Complete List of References
for the Power P.E. Exam

by Justin Kauwale, P.E.

Complete List of the Must Have References for the Power PE Exam

Please see the below link to the google spreadsheet. You can also read below about a majority of the different references. If you have any suggestions or questions on the list, please email Justin at

Link: Engineering Pro Guides Google Spreadsheet of the Complete List of References for the PE Exam

NFPA 70, NEC Handbook 2014 Edition

The NFPA 70, also known as the National Electrical Code, is a must have for the Power PE Exam. There are several questions that require material directly from this book in order to solve correctly. NCEES currently requires the 2014 edition of the code book. There is a cheaper code version only, but for exam purposes it is recommended that you get the handbook which contains additional explanations and guidance on how to use the book.

Topics Covered: Codes & Standards
Link: NEC Handbook 2014 Edition

2017 National Electric Safety Code© (NESC©)

There are two main products published by the NESC and they include the actual code and a handbook that provides a walkthrough on how to apply the NESC in practice. Although the handbook is more descriptive and provides figures and diagrams to better explain the code, the actual code is more useful for electric utility engineers. For the exam, you need the code and you should have a general idea of what is in this code and when it is applied. A link is provided below for your use to provide more background information on the code.

Topics Covered: Codes & Standards
Link: 2017 National Electrical Safety Code (NESC)

Engineering Unit Conversions Book

This book is useful while studying for the exam, because it helps to speed up your problem solving. But there are not as many units to convert between in Power Engineering. You most likely will not need this book. This book is only shown on here for completeness, since other people have recommended this book.

Topics Covered: None
Link: Engineering Unit Conversions Book

Schaum's Outline of Basic Electricity

This book is great as a refresher to electrical engineering 101 and is succinct such that you can use it as a resource during the exam, in the event you need to look up a formula. However, if you are comfortable with circuits and devices then you should not need this book. You can also find most of this information online.

Topics Covered: Circuit Analysis and Devices and Power Electronic Circuits
Link: Schaum's Outline of Basic Electricity

Schaum's Outline of Electrical Power Systems

This book covers the transmission and distribution topic along with the power flow topics. You will need another resource for the parallel generators, parallel transformers, protection and grounding.

Topics Covered: Transmission & Distribution and Power System Performance
Link: Schaum's Outline of Electrical Power Systems

Electrical Machines, Drives and Power Systems

This book covers generators, motors and transformers. It also provides more information on three phase circuits, power and very good information on equivalent circuits for the previously mentioned equipment. Finally the book also covers Devices and Power Electronics since these items are used heavily in drives and controls for machines.

Topics Covered: Rotating Machines, Devices and Power Electronic Circuits and Electromagnetic Devices
Link: Electrical Machines, Drives and Power Systems (6th Edition)

Power System Analysis

This book is similar to the previous book in that it covers some transformers and machines, but not in as much detail as the previous book. This book covers the various types of transmission lines and also includes protection topics like symmetrical and unsymmetrical faults. Finally, the book covers power flow which is under the topic of Power System Performance.

Topics Covered: Transmission & Distribution, Protection and Power System Performance
Link: Power System Analysis

Online Articles

If you have all the above references, then you should have all the information required to complete all the topics except for Measurement and Instrumentation and Special Applications. In order to get references for these last two topics, you need the following online articles and IEEE books, which is covered in the next section.

Topics Covered: Instrument Transformers

Link: GE Instrument TransformersBasic Technical Information and Application

Topics Covered: Wattmeters

Link: 3 Phase 2 Wattmeter Power Measurements

Topics Covered: VOM Metering aka Digital Multi Meters (DMM)

Link: Fluke DMM ABCS

Topics Covered: Insulation Testing

Link: Instrumart Megger Insulation Tester

Topics Covered: Ground Resistance Testing

Link: Fluke Ground Resistance Measurement

Topics Covered: Reliability

Link: Bus Arrangements

IEEE Color Books

The IEEE Color Books contain a lot of information that is used in nearly all of the recommended references. There are 13 volumes and each book is given a color. For the purposes of the exam you should only get the Green Book.

Topics Covered: Ground Resistance Testing and Lightning/Surge Protection

Link: Green Book™— IEEE STD 142™-2007, Recommended Practice for Grounding of Industrial and Commercial Power Systems

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