Power Transmission & Distribution Webinars

For more information about current or future webinars, please contact Jilliene McKinstry.

Seating is limited for webinars.

Digital Electrical Substations: Concepts, Designs and Benefits

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 12 p.m. (PT)

Galina Antonova and Bharadwaj Vasudevan, Hitachi ABB Power Grids

This Webinar introduced a concept of Digital Electrical Substation, where traditional copper wiring is replaced by communication-based digital signals. It will covered Intelligent Electronic Devices (IEDs), Merging Units (MUs), communication networks and synchronization services.

Wildfire Risk Mitigation 2

Tuesday, Apr. 13 at 12 p.m. (PT)

Dave James, Wildfire Resiliency Plan Manager for Avista, presented the company's plan to reduce wildfire risk and how the plan was developed. Building on prevention and response strategies that have been in place many years, Avista has committed to a new comprehensive 10-year Wildfire Resiliency Plan that includes improved defense strategies and operating practices for a more resilient system.

Dave will discuss the planning process that Avista used, including considerations of grid hardening, vegetation management, situational awareness, operational response, and worker and public safety.

Wildfire Risk Reduction 1

Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 12 p.m. (PT)

Scott Hayes, Principal Protection Engineer, Portland General Electric

The recent fires in California have caused a lot of discussion and action by utilities for wildfire risk reduction. Scott Hayes will discuss various topics on wildfire reduction such as:

  • Is Wildfire Risk Reduction Important? 
  • Electric Ignition of Fires – Causes 
  • Is this a distribution issue, a transmission issue or both? 
  • Technologies and Methods to reduce risk, and next steps

Vegetation Management

Wednesday, Feb. 26 from noon-1 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time).

John Tyler, Acting Chief Forrester, BPA, discussed vegetation management, particularly related to fire prevention. John offered suggestions on incorporating prevention into early project planning and design, and offered “best practice” tips for power engineers developing a Vegetation Management plan.

Cybersecurity for Power Engineers

Wednesday, Feb. 5 from noon-1 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time).

T&D alumnus Sam Chanoski, Director of Threat Intelligence and Countermeasures, Electricity ISAC at NERC.

Sam talked about the growing importance of cybersecurity for the reliable operation of power systems and what that means from an engineering perspective for the design and maintenance of SCADA and EMS systems. He also discussed power system operations, touched briefly on NERC CIP Standards, and talked about the threat environment that the power industry is up against.

Birds & Powerlines

Tuesday, Oct. 29 from noon-1 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Time).

Kara Donohue (SCE), Misti Sporer (Duke Energy), Eric Johnson (Evergy) and Rick Loughery (Edison Electric Institute) offered resources and best practices to avoid bird kills and the resulting power outages.

Microgrid 101

Thursday, Oct. 17 from noon-1 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Time)

Dan Jones is a Senior Designer with POWER Engineers’ SCADA and Analytic Studies group and has worked on several microgrid design projects. His free webinar on microgrids and microgrid designs was followed by a Q&A session.