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Title: Electric System-wide Measurements: North American Directions

Abstract

The western interconnected electric system of North America pioneered the concept of system-wide measurements, particularly applied to system dynamic issues. This involved the development and deployment of synchronized, sub-second measurement units and their associated data collection networks. More recently, the United States Department of Energy has collaborated with the North American Electric Reliability Council, electric utilities, reliability coordinators, equipment and software suppliers, and researchers to advance the use phasors in the eastern interconnection of North America. This paper provides an overview of the status of system-wide monitoring in North America, the directions emerging for application of this data to situational awareness and system operations, as well as the institutional changes underway to organize the relevant parties and establish a viable infrastructure to support the information exchange required to fulfill each party’s role.

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
947503
Report Number(s):
PNNL-SA-51702
830403000; TRN: US200909%%235
DOE Contract Number:
AC05-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Proceedings of the 40th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences - 2007, 120
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; ELECTRIC RELIABILITY COUNCILS; ELECTRIC UTILITIES; MONITORING; NORTH AMERICA; RELIABILITY

Citation Formats

Widergren, Steven E., Huang, Zhenyu, and Dagle, Jeffery E.. Electric System-wide Measurements: North American Directions. United States: N. p., 2007. Web. doi:10.1109/HICSS.2007.198.
Widergren, Steven E., Huang, Zhenyu, & Dagle, Jeffery E.. Electric System-wide Measurements: North American Directions. United States. doi:10.1109/HICSS.2007.198.
Widergren, Steven E., Huang, Zhenyu, and Dagle, Jeffery E.. Wed . "Electric System-wide Measurements: North American Directions". United States. doi:10.1109/HICSS.2007.198.
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abstractNote = {The western interconnected electric system of North America pioneered the concept of system-wide measurements, particularly applied to system dynamic issues. This involved the development and deployment of synchronized, sub-second measurement units and their associated data collection networks. More recently, the United States Department of Energy has collaborated with the North American Electric Reliability Council, electric utilities, reliability coordinators, equipment and software suppliers, and researchers to advance the use phasors in the eastern interconnection of North America. This paper provides an overview of the status of system-wide monitoring in North America, the directions emerging for application of this data to situational awareness and system operations, as well as the institutional changes underway to organize the relevant parties and establish a viable infrastructure to support the information exchange required to fulfill each party’s role.},
doi = {10.1109/HICSS.2007.198},
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place = {United States},
year = {Wed Jan 03 00:00:00 EST 2007},
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