The electric power industry is experiencing significant changes in protection, control, monitoring, recording and energy management. The requirements for improved efficiency in all phases of engineering, maintenance, and operation are examined. The demand for reliability has placed emphasis on service restoration and has highlighted the need for a more precise exercise of the art and science of protection & control both for local as well as the more complex schemes protecting the integrity of the interconnected grid.
Transformation journey in substation integration encompassing the components of new technology for a major power company in North America which has resulted in the implementation of tomorrow’s technology today will be presented and discussed.
New system solutions need to be introduced and deployed carefully to ensure good value to the user, effective deployment of technology, and reduced risk of stranded assets. The presentation focuses on the deployment of most advanced technologies associated with integrated substations, System Integrity Protection Schemes (SIPS) for disaster recovery environment, and the synchrophasor solution in electric power utilities. The steps include establishing requirements and specifications, implementing a real-time proof-of-concept (POC) performance validation center, and full deployment including end-to-end testing. Establishing such a facility is essential for successful deployment of production-grade advanced technologies in the field and at the enterprise level, and is indispensable in paving the path for effective and accelerated rollout of business cases.
A production grade synchrophasor system design and architecture need to satisfy a number of key requirements including cyber security, low-latency, large data throughput (bandwidth), high availability and reliability, and maintainability. Also, consistency amongst all measurements (including measurements during dynamic conditions) and interoperability among devices used are critical for the functions deployed in a wide area system. Accordingly, ensuring accuracy of measurement devices and conformance to requirements is paramount for a well-functioning and sustainable system. Leveraging relationships and partnerships will also be reviewed.
Next steps toward deployment for response based Wide-Area systems and matrices will be discussed.
Vahid Madani, Ph.D., P.E, Fellow IEEE – is a technology leader for advanced power systems applications at PG&E (Pacific Gas and Electric), headquartered in San Francisco, California. His most recent assignments are associated with grid modernization, reactive compensation, advanced control technology, Integration of Protection & Automation for T & D, wide-area advanced warning systems in disaster recovery environment, and deployment of emerging technology including Synchrophasor systems and Geomagnetic disturbance resiliency.
Dr. Madani is actively involved in leading the electric utility industry on technology, reliability, and development of industry standards for use in large scale production grade smart grid systems. He has been a business and technical leader in charge of developing process and roadmaps for several large scale projects.
Mr. Madani received his Ph.D. from Mississippi State University in Power systems with specialty in advanced warning systems for transmission systems. He also has a doctoral diploma from University of Washington, Seattle, in Smart Grid technology for distribution systems.
A contributor to the academic and tutorial engineering programs, hallmarks include immediate past chair of Reliability and Remedial Action Schemes Committee at WECC (Western Electricity Coordinating Council), active IEEE, IREP, and CIGRE member, Chair of the IEEE PES Fellows Committee, and Chair of Power System Relaying Committee (PSRC) Working Groups, and Chair of the Performance Standards for Synchrophasor at NASPI. He is the recipient of the 2013 IEEE Transactions Prize Paper Award, and has been recognized by Intelligent Utility magazine for leadership and benchmark achievements and contributions in technology advancements in large investor-owned electric utilities industry.
Vahid is a registered Electrical Engineer in California, USA.