Of the "big three" components of electrical infrastructure, distribution typically gets the least attention. In fact, a thorough, up-to-date treatment of the subject hasn’t been published in years, yet deregulation and technical changes have increased the need for better information. Filling this void, the Electric Power Distribution Handbook delivers comprehensive, cutting-edge coverage of the electrical aspects of power distribution systems. The first few chapters of this pragmatic guidebook focus on equipment-oriented information and applications such as choosing transformer connections, sizing and placing capacitors, and setting regulators. The middle portion discusses reliability and power quality, while the end tackles lightning protection, grounding, and safety.

The Second Edition of this CHOICE Award winner features:

  • 1 new chapter on overhead line performance and 14 fully revised chapters incorporating updates from several EPRI projects
  • New sections on voltage optimization, arc flash, and contact voltage
  • Full-color illustrations throughout, plus fresh bibliographic references, tables, graphs, methods, and statistics
  • Updates on conductor burndown, fault location, reliability programs, tree contacts, automation, and grounding and personnel protection
  • Access to an author-maintained support website, distributionhandbook.com, with problems sets, resources, and online apps

An unparalleled source of tips and solutions for improving performance, the Electric Power Distribution Handbook, Second Edition provides power and utility engineers with the technical information and practical tools they need to understand the applied science of distribution.

chapter 1|31 pages

Fundamentals of Distribution Systems

chapter 2|58 pages

Overhead Lines

chapter 3|46 pages

Overhead Line Performance

chapter 4|65 pages

Underground Distribution

chapter 5|68 pages


chapter 6|48 pages

Voltage Regulation

chapter 7|48 pages

Capacitor Application

chapter 8|58 pages


chapter 9|65 pages

Short-Circuit Protection

chapter 10|66 pages


chapter 11|55 pages

Voltage Sags and Momentary Interruptions

chapter 12|45 pages

Other Power Quality Issues

chapter 13|66 pages

Lightning Protection

chapter 14|71 pages

Grounding and Safety

chapter 15|54 pages

Distributed Generation