Deploying Distribution Automation at Electric Cooperatives

 

Sunday, March 10, 2019

8:00 AM – NOON

Instructors:

  • Jim Weikert, Lead Utility Automation Consultant, Power System Engineering, Inc.
  • Ken Cooper, Sr. Utility Automation Consultant, Power System Engineering, Inc.

Registration fee $350, Limit 50 participants

This course reviews the practical aspects of implementing distribution automation (DA) programs for improving reliability and saving money through automated switching, demand based voltage reduction and other programs. Utilities can often use existing systems to improve reliability by better integrating their systems and sharing information more effectively.  The course will cover the following:

  • GIS Preparation for DA:  We will start with a review of a project undertaken by a group of utilities who had been developing GIS as electronic map books and desired to use their GIS as a source for an OMS & DA.  We will describe the process we used and the results for several different utilities.  We will review the different levels of readiness that the utilities were at and talk in detail about the baseline which was developed.
  • Restoration: We will discuss the practical steps of automating fault detection, isolation and restoration (FDIR). We will start with practical steps being used to bring fault data back and locate faults better using AMI, SCADA and OMS. We will cover practical considerations around safety, communications and load monitoring for FDIR as well. 
  • Volt/VAR Optimization: The course will also cover the important considerations of Conservation Voltage Reduction (CVR) including evaluating feeder voltage profiles and integrating DA with AMI to use end-of-line voltage for real time control.
  • Distributed Energy Resources:  The industry is changing rapidly in developing standards for monitoring and controlling DER.  The course will discuss the challenges that DER creates for traditional DA programs.  It will also talk about how utilities are looking to perform monitoring and control to mitigate those challenges as well as bring about additional benefits.
  • Communications for DA: Finally the course will cover the critical impact that communications has on the effectiveness of DA and discuss how to design your communication system to support effective DA programs.
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