MIPSYCON Program November 7, 2018

Wednesday's schedule begins with registration and a continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m., with breaks scheduled at 10:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and lunch at noon. Morning session themes are: Distribution Automation/Communications, Project Management, Utility Industry Futures, and Power Generation. Afternoon session themes are: Civil-Structural, Delivery Systems II, Relaying II, and Metering.

Wednesday Session Moderators

Distribution Automation/Communications

Moderator: Dan Nordell
Co-Moderators: Dave Bisel, Tom Guttormson

Project Management

Moderator: Denny Branca
Co-Moderators: Larry Brusseau, Bethlyn Cummings

Utility Industry Futures

Moderator: Mike Steckelberg
Co-Moderators: Douglas Brown, Jesse Tomford

Power Generation

Moderator: Ryan Bergeron
Co-Moderators: Mike Crane, Pete Malamen

Civil Structural

Moderator: Mike Jensen
Co-Moderators: Bethlyn Cummings, Greg Owen

Delivery Systems–Renewables

Moderator: Michael Marz
Co-Moderators: Will Lovelace, Jesse Tomford

Relaying II

Moderator: Dave Bisel
Co-Moderators: Ryan Bergeron, Michael Ebert

Metering

Moderator: Tom Guttormson
Co-Moderators: Mike Crane, Pete Malamen

 

8:30 a.m.

Distribution Automation/ Communications 

SCADA Communications to Distributed Generation, Steve Nordahl, Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric

This presentation will talk about normalizing your data and how to communicate to distributed generation with other devices in your distribution network to see what is happening and to operate in real time. − Intermediate

Project Management

Project Management Office: More than Schedules and Budgets, Jennifer Johnson, Minnkota Power Cooperative, Inc.

There are five significant stages to a project, and some are often overlooked. This paper will discuss the processes needed to manage a large portfolio of projects and programs and the required documentation, tools, and processes essential to provide consistency, transparency, and defensibility of projects considered for execution. − Fundamental

Utility Industry Futures 

Minnesota’s Electric Bus and EV Time-of-Use Charging, Mike Fosse, Jane Siebenaler, Dakota Electric Association

Minnesota’s first electric school bus completed its first year of operation. Learn about the history of the bus, bus technology, performance, economics, and the driver’s experiences as well as customer responses to Dakota Electric’s other electric vehicle-charging programs. − Fundamental

Power Generation

Advanced Coal-Fired Power Cycles, Jason Laumb, University of North Dakota, Energy & Environmental Research Center

This presentation reviews the challenges and opportunities of using North Dakota lignite in the Allam Cycle process. Specific areas of focus will include gasifier selection, material corrosion, impurity management, and demonstration of a syngas combustor. − Intermediate

9:15 a.m.

Distribution Automation/Communications

Converging Communications, Operational Technology (OT), and Information Technology, Joe LaCasse and Dan Lysaker, Xcel Energy

In this presentation, the speakers will detail Xcel Energy’s strategy for operationalizing communications systems to enable a sustainable and scalable ADMS project from the deployment of intelligent field devices to the setup and design of the ADMS SCADA system. − Intermediate

Project Management

High Voltage DC Transmission Line Refurbishment Project, Greg Schutte, Great River Energy

Great River Energy has operated a 400 kV high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) transmission line for 40 years. This presentation will cover GRE’s 2011 HVDC system assessment process to determine that investment was needed to refurbish and extend the HVDC system life. − Intermediate

Utility Industry Futures

Utility Scale Storage Solution, Tristan Glenwright, Tesla Energy

Utility energy storage solutions are rapidly evolving, growing in capacity and technological capabilities. This presentation will cover approving and financing storage projects, interconnection design requirements, operating and maintenance considerations,  and challenges unique to storage projects. − Intermediate

Power Generation

Dynamic Behavior of Islanded Distributed Energy Resources, Michael Ropp, Northern Plains Power Technologies

The dynamic behaviors of inverter- and machine-based distributed energy resources operating in unintentional islands, and factors affecting how quickly an island must be detected, are described. − Intermediate

10:30 a.m.

