Halpin, S. Mark

Committee Member

King, Roger L.

Committee Member

Grzybowski, Stanislaw

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science


Historically, transmission transfer capability between transmission systems was typically assumed based on the thermal limits of specific transmission paths. Because electric transmission systems are becoming more and more heavily loaded, accurately evaluating transfer capability between transmission systems and maintaining minimum levels of transfer capability has become increasingly important. This Thesis evaluates the transfer capability needs and limitations of a specific small electric utility. Identified are various analysis tools and evaluation methods used to determine transfer capability. Two specific evaluation methods are analyzed and compared to determine the best method of determining transfer capability. Various solutions, including upgrading existing or installing new transmission interconnections, are identified and evaluated to determine the best overall solution to achieve and maintain the utility?s desired transfer capability level.