The key focuses of the 8th Annual Protection and Control Conference are to assist electric utilities in identifying the best practices and processes for management of protective relaying and control systems, introduce new technologies and methods to optimize power system operational efficiency, provide possible solutions and discussions for current P&C challenges, offer training, and provide support for compliance obligations.
Protection practitioners are constantly being challenged as the demands of the power system evolve. Some of the biggest drivers of such change are the proliferation of distributed generation connected onto the network, technological advancements in microprocessors, the replacement of electromechanical devices with digital ones, and more readily available communications systems that tie these devices/systems together. There is a digital transformation taking place in the industry, and a move to digital solutions. There is an increase in demand to comply with many more reliability mandatory standards that impact P&C system design, maintenance, performance, and security.
There is a paradigm shift affecting protection and control systems. The protection and control discipline involves multidisciplinary utilities, and P&C systems are required in distribution, transmission, generation, automation, operations, and cyber security.
This conference was organized to include all utility P&C asset groups. It is a platform for gaining knowledge by sharing experiences and lessons learned, and keeping abreast of new technologies and innovative applications. Supported by 32 participating utilities, the Protection and Control 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.
- Distribution Protection and Automation
- Protection System Compliance (NERC – PRC & CIP as it relates to P&C Assets)
- Generation Protection and Control and Modernization
- Substation P&C: General, Digital Stations, Good Utility Practices, Asset Management, and Applications
The 8th Annual Protection & Control Conference will be hosted online and mirror our in-person event with seamless transitions between activities, including:
- The main stage, with technical presentations
- Breakout rooms for interactive sessions
- Event-wide and room-based live chat with presenters and other attendees
- Impromptu one-on-one video calls with other attendees
- Side discussions with up to four other attendees
- Exhibition booths
We have selected Hopin (hopin.com) as our browser-based platform. Attendees will be invited and required to set up a free Hopin account to complete their registration for this event.
Hopin system requirements:
- Minimum Internet speeds of 5mbps for download and 2mbps for upload are recommended
- Use of Chrome or Firefox is recommended – make sure your browser is up-to-date
- Webcam and microphone (to participate in breakout sessions and one-on-one video calls)
- Disabling use of any VPN, as VPNs can cause internet instability and negatively impact user experience
This conference is an industry open event, with registration available to:
- Electric Utilities
- Equipment Vendors
- Research Facilities and Laboratories
CEATI Program Participants
This event is organized in coordination with the following program participants:
Call for Abstracts
We are pleased to announce a call for abstracts for the 2021 Protection & Control Conference. Experts are invited to submit presentation abstracts on one of the four themes described below.
IMPORTANT – Abstracts are due by 4:00pm ET on May 11, 2021. A notification of acceptance will be provided no later than June 22, 2021. Abstracts shall be evaluated based on their applicability to the subject matter and their technical merits. Proponents are encouraged to emphasize work conducted for electric utility clients.
Distribution Protection and Automation:
- Distribution protection fault detection and automatic sectionalizing systems, and applications
- Smart protection devices
- Distribution automation
- Distribution communication systems for teleprotection, automation and monitoring, cell, spread spectrum, etc.
- DER protection impacts
- Smart distribution stations
- Transitioning from radial feeder to multi source and P&C impacts
- Distribution P&C general topics and advanced technologies
Protection System Compliance (NERC – PRC & CIP as It Relates to P&C Assets):
- CIP-13 and its impact on P&C systems
- The new US order on supply chain and impact on P&C systems
- PRC related standards that impact P&C systems
- MOD related standards that impact generators
- CIP standards
- Compliance management tools
- Compliance lessons learned
- New compliance standards in the works
Generation Protection and Control and Modernization:
- Generator excitation systems and control
- Generator governor systems and control
- Generator protection using integrated generator protection IEDs
- Modernizing generator P&C systems
- Generator P&C networking and operations
- Generator protection
- New P&C technologies
Substation P&C: General, Digital Stations, Good Utility Practices, Asset Management, Applications:
- Digital station: applications, case studies, etc.
- IEC61850: configuration tools, P&C testing, designs, etc.
- Automatic data extraction from P&C smart/IED type devices and systems
- Protection applications using MPLS for teleprotection
- System protection schemes: RASs/UFLS, etc.
- Application of travelling wave technology for line protections
- Protection application lesson learned and case studies
- P&C end of life programs
- Protection subsystem monitoring versus testing
- New P&C technologies
|11 May 2021||Abstracts due|
|22 June 2021||Presenter award/regret notifications|
|6 July 2021||Presenter acceptance of opportunity due|
|3 August 2021||Deadline for presenter registration|
|21 September 2021||Deadline for draft presentations|
|26 October 2021||Deadline for final presentations|
Presentations should adhere to the guidelines set forth by CEATI International.
Presentation Guidelines Include:
- Presentations must be submitted in PowerPoint (PPT) format using a 16:9 aspect ratio
- Presentations will be distributed to attendees in secure electronic (PDF) format
- Page numbers must be displayed in the lower right hand corner of each 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 at a minimum of one (1) day in advance of their scheduled presentation time.
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