Knowledge Base

Interactive Tutorial

This tutorial features a fictitious power system the size of a medium-sized city. The simulations explore several facets of power system planning and operations, including:

  • addition or removal of transmission facilities
  • addition, de-rating, or removal of generating resources
  • demand response and use of customer-owned generation, such as rooftop solar
  • physical or cyber attack on a substation

Download the tutorial materials (zip), including presentation, a power flow case, one-line diagrams, and auxiliary files. Extract the files in a single directory and open the presentation (InteractiveSimulations.pdf) for detailed instructions.

Download a video demonstration of the tutorial from the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC).


This material is based upon work supported by the Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory, under Award Number DE-OE0000316.


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December 3, 2014