PCTF Definition Sheet

Overview
PC

Protective relays and their associated systems are devices deployed throughout the power system for the purpose of sensing abnormal electrical or system components operating conditions and isolating, usually in conjunction with circuit breakers, any abnormal conditions resulting from natural events, physical accidents, equipment failure or operation due to human error. A reliable, selective and high-speed isolation is necessary to mitigate damage to vital and expensive system equipment, reduce the risk of serious danger to humans and to maintain power system stability and acceptable power quality. These stringent requirements, with high potential consequences, make it imperative that protection systems be designed and maintained to perform their functions with a very high degree of dependability and security.

The main objective of the PC Program is to bring industry professionals together to identify, discuss and develop solutions to common issues by creating a networking opportunity for utilities concerned with application, optimization and the innovative use of protection and control technologies in their power systems. The Task Force also serves as a forum to identify knowledge gaps and to provide guidance on future research and technology development initiatives.

 
Topics and Issues:

  • Management of Protection Assets and Investment Strategies
  • Protection Systems Design Standards and Utility Practices 
  • Substation Automation – Experiences and Best Practices
  • Optimizing Protection System Maintenance and Compliance Reporting
  • Introduction of New and Emerging ProtectionTechnologies
Program Services
  • Networking & Information Sharing

    • Annual face-to-face Business Meetings with webinar call-in options
    • 4-5 conference calls and learning webinars
    • Access to a network of ~1,000 electrical utility peers from around the world
  • Industry Benchmarking

    • Requests for Information where your questions or concerns are circulated to other group
      participants with rapid-fire response rates
    • Internal benchmarking surveys for state-of-the-industry intelligence
  • Collaborative Technical Projects

    • The flexibility to support only those projects which are relevant to your organization, meaning you know exactly, where your research dollars are going
    • Supported by CEATI management, participating utilities and consultants work together across all phases of a project’s life-cycle, ensuring your organization receives practical, high-quality deliverables
  • Unparalleled Return on Investment

    • Ability to split project funding costs with other organizations, resulting in highly-leveraged funding opportunities
    • Reduced pricing on published reports, training courses, and industry-open conferences
Project Portfolio
Webinars

Webinar Library

IEEE 1547 Standard for the Interconnection of Distributed Resources with Electric Power Systems
Available to Utilities Only   Get Access
September 2016
IEEE 1547 Standard for the Interconnection of Distributed Resources with Electric Power Systems
Available to Utilities Only   Get Access
September 2016
Connecting New Resources to the Grid
Available to Utilities Only   Get Access
June - April, 2016
Operating Principles and Performance of New Ultra-High-Speed Line Protection Relays
Available to Utilities Only   Get Access
May 2016
Detection & Protection Against High Impedance Faults
Available to Utilities Only   Get Access
October 2015
Feeder Protection
Available to Utilities Only   Get Access
September 2015
A Few Questions about Transformers & Tripping - EnerNex
Available to Utilities Only   Get Access
June 2015
Open-loop Synchronization of Islanded Systems
Available to Utilities Only   Get Access
May 2015
Arc Flash on the Secondary Side of Distribution Transformers
Available to Utilities Only   Get Access
April 2015
Impact of Series and Parallel Resonances in Distribution Networks
Available to Utilities Only   Get Access
April 2015
Recloser Schemes for Ground Fault Detection under Single-Phase Tripping and Other Signi
Available to Utilities Only   Get Access
April 2015
Power System Modeling and Protection Studies
Available to Utilities Only   Get Access
March 2015
Wide‐Area Protection System Studies
Available to Utilities Only   Get Access
July 2014
DG Interconnection Transformer Winding Configurations – Technical Issues and Best Practices
Available to Utilities Only   Get Access
May 2014
Evolution of Distribution System Reclosing Practices and Advanced Reclosing Techniques
Available to Utilities Only   Get Access
March 2014
Multifunction IED's - How Much Functionality is Too Much?
Available to Utilities Only   Get Access
October 2013
Severe Geomagnetic Disturbances and their Impacts to Electric Power Grids
Available to Utilities Only   Get Access
September 2013
Synchrophasor Solutions and Application
Available to Utilities Only   Get Access
June 2013
A Power Line Signalling Based DG Anti-islanding Protection Scheme
Available to Utilities Only   Get Access
April 2013
Upcoming Events
PCTF General Meeting 2018
Attendance Open to Electrical Utilities   Request Invitation
March 2018 in Tuscon, AZ
PCTF - 5th Annual Protection & Control Conference
Attendance Open to Electrical Utilities   Request Invitation
March 2018 in Tuscon, AZ
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