June 2018 Issue
In this issue of the magazine we are looking at distribution automation from the point of view of the automation of the protection and control of the distribution system. There are several main areas of distribution automation applications: Fault Location, Isolation and Service Restoration (FLISR) is probably the function most commonly identified as distribution automation. It has a s... More


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Industry News

Advanced Control of Hydro Electric Power Plants

by Dr. Iony Patriota de Siqueira Joining the global impetus toward renewable sources of energy, Tecnix Engineering and Architecture Ltd. sponsored the publication of the Portuguese Edition of the book “Advanced Control of Hydro Electric Power Plants” by Dr. Iony Patriota de Siqueira. The book has been used as a reference source for hydropower tutorials delivered by the ... More

GE Grid Solutions and G&W Electric

Partnering in the R650 Integrated Recloser Relay for Distribution Automation G&W Electric and GE launch a new integrated recloser solution, targeted at Distribution Automation.  G&W’s Viper®-ST recloser has been designed and tested to work seamlessly with GE’s Multilin® R650 recloser controller. The R650 provides secure and reliable protection, with a comprehensiv... More

IEC 61850 Edition 1

UCA IUG Announces End-of-Life for IEC 61850 Edition 1 Conformance Certification The UCA IUG is striving to improve its IEC 61850 Conformance Certification and ITCA process. It became apparent that a process is needed to allow the industry to determine when an older edition of IEC 61850 would no longer be accepted into its certification process.   During the formulation of the process... More

IEEE PES Resource Center

Information is critical in the dynamically changing world of electric power systems and their protection, automation and control. That is why the IEEE Power and Energy Society is making significant efforts to help the specialists in our field expand their knowledge using the IEEE PES Resource Center. This is the industry’s most extensive library of content devoted exclusively to the ... More

James Thorp (1937-2018)

Our friend and colleague will be greatly missed Professor James Thorp passed away on May 2, 2018 in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA. He was born on February 7, 1937 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. He received his Bachelor?s, Master?s, and Ph. D. degrees from Cornell University. He stayed there as a faculty member, eventually rising to the position of Director of the School of Electrical ... More

Protection Systems (Netzschutztecknik)

by Walter Schossig and Thomas Schossig - 6th edition This book is for practical engineers working in distribution. All protection functions for line, transformers and stations are collected. Hints for selective earth fault protection as well for controllers are collected. Most important are setup recommendations and testing recommendations. Measurement transformers, battery systems and ... More


Presents RELY-TSN-PCIe at IIC TSN testbed in Germany RELYUM attended the event “IIC TSN testbed Plugfest #10” in BoschRexroth, Erbach Germany, where the company presented RELY-TSN-PCIe, the first out-of-the-box solution for TSN that allows seamless implementation of deterministic Ethernet networks and abstracts user equipment and applications from these technical complexities. Thi... More


SASCrypt Kit: Advanced hands-on setup for cyber-security in SAS Cyber security is becoming a key requirement within electrical substations. SoC-e has launched a Kit to evaluate the SASCrypt IP Core, a comprehensive solution to implement the IEC 62351-6 standard for GOOSE and SMV wire-speed security. This Kit has been designed not only to test the SASCrypt IP, but to support an advan... More

StationScout - Intelligent and time-saving testing of Substation Automation Systems

OMICRON electronics The new StationScout by OMICRON revolutionizes testing of IEC 61850 substation automation systems (SAS). Thanks to its powerful live overview, visualization, and simulation features it simplifies testing and saves time during the whole lifecycle of the system. It is easy to use - also without IEC 61850 knowledge. It visualizes all communication in the SAS and provi... More

Testing traveling wave protection with the RTDSĀ® Simulator

RTDS Technologies TWRT   In March 2018, RTDS Technologies launched TWRT: the industry’s most robust tool for testing traveling wave protection devices in a closed loop. The RTDS Simulator’s TWRT environment uses a frequency dependent transmission line model operating at a very small timestep. Eliminating the use of Bergeron models to represent lines ensures attenua... More

zenon 8.00

COPA-DATA releases new software version With zenon 8.00, COPA-DATA has developed additional functionality for energy automation. Two new modules, Load Flow Calculation and State Estimator enable grid calculations in the context of energy distribution. Furthermore, calculations can now be made to optimize grid operation, such as topological interlocking from the grid calculation or the N-1 ... More

Cover Story

Distribution Automation System (DAS)

The article gives insights on the Distribution Automation System (DAS) in Korea In the modern society, electric utilities are facing many challenges in distribution systems like saturation of existing facilities, growing demand of the high reliability and high quality, increasing penetration of dispersed generations. Under this environment distribution systems are becoming more complex than... More

IEC 61850 Update

IEC 61850 - open to improvements without affecting installed products

IEC 61850 has grown significantly. New versions of the standard have been developed to address new requirements. Also, clarifications and corrections have been made. This is not possible without making changes to existing definitions. Such changes have an impact on compatibility between versions. To address the compatibility issues, it was decided to create Annexes to each part of the sta... More

Lessons Learned

Modern IEC61850 based Distribution Feeder Automation Systems

The protection system disconnects the fault from the network through coordinated over current tripping and auto reclosing actions The automation system then locates the faulted segment of the feeder, isolates this faulted segment, and executes automatic closing of a field switch to provide alternate power from a different power source to unaffected feeder segments Figure 3 illustr... More

PSRC Update


The IEEE PES PSRC Committee meeting was held May 7-10 2018 in Pittsburgh, PA. There were 241 attendees, including 23 newcomers that attended our orientation session. We are introducing a mentorship program and continue to grow the membership at each meeting. PSRC Awards  1.  Michael Higginson received the PSRC Young Professional Award 2.  IEEE-SA Award, Certificate of... More

System-based Testing

Site Acceptance Testing of a Duke Energy

Duke Energy selected a location in downtown Raleigh near its North Carolina Regional Headquarters for the Downtown Raleigh Automation proof of concept. The proof of concept for the automation and telecom control system was incorporated into an existing underground switchgear replacement project in the area.  The requirements for the proof of concept system included the following: ... More

Legal Issue

Independent Contractor - some technicalities...

