Definition Sheet


The Power Quality & Advanced Technologies (PQAT) program provides a forum for collaboration among its members to assist them in providing consistent quality power for their customers. This includes collaboration on tools and methods to more quickly assess PQ events and conditions revealed through the automated analysis of PQ data. PQAT also provides opportunities to influence standards and share costs in doing high-quality cutting-edge studies and providing seminars, webinars and literature on timely topics in power quality or other related areas in T&D systems, as well as on the customer side of the meter.

Additionally, the PQAT group recognizes that its members are often called upon to resolve technical issues and problems not directly related to power quality, but which do not fit well in other groups within their companies. PQAT welcomes opportunities to collaborate on these issues.

Topics & Focus Areas

  1. Customer Power Quality: Responding to customer PQ issues remains a high priority for electric service companies. An emerging focus is how to get actionable information to the customer faster and more accurately, usually through automation of PQ data analysis. 
  2. PQ Monitoring and Data Analytics: Putting together the hardware and software to sort through huge amounts of waveform and other data in a timely fashion, is an evolving art that PQAT member utilities have approached differently. PQAT will continue to be active in providing a forum for discussion of best practices and perform appropriate studies in this area.
  3. PQ Impacts of DER Integration: Distributed Energy Resources (DER) are continuing to re-define and re-form the power systems of member companies. Absorbing these huge changes in a way that maintains the quality and stability of power served from the grid is a topic of increasing activity in PQAT.
  4. Transmission Power Quality: From wind farm and FACTS device integration to harmonic pollution and resonances, PQAT recognizes that collaboration on transmission PQ issues is an area that continues to require attention.
  5. Special Topics: Occasionally technical topics emerge that are not strictly within the area of power quality, but which do not fit well in other groups. Such special topics are welcome in the PQAT group.
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

Webinar Library

PQAT/PCTF Webinar - Prevention & Detection of High-Impedance Faults and Distribution Apparatus Failures - Texas A&M University
Available to Utilities Only   Get Access
September 2017
PSPO Webinar - Novel Controls of PV Solar Farm during Night and Day for Benefit to Utilities
Available to Utilities Only   Get Access
August 2017
PQAT 2017 Summer Conference Call/Webinar
Available to Utilities Only   Get Access
June 2017
PQAT Webinar - Voltage Induction on Pipelines Caused by Power Line Harmonic Currents - The University of Alberta
Available to Utilities Only   Get Access
June 2017
Data Management and Change Control for ADMS Network Model
Available to Utilities Only   Get Access
December 2016
Impact of High Frequency Harmonics on Power System: Proliferation of Larger Apparatus & their Effects - Electric Power Solutions
Available to Utilities Only   Get Access
July 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
Impact of Series and Parallel Resonances in Distribution Networks
Available to Utilities Only   Get Access
April 2015
Even Harmonic Current Limits
Available to Utilities Only   Get Access
March 2015
Non-Destructive Condition Assessment of ACSR Distribution Conductors
Available to Utilities Only   Get Access
November 2014
The Power Quality Network
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
Impacts of DG on PQ: Comparing Simulations with Measured Results
Available to Utilities Only   Get Access
September 2013
Upcoming Events
PQAT 2018 Spring General Meeting
Attendance Open to Electrical Utilities   Request Invitation
March 2018 in Tucson, AZ