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MIPSYCON Presentations, Papers, and Brochures


2019 Minnesota Power Systems Conference Final Program

General Session




Relaying I

Distribution Automation/Communications

Project Management


Emerging Technologies



Relaying II


Tutorial I

Tutorial II

Tutorial III

Tutorial IV

2018 Minnesota Power Systems Conference Final Program

General Session

Puerto Rico Power Restoration

Delivery Systems

Beating the Peak

Evaluating Dynamic Reactive Support Options for Minnesota’s North Shore

MISO Generation Interconnection Process and Challenges

Beating the Peak using Load Shifting

Delivery Systems - Renewables

Do We Really Need to Worry About Harmonics in Wind and Solar Plants?

Integration of Renewable Generation Maintaining Reliability and Economics

Minnesota DER Interconnection Process

Reducing Contingency-based Windfarm Curtailments through use of Transmission Capacity Forecasting  (presentation)

Distribution Automation/Communications

Converging Communications, IT and OT

DER System Information

Field Area Network for Multiple Grid Apps – Roadmap into Deployment


20 Years into Interoperable Communication Standards


History and Future

Metering Installation Errors

Power Generation

Advanced Coal-Fired Power Cycles

Benefits of a Cooling Tower VFD Retrofit

Challenges of Simulation Model Validation for Renewable Resources

Dynamic behavior of islanded distributed energy sources

Project Management

CU HVDC Refurbishment

Leveraging GIS

Relaying I

Improving Transformer Protection

Protective Relaying Considerations for Standby Generation Systems

Quantitative Analysis of Distribution Protection Enhancement using Fault Circuit Indicator

Relaying II

Do we have to reduce underreaching distance relay reach solely based on System Impedance Ratio(SIR)?

Impact of Incipient Faults on Sensitive Protection (presentation)

Summary of Revision C37.119-2016


Practical Operational Environment Security

Advances in Perimeter Security

Integrating Roles


Effectiveness of Surge Capacitors on Transformer Tertiary connected shunt reactors in preventing failures - Field measurements and comparison with Transient study results

Guide for the Design of Low Voltage AC and DC Auxiliary Systems for Substations

RTU Life Extension & Migration Strategy

Substation Grounding Design Challenges and Lessons Learned

Civil Structural

Understanding Structure Deflection in Design

Spill Prevention Control

Utility Industry Futures

Electric Storage Resources & Wholesale Electricity Markets

Modeling and Stabilization of Low-inertia Grids

Tutorial II

Power Quality 101

Tutorial III

Transformer 101 Economics of Transformer Design

Tutorial IV

Battery Storage: “Swiss Army Knife” of the Grid

2017 Minnesota Power Systems Conference Final Program


Electricity in Transition: A Regulatory Perspective

100MW North StarSolar Project

The Evolution of the Grid in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) Region


Air Core Reactors: Magnetic Clearances, Electrical Connection, and Grounding of Their Supports

Operational Experiences of an HV Transformer Neutral Blocking Device (presentation)

Evaluating Transformer Heating Due to GMD


Secure Business Transformation through Mobile Device Management (MDM)

CIP-003-6—Low-Impact CIP Implementation

Securing IEDs Against Cyber Threats in Critical Substation Automation and Industrial Control Systems


Basin Electric NERC CIP Program

System Studies for American Transmission Co.’s Benson Lake SVC Project

Demystifying IROL (Interconnection Reliability Operating Limit)—Does Exceeding IROL Always Imply Loss of Reliable Operation?

Distribution Analysis - How's Your System?


