Reliability is a critical issue in industrial and commercial power distribution systems. Since poor reliability leads to costly power outages, understanding cost-reliability trade-offs in designing these systems is essential. To keep up with this fast changing field, the IEEE has updated its popular Gold Book standard, i.e., IEEE 493, Recommended Practice for the Design of Reliable Industrial and Commercial Power Systems.

This 689-page standard addresses the needs of consulting engineers and plant electrical engineers and technicians. The new version, updates the standard's comprehensive equipment reliability database and includes such topics as the fundamentals of evaluating power system reliability, data on the cost of power outages, and examples of reliability analysis. The revised IEEE Gold Book is available in print and PDF form.