2nd Edition

Electric Power Distribution Reliability

By Richard E. Brown Copyright 2009
    504 Pages 180 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Due to its high impact on the cost of electricity and its direct correlation with customer satisfaction, distribution reliability continues to be one of the most important topics in the electric power industry. Continuing in the unique tradition of the bestselling first edition, Electric Power Distribution Reliability, Second Edition consolidates all pertinent topics on electric power distribution into one comprehensive volume balancing theory, practical knowledge, and real world applications.

    Updated and expanded with new information on benchmarking, system hardening, underground conversion, and aging infrastructure, this timely reference enables you to—

    ·         Manage aging infrastructure

    ·         Harden electric power distribution systems

    ·         Avoid common benchmarking pitfalls

    ·         Apply effective risk management

    The electric power industry will continue to make distribution system reliability and customer-level reliability a top priority. Presenting a wealth of useful knowledge, Electric Power Distribution Reliability, Second Edition remains the only book that is completely dedicated to this important topic.

    DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS                                                                              
    Generation, Transmission, and Distribution                                                                   
    Distribution Substations                                                                                                   
    Primary Distribution Systems                                                                                           
    Secondary Distribution Systems                                                                                      
    Load Characteristics                                                                                                           
    Distribution Operations                                                                                                                                                     
    RELIABILITY METRICS AND INDICES                                                                      
    Power Quality, Reliability, and Availability                                                                    
    Reliability Indices                                                                                                               
    Customer Cost of Reliability                                                                                             
    Reliability Targets
    History of Reliability Indices                                                                                            
    INTERRUPTION CAUSES                                                                                               
    Equipment Failures                                                                                                             
    Severe Weather                                                                                                                   
    Human Factors    
    Most Common Causes                                                                                                       
    COMPONENT MODELING                                                                                                                                             
    Component Reliability Parameters                                                                                   
    Failure Rates and Bathtub Curves                                                                                   
    Probability Distribution Functions                                                                                  
    Fitting Curves to Measured Data                                                                                     
    Component Reliability Data                                                                                              
    SYSTEM MODELING                                                                                                                                                       
    System Events and System States                                                                                   
    Event Independence                                                                                                          
    Network Modeling                                                                                                              
    Markov Modeling                                                                                                               
    Analytical Simulation for Radial Systems                                                                       
    Analytical Simulation for Network Systems                                                                   
    Monte Carlo Simulation                                                                                                     
    Other Methodologies                                                                                                         
    SYSTEM ANALYSIS                                                                                                                                                        
    Model Reduction
    System Calibration                                                                                                              
    System Analysis 
    Improving Reliability                                                                                                          
    Storm Hardening 
    Conversion of Overhead to Underground                                                                      
    Economic Analysis                                                                                                             
    Marginal Benefit-to-Cost Analysis                                                                                  
    Comprehensive Example                                                                                                    
    SYSTEM OPTIMIZATION                                                                                                                                              
    Overview of Optimization                                                                                                  
    Discrete Optimization Methods                                                                                        
    Knowledge-Based Systems                                                                                              
    Optimization Applications                                                                                                 
    Final Thoughts on Optimization                                                                                       
    Study Questions 
    AGING INFRASTRUCTURE                                                                                                                                           
    Equipment Aging
    Equipment Age Profiles                                                                                                     
    Population Aging Behavior                                                                                              
    Age and Increasing Failure Rates                                                                                    
    Inspection, Repair, and Replacement                                                                              
    State of the Industry                                                                                                          
    Final Thoughts    


    Thomas E. Brown, Lee H. Willis

    Praise for the first edition
    … This is altogether a highly recommendable volume … anybody lecturing on power-system reliability or on distribution systems should read it.”
    — International Journal of Electrical Engineering Education