Issue 061 September 2022

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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

The Road to Digitalization

by Eric Udren, Quanta Technology, USA This issue has memorialized George D. Rockefeller, originator of the computer-based protective relay.  Separately, it presents the vision of future PAC...

The Guru



Testing Technology in the 1950s (Part 1)

by Walter Schossig, Germany, and Thomas Schossig, OMICRON electronics GmbH, Austria For the design and testing of relay protection systems the recommendations of the vendors as well as national and...


Conference Reports News

DistribuTech 2022

After a two-year break, one of the leading annual transmission and distribution events returned to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. After being rescheduled from the original dates at the...

Industry News News

IEC 61850 Interoperability Tests

By Herb Falk, UCA VP of Testing The recent IEC 61850 Interoperability tests were divided into two distinct test campaigns. The Substation Configuration Language testing was performed virtually in...

Industry Updates

IEC TC57 Industry Updates

IEC TC 57 WG 17 Update

Grid systems and Customer Energy Management Systems – convergence or conflict IEC TC 57 WG 17 is in charge of power system intelligent electronic device communication and associated data models for...

CIGRE B5 Industry Updates

CIGRE Study Committee B5

by Richard Adams, Ramboll, UK News from CIGRE Study Committee B5   Protection and Automation The CIGRE Session 2022 will soon take place from 28 August to 02 September 2022 at the Palais...

IEC 61850 Update Industry Updates


by Christoph Brunner, it4power, Switzerland The lessons we have learned will hopefully lead to improving interoperability regarding the data model. One of the goals of IEC 61850 is to achieve...