CEATI's 2017 Grounding & Lightning Conference Recap

17 Oct 2017
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Conference Highlights
CEATI International's 9th Annual Grounding & Lightning Conference provided state-of-the-art presentations and discussions that addressed topical grounding and lightning issues in the gas & electrical utility sectors. The event focused on a range of specific subjects, including the mitigation of co-existing pipelines and powerlines, lightning protection and performance, transmission and distribution grounding, as well as substation and personal protective grounding and safety.

Grounding and lightning issues continue to be an important area of development for the industry. New and better ways to design, construct, and test grounding and lightning systems are evolving in order to meet higher standards and changing industry demands.

This industry-open event functions as an annual open forum inviting information exchange, technical presentations, and training. Focusing on seven overarching themes, it facilitates the exchange of ideas and experiences, with the aim to benefit the Grounding & Lightning Interest Group participants and the industry as a whole.

Prior to the event, members of the Grounding & Lightning Interest Group convened with like-minded individuals from other utilities to discuss issues pertinent to everyday responsibilities and best practices. Participants shared presentations illuminating successful initiatives, discussed potential collaborative projects, and considered innovative solutions to their common problems. During a breakout session, attendees identified knowledge gaps, which the group aims to address through the activities of the annual program.

Upon conference adjournment, the group members had the opportunity to visit OCI Solar Power's Alamo II project. Located NE of San Antonio, TX, the Alamo II project is composed of close to 18,000 solar panels, and is able to power approximately 800 homes. It is the second phase of a 400MW PV project that OCI is developing for the local utility company.
Upcoming CEATI Industry Events
Throughout the year, CEATI hosts a number of events focused on pertinent issues and emerging technologies. In the Fall of 2017 and Spring of 2018, CEATI will be hosting a variety of industry-open conferences. Please click the icons below for more information:

For more information, please contact [email protected].
Grounding & Lightning Interest Group
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Grounding systems are installed throughout power and telecommunication systems to dissipate energy under lightning, fault, and steady-state conditions. Today there is increased awareness and desire to ensure that grounding for safety is achieved. There is also a stronger focus on improving the lightning performance of transmission and distribution systems.

Grounding issues across the world have typically been dealt with by technical groups, each with their own specific terms of reference. The Grounding and Lightning Interest Group (GLIG) takes a broad-spectrum view, providing increased clarity and understanding of grounding and lightning related topics. It delivers an avenue for moving information from one technical area to another through peer-to-peer guidance, the opportunity to network, and defines new directions for future research.

For more information about the group, please contact Program Manager Alex Mogilevsky.
CEATI's international breadth and inter-industry applicability for engineering guidance is addressed through 19 focus areas across electricity generation, transmission, distribution, and utilization. Benefits of participation include:
  • Face-to-face networking with industry professionals
  • Leveraging project costs
  • Technical expertise from around the world
  • Full-service project management
  • Sharing of best practices with other electric utilities

To view a map of CEATI participants worldwide, please click on the picture below:
Participation Map
CEATI International brings electric utility industry professionals together, through focused interest groups and collaborative projects, to identify and address technical issues that are critical to their organizations. Participants can undertake projects that respond to their strategic objectives at a fraction of the cost of doing so independently.