Substation and Distribution Automation

Live Streaming Online January 24-25 2023 | Online

An EUCI Program

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If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all registrants for three business days after the event

Two aspects make the automation of the power delivery system worth the investment. First, they are geographically extensive in nature. In some cases the point of interest is 100 or more miles away from the utility operations center. Second, and even more important, is the complexity. Even when remote control of these devices and systems are achieved, system operators require time to evaluate, digest and act upon a given situation. Automation “scripts” can be created to take action for routine events that disrupt the power delivery process and reduce outage duration.

This course begins with definitions and objectives for automation and moves quickly into SCADA and intelligent devices. Automated decisions are based on binary and analog inputs and processed via Boolean logic. The course is intended to provide an overview of power delivery system automation and review of common utility best practices, standards and operating processes associated with system automation.

For those new to the automation field, this course will be the perfect preparation to attending more advanced automation events.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify characteristics and best practices of automation in substation and distribution applications
  • Review Substation Protection/Control equipment and associated sensors
  • Analyze common substation protective relaying schemes
  • Contrast electromechanics vs. digital control equipment
  • Discuss Programmable Logic Controls, Remote Terminal Units and Gateway Computers
  • Compare digital communication protocols (Modbus, DNP3, IEC61850)
  • Explain substation physical and cyber security (NERC/CIP)
  • Review intelligent controls and required sensors on the electric distribution devices
  • Contrast Local Intelligence vs. Central Intelligence for automation distribution schemes
  • Appraise communication mediums for line devices
  • Review the operation of self-healing distribution systems
  • Discuss smart sensors for thermal and electro-mechanical distribution devices



9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. : CENTRAL TIME

Automation Definition & Characteristics

  • Definitions
    • Automation – what is it?
    • Intelligent Devices
    • Task
  • Best Practices for Automation
    • Applicable Industry Standards
  • Automation Progression
  • Automation Goals
    • Reduce time and expense
    • Reduce Outage Time
    • Improve Safety
    • More and Faster System Data
    • Outage Management

Substation Automation

  • High Voltage Bus
    • HV Bus Schemes
    • HV Bus Differential Protection
  • Substation Power Transformer
    • Transformer Differential Scheme
    • Transformer Monitoring
  • Low Voltage Bus
    • Phase Current Monitoring
    • LV Bus Differential
    • Auto Closing of LV Bus Tie

12:30 – 1:00 p.m. :: Break for Lunch

Distribution Circuits and Feeders

  • Phase Current Monitoring
  • Ground Current Monitoring (phase balancing)
  • Breaker Status
  • Remote Terminal Units
  • Substation (gateway) Computer
  • Communication
    • Within the Substation
    • Substation to Control Center

    9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. : CENTRAL TIME

    Distribution Automation

    • Switches & Fault Interrupting Devices
      • Automatic Reclosers
        • Gang Operated
        • Independent Pole Operating Reclosers
      • Motor Operated Air Break Switches
    • Intelligent Electronic Devices (IEDs)
      • Protective Relays
      • Distribution Equipment Controls
      • Communication with IEDs
    • Auto Restoration


    Jerry Josken, Senior Consultant and Instructor, EUCI

    Jerry holds a BS in Electrical Engineering Technology from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and an MBA from North Central College.

    His 30+ year career with EATON Electrical includes a variety of engineering positions, including product design and application. During his tenure as Field Application Engineer, Jerry was heavily involved with self-healing distribution system and associated equipment controls. More recently, Jerry served as a Sr. Consultant with Pike Engineering and, currently, creates/conducts professional development programs on various power delivery topics for EUCI. Past leadership positions include Chair of IEEE Rural Electric, Power Conference (2012) and GLEMS Distribution Equipment/Controls (2013-2014).