ECE 477
Power System Operation & Control

Official Description Studies economic operation of power systems, system protection, power system stability, dynamics and control of power systems, high voltage DC transmission, load flow interface, and digital simulation. Course Information: Prerequisite: ECE 476.
Course Prerequisites
Course Directors Thomas J Overbye
Detailed Description and Outline

The main course goal is to provide students with an overview of the engineering and economic matters involved in designing, operating and controlling the power generation and transmission of a large scale, interconnected power system. At the conclusion of the course students should be able to design proto-types of the computer algorithms used for power system operation and control.


  • Optimization applications in power systems
  • Economic dispatch and optimal power flow
  • Unit commitment and energy interchange
  • Generation control
  • State estimation
  • Static security assessment
  • Dynamic performance analysis and simulation
  • Voltage stability
  • Electricity markets
Computer Usage
The student is expected to write a number of programs to solve the assignments.
Topical Prerequisities
  • Basic understanding of power systems
  • Matrix algebra
  • Laplace transforms
  • Computer programming experience
A. J. Wood and B. D. Wollenberger, Power Generation, Operation, and Control, 2nd ed., New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1996.
ABET Category
Engineering Science: 1 credit or 33%
Engineering Design: 2 credits or 67%
Last updated: 2/13/2013