Electric Substation

The Electric Substation track focuses on sharing experiences, solutions and current best practices in substation workforce development, new technology and its implementation, aging infrastructure, and changing security concerns.

Meet the Electric Substation Program Development Team. Learn more about the Operations Conference.

April 15, 2020

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) and Switchgear Cubicle Safety
Speakers: Eric Fell, Specialist EH&S Safety, Consolidated Edison
Farid Katiraei, Vice President, Advanced Technology Integration, Quanta Technology
This session will have two presentations.

BESS Safety, Operations and Design
The BESS presentation provides an overview of energy storage system (ESS) technologies, with a focus on the most common technology- lithium-ion. With the potential for flammable gas release resulting in fire and deflagrations risks, we will discuss best practices for design and operation based on case studies of failures in both Asia and the US. We will also address the development of safety codes & standards addressing ESS installations.

Cubicle Inspection and Repair Safety (CIRS) Device
The CIRS presentation will cover the use of a new device to allow for working safely in a switchgear cubicle without the need for a bus section outage.

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM
Substation Security: Cyber and Physical Security Threats
Speakers: Nick Weber, Senior Security Consultant, Archer International
“Substation Security: Cyber and Physical Security Threats” will provide an overview of known and anticipated threats to substations before exploring solutions to mitigate those threats. This session will leverage the Enterprise Security Risk Management model to identify and understand common physical, cyber, and regulatory risks. The presentation team will provide the tools to communicate those risks across the business to develop a common understanding across traditional business boundaries. The session will work through a mitigation implementation case study before closing out with the residual risk assessment to complete the Enterprise Security Risk Management cycle.

April 16, 2020

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Distributed Energy Resource Impacts on Substation Operations
Speakers: Patrick Dalton, Distributed Energy Resources Manager, ICF International
Parag Upadhyay, Principal R&D Scientist – Transformers & Electromagnetics, ABB Inc.
This session will have two presentations:

  • “Integrating DER with Distribution Substations – Impacts, Challenges, and Opportunities”
  • “Distributed Energy Resource Impacts on Substations”
    This presentation will cover the bi-directional power flow and its impacts on substation power transformers. A comparison of the traditional grid vs. the modern grid will also be discussed.

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM
Cultivating the Growth of Substation Personnel
Speakers: Farid Katiraei, Vice President, Advanced Technology Integration, Quanta Technology
Pete Maxwell, Substation Supervisor, Puget Sound Energy
In the frequently changing field of substations where a large variety of skills are needed to deliver effective results, this session aims to create a discussion on different ways utilities/consulting firms are providing training and resources to develop and retain substation engineering and operations personnel as well as adopt new technology.

Reinventing the Apprenticeship Program to Improve Retention Rates.
Puget Sound Energy recently revamped their apprenticeship program to overcome workforce retention issues. Learn what changes they concentrated on, how the changes were implemented, and the impact of the modifications.