November 1, 2011, 8 a.m-5 p.m.


Dr. Yuan Liao, associate professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Kentucky

Course Location

453F F. Paul Anderson Tower
University of  Kentucky Campus
Lexington, KY 40506

Course fee: $250 including breaks, lunch, and course materials.

Registration is closed!

The goal is to provide an overview for professionals who need a basic understanding, as well as those seeking a foundation for deeper exploration of smart grid technology. This class begins with an introduction to the basics of power transmission and distribution systems, focusing on smart grids. Attendees will gain an understanding of the key enabling technologies including SCADA, PMU, wide area monitoring and protection, and distribution system technologies such as smart metering, integrated voltage and var optimization. Topics will also include power market structure, real time pricing, and the economic aspects of power systems. No previous knowledge of power systems is required.

Learning Objectives

  • smart grid technologies
  • basics of transmission and distribution
  • key smart grid transmission technologies
  • key smart grid distribution technologies
  • smart grid deployment issues


  • smart grid
  • power transmission and distribution systems
  • supervisory control, data acquisition, network management systems
  • PMU, wide area monitoring, protection, control
  • dynamic line thermal rating
  • power market – structure, real time pricing
  • smart metering
  • integrated voltage regulation and reactive power optimization

Who should attend?

This course will be of interest to utility personnel and regulators, as well as university students and faculty – any person who wants to learn more about smart grids.

Earn PDH and CEU

Attendees will earn 7 Professional Development Hours (PDH) for participating in this course.  Upon request attendees can earn .75 Continuing Education Units (CEU).

Cancellation and Substitution Policy

If you cannot attend after registering, you may designate a substitute attendee. A full refund will be provided for cancellations received by October 15th. Cancellations after this date will be subject to a $50 administration fee.

Location and Parking

On campus parking for attendees will be provided in Parking Structure #5 free of charge. Directions and other information will be provided to registrants.


While the Institute doesn’t endorse any particular establishment, the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites, 1000 Export Ave. is actually adjacent to campus and within walking distance of the Student Center. Of course there are numerous accommodations available in Lexington and any located in downtown Lexington are also close to the university.

About the instructor

Dr. Yuan Liao, currently an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Kentucky, is also the associate director for the graduate program of the Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky. Dr. Liao obtained his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Texas A& M University, College Station, Texas in 2000. Before joining the university in 2005 he was employed by the Corporate Research Center of ABB Inc., Raleigh, North Carolina where he worked first as a consulting R&D engineer and then as principal consulting R&D engineer. His research interests focus on the various aspects of power systems.