Prof. Ion Boldea                                               February, 2003

IEEE Fellow

University “Politehnica” of Timisoara

Timisoara, Ro-1900, Romania


Subject: New Book Review

Editor in Chief: L. L. Grigsby

Title: “The Electric Power Engineering Handbook”

Publisher: CRC Press, 1998, ISBN-0-8493-2509-9


The objective of “The Electric Power Engineering Handbook” is to provide an up to date overview on electric energy conversion, transmission, delivery and utilization, as well as an educational guide and resource both for senior and graduate students and engineers in industry.

This comprehensive treatise is divided into 15 sections to cover: generation, transformers, transmission, distribution, utilization of electric power together with modeling, analysis, planning, design, monitoring, stability analysis and control of power systems.

Written by a very representative team of specialists, every section is a tutorial with much needed information and with plenty references for in-depth individual pursuit.

The editorial board, section (chapter) editors and contributing authors have done a great job in making the Handbook not only complete in core but rather unitary in style.

The content of the book is so reach with so many up to date solutions that a welcome review can not and should not try to describe it in detail.

However, as an illustration of the caliber of the Handbook let me refer to the chapter (section) on power transformers, spanning over 268 pp.

From theory and principles, through step-voltage regulators, LTC control, load-tap changers, loading, testing, to installation, maintenance and monitoring, the power transformer is thoroughly investigated as a paramount part of contemporary power systems. It seems to me one of the best source on transformers so far.

The sections on power system protection, transients, dynamics and stability are also particularly strong.

The Handbook ends with the sections on Power Electronics and Power Quality which are particularly well placed as some of the spectacular developments are related to these issues in the near future.

In view of the above we warmly recommend this very good Handbook to engineers in industry, educators and senior and graduate students which are involved with electric energy conversion transmission and usage.