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March 1, 2012
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Power Systems Courses From SELU
Whether you are a technician, engineer, or manager, SEL University has a power systems course that will suit your workforce needs. SELU offers a comprehensive fundamentals course and protection courses that explore power system protection theory as well as the latest advances in power protection technology. Learn more at www.selinc.com/selu3.
John Egan: Finding Peace in the Utility Industry
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International LiDAR Mapping Forum Sets New Record for Attendees
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John Egan: Finding Peace in the Utility Industry

John Egan will address whether or not utilities can make peace with their customers in the upcoming Western Energy Institute’s Spring Energy Symposium.

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Dominion East Ohio and The Dominion Foundation Offer $1.3 Million in Education Grants

School teachers and college faculty members in Ohio, including the Dominion East Ohio service area, are encouraged to apply for educational support grants to help their students under a $1.3 million program sponsored by the company's charitable foundation.

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International LiDAR Mapping Forum Sets New Record for Attendees

The International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF), which took place in Denver in the United States in January, set a new record for registered attendees, with 773 professionals from 30 different countries.

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Training Courses


Upcoming T&D Industry Courses

May 2-4: Siemens Power Academy, Wendell, NC
Introduction to Distribution Systems and Power Circuit Analysis - NERC Certification
Do you want a better understanding of the basic concepts of electrical engineering? Are you interested in learning more about forecasting, or the theory behind analysis and reliability? If so, then PDEC 500 is for you! This course examines the key concepts of power distribution engineering. Distribution system configurations, equipment use and the advantages and disadvantages of each are discussed. Topics include power systems, voltage regulation reliability, voltage drop, power quality, power factor correction and capacitor applications. This course will improve your understanding of distribution system insulation coordination and surge arrester applications that provide overvoltage protection from events such as switching and lightning surges. Also included are discussions on methods used in the steady state analysis of AC circuits as applied to power distribution systems including: linear circuit elements, complex numbers, matrices, network solution methods, three-phase power systems, the per unit system, symmetrical components and fault currents. For more information go to www.usa.siemens.com/energy/pti-education

May 7-9:Siemens Power Academy, Wendell, NC
Understanding System Losses for Utility Management - NERC Certification
Are you aware that the greatest reduction in losses comes from how you manage the reactive power in your system? Are you looking to identify concentrated and unacceptable system losses? By attending this course you will learn the role of utility management in assessing the effects of system losses from both an operations and a planning perspective. This course provides transmission and distribution planning engineers, rate design engineers from utilities, and regulatory commissioners with methods for effectively modeling, analyzing, allocating and reducing losses. Topics include loss evaluation techniques, methods for simplifying the loss calculation, principal causes of losses (trans-formers and lines) and program requirements to reduce them effectively. Case study provided. For more information go to www.usa.siemens.com/energy/pti-education

May 7-9: Siemens Power Academy, Orlando, FL
Analytical Methods for Voltage Control and Reactive Power Planning - NERC Certification
Are you a power system planner or operator concerned with voltage stability? In this course you will receive a simulation and hands-on learning experience as we explain the concepts of voltage issues and reactive power shortage including voltage instability, voltage collapse, cascading outages, system low-voltage condition, slow and fast system voltage dynamics and reactive compensation. At the conclusion of this class, students will use analytical methods and tools to analyze and solve system voltage problems and plan reactive compensation. For more information go to www.usa.siemens.com/energy/pti-education

May 7-11: Siemens Power Academy, Schenectady, NY
Analytical Methods for Voltage Control and Reactive Power Planning - NERC Certification
Are you a power system planner or operator concerned with voltage stability? In this course you will receive a simulation and hands-on learning experience as we explain the concepts of voltage issues and reactive power shortage including voltage instability, voltage collapse, cascading outages, system low-voltage condition, slow and fast system voltage dynamics and reactive compensation. At the conclusion of this class, students will use analytical methods and tools to analyze and solve system voltage problems and plan reactive compensation. For more information go to www.usa.siemens.com/energy/pti-education

