2012 - Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution Users Group
EPRI Smart Grid Substation Labs-Real Solutions to Real Issues in Utilities
EPRI is currently working on solutions that confront the utility industry. This presentation will introduce the initiatives at EPRI Smart Grid substation labs. The purpose is to help utilities see the value of utilizing the data that exists today within substation devices for decision-making. While many utilities agree with this concept, they are facing internal organizational barriers and technical challenges, such as standards, cyber security and communications, etc. EPRI re-creates a scaled-down version of a typical utility substation environment with microprocessor relays and synchrophasors (PMU-Phasor Measurement Unit), communications, security, data platform and other apparatus sufficiently enough to demonstrate effective solutions. It would show the benefit to the maintenance engineers, asset managers or decision makers. The lab currently has set up a testing environment for testing PMU data-sharing without PDC's (phasor data concentrators), implementing a CIM SCADA interface and "translating" 61850 to CIM model. PI System data collection, archiving, and PI Asset Framework (PI AF) are used to set the stage for a solid data-mining solution. Mining this data and capturing the vast amount of data from the multiple sources—and turning that into actionable information—will provide utilities with a proven technical solution. Another goal is to develop and demonstrate techniques to extract information from microprocessor relays and articulate inferences to better understand equipment condition. The lab will eventually be used to develop future requirements for the management of microprocessor-based devices and other smart grid related activities.
Paul Myrda is a Technical Executive with the Electric Power Research Institute working in the Power Delivery and Utilization Sector.
Currently he is the Smarter Transmission System coordinator. In this role Paul assures program research related to the transmission system is developed and coordinated to support the Smarter Transmission System objectives. He is also the program manager for the transmission portion of the IntelliGrid program that focuses on applying the Common Information Model and IEC 61850 and also smart grid implementation strategies. Paul is also involved in cybersecurity activities as a member of the National Electric Sector Cyber Security Organization Resource team and also an External Advisory Board (EAB) member of the Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid (TCIPG) Center. In addition, he is former co-chair of the Data and Network Task Team Leader for the Department of Energy, North American Synchrophasor Project and also participates on the Leadership Team. Paul represents EPRI on the Industrial Advisory Board for the Power Systems Engineering and Research Consortium.
Herb has been involved in numerous projects involving the application of information systems technology and real-time communications technology to automated manufacturing, electrical distribution and automation and power quality monitoring. He is a recognized expert on information integration technology, distributed object technology and communication, having served on and chaired numerous industry technical committees. Herb is currently assigned as a Solution Architect for SISCO's electric utility clients. As such, he has actively participated in utility integration projects at Southern California Edison, Detroit Edison, SDG&E, CLECO, NERC, DOE, Grant County PUD, and others.