Real-time Synchrophasor Applications for Power System Control

Authors: Ken Martin, Neeraj Nayak, Iknoor Singh, Electric Power Group, CA, USA, and Ian Dobson, Iowa State University, USA


Ken Martin is a principal engineer with the Electric Power Group (EPG).  He has over 40 years' experience in the electric utility industry, first at the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA).  He started working with synchrophasor measurement with the original PMUs in 1987 and went on to develop the measurement system at BPA. He chaired the development of the IEEE C37.118 Synchrophasor standard series and convened the current IEC-IEEE 60255-118-1 synchrophasor measurement standard.  He is a Fellow of the IEEE, a registered Professional Engineer and has authored/co-authored more than 60 papers and articles.

Neeraj Nayak is a Senior Power Systems Engineer at EPG and has over 5 years of experience in Synchrophasor Technology – research, design, development, training and support. He has provided training and support to major ISOs and Utilities for implementing synchrophasor applications. He has extensive experience in synchrophasor applications research and development including – Real-time Contingency Analysis, Generator Model Validation, Phasor Simulator for Operator Training, Oscillation Detection and Monitoring. He managed the development of the on-line synchrophasor training portal. He has a master's degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Southern California (USC) which was focused on power systems analysis and impact of renewable energy on the power grid.

Iknoor Singh is a Senior Power Systems Engineer at EPG and is involved in research and development of synchrophasor applications. He has also performed analytical studies for establishing alarm thresholds and various event analysis based upon synchrophasor data. Prior to joining EPG, Iknoor was a Graduate Research Assistant at Arizona State University, where his MS thesis focused on effect of increased renewable resource penetration on power system transient and small signal stability. Previously, he worked as a power plant layout engineer at Siemens, India.

Ian Dobson was educated at Cambridge and Cornell universities and previously worked as an operations analyst in British industry and as a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
He is currently Sandbulte professor of electrical engineering at Iowa State University. Ian is a fellow of the IEEE, and has worked on voltage collapse, nonlinear dynamics, and cascading failure risk in electric power systems.

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