Synchronized Measurement in The Control Room of The Future

Date: Wednesday, May 25                              Time: – 

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Name of the organizer: Damir Novosel, President

Organization: Quanta technologies, USA


Short biography of the chair: Damir Novosel is president and founder of Quanta Technology, a subsidiary of Quanta Services, a Fortune 250 company. He was also president of Quanta Energized Services which achieved a perfect safety record during his tenure. Previously, he was vice president of ABB Automation Products and president of KEMA T&D US. Dr. Novosel is also an adjunct professor of Electrical Engineering at North Carolina State University. Damir was elected to US National Academy of Engineers in 2014. He served as president of the IEEE Power and Energy Society, VP of Technical Activities, and chair of Industry Technical Support Leadership Committee. Damir is a member of the IEEE Standards Association Standards Board and chair of Strategic and Emerging Standards Committee. He is a member of the CIGRE US National Committee and received the CIGRE Attwood Associate and the Distinguished Member awards. Damir holds 17 US and international patents, published over 200 articles and reports, and contributed to 6 books. Damir, an IEEE Fellow since 2003, holds PhD, MSc, and BSc degrees in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University (where he was a Fulbright scholar), the University of Zagreb, Croatia, and the University of Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, respectively. Dr. Novosel was selected as Mississippi State University Distinguished Engineering Fellow in 2015.

Panel Abstract: As the electric grid fast evolving towards a grid of the future, the real-time control room operations will face increasing new challenges, such as reduced system inertia, fast changing system transient and voltage stability margins. Existing tools (e.g., EMS/SCADA systems) would become either less effective or unable to address some of the upcoming operation challenges. System operators and utilities worldwide have embarked on their journey of planning and implementing new systems and tools toward a control room of the future (CROTF). This panel will focus on the discussions of how to evolve current control room operations to a CROTF operation in which synchronized measurement will play an increasingly critical role. The global industry leaders will discuss their current efforts towards a CROTF and share the challenges faced and lessons learned.

Panelist 1:

Name: Matija Naglič, Advisor

Organization: TenneT TSO, Netherlands


Short biography: Matija Naglic received Uni. Dipl. Ing. degree in Electrical Engineering, study filed Telecommunications from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2011. In 2020 he received Ph.D. degree in Power System Engineering from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computers Science, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. He is experienced with the implementation of IEEE std. C37.118 specifications, both the measurement and the telecommunication parts. He developed a cyber-physical platform for closed-loop control testing of WAMPAC applications, and two algorithms for online detection of disturbances and slow-coherent generators in a power system. He is a member of CIGRE WG C2.18. Currently, he works as an advisor for TenneT TSO, with a focus on the Control Room of the Future.

Title of presentation: Evolving of EMS/SCADA with synchro-measurements: user needs, challenges, and early stage developments

Abstract: In the last decade, the power system complexity and the number of large-scale power system blackouts have increased significantly. To cope with the new system requirements, the conventional EMS/SCADA system and tools need to be improved. This presentation addresses the typical challenges of the conventional EMS/SCADA system from the design perspective, elaborates the limitations of the conventional monitoring system for dynamic phenomena, and focuses of the early stage developments to improve the existing EMS/SCADA functionality with synchro-measurements. The special attention is paid to interfacing synchro-measurements with SCADA, and their use in Sate Estimation and Load Frequency Control applications.

Panelist 2:

Name: Matthew Gardner, Director

Organization: Dominion Energy, USA


Short biography: Matt Gardner is Director, System Protection with Dominion Energy’s Power Delivery Group. In this role, Matt oversees the company’s System Protection organization, including both engineering and field operations responsibilities. His organization also includes Dominion Energy’s T&D Protection and Control Standards, Data Engineering and Analytics, and Operations Engineering Studies groups. Since joining Dominion in 2008, Matt has held various roles in planning, operations, and engineering. Outside of Dominion Energy, Matt has a range of experiences spanning industry, academic, and regulatory domains. As an IEEE Senior Member, Matt stays deeply involved in industry groups such as the IEEE Power and Energy Society, Cigré, EPRI, and the North American Transmission Forum, to name a few. Matt also has a passion for the development of future generations of technical talent for our industry and is actively involved with a broad number of academic institutions and consortia, including Virginia Tech. Speaking of Virginia Tech, Matt received his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech where he was a Bradley Fellow. He also holds BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech. Matt is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Title of presentation: Unpacking the Value of Synchrophasors – Decades of Discovery, Growth, Evolution, and Execution

Abstract: This presentation will serve as an exposé of Dominion Energy’s synchrophasor technology deployment and utilization. The talk will traverse the arc of State Estimation, Situational Awareness, and System Restoration. Organizational concepts and changes required to maximize the utility of synchronized measurements will be outlined. A realistic overview of synchronized measurement data quality requirements will be discussed. Finally, the presentation will demonstrate how a combination of analytics capabilities and operations intelligence have become pivotal to Dominion Energy’s real-time operations.

