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DOE, BPA and WSU Prep Power Engineers for Smart Grid

BPA recently partnered with Washington State University and the Northwest Workforce Training Center for Electric Power Engineering to develop a series of videos that will be used in new training courses for power engineers as part of a sponsored nationwide smart grid workforce training project sponsored by the Department of Energy.

The videos look at three common high-voltage transmission phenomena: corona, electrostatic induction and conductor or power line sag.

"These videos give engineers, students and anyone curious about power distribution a nearly exclusive look at our extraordinary lab and the dynamics of high-voltage transmission," says electrical engineer Jeff Hildreth. The tests were conducted at BPA's High Voltage Lab and Mechanical Lab at the Ross Complex in Vancouver, Wash.

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