Issue 057 September 2021

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Featured Articles

Cyber Security

Securing the Future Grid

by John Stewart, EPRI, USA The article describes EPRI’s Cybersecurity Vision 2030 My first personal experience with a utility cyber event began with an unusual email. This email was not however, part...

Digital Substations

Common Substation Platform

by Paul Myrda, EPRI, USA and Herb Falk, OTB Consulting, USA Substations are becoming more complex both in the power delivery aspects but also in terms of the need to handle wide ranging data...


Last Word

Last Word Opinions


When we talk about the future electric power grid without any fossil fuels based generation we are concerned that we will live in a completely different environment from what we have today based on...

The Guru

The Guru

Interview with PAC World guru Solveig Ward

PAC World: When and where were you born? S.W.: August 22, 1954. Stockholm, Sweden. PAC World: Where did you grow up and where did you go to school? S.W.: Vallingby, a suburb of Stockholm. PAC World:...



Testing Technology in the 1930s (Part 1)

by Walter Schossig, Germany, and Thomas Schossig, OMICRON electronics GmbH, Austria The “acceptance testing” meant a secondary test at test benches of the vendor or in the lab of the utility...


Industry News News

IEEE PES Elections

As you are holding this issue of the magazine in your hands, there are elections being held for the positions of IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) President-Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer...

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Frank Lambert (1951 – 2021)

The IEEE Power & Energy Society is extremely saddened to announce the passing of Frank Lambert, 2020/2021 PES President on 27 July 2021. Frank had been actively involved in PES Technical...

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OMICRON Product Security Webpage

Learn and report vulnerabilities that affect OMICRON products’ cybersecurity on our new web page ( We take any vulnerability issues that affect our products very...

Industry News News


RTDS Technologies launches new simulation software RSCAD® FX is the industry’s most advanced real-time digital simulation software. Developed by RTDS Technologies and powered by the industry’s...

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The New PAC World website

The idea for establishing a magazine dedicated to the protection, automation and control industry was born more than 15 years ago in the early spring of 2006 and was the brainchild of Rainer Aberer...

Industry Updates

CIGRE B5 Industry Updates

CIGRE Study Committee B5

by Richard Adams, Ramboll, UK News from CIGRE Study Committee B5 Protection and Automation A webinar on ‘Network Protection Performance Audits’, (based on Technical Brochure 800) was held on...

IEC TC57 Industry Updates

IEC TC 57 WG 17 Update

Smart Meters are not enough – a Smart Grid needs energy management gateways by Tom Berry, Schneider-Electric IEC TC 57 WG 17 is in charge of power system intelligent electronic device communication...