Panelist 3:

Name: Tariq Rahman, Principal Engineer

Organization: San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), USA


Short biography: Tariq Rahman, P.E., is a Principal Engineer in the Electric Engineering Department at San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E), California. He obtained his BSEE in 1980 and MSEE in 1985. Tariq has 35+ years’ electric utility industry working experience in Electric Grid Control Room Operations, Generation Planning, and System Protection & Control Engineering. In addition to his current system protection engineering functions, Tariq has been leading SDG&E’s Transmission Synchrophasor-based Wide Area Situational Awareness (WASA) System Deployment Project since 2010. In 2017 his effort and the accomplishment of SDG&E has earned him the NASPI “Synchrophasor Technology Champion” award, and SDG&E the “NASPI 2017 Outstanding Utility” award. Tariq led the development of an advanced Visualization Software System (VSS) for SDG&E’s next generation WASA system (WASA2) that is currently being commissioned in SDG&E’s Grid Control Room for real-time operations complementing the EMS system. Tariq also led SDG&E’s transition from TDM/SONET to MPLS communication for teleprotection, WASA/WAMPAC systems and SCADA. He has been presenting/speaking at many protective relay conferences, NASPI, NERC SMS, WECC JSIS, IEEE and SMART conferences and working groups as panelist or guest speakers. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the states of New York and California and is a Senior Member of IEEE.

Title of presentation: SDG&E’s Experience in Deploying Synchronized Measurements for Grid Control Room Operations

Abstract: The presentation will review SDG&E’s experience so far in deploying its synchrophasor-based WASA System for grid control room real-time operations, and discuss SDG&E’s view on building a fully integrated next generation EMS+WASA system centered around the synchronized measurement for future grid control room operations.

Panelist 4:

Name: Yi Hu, Director-WAMPAC

Organization: Quanta Technology LLC, USA


Short biography: Dr. Yi Hu, an IEEE Fellow, is a Director of WAMPAC at Quanta Technology. He has over 30 years of experience in electric power system protection, control, and analysis. Since 2005, Yi has been supporting U.S. and international utilities in their deployment of large-scale synchrophasor systems for control room situational awareness, protection and control. He chaired the PES PSRC WG that developed the “IEEE Guide for Engineering, Implementation, and Management of System Integrity Protection Schemes” (C37.250), and currently chairs a PSRC WG C43 to develop an IEEE report for a “Use of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Power System Protection and Control”. Dr. Hu obtained his BSc from Southeast University and MSc from Nanjing Automation Research Institute in China, and PhD from University of Manitoba in CANADA.

Title of presentation: Managing Future Control Room Operation Challenges

Abstract: The presentation will overview emerging operation challenges brought about by the drives towards a carbon-neutral future grid, and discuss the critical roles that synchronized measurement based applications and tools will play in assisting operators to manage these new challenges.

Panelist 5:

Name: Bas Kruimer, Business Director Digital Grid Operations

Organization: DNV Energy Systems, USA


Short biography: Bas Kruimer is Business Director Digital Grid Operations at DNV Netherlands Energy Advisory focusing on digital grid operations, automation strategy & deployment and with special attention to cyber security in operational environments. With a background in SCADA, Substation Automation, Smart Metering and Utility Cyber Security Bas works with a team of experts/consultants in the Northern Europe region supporting utilities and grid operators in their diverse Next Generation Grid Operations, network control, grid automation and digital transition challenges. With the rapid rise of renewables, decentralization and digitalization facing the industry, the DNV Energy Systems & Renewables group helps utility companies respond to emerging opportunities, to ensure continued grid reliability and resiliency through responsible and sustainable operations during all phases of the energy transition. As a graduated power engineer from Delft University of Technology end 80’s Bas started his international career in the electrical power transmission and distribution markets over 30 years ago at ABB Network Control & Protection, followed by KEMA, Eneco/Joulz, Quanta Technology and Accenture/Accenture Security

Title of presentation: New PMU data transfer solutions and interoperability of WAM Systems

Abstract: PMUs are increasingly being deployed and integrated into data collection networks supporting the grid operations to better manage the many new large and distributed renewable generators into the system. The PMU data is to be used in analytics applications as part of the Grid Operations System in the Control System of the Future. Questions addressed will be how to manage the real-time transfer of increasing amount of PMU data using scalable streaming solutions, how to manage this data in real-time within the Next Generation Grid Operations System (data machine), and finally how to achieve interoperability of different devices within the system from both a communication as well as from a data structuring perspective. And did anyone mention cyber security?