Substation and Distribution Automation

Live Streaming Online June 23-24, 2022

A Program

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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.

Learning Objectives

  • Define automation
  • Identify characteristics and best practices of automation in substation and distribution applications
  • Review automation goals
  • Explore the vast array of devices and software available for the automation of substations and distribution circuits



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

FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2022

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