Electric Power Distribution Handbook Second Edition by T. A. Short

By Thomas Allen Short
Copyright Year 2014

ISBN 9781466598652
Published May 19, 2014 by CRC Press
898 Pages 456 Color Illustrations

Book Description


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.


Table of Contents


Fundamentals of Distribution Systems

Overhead Lines

Overhead Line Performance

Underground Distribution


Voltage Regulation

Capacitor Application


Short-Circuit Protection


Voltage Sags and Momentary Interruptions

Other Power Quality Issues

Lightning Protection

Grounding and Safety

Distributed Generation





T. A. (Tom) Short is a technical executive at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). His leadership on the EPRI arc flash collaborative research has led to changes in the NESC. A technical lead on EPRI’s green circuits project, he holds an MS in electrical engineering from Montana State University. As an IEEE Working Group chair, he led the development of IEEE Std. 1410-1997, Improving the Lightning Performance of Electric Power Overhead Distribution Lines. He has also served as chair of the IEEE Schenectady Section and the Task Force on weather normalization of reliability data. Before joining EPRI, he worked for Power Technologies, Inc.

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