Protection of Distribution Feeders that Contain Distributed PVGeneration

Solutions to Common Distribution Protection Challenges (presentation)

Commission Testing Methods for Protection Systems (presentation)

End-to-End Testing


Needed Communications for DA Applications—Panel Session

Implementing Volt/VAR Optimization with DER Penetration


Process/Project Management—Xcel Energy MN Solar*Rewards Community Program

Great Northern 500 kV Transmission Line Behind the (Electrical) Design

Building an SVC Substation on Rock


The Growing Connectedness of the Electric and Natural Gas Systems

DER Hosting Capacity Analysis

Energy Storage: Xcel Energy Project Updates and Industry Landscape

Enabling Advanced Capabilities for Distributed Energy Resources(DER)—Takeaways from the Interconnection Standard IEEE 1547 Full Revision


Simulating Success at Antelope Valley Station

Resource Planning for a Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engine (RICE) Project


Challenging Transmission Structure Designs: Case Studies

What Structural Engineers Should Know About Substation Rigid BusDesign

Red Rock Hydroelectric Project—New Hydro at an Existing Flood Control Dam


Delayed Current Zero Crossing Phenomena during Switching of Shunt-Compensated Lines

Panel: Implementing GMD Standard TPL-007 (Mike Steckelberg)

Panel: Implementing GMD Standard TPL-007 (Michael Marz)

Case Study on Aggregate Load Modeling in Transient Stability Studies

Voltage Changes Caused by Distributed Energy Resources and Their Impact on Hosting Capacities


Redundant Bus Protection Using High-Impedance Differential Relays

What’s New in C37.113-2015, IEEE Guide for Protective Relay Applications to Transmission Lines

Considerations for Implementing a Zone-Selective Interlocking Scheme on Medium and Low Voltage Systems


AMI Trials and Testing

AMI Performance Requirements and Testing

Metering Communications Interoperability: Are We There Yet?

Local Balancing Authority Metering in MISO: An Engineering Perspective


Transmission System Performance for Geomagnetic Disturbance Events



Substation Grounding Tutorial


Transmission Design 201—Advanced Elements

2016 Minnesota Power Systems Conference Final Program


Clean Power: Now and in the Future

The Ethical Practice of Engineering: Case Studies from Administrative and Court Actions


Implementation Considerations for Electronic and Physical Substation Security Improvements for CIP-014

Physical Security Challenges and Responses for High Voltage Transformers

Substation Yardstone Resistivity—Is it Really 3,000 ohm-meters?

A Case Study for Substation Lightning Risk Evaluation


Electric Grid Resiliency (Kenneth Barry)

Electric Grid Resiliency (Mike Jensen)

Grid Energy Storeage Overview

Future Grid

Resource Reliability in a Changing Environment


Advanced Grid Intelligence & Security Initiatives at Xcel Energy

The Use of Sensors for Distribution and Substation Applications

Using a Geographic Information System to Create a Load Flow Model

Generating Asset Health Indices which are both Useful and Auditable


Resistance Coverage of Memory Polarized Mho Distance Elements

Phase Rolling and the Impacts on Protection


Spatiotemporal Pattern Detection in Distribution Networks Using Complex Event Processing

NERC CIP in the Real World on a Real Budget 

The Importance of Testing Smart Grid IEDs against Security Vulnerabilities

Wireless Technology and Application


Mississippi River Crossing—CapX2020

Project Management Advice—Panelists Share Their Insights (the ‘Good’ and the ‘Bad’)


Detailed Simulation Studies as a Solution to 21st Century Power System Challenges

Designing Volturnus, a Small Hydro Technology


Camp Ripley Solar Partnership

Columbia Energy Center Air Quality Control System Retrofit

Coordination of Controls of Renewable Power Plants to Meet Steady State and Dynamic Response Requirements for Voltage Control and Reactive Power Supply

Deer Creek Station - Combined Cycle Generation 


Codes, Standards, Specifications, & Promises—Why Details Matter in Steel Pole and Tower Fabrication

Dirt and Steel: The Need for Geotechnical and Structural Collaboration

The Dirt on Soil Investigations

River Bank Foundation Design


Consolidated Edison’s Experience with Online Monitoring and Mitigation of Geomagnetic Disturbances

Interharmonics: What They Are, Where They Come From and What They Do

History and Application of the MN Stray Voltage Guide

40 Ohm Ground Fault Impedance—Still applicable?


I Bought It But Do I Have To Use It? - AKA: My Favorite Function is the One I Turned Off!