In our previous articles on this topic, we discussed the issue of your benefits and losses of being an independent contractor, as opposed to an actual employee.  In our last issue, we touched upon the best and most common ways to determine whether you in fact qualify as one or the other.  Now we turn our attention to what your best course of action is, in the event that you have be... More

Hybrid Transmission Lines

Trouble Spots in Your Distribution System?

Some feeders need special attention, such as those with both underground and overhead lines or those with multiple taps on the line, some of which you might want to handle differently from the others. Maybe the line serves a critical load, so it makes sense to do everything possible to avoid a permanent fault. Or maybe there are some areas that don’t have fuses, and waiting for a none... More

The Guru

Interview with PACWorld Guru John Boyle

PAC World:  When and where were you born? J.B.: I was born on November 4, 1927 in a Brooklyn, NY hospital. PAC World:  Where did you grow up and where did you go to school? J.B.: I grew up on Long Island in the small town of Bellrose, one mile north of the Belmont race track and three miles south of the Sperry Gyroscope plant in the city of Lake Success. PAC World:  Did y... More


Protection History

The community of German utilities (VDEW) published a “relay book” in 1930 (Figure 1). “The relay shall be designed with love- this is the task of the designer. If this is true this is just more valid for the leading engineer putting into operation the entire plant. He should not believe in what the vendors are promising but try this out with own trials. Doing this he wi... More

I Think

Are we Entering the "act and live with the consequences" Era?

After Bitcoin and other crypto currencies, it appears that Blockchain is the next hype to shake our world. Every day new articles are published on how great and versatile Blockhain is and how it is going to change our world. I am not arguing about the technology behind Blockchain and its potential use cases in many different domains, including the utility industry, but the way it is being ... More

Industry Reports

D11 Working Group Report

by IEEE PES PSRC  D11 Working Group The IEEE Power & Energy Society’s Power System Relaying and Control Committee has been working for many years on identifying the developments in Smart Grid technologies and their impact on the protective relaying of electric power systems. One of the results of these efforts was the establishment of working group D11 in the Line Protection Subco... More

Conference Reports

2018 Texas A&M Conference for Protective Relay Engineers

The 71st Annual Conference for Protective Relay Engineers was held 25-28 March 2018 in College Station, Texas. The event took place at the Memorial Student Center (MSC) on the campus of Texas A&M University. The goal of the conference is to provide the best available information on the latest protective relay technology and its applications. The conference was preceded by a day of seminars... More

Australian Protection Symposium, 2018

The event was held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Center in Brisbane, Australia. The 2018 Australian Protection Symposium was held 20-21 March, 2018. It was a gathering of protection, automation and control specialists predominantly from Australia, but also with guests from the Pacific, Europe and North America to discuss the challenges and developments in our field. The symposi... More

Developments in Power System Protection (DPSP)

The 14th International Conference on Developments in Power System Protection (DPSP) was held 12-15 March 2018 at the Europa Hotel, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK. DPSP is held every even year and together with the PAC World conference is one of the few forums in Europe for academics, industry and business leaders to meet, present results and share knowledge in the power system protection and c... More

i-PCGrid, San Francisco, USA

i-PCGrid 2018 was held March 28-30, 2018 inSan Francisco, California, USA. The 15th Annual Workshop on Innovations in Protection and Control for Greater Reliability Infrastructure Development (i-PCGRID) was hosted by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) It was organized by PG&E, Mississippi State University and Quanta Technology. The motto of this year's event was "New Generation of Energy, T... More

IEEE PES T&D Conference, Denver, USA

The 2018 IEEE/PES Transmission and Distribution Conference and Exposition was held 17-19 April 2018 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado, USA under the theme "Power Forward." The combination of a conference and exposition is a perfect way to help the industry in a time of significant changes of the electric power grid and PAC technology to find the most efficient solutions t... More

Power and Energy Automation Conference (PEAC)

The event was held 5 - 7 March 2018 in Spokane, Washington, USA. Power and Energy Automation Conference was held together with the ESIC Energy Summit. The theme of the conference this year was "Network Communications and Automation", while the theme of the Energy Summit was "Cyber Security of the Power Grid." The conference started with a Keynote: Meeting the Challenges to Modernize an 80... More

Book Review

Power Distribution Automation

Power and energy Series 75 The electric power systems around the world are going through a period of significant changes resulting from requirements for improvements in the reliability of the transmission and distribution systems and reduction in the number and duration of power outages. The developments in protection, automation and communications technologies are making distribution... More


KayakFishing - Lifestyle with Endless Opportunities

by Andre Smit, Siemens Industry, Inc. Raleigh, NC, USA My story started with one hobby which led to another hobby that transpired into a new business activity, and much more... I used to be an avid golfer and really enjoyed golfing on a regular basis. What I like about that sport is the fact that you can enjoy playing almost year-round, travel to different destinations, play on scenic cour... More

Final Thoughts
When we think about finding solutions to complex problems it is not a bad idea to consider what has been done in other industries. And what we may find in some cases is that new technologies have been inspired by nature - you just need to know where to look. When we look at Distribution Automation, we see that it is a complex system with functionality distributed between individual devices... More

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