May 19-21: Siemens Power Academy, Schenectady, NY
The Smart Grid Professionals Series - NEW
Developing a Smart Grid strategy is a complex endeavor. It is even harder when you do not know what a smarter grid really entails. This latest addition to our professional workshop series provides participants with an assessment of the critical infrastructure and the associated decisions required to make a smarter grid a reality. Whether you are in development, customer service, finance, project management or a transitioning civil or mechanical engineer, understanding the concept of a Smart Grid will enable you to provide valuable contributions to your organization. Register SGPS 500 to complete all 5 courses (SGPS 420, 430, 440, 450, 460 and 470) this series. For more information go to www.usa.siemens.com/energy/pti-education

May 22–25: SEL University, Fair Oaks Ranch, TX
PWRS 400 - Power System Fundamentals for Engineers
Are you new to the electric power industry? Are you interested in refreshing or increasing your fundamental knowledge of electric power systems? If so, then PWRS 400 is what you’ve been looking for! This 4-day course covers a wide range of topics related to the history, design, operation, control, stability and protection of electric power systems. It also introduces the Regional Reliability Councils and Interconnections of the North American electric power system. We will use state-of-the-art power system simulation and analysis software to model and facilitate in-depth discussions on transmission lines, power system steady-state operation, economic dispatch and power system faults. Learn more about PWRS 400 and register at www.selinc.com/3-400.

June 4–8: SEL University, Pullman, WA
PROT 401 - Protecting Power Systems for Engineers Do you need to develop a comprehensive understanding of electrical power systems protection? Is your power system protection knowledge-base current? Let SEL University provide you with high quality training in power system protection! The purpose of this 5-day course is to introduce and thoroughly explore the fundamental principles and schemes for protecting the electric power system. It covers basic and advanced protection schemes for power lines, transformers, substations, generators and motors. It also introduces Wide Area Protection principles and design concepts. Furthermore, this course provides basic application guidelines for protective relaying using both traditional and microprocessor relays. Learn more about PROT 401 and register at www.selinc.com/3-401.

June 11–13: SEL University, St. Louis, MO
PROT 403 - Distribution System Protection
Are you seeking a more comprehensive understanding of the protection requirements, principles and schemes for electric power distribution systems? In this 3-day course, we introduce the basic elements of protection for the electric power distribution system and provide an in-depth coverage of both traditional and modern protective relaying methods for distribution systems, We also address the application of distribution system protection principles to improve power quality indices; protection practices and regulations of distribution systems with dispersed generators, and much more. Learn more about PROT 403 and register at www/selinc.com/3-403.

June 11-14: Siemens Power Academy, Mountain View, CA
The Energy Professional Series
Whether you are in customer service, finance, project management, or a transitioning civil or mechanical engineer, understanding the physical, financial and future drivers of the electric power grid will enable you to improve your valued contributions to your organization. Come join us and learn more about the Physical, Financial and Future Drivers of the Power Grid. Register SEPS 400 to complete all 5 courses (SEPS 305, 315, 320, 325 and 300) this series. For more information go to www.usa.siemens.com/energy/pti-education

June 18-20: Siemens Power Academy, Mountain View, CA
The Smart Grid Professionals Series - NEW
Developing a Smart Grid strategy is a complex endeavor. It is even harder when you do not know what a smarter grid really entails. This latest addition to our professional workshop series provides participants with an assessment of the critical infrastructure and the associated decisions required to make a smarter grid a reality. Whether you are in development, customer service, finance, project management or a transitioning civil or mechanical engineer, understanding the concept of a Smart Grid will enable you to provide valuable contributions to your organization. Register SGPS 500 to complete all 5 courses (SGPS 420, 430, 440, 450, 460 and 470) this series. For more information go to www.usa.siemens.com/energy/pti-education

June 25–27: SEL University, Vacaville, CA
PROT – 407 Transmission Line Protection What are your transmission line protection challenges? Let SEL University help you identify protection and fault location methods to apply in modern transmission systems. In this 3-day course, you will learn how to: define and address protection problems for high-voltage transmission lines; implement modern directional and distance protection elements; select the best pilot protection schemes for transmission line protection; execute directional comparison pilot and line differential protection schemes, and much more. PROT 407 will also provide an overview of the effect of reclosing, single-pole tripping and breaker failure protection on the stability of high-voltage transmission systems. Learn more about PROT 407 and register at www.selinc.com/3-407.