Distribution Automation/Communications 

Field Area Network for Multiple Grid Apps—Roadmap into Deployment, Tom Guttormson, Connexus Energy

This presentation will highlight the development of a hybrid communications roadmap for serving both legacy and advanced grid applications, and deployment of the network at Connexus Energy. − Intermediate

Project Management

Leveraging GIS for Project Management—Small Utility Finds Big Results, Mike Riewer, Henry Wander, Otter Tail Power Company

The BSSE project faced many challenges related to the massive amounts of data required to manage the project effectively. This discussion will focus on how the challenge was met using an entirely paperless process. − Fundamental

Utility Industry Futures

Modeling and Stabilization of LowInertia Grids, Brian Johnson, University of Washington, Department of Electrical Engineering

Recent advances in the modeling and control of low-inertia power systems characterized by high inverter penetration will be discussed. Methods to mitigate model complexity will be examined, as well as how small-signal stability is impacted by inverter penetration level. − Advanced

Power Generation

The Benefits of a Cooling Tower Fan VFD Retrofit, Greg Owen, Basin Electric Power Cooperative; Ryan Carlson, Burns & McDonnell

Basin Electric Power Cooperative recently upgraded cooling tower electrical equipment to improve reliability and reduce maintenance costs. This session will discuss project justification, design challenges, and the impact on operational and financial performance. – Advanced

11:15 a.m.

Distribution Automation/Communications 

Emerging Communications and Sensor Technologies that Advance Distribution Automation, Shankar Achanta, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.

This paper describes applications of distribution automation with a focus on emerging communications technologies and advanced line sensors that help distribution utilities with faster fault detection, isolation, and restoration. − Advanced

Project Management

Challenges of a Small Project, Dave Logan, POWER Engineers

A retrospective examination of a small project with large challenges. The general size of a project should not drive the scope development. A design team’s ability to identify potential challenges early, and their ability to adapt to changing scope, will determine the success of the project. − Intermediate

Utility Industry Futures

Energy Storage Resources in Wholesale Electricity Markets, Scott Baker, PJM Interconnection

FERC Order 841 concerning storage in wholesale markets is a watershed moment for utility scale batteries. This presentation explores how RTOs and ISOs are preparing to comply with the Order and open storage opportunities in electricity markets. – Intermediate

Power Generation

Challenges of Simulation Model Validation for Renewable Resources, Dinemayer Silva, Siemens PTI

Discussion on the challenges faced by model validation for renewable power plants such as field test challenges, model benchmark, model tools, and platforms. − Intermediate

1:00 p.m.

Civil-Structural

Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures—SPCC Planning and Development, Mark Gerlach, Xcel Energy

NSP used EPRI software to determine substation oil discharge risk. Impacted sites were retrofitted with secondary containment and incorporated into a multifacility substation SPCC plan. − Intermediate

Delivery Systems - Renewables

Minnesota’s Distributed Energy Resource Interconnection Process, Kristi Robinson, Star Energy Services

Minnesota’s Distributed Energy Resource Interconnection Process is being reviewed and updated to reflect current standards, policy, and technology. This presentation will discuss upcoming changes. − Fundamental

Relaying II

Do We Have to Reduce Under-Reaching Distance Reach Solely Based on System Impedance Ratio (SIR)?, Pratap Mysore, Pratap Consulting Services, LLC

Distance relay performance has been linked to system impedance ratio (SIR). The paper presents a simplified analysis of zone-1 reach setting limit based on voltage difference (voltage discrimination), which has been a focus of recent industry discussions. It shares the results of testing from various relays. − Intermediate

Metering

History and Future of Electric Metering, Dan Gunderson, Minnesota Power

A look back at the last 125 years of history in electricity metering, and a look forward at the new world of Advanced Meter Infrastructure. − Intermediate

1:45 p.m.

