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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 protection systems are continuously being developed in order to meet higher standards and changing industry demands. This conference is an open forum for information exchange, technical presentations, and training. Seven overarching themes will be addressed through the discussion of ideas and experiences to benefit attendees and the industry as a whole.

Supported by over 30 participating utilities, the Annual Grounding and Lightning Conference brings together leading subject matter experts from around the world, while providing an exceptional opportunity for networking with consultants, manufacturers, and representatives from electric utilities.


  • Personal Protective Grounding
  • Distribution & Transmission System Grounding
  • Lightning Protection & Performance
  • Substation Grounding
  • Pipelines in Proximity to Electrical Powerlines and Structures
  • Copper Theft
  • Power & Control Cable Grounding

To see the 2017 conference recap, click here.


This conference is an industry-open event, with registration open to:

  • Electric Utilities
  • Consultants, and
  • Equipment Vendors
  • Research Facilities and Laboratories
  • Academics

CEATI Grounding & Lightning Interest Group Participants

This event is organized in coordination with the following Utility Participants.

Call for Abstracts

We are pleased to announce a Call for Abstracts for the 10th Annual Grounding & Lightning Conference. Experts are invited to submit presentation abstracts on one of the themes described below.

IMPORTANT – Abstracts are due by 4:00pm ET on February 22, 2018. A notification of acceptance will be provided no later than March 15, 2018. Abstracts shall be evaluated based on their applicability to the subject matter and their technical merits. Proponents are encouraged to emphasize work conducted for their electric utility clients.

Theme 1 Details/Subtopics: Lightning Protection and Performance

Both lightning protection & performance of electric utility systems are important to electrical utilities. This includes safety of people & equipment, response to outages, as well as prediction & location of lightning events.

Theme 2 Details/Subtopics: Substation Grounding

Proper design, construction, and testing of substation grounding systems will be discussed within these presentations, along with the software used for grounding system design and equipment used in testing. Ground potential rise along with step/touch and transferred voltages under electrical ground fault conditions must be ensured during both normal operating conditions and during station construction activities. Maintenance practices, frequency and prioritization are important discussion topics. The risk of error resulting in unsafe conditions, both inside and outside the substation is a concern for grounding engineers.

Theme 3 Details/Subtopics: Personal Protective Grounding

The Personal Protective Grounding (PPG) presentations discuss current practices and methods, which are extremely important to ensuring the safety of utility workers, the general public, and valuable equipment.

Theme 4 Details/Subtopics: Transmission & Distribution Grounding

All aspects related to grounding on both the Distribution and Transmission system are important to GLIG members. Some of the current issues discussed include: neutral isolation devices used on the distribution system; grounding in high resistivity and/or mountainous areas; distribution system grounding methods and standards; low voltage system grounding; transmission line switch grounding; stray voltage on the distribution system; induced voltage on fences in powerline right of ways; current splitting under fault conditions between substations; and distribution neutral ground systems.

Theme 5 Details/Subtopics: Copper theft

Copper theft from utility grounding systems is a critical issue to GLIG members. Of primary interest are prevention methods and techniques including alternative conductors and installation methods. Other aspects of copper theft include utility experiences, as well as risk to infrastructure both now and in the future, particularly since the price of copper is expected to increase significantly in future years.

Theme 6 Details/Subtopics: Pipelines in Proximity to Electrical Powerlines and Structures

During the installation of gas pipelines near electric supply lines, be it transmission or distribution, it is critical to ensure adequate separation distance to protect the safety of both the pipeline and the powerline structures. Issues of potential concern include induction, arcing and contact voltages as well as AC corrosion and its mitigation.

Theme 7 Details/Subtopics: Power Cable, Control Cable, and Isolated Phase Bus Grounding

Power cables, control cables, and isolated phase buses are connected to a grounding system. HV power cables may include segmented grounding of the cable shield along with cross bonding between the phase sections to limit open shield voltages to a safe level. MV power cables may be installed with the concentric neutral grounded at both ends or only at one end to improve the ampacity rating of the cable. Instrumentation and control cables may be grounded to mitigate grounding problems due to high or low frequency interference. Power cable grounding methods, safety from open shield voltages, and thermal effects on grounded cable shields are of interest.


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Unauthorized Housing Companies Contacting Exhibitors & Attendees. It has come to our attention that unauthorized housing companies have been contacting CEATI International exhibitors and attendees via email and phone and in general, misrepresenting themselves as an official housing vendor for CEATI International. Room registrations should be made directly with the hotel as described above.

