Authors: Eric A. Udren, Quanta Technology LLC, and Catherine Dalton, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

PSRC Awards Update

The January 2018 IEEE PES PSRC Committee meeting was held at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront hotel in Jacksonville, Florida, USA as part of the 2018 IEEE PES Joint Technical Committee Meeting. The purpose is to provide a forum where PES technical committees can meet for up to 5 days to focus on technical matters and standards - the primary work of committees, subcommittees, working groups, and/or task forces - without the distractions of the unrelated elements generally found at other PES meetings or expositions.

PSRC Awards  
During the PSRC Main Committee Meeting on Thursday, January 11, 2018 the following IEEE PES PSRCC Awards were announced or issued:

Outgoing Subcommittee Chair Awards:

  • J Rotating Mach: Mike Reichard,.
  • H Relaying Communications: Eric Allen

2017 PSRC Prize Paper Award:  Mukesh Nagpal for “Nontraditional Protection Solutions Permit Tap Transmission Connections of Nonutility Generators, Journal: IEEE Transactions of Power Delivery, Vol. 31, No. 5, October 2016

2017 PSRC Outstanding Standard or Guide Award:  PSRC WG K5, C37.119-2016 IEEE Guide for Breaker Failure Protection of Power circuit Breakers; Roger Whittaker (Chair),Adi Mulawarman (Vice Chair)

2017 PSRC Outstanding Technical Report:  PSRC WG J7: “Avoiding Unwanted Reclosing on Rotating Apparatus (AURORA)”, Mike Reichard (Chair), Steve Conrad (Vice Chair)

IEEE SA Standards Medallion Awards (Announcement): 

  • Mark Adamiak, IEEE Fellow For Contributions to the Development of Communication Standards for Protection and Control in Power System Applications
  • Jeffrey A. Burnworth, IEEE Senior Member,For Contributions to the Development of Standards for Protection and Control in Power System Applications

2018 IEEE Fellows (Announcement):

  • Sherman Chan. For contributions to power system modeling and analysis tools for protective relaying
  • Phillip Winston, For development of standards in power system protection reliability

2017 PSRC Career Service Award:  Roger Hedding. For contributions to power system modeling and analysis tools for protective relaying

Completed Work
Some PSRC working groups have completed their work:

Working Group C-18 has completed its work on PC37.246, “Transmission to Generation Interconnection Protection Considerations.”  Publishing by IEEE SA is pending. 

Working Groups C-2 on “The Role of Protective Relaying in the Smart Grid,” and C-20 on “Impact of VSC HVdc Transmission on AC Protective Relaying” have completed their reports.  These reports are posted on the PSRC web site,

Working Groups under consideration:
Relay Communications and Control (H) Subcommittee wishes to invite all interested specialists to participate in the new activities below:

  • HTF47 will have its first meeting in May 2018 to discuss the impact of digital communications on protec-tion and control applications
  • HTF46 will continue discussions on Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs) used in utility automation sys-tems
  • HTF45 is moving towards forming a Working Group to create a guide for Centralized Protection and Control (CPC) Systems within a Substation
  • HTF44 is proceeding with Working Group formation to generate a guide on Monitoring and Diagnostics of IEC 61850 GOOSE and Sampled Values Based Systems 


Eric Udren held different positions at ABB, Eaton Electrical, and KEMA.  He programmed the world’s 1st digital relay, and led development of the 1st LAN-based substation P&C system. Eric is IEEE Life Fellow, and twice a chair of the RCS of the IEEE PSRC.  He is US Technical Advisor for IEC TC 95; and a member of the IEC TC 57 WG 10.  Eric serves on the NERC SPCS and Relay Maintenance Standard Drafting Team.  He has over 90 papers and book chapters and 7 patents. Since 2008 he is Executive Advisor with Quanta Technology, LLC.

Catherine Dalton is a Strategic Account Executive at EPRI. She has broad experience in the electric utility industry. She is a Senior Member of the IEEE, and an active participant in IEEE PES PSRC. She has a Master’s degree in electrical engineering (Ohio State University,) and a MBA from the University of Dayton. Previously she worked for American Electric Power, Basler Electric, SEL and Beckwith Electric.

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