Civil-Structural

Overcoming Foundation Construction Challenges in Power Delivery Projects, Luke Karels, Stanley Consultants

Foundation construction is never easy. Whether the project includes installation of transmission structures, distribution foundations, or substation structure foundations, each project can carry several challenges. The presentation will review types of challenges and discuss best practices to overcome them. − Intermediate

Delivery Systems - Renewables

Do We Really Need to Worry about Harmonics in Wind and Solar Plants? David Mueller, EnerNex

Inverter-based wind and solar power generators are sources of harmonics, making compliance with IEEE 519 and IEEE 1547 standards problematic. Additional issues to be addressed include resonance and converter controls interactions. − Intermediate

Relaying II

CCVT Failures and Their Effects on Distance Relays, Ryan McDaniel, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.

Distance relays rely on accurate voltage and current signals to correctly determine if a fault is within their zone of protection. In this presentation we review three separate events that show unique coupling-capacitor voltage transformer (CCVT) failures and discuss relay performance during these failures. − Intermediate

Metering

Metering Installation Errors to Avoid, Greg May, Two Sockets Two Meters

A review of things that can go wrong with both accuracy and safety in electricity metering. − Intermediate

3:00 p.m.

Civil-Structural

Modern Pile Load Testing Techniques to Support Optimized Pile Foundation Design, Matt Wessale, Westwood Professional Services

Innovations in solar have significantly decreased the cost of pile load tests. Learn about modern pile load tests and their use in optimizing pile foundations for solar and wind energy, transmission lines, and energy storage. − Intermediate

Delivery Systems - Renewables

Reducing Contingency-Based Wind Farm Curtailments Through Use of Transmission Capacity Forecasting, Doug Bowman, Southwest Power Pool (SPP)

The use of dynamic line rating (DLR) technologies can provide increased flow capability and reduce transmission congestion. The presentation will show how forecasting dynamic line ratings using DLR technologies can be used to alleviate wind farm curtailments. − Intermediate

Relaying II

Impact of Incipient Faults on Sensitive Protection, Tom Ernst, General Electric

This topic focuses on the impact of incipient faults on the sensitive protection, including transformer restricted earth fault (REF), sensitive ground fault protection, and others. This presentation also reviews a real field application case involving a 22 kV underground cable. – Intermediate

Metering

Metrology Challenges in the Brave New World of Electronics— Laboratory Test Results, Dan Nordell, Xcel Energy

Nonsinusoidal loads resulting from power electronics can produce unique challenges to metrology. This presentation will examine some of them. − Intermediate

3:45 p.m.

Civil-Structural

Understanding Structure Deflection in Design and Construction, Duane Phillips, Hydaker-Wheatlake Company

Construction with “flexible” tubular steel structures creates additional challenges for construction means and methods. This presentation will go through design elements and construction challenges, and provide practical examples from projects to illustrate. − Intermediate

Delivery Systems - Renewables

Integration of Renewable Generation, Nelson Bacalao, Siemens Power Technologies International

High levels of inverter-based generation present challenges such as output variability and reduced system inertia. This presentation investigates the levels of combined cycle generation and energy storage required to maintain reliability. − Fundamental

Relaying II

Summary Revision of C37.119 Guide for Breaker Failure Protection of Power Circuit Breakers, Adi Mulawarman, Xcel Energy This presentation covers principles of breaker failure protection and changes and additions that compose IEEE C37.119-2016, Guide for Breaker Failure Protection of Power Circuit Breakers. − Intermediate

Metering

20 Years into Interoperable Communication Standards—Why Aren’t We There Yet? Ed Beroset, Electric Power Research Institute

The industry has been working for more than 20 years to produce interoperable standards for electricity meter communications. What is preventing us from finishing the job? − Intermediate