q: Who is the author of the book and what is his background? - A: The author of the book is H. Lee Willis. He is a senior consultant at Quanta Technology LLC. He has over 40 years of experience in power engineering research, consulting, teaching, writing, etc. He has authored or co-authored over 20 books on power engineering topics. - Q: When was the second edition of the book published and what are the main differences from the first edition? - A: The second edition of the book was published in 2004 by CRC Press. It provides more than twice the content of the original edition published in 1997. It covers new topics such as market-based planning paradigms, reliability benchmarking, risk analysis, substation siting, etc. It also updates existing topics with new examples, data, methods, etc. - Q: Where can I buy or access the book online? - A: You can buy or access the book online from various sources such as CRC Press website, Google Books, Routledge website, etc. You can also check your local library or academic institution for availability. - Q: How can I contact the author or provide feedback on the book? - A: You can contact the author or provide feedback on the book by emailing him at hwillis@quanta-technology.com. You can also visit his website at http://www.hleewillis.com/ for more information on his work and publications. - Q: What are some other books or resources on power distribution planning that I can read or refer to? - A: Some other books or resources on power distribution planning that you can read or refer to are: - Electric Power Distribution Engineering, Third Edition by Turan Gonen - Electric Power Distribution Handbook, Second Edition by Thomas Allen Short - Electric Power Distribution System Engineering, Second Edition by Turan Gonen - Power Distribution System Reliability: Practical Methods and Applications by Ali Chowdhury and Don Koval - IEEE Guide for Electric Power Distribution Reliability Indices (IEEE Std 1366-2012) - IEEE Recommended Practice for Electric Power Distribution for Industrial Plants (IEEE Std 141-1993)




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