Aug. 13-15: SEL University, Charlotte, NC
PROT 411 – Substation Equipment Protection
Are you up-to-date on modern substation protection requirements? In this 3-day course we will comprehensively cover protection requirements and principles for high-voltage power transformers and substation buses. You will learn to define transformer and bus protection issues, and identify appropriate solutions using digital relays. You will also learn to specify current transformers for protective relaying applications; calculate relay settings for bus and transformer differential protection, and much more. Learn more about PROT 411 and register at www.selinc.com/3-411.

Sept. 10-12: SEL University, Nanuet, NY
PROT 409 – Generation System Protection
Do you have generation system protection challenges? Are you looking for a more complete understanding of generation system protection requirements? In this 3-day course we will introduce the protection requirements of synchronous generators and how to apply generation system protection principles. You will learn how to select appropriate protection schemes for various generator applications and how to determine appropriate settings for system backup using phase distance and overcurrent elements, and much more. Learn more about PROT 409 and register at www.selinc.com/3-409.

Mar. 14: GE Digital Energy, Rochester, NY, USA
MDS iNET Series Technical Training
The MDS iNET Series is an unlicensed industrial networking solution with advanced cyber security. The iNET Technical Training course demonstrates how to maximize network security, and also teaches product interfacing, configuration and management. For more information or to register for this course, please click here: www.gedigitalenergy.com.

Mar. 15: GE Digital Energy
MDS entraNET Series Technical Training

Learn how to get exceptionally long range communications and robust performance with Technical Training on the MDS entraNET. In addition to covering product functions, configuration and management, this course shows students how to maximize the performance of their entraNET network. For more information or to register for this course, please click here: www.gedigitalenergy.com.

Mar. 20-22: EnerNex, Omni Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
Smart Grid Interoperability Panel Face-to-Face Meeting
SGIP Face-to-Face Meetings bring together a community of Smart Grid innovators, stakeholder experts and global partners to share best practices and new strategies to improve and accelerate Smart Grid standards. This March conference will provide working groups, PAP teams and committees time for discussion and consensus-building. Additionally, the program will include a special focus on collaboration, with informative sessions that address the implications of our efforts.For more information or to register go to www.enernex.com

Mar. 22: WEIDMANN Diagnostic Solutions Inc., Colorado School of Mines, Student Center, Golden, CO
Laboratory Methods for Fluid Diagnostic Testing of Electrical Equipment
WEIDMANN presents a seminar on diagnostic testing of electrical equipment utilizing laboratory methods. Dissolved gas analysis (DGA), degradation of cellulose insulation, dielectric fluid assessment, and load tap changer (LTC) diagnostic evaluation will be discussed. Electrical engineers, technicians, and anyone responsible for electrical equipment maintenance will benefit from the valuable ideas and suggestions that will be presented. For more information contact: +1 916 778 8435; www.weidmann-electrical.com

Mar. 27-29:GE Digital Energy, Markham, Ontario, Canada
D400 Essentials
This course provides instruction on the essential skills required to work with the D400 product line. As well as instruction on the hardware components of the D400, the class will also cover the configuration basics required to set up the D400. For more information or to register for this course, please click here: www.gedigitalenergy.com.

Apr. 11-13: ABB, Coral Springs, FL
Electromechanical Relays & FT Switches
This three day training program is designed for participants to become proficient in application, installation, operation, maintenance, and testing of ABB Electro-mechanical relays and FT switches. For more information or to register go to www.abb.com.

Apr. 11-13: University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, WI
Understanding Power System Design and Operation
This course is for managers, project coordinators, engineers, designers, technicians and other individuals who have little or no formal training in electrical power system design and operation. This includes individuals who need to communicate effectively with electrical engineers and other electrical system designers.This program begins with basic electrical theory and demonstrates how these theories are applied when developing transmission and distribution systems. For more information and to register, visit Understanding Power System Design & Operation.

Apr. 13: OMICRON Academy, Waltham, MA
Moisture in Transformers: measurement, assessment, and removal
Moisture in the insulation system has a direct effect on transformer life. This class entails: sources of moisture, the effect it has on the performance and life of the insulation system, techniques presently available in the industry today to measure moisture, and an overview of field dry out processes. Attendees will become knowledgeable on the application of Dielectric Frequency Response, the latest moisture measurement technology, and its use in the field. Visit www.omicronusa.com to register and obtain more information or contact wayne.bishop@omicronusa.com with any questions.

Apr. 16-18: University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, WI
Transmission Line Design
Learn a wide variety of design subjects at a level appropriate to those relatively new to the area of transmission line design. Explore the fundamentals for the electrical, civil, and structural design components of electric transmission lines. Examine industry practices, technical requirements, configuration philosophies, design practices, information resources and work procedures and presented. Topics covered include conductor types, sag and tension calculations, insulation and hardware, structure loading, codes and standards, clearances, foundations, ice and wind loading, and environmental coordination. For more information and to register, visit: Transmission Line Design.

Apr. 16-20:GE Digital Energy, Markham, Ontario, Canada
D25 with ConfigPro

This course includes instruction on the D25 product family as well as ConfigPro, the configuration tool required to configure a D25. Hardware introduction, set-up, troubleshooting, and basic configuration are covered in this class. For more information or to register for this course, please click here: www.gedigitalenergy.com.

Apr. 19-20: University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, WI
Right-of-Way Acquisition Guidelines
Get an overview, and understand property ownership, land requirements and transmission line design. Discuss the appraisal process and the determination of pre-specific appraisal data. For more information and to register, visit: Right-of-Way Acquisition Guidelines.

Apr. 20: OMICRON Academy in Waltham, MA
IEC 61850 Protection Testing with OMICRON CMC Test Equipment
Learn how to test the essential parameters of protection systems utilizing the IEC 61850 protocol with the CMC test set. Topics include: Using IEDScout to retrieve and monitor GOOSE(Generic Object Oriented Substation Event) messages and obtaining SCL (Substation Configuration Description Language) files from different relay vendors.Visit www.omicronusa.com or contact Wayne Bishop at wayne.bishop@omicronusa.com.

May 16-18: ABB,Coral Springs, FL
Basic Relay School (Distribution Protection)
This three-and-a-half-day school provides comprehensive realy application principles on distribution protection. For more information or to register go to www.abb.com.

To post your T and D courses contact Susan Schaefer at 484-478-0154 or for information on sponsoring T&D World eTrain email: susan.schaefer@penton.com.

Calendar of Events


T&D Industry Events

MARCH

March 7-8: Globalcon Energy, Power and Facilities Management Strategies and Technologies Conference & Expo, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S., (770) 447-5083; www.glabalconevent.com
Presented by the Association of Energy Engineers, is designed specifically to facilitate those seeking to expand their knowledge of fast-moving developments in the energy field, explore promising new technologies, compare energy supply options, and learn about innovative and cost-conscious project implementation strategies.

Mar 7-9: Grid ComForum West (GCF West), 312-283-8459, San Diego, CA, USA ; www.gridcomforum.com/GCFWest
Hosted by San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), GCF West will provide a unique conference for electric power utilities, vendors, and suppliers involved in Smart Grid technology deployment. Utility attendance will include: American Electric Power, APS, BC Hydro, Central Vermont Power, ComEd, Duke Energy, Exelon, Glendale Water & Power, Oncor, PG&E, Pepco Holdings, Progress Energy, SDG&E, Seattle City Light, Southern California Edison, and Southern Company. As the official media sponsor of GCF West 2012, special reduced pricing is available to T&D subscribers. Register today and enter promotional code GCF20TDW to save 20% off the registration fees.

Mar. 9-14: Power & Communication Contractors Association 2012 Convention, San Antonio, Texas, U.S., (703) 212-7734; www.pccaweb.org
The Power & Communication Contractors Association, founded in 1945, is the national trade association for companies constructing electric power facilities, including transmission and distribution lines and substations and telephone, fiber optic, and cable television systems.

Mar. 11-15: IEEE/PES Transformers Committee, Spring 2012 Meeting, Nashville, TN, U.S., www.transformerscommittee.org

Mar. 11-15: Corrosion 2012, Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S., (281) 228-6200; www.nace.org

Mar. 12-14: APPA 2012 Legislative Rally, Washington, D.C., U.S., (202) 467-2900; www.appanet.org
This is your opportunity to influence policy makers who can make a difference. As a public power advocate, you are in the best position to talk to Congress about the direct impact of federal action at the local level.

Mar.12-16: National Utility Contractors Association Annual Convention 2012, Fort Worth, Texas, U.S., (703) 358-9300; www.nuca.com
Situated in historic Ft. Worth, Texas on March 