SELECTED ASPECTS OF POWER ENGINEERING AS RELATED TO THE WESTERN AREA POWER ADMINISTRATION.
AuthorSundberg, John Raynor.
KeywordsElectric power failures.
Electric power transmission.
Overhead electric lines -- Arizona.
United States. -- Western Area Power Administration.
Mead-Liberty 345 Kv Transmission Line (Ariz. and Nev.)
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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Degree ProgramGraduate College
Degree GrantorUniversity of Arizona
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