Carnegie Mellon University

Electrical and Computer Engineering

College of Engineering

Course Information

18-883A4: Special Topics in Energy Systems: Power System Expansion




This course will examine how the growth of electricity infrastructure is planned, evaluated, and sustained. Case studies will be selected from the spectrum of microgrids, rural grid extension, national reinforcement, and international tie-lines.

Students will gain an overview of the delivery processes of electrification: planning, design, construction, maintenance, and economics. They will learn about the growth of electricity demand, cost aspects of generation and network planning. They will also study the capabilities of available equipment for generation and transport.

After completing this course, students will be able to contribute to developing the rationale, finance, technical design, and operational frameworks of new and growing power systems.

In Spring 2019 this course is broadcast from the CMU-Africa campus. ECE Pittsburgh students attend classes synchronously with students in Rwanda.

Last Modified: 2021-12-06 12:54PM

Semesters offered:

  • Spring 2022
  • Spring 2021
  • Spring 2020
  • Spring 2019