This conference will acquaint attendees with information about state-of-the-art protection and control technologies and inspire new ideas for enhancing power systems efficiency and resiliency.

The 6th Annual Protection and Control Conference will encompass several areas identified by members of the CEATI Protection and Control Program. The conference themes focus on innovative protection system design and maintenance; application and management of modern digital protection relays; management and advanced analytics of large information databases; enhanced integration of DGs and microgrids (specifically in relation to the revised IEEE 1547 standard);  new protection, control and communication technologies; and topics related to hydroelectric generation protection and control technologies.


  1. Innovative Approaches for Optimizing Protection System Design, Maintenance, and Replacement Strategies
  2. Enhanced Utilization of Modern Digital Relay Capabilities for Smart Grid Applications
  3. Technologies and Techniques for Improved Integration of Distributed Generators and Microgrids
  4. New Power System Protection, Control, and Communication Systems Technologies
  5. New and Emerging Protection and Control Technologies for Hydroelectric Power Generators

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

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

CEATI Protection and Control Program 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 6th Annual Protection and Control Conference. Experts are invited to submit presentation abstracts on one of the themes described below.

IMPORTANT – Abstracts are due by 4:00pm ET on October 12, 2018. A notification of acceptance will be provided no later than November 14, 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.

Please note that the sub-topics following each theme are suggestions; CEATI is interested in anything new and innovative that could be utilized in protection and control programs.

Theme 1: Innovative Approaches for Optimizing Protection System Design, Maintenance, and Replacement Strategies

  • Systems design standards/guidelines and recognized best practices for transmission and distribution stations protection and control– e.g. development of modular protection design standards
  • Applications of the IEC 61850 protocol in the design of new substations, and training requirements for utility staff involved in the design, commissioning, and maintenance of such facilities
  • Experiences from the application of IEC 61850 standards, including GE Process Bus and BRICS modules, in substation design and operation
  • Optimization of protection system relay replacement strategies, including relay data management systems
  • Best practices in protection systems maintenance and data management supporting audits for compliance with NERC reliability standards
  • Cyber-security – standards, guidelines, and best practices in managing risks from cyber attacks
  • Management and analytic processes of large volumes of data, including automated analyses and evaluation of protection responses to system faults
  • Using SCADA in combination with digital protection relays capabilities for station automation

Theme 2: Enhanced Utilization of Modern Digital Relay Capabilities for “Smart Grid” Applications

  • Detecting irregular performance of power system elements, including:
    • Breaker restrikes
    • Harmonics-caused resonant conditions
    • GICs and power transformer saturation conditions
  • Detection and recognition of waveform signatures for identifying incipient system faults and their locations
  • Digital relay logic programing capabilities, for initiating appropriate control actions to minimize power outages and/or facilitate automation of network operations
  • Use of smart meter data in conjunction with information from digital relays for improvements in locating permanent, transient, and high-impedance faults in distribution systems
  • Use of digital relays for SCADA RTU function

Theme 3: Technologies and Techniques for Improved Integration of Distributed Generators and Microgrids

  • Emerging power system protection and control issues caused by inertia-less, intermittent generators
  • Potential changes in power system dynamic characteristics, impact on conventional generator control systems responses, and requirements for optimal coordination with DG controls
  • Novel technologies capable of introducing “synthetic inertia” into power system; their technical characteristics and uses for power system stability enhancements
  • Application and means of coordination of smart inverters to facilitate improved voltage and frequency regulation and mitigation of power swings
  • Technologies and techniques for enabling autonomous operation of microgrids during transient system events and their seamless re-synchronization with the main grid upon its stabilization
  • Economic impacts of high levels of DG penetration upon distribution or bulk power system operation, and possible mitigation solutions, including application of energy storage systems

Theme 4: New Power System Protection, Control, and Communication Systems Technologies

  • Methods for accurate location system faults, including high-impedance faults
  • Identifying and locating major system performance issues and possible automation of switching required to mitigate system impact
  • Technologies designed to improve system security, such as new wide-area monitoring schemes, synchrophasor measurements and their applications, near-real-time power system computer modeling and state estimation techniques, and new methods for power system simulation and protection coordination verification.
  • Technologies that increase the level of power system automation and enhance electric supply power quality
  • Technologies and methodologies that reduce the overall power system capital investment and operating costs

Theme 5: New and Emerging Protection and Control Technologies for Hydroelectric Power Generators

  • Design standards/guidelines and recognized best practices for generator protection and control systems
  • Protection philosophies and technologies for minimizing arc flash energy in the station’s main generator and auxiliary service switchgear
  • Generator fault analysis and case studies
  • Modeling of generator controls for coordinating generator and/or transmission system protection relaying, including schemes designed for ensuring power system integrity during major disturbances
  • Model validation techniques and methodologies for generator governor and excitation systems
  • Aging technology, including reliability, adequacy of existing protection, and control schemes, end of life determination, and best practices in development of business cases for optimal improvements
  • New generator ground fault detection schemes ensuring reliable 100% zone coverage
  • Techniques, experiences and best practices in remote generation plant monitoring and operations
  • Protection and controls issues arising from increased participation of intermittent, inverter-based generators in power system energy generation and active voltage and frequency controls
  • Requirements for effective coordination and performance monitoring/verification of all generator control systems

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The Audience

Exhibition and sponsorship opportunities are available for the Vegetation Management Conference. This event will bring manufacturers and service providers together with key decision-makers in the industry. The conference has been organized with the support of CEATI’s Vegetation Management Program, representing major electrical utilities from across North America and beyond. The event 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 conference.


Breaks, Meals & Reception

All breaks and meals for the conference will take place in the Island 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
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 Amanda Sotos at [email protected]

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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.