Applications of Automated Protective Relay Testing

Avoiding Dangerous Relay Testing Practices


Automating the OMS with the DMS - How To Get There

AMI Deployment at a Rural Electric Cooperative

Measuring the Bakken: Metering and Monitoring Power Consumption in Western ND and Eastern MT

Meter Data Everywhere, Is It All the Same?


Transmission Lines and Power Flow Analysis


Predictive Maintenance for Improved Grid Performance


Relaying 101

PowerPoint Presentations from speakers who have given permission will be posted for an indefinite time after the conference.

2015 Minnesota Power Systems Conference Final Program


Construction of the Minnesota Multipurpose Stadium

Delivering Electric Power to the Bakken


3D Coming to a Substation Near You

Evaluating Dielectric Condition in SF6 Gas Breakers

Experiences with Mobile Substation Installations


Performance Analysis of 258 kWac Solar Demonstration Project

Distributed Generation and Electric Rates


Xcel Energy Field Area Network

Meeting the Challenges in Regional Transmission Planning and Development

Distribution Grid Resiliency Structure Testing, Results and Learnings

Robots for Energized Transmission Line Work


A Practical Guide to Performing Wide-Area Coordination Analysis

Transmission Line Automated Relay Coordination Checking

Improving Reliability and Security of System Protection


Antenna Systems – The Weak Link in High Data Throughput Wireless Data Communications Systems

Hacking SCADA Networks—Awareness and Prevention

What Protection Engineers Need to Know About Networking

Securing Communications for SCADA and Critical Industrial Systems


Leveraging the Power of GIS Technology for Asset Management—Pole Replacement Tracking Tool

Challenges of Urban Construction—the Hiawatha Corridor Project


Lessons Learned in Implementing Battery Systems Controls in Low-Inertia Systems

Risk of Unintentional Islanding in the Presence of Multiple Inverters or Mixed Generation Types

Integrating Solar Energy

MISO Dynamic Stability Limited Interface Limit Calculation


Traditional and Emerging Emissions Control for Baseload Generation Stations

Low SCR Wind Generation Instability Identification and Mitigation

Minnesota Power Laskin Energy Center Gas Conversion


Lessons Learned from Failures

Study of Galloping Mitigation


Transition from SPS to RAS—What Will Really Change?

Downtown East Distribution System

Transmission Planning for Physical Security of Critical Electricity Infrastructure

Meeting Minnesota Energy Efficiency Requirements with Utility Projects


Methods for Testing Transformer Differential Relays Applied to Delta-Grounded Wye Transformers Using Single-Phase Test Currents

CT Saturation Tolerance for 87L Applications


Advantages of Two-Way AMI/Demand Response Systems

Achieving Interoperability in a World of Standards Compliance

What to Do with All That 2-Way End-Device Data


Methods to Reduce Arc-Flash Hazards - I
Methods to Reduce Arc-Flash Hazards - II


Project and Construction Management Techniques - I
Project and Construction Management Techniques - II


Shunt Capacitor Banks—Specifications, Applications, and Best Practices for Protection and Switching

PowerPoint Presentations from speakers who have given permission will be posted for an indefinite time after the conference. 

2014 Minnesota Power Systems Conference Final Program

General Session

Minnesota Discovery, Research and InnoVation Economy (MnDRIVE): Robotics, Sensors, and Advanced Manufacturing

Emerging Issues and Trends as Viewed from Washington D.C.