We highly caution you from engaging unauthorized companies because if/when issues arise, CEATI International management does not have the ability to provide assistance in solving them.


The Audience

Exhibition and sponsorship opportunities are available for the co-located Grounding & Lightning and Smart Grid Conferences. These events will bring manufacturers and service providers together with key decision-makers in the industry. The conferences have been organized with the support of CEATI’s  Grounding & Lightning and Smart Grid Programs, representing major electrical utilities from across North America and beyond. The events will present an excellent opportunity for targeted networking and exposure to potential clients, including a networking reception with an open invitation to all exhibitors and attendees of the conferences.


Breaks, Meals & Reception

All breaks and meals for both conferences will take place in the Santa Rosa Ballroom. This set-up provides a captive audience to showcase your company’s products and services, allowing for more face-to-face time with attendees at the events. PLEASE NOTE THAT SPACE IS LIMITED. For more information, please contact [email protected]

Each Exhibitor Registration Includes:

  • Two Full Conference Registrations
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Breaks
  • Evening Reception
  • Skirted Table & Two Chairs
  • Discounted Additional Registrations
  • Conference Proceedings Package


Sponsor Benefits Can Include:

  • Recognition at Opening of Event Acknowledging Your Support
  • Your Materials at the Main Registration Table
  • Inclusion of Your Logo and Click-Through Link on Conference Website(s)
  • Post-Event Exposure
  • Sponsorship of Event Meals or Breaks
  • Place Your Organization’s Stand-Up Banner in the Conference Room

Exhibitor & Sponsor Promotional Tool Kit

We wish to extend a warm ‘thank you’ to those organizations participating as an exhibitor or sponsor at our 2018 Conferences! If you have any questions or would like to inquire about additional marketing tools we could make available, please contact us at [email protected].

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Presenter Guidelines

Presentations should adhere to the Guidelines set forth by CEATI International.

Presentation Guidelines Include:

  • Presentations must be submitted in Power Point format (PPT).
  • Presentations will be distributed to attendees in secure electronic (PDF).
  • Page numbers must be displayed in the lower right hand corner of each Power Point slide.
  • Each Presenter will be allocated 25-30 minutes of presentation time, including 5-10 minutes for Q&A.
  • Presenters may be asked to participate, as Panelists, in an Open Discussion concerning the session topic as well as their specific presentation.
  • Please note that all participants, including presenters, are required to register to attend.

Subsequent to submission, presenters may continue to revise presentations but must submit their revised files on flash drive or via email at a minimum of one (1) day in advance of their scheduled presentation time.

Presentations must be submitted electronically to the attention of Ms. Aleks Modelewska at [email protected]

When you participate in a CEATI event, be it as an attendee, exhibitor, presenter, speaker, moderator or in any other capacity whatsoever, you will be participating in an event where photography, as well as video and audio recording is likely to occur.

By participating in the CEATI event, you consent to photography, audio recording, video recording and its/their release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction to be used for news, web casts, promotional purposes, telecasts, advertising, inclusion on web sites, or for any other purpose(s) that CEATI deems fit to use. You release CEATI, its officers, directors, employees and consultants, and each and all persons involved from any liability connected with the taking, recording, digitizing, distribution, or publication of photographs, computer images, video and/or audio recordings.

By entering the event premises, you waive all rights you may have to any claims for payment or royalties in connection with any exhibition, streaming, webcasting, televising, or other publication of these materials, regardless of the purpose or sponsoring of such exhibiting, broadcasting, webcasting, or other publication irrespective of whether a fee for admission or sponsorship is charged. You also waive any right to inspect or approve any photo, video, or audio recording taken by or on behalf of CEATI or the person or entity designated to do so by CEATI.

In addition, the event will be monitored for unauthorized recording. By attending the CEATI event or entering the event premises, you agree not to record or digitize any parts of the presentation, without CEATI’s express written consent.

You have been fully informed of your consent, waiver of liability, and release before participating in the CEATI event.

Professional Development

Professional Development Hours for CEATI Conferences

Did you know that by attending a CEATI conference, you could be eligible to use your attendance towards Professional Development Hours? A Certificate of Attendance is available to all conference attendees – simply check with your local accreditation body for more details on how to apply it towards their requirements.