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Synchrophasor Deployment A North American Perspective

Date: Wednesday, May 26                              Time:

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Name of the organizer: Jeff Dagle, Chief Electrical Engineer


Organisation: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA

Short biography of the chair: Jeff Dagle is an electrical engineer at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for over 31 years, and has been leading the North American SynchroPhasor Initiative (NASPI) since it’s inception in 2006 on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy.

Abstract: Since 2006 the North American SynchroPhasor Initiative (NASPI), with support from the U.S. Department of Energy and the Electric Power Research Institute, has been promoting the deployment and utilization of synchrophasor technology. NASPI has grown into a community of experts working to advance the implementation of networked phasor measurement devices. This panel is comprised of the leadership of the five technical task teams that comprise NASPI.

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Panelist 1:

Name: Jim O’Brien

Organisation: Duke Energy, USA

Short biography: Jim O’Brien is an electrical engineer at Duke Energy for 45 years in the area of Protection and Control and has been active the North American SynchroPhasor Initiative (NASPI) since 2014 as a co-lead of the Performance Requirements, Standards & Verification Task Team.

Title of presentation: The NASPI Performance Requirements, Standards & Verification Task Team

Abstract: The NASPI Performance Requirements, Standards & Verification Task Team (PRSVTT) is a group of professionals from utilities, academia, manufacturers and government. Our aim is to help the adoption of phasor measurement technology through standardization. We provide a forum for discussing, developing and monitoring requirements. We identify areas where synchrophasor technology would benefit from guidelines and standards. We coordinate the development of these guidelines with other NASPI task teams and, as appropriate, migrate those guides to IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Working Groups.

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Panelist 2:

Name: Matthew Rhodes

Organisation: Salt River Project, USA

Short biography: Matthew Rhodes is a principal electrical engineer at the Salt River Project, an agency of the state of Arizona that serves as an electrical utility for the Phoenix metropolitan area. Matt joined SRP in 2007, and has a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Arizona State University. Matt currently serves as the co-lead for the NASPI Data & Network Management Task Team.

Title of presentation: The NASPI Data & Network Management Task Team

Abstract: The mission of the NASPI Data & Network Management Task Team (DNMTT) is to provide guidance for synchrophasor data networking, archiving and access issues and to review new archiving and networking technologies for the best fit to synchrophasor application realization.

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Panelist 3:

Name: Alexandra “Sascha” von Meier

Organisation: University of California – Berkeley, USA

Short biography: Dr. Sascha von Meier is an adjunct professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley and directs electric grid research at the California Institute for Energy and Environment (CIEE). She is also a faculty scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Her research is driven by the vision of a nimble, adaptable and resilient electric power infrastructure that effectively recruits renewable resources, energy storage and demand response. She holds a B.A. in Physics and a Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley. Sascha is the author of a textbook, Electric Power Systems: A Conceptual Introduction.

Title of presentation: The NASPI Distribution Task Team

Abstract: The mission of the NASPI Distribution Task Team (DisTT) is to foster the use and capabilities of networked PMUs at the medium-voltage distribution level, beyond the substation. This group works to share information in support of effective research, development and deployment of distribution PMUs and their emerging applications. These diverse applications and use cases range from engineering analysis and planning to real-time operations, especially in the context of increasing activity and uncertainty associated with distributed energy resources. Along with sharing novel research and best practices from the field, the Task Team is interested in understanding the particular requirements that distribution system applications pose for PMU technology.

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Panelist 4:

Name: James Kleitsch

Organisation: American Transmission Company, USA

Short biography: Jim Kleitsch is a System Operations Engineer at American Transmission Co. Jim currently serves on the leadership team of the North American SynchroPhasor Initiative (NASPI) representing the Control Room Solutions Task Team. He received his electrical engineering degree from Iowa State University and has served in varying roles within the electric utility system operations arena throughout his 33 year career.

Title of presentation: The NASPI Control Room Solution Task Team

Abstract: The NASPI Control Room Solution Task Team’s (CRSTT) mission is to work collectively with other NASPI task teams to advance the use of real-time synchrophasor applications for the purpose of improving control room operations and grid reliability. The CRSTT will use its experience and regional diversity to provide advice, direction, support and guidance to NASPI stakeholders and other organizations involved in the development and implementation of real-time synchrophasor applications.

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Panelist 5:

Name: Shaun Murphy

Organisation: PJM Interconnection LLC, USA

Short biography: Dr. Shaun Murphy is a Senior Business Solutions Engineer at PJM Interconnection. PJM Interconnection is a regional transmission organization (RTO) that coordinates the movement of wholesale electricity in all or parts of Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. Dr. Murphy joined PJM in 2012, and has PhD and MS degrees in electrical engineering from Drexel University, and a BSEE from Virginia Tech. He currently serves as the co-chair of the NASPI Engineering Analysis Task Team.

Title of presentation: The NASPI Engineering Analysis Task Team

Abstract: The NASPI Engineering Analysis Task Team (EATT) facilitates the development, testing, and validation of engineering applications that use synchronized measurements systems. The EATT develops recommended practices and guidelines for PMU placement, including application-specific recommendations. In addition, the EATT regularly updates the broader NASPI community and relevant industry shareholders on the state of synchrophasor technology and its deployment. The EATT focuses on the utilization of synchronized wide-area measurement applications. The EATT also formulates recommended R&D activities related to the advancement of wide-area synchronized measurement systems and their applications.

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