Applied Professional Ethics for Engineers


Extracting Valuable Information from HV Circuit Breaker Testing

Power Factor Insulation Diagnosis - Demystifying Standard Practices

Bus Protection Considerations for Various Bus Types

Utility Industry Futures I

Grid Friendly Solar PV Power Plant

Battery Storage of Wind Power in Luverne, MN

Simulation Study of a Dynamic VAR Compensator as a Solution to a Large Motor Start Problem

Determining the Capacity Impacts of Plug-In Electric Vehicles on Xcel Energy’s Distribution System

Delivery Systems I

Fault Current Calculations and NEC Requirements

An Overview of Restoration Issues and Black-Start Analysis

Energy Storage Can Enable the Wider Deployment of Distributed Generation

Locating Faults by the Traveling Waves They Launch

Relaying I

Distribution Bus Protection Upgrade Considerations When Integrating Distributed Generation

Protective Relaying Redundancy and Reliability

False Application of Reliable Relaying Principles – Revisited

Testing the Tester – Common Pitfalls Testing Microprocessor Based Protective Relays

Distribution Automation/Communications

Design and Implementation of a Communication Network to Support Real-time Distribution Feeder Automation, SCADA Integration and Backhaul of Substation and Metering Data

Adaptive Control Strategies and Communications for Utility Integration of Photovoltaic Sites (presentation)

Can a Grid Be Smart Without Communicati0ns? A Look at IVVC Implementation.

Project Management

Mackinac HVDC Construction and Testing

The Center to Grand Forks 345 kV Transmission Line Project - Challenges, Hurdles and Lessons Learned

Project Management for Chub Lake Substation

Fox Valley Tornado Recovery

Utility Industry Futures II

Chemical Looping Clean Coal Technology

Great River Energy Distributed Generation Pilot Program

Renewable Energy Lessons Learned

Solar Valuation - Process for Determining Economic Value

Power Generation

Photovoltaics Outlook for Minnesota

Effect of Fukushima on the Nuclear Power Industry

Synchronous Condensers for Transmission Systems - The Second Generation

Cogeneration Plant Switchgear Replacement Improves Safety and Reliability While Maintaining Service to Critical Loads


Panel Discussion on Industry Standards

Utility Scale Wind Turbine Foundation Performance Evaluation

Transmission Long Span Design

Delivery Systems II

Enhanced Multiple Contingency Screening and Cascading Analysis for NERC Compliance

How MISO Studies Power Plant Retirements

Designing For a Critical Load Using a Spot Network

Distribution Grid Management

Relaying II

Get in Step with Synchronization – A Review of Synchronization

Special Considerations for Distribution Protection Coordination


A Panel Discussion of Revenue Metering Arc Flash Hazards and Mitigation (Tom Ernst)

A Panel Discussion of Revenue Metering Arc Flash Hazards and Mitigation (Dan Nordell)

Interoperability in Smart Utility Networks

Power Quality Measurements from Smart Revenue Meters

Tutorial I

Insulation Coordination

Tutorial II

Electric Drives 101 & Variable-Frequency Drives (Ned Mohan)

Electric Drives 101 & Variable-Frequency Drives (Robin Priestley)

Tutorial III

Distribution Planning (Tom Guttormson)

Distribution Planning (Al Haman)


A Practical Guide to Performing Wide-Area Coordination Analysis (Relaying)

Conductor Dynamics: Practical Information for Design Engineers (Civil-Structural)

CT Saturation Tolerance for 87L Applications (Relaying)

Distributed Generation and Retail Electric Rates (Utility Industry Futures)

Xcel Energy's Downtown East Distribution System (Delivery Systems)

Evaluating Dielectric Condition in SF6 Circuit Breakers (Substation)

Improving System Protection Reliability and Security (Relaying)

Lessons Learned in Implementing Battery Systems Controls in Low-Inertia Systems (Utility Industry Futures)

Life Lessons from the Power System (Relaying)

Methods for Testing Transformer Differential Relays Applied to Delta-Grounded Wye Transformers Using Single-Phase Test Currents (Relaying)

Paralleling CTs for Line Current Differential Applications: Problems and Solutions (Relaying)

Risk of Unintentional Islanding in the Presence of Multiple Inverters or Mixed Generation Types (Utility Industry Futures)

Robots for Energized Transmission Line Work (Delivery Systems)

Securing Communications for SCADA and Critical Industrial Systems (Distribution Automation/Communications)

System Upgrades for Phase Angle Regulating Transformers (Substation)

Traditional and Emerging Air Pollutant Control for Baseload Generation Stations (Power Generation)

Transmission Line Setting Calculations—Beyond the Cookbook (Relaying)

What Protection Engineers Need to Know About Networking (Distribution Automation/Communications)

A Guide to Establish an Arc Flash Safety Program for Electric Utilities (Delivery Systems)

A Highly Redundant, Low-voltage Solar Topology (Utility Industry Futures)

Aerial Saw Side Trimming (Project Management)

Analysis of Substation Asset Life Decisions: Replacement or Refurbishment? (Substation)

Application of Multi-function Motor Protection Relays to Variable Frequency Drive Connected Motors (Relaying)

CVT Transients Revisited – Distance, Directional Overcurrent, and Communications-Assisted Tripping Concerns (Relaying)

Design and Testing of System Integrated Protection Schemes (SIPS) (Relaying)

Geomagnetic Disturbances and the Transmission Grid (Delivery Systems)

Harmonic Effects on Electricity Metering (Metering)

Lessons Learned in Wind Generation (Delivery Systems)

Open Phase Conditions in Transformers - Analysis and Protection Algorithm (Relaying)

Power Grid Geomagnetic Disturbance (GMD) Modeling with Transformer Neutral Blocking and Live Grid Testing Results(Utility Industry Futures)

Practical AMI-Demand Response Applications Using Wireless-RF Technologies (Distribution Automation/Communications)

Shunt Reactor Switching Transients at High Compensation Levels (Delivery Systems)

Transformer Failure Analysis on Three Failures at Xcel Energy Substations – Chisago, Harrison & Fifth Street (Substation)

Transformer Loading Evaluation Using Enhanced Condition Monitoring (Delivery Systems)

Validating Transmission Line Impedances Using Known Event Data (Relaying)

What’s Happening at the Power Systems Relaying Committee, What is it, and Why is it Important to You? (Relaying)

Alternative Construction Access Method on Heavily Regulated Wetlands (Project Management)

Applying the National Electrical Code (NEC) in Substations (Substation)

Designing a New IEC 61850 Substation Architecture (Relaying)

Detection of Undamped Sub-Synchronous Oscillations of Wind Generators with Series Compensated Lines (Relaying)

Differential Protection for Power Transformers With Non-Standard Phase Shifts (Relaying)

Duluth Electric System Upgrade (Delivery Systems)

Evaluation of Coupling Effect between DC and AC Transmission running on the Same right-of-Way (Delivery Systems)

High-Speed Communication – Assisted Tripping and Sectionalizing For Distribution Systems (Distribution Automation/Communications)

Integration of IEC 61850 GSE and Sampled Value Services to Reduce Substation Wiring (Substation)

Line Protection: Redundancy, Reliability, and Affordability (Relaying)

Minnesota Power’s Boswell Unit 3 Environmental Compliance and Electrical Infrastructure Upgrades (Power Generation)

Minnesota Power’s Upgrade of Network Transformers (Project Management)

Power System Instability – What Rely and Planning Engineers Need to Know (Relaying)

Smart Electricity Storage for Heating: A Resource for Renewable Integration and Fast Regulation (Utility Industry Futures)

Swept Frequency Response Analysis to Detect Power Transformer Shipping Damage (Substation)

Temporary Overvoltage Issues in Distribution-connected Photovoltaic Systems and Mitigation Strategies (Delivery Systems)

Underground Power Cable Considerations – Alternatives to Overhead (Delivery Systems)

Using COMTRADE to Commission Protection (Relaying)

Where Did Those Transients Come From and How Are We Going to Handle Them? A Fresh Look at CCVT Transients and Other Analog Input Phenomena (Relaying) 

Wireless Communication for Distribution Automation in the Smart Grid (Distribution Automation/Communications)