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Where can I find information on the US electric power system?

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Web Resources

Night view seven hours after blackout began.

Image courtesy of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration. Click image to enlarge.

Night view of Northeastern US and southern Canada showing concentrations of light seven hours after the beginning of the August 14, 2003, blackout.

View image 20 hours before power blackout.

Further Reading

Amy Abel and Larry Parker. Electricity: the Road to Restructuring (CRS Issue Brief for Congress) Updated August 12, 2003. 19 p. [PDF Format: 392 KB/ 19 p.]

Amy Abel. Government Activities To Protect the Electric Grid External Link (CRS Report for Congress) October 20, 2004. 6 p. [PDF Format: 40 KB/ 6 p.]

Stoft, Steven. Power system economics : designing markets for electricity. Piscataway, NJ : IEEE Press ; New York : Wiley-Interscience, 2002. 468 p.    Catalog record

Jamison, Mark A. Industry structure and pricing : the new rivalry in infrastructure. Boston : Kluwer Academic, c2000. 207 p.    Catalog record

IEEE journals include many articles relating to electric power systems, including the following:

Search the Library of Congress catalog for more resources

The following linked subject headings display entries from the Library of Congress Online Catalog that appear under the heading. The subject headings listed below are just a sample of the subject headings available on this topic. Additional works in the Library of Congress may be identified by searching the Online Catalog. Please be aware that during periods of heavy use you may encounter delays in accessing the catalog.

Electric power substation with power lines Photograph by Theodor Horydczak
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Reproduction for commercial use may be restricted.

Electric power substation with power lines.


Subscription Databases

Subscription databases covering resources in business, economics and industry are available to researchers onsite at the Library of Congress. Included in these resources is Standard and Poor's NetAdvantage, which includes the full text of the "Electric Utilities Industry Survey."

Other Major Power Outages Industry Organizations

  • Electric Power Research Institute External Link

    EPRI is a non-profit energy research consortium which conducts research for the electric power industry.

  • North American Electric Reliability Council External Link (NERC)

  • NERC is a not-for-profit corporation comprised of members from major segments of the electric industry including investor-owned utilities; federal power agencies; rural electric cooperatives; state, municipal and provincial utilities; independent power producers; power marketers; and end-use customers. NERC sets and monitors compliance with standards for the "the reliable operation and planning of the bulk electric system."
Government Resources
  • Energy Information Administration (U.S. Dept. of Energy)
  • Includes information and statistics related to electricity supply, demand, prices, future trends and details on generation facilities.
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
  • FERC is an independent regulatory agency overseeing the interstate transmission of natural gas, oil, and electricity, licenses and inspects private, municipal, and state hydroelectric projects; oversees environmental matters related to natural gas and hydroelectricity projects and major electricity policy initiatives; and administers accounting and financial reporting regulations and conduct of regulated companies.
  • Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
  • "The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) accelerates development and facilitates deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and market-based solutions that strengthen U.S. energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality."--website.
  • THOMAS:Legislative Information on the Internet
  • Search THOMAS for federal legislative information by bill number, Public Law number, subject, committee, or report number.

We wish to acknowledge the usefulness of the resources cited in Gary Price's The Resource Shelf (August 15, 2003) in preparing this guide.

Last updated: 10/28/2015

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