Western Protective Relay Conference, Spokane, WA


The event was held 15-18 October 2013 in Spokane, Washington, USA.

The Western Protective Relay Conference (WPRC) is an annual event held in the second half of October each year in Spokane, Washington, USA. This is probably the largest specialized conference in the field of electric power systems protection in the world. It is an educational forum organized by Washington State University for the presentation and detailed technical discussion of broad range of different aspects of protective relaying and related subjects.
The 40th conference was a three days event that was held at the Spokane Convention Center from 15 to 18 October 2013.

This forum allows participants to learn about the latest protection and control technologies and how to apply them in order to prevent electrical power disturbances. Speakers from the USA and Canada presented papers selected by the conference technical committee and covering different aspects of protection: transmission, distribution, generator and motor. The impact of distributed generation, system stability and communications were discussed in some of the papers.

The papers were presented in ten sessions - two general and eight concurrent sessions with breaks between the individual papers to allow the attendees to select between the two papers presented in each time slot.
The conference program also offered ten sessions in a Protection Fundamentals track running in parallel with the paper sessions.

The trend not to include papers focused on IEC 61850 in the conference program continued this year as well. After the end of each day sessions, the attendees visited the vendor suites at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park to discuss the latest devices and tools in our field offered by the participating vendors.

During the breaks the participants at the conference visited the exhibition and discussed the latest technology and its applications.
The gala dinner took place at the unique GOLD African restaurant, which offered an excellent menu and great entertainment captivated by the tall, graceful Mali Puppets as they danced around the tables with the drummers and singers.
The technical tour following the end of the conference was to the 765 kV Sterrekus Substation, which was in the final stages before being energized, making it easier to move around the substation yard and control house.



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