Electrical Engineering 137B — Introduction to Electric Power Systems (4 Units)

Course Overview


This course shifts focus from large scale transmission networks towards the analysis of distribution networks. The class covers a wide array of renewable energy generation technologies. After taking this course one understand the challenges and advantages of integrating renewable resources into the legacy grid.


  • EE137A or equivalent knowledge of power systems

Topics Covered

  • Distribution system operation
  • Voltage regulation
  • Protection
  • Load modeling
  • Power Electronics and High Voltage DC lines
  • PV cells and modules
  • PV systems
  • Solar resource
  • Solar thermal power
  • Wind power
  • Energy storage
  • Demand response
  • Sensing and monitoring distribution systems
  • State estimation and distribution automation
  • Interconnection of Distributed Energy Resource / microgrids


Course Work

  • Weekly problem sets and quizzes
  • 1 Midterm

Time Commitment

3 hours of lecture, 1 hour of discussion, 3-5 hours on weekly problem sets, but exams (Midterm and Final) can be challenging.

Choosing the Course

When to take

After EE137A, junior year. Note: this course is only offered in the spring

What's next?

If interested in smart grid control and automation, graduate level controls classes. If interested in the hardware that interfaces renewable generation with the grid, EE113.

Usefulness for Research or Internships

Similarly to EE137A, for research in power systems and smart grid technology. Very useful for internships and utilities such as PG&E or CAISO

Additional Comments/Tips

Last Updated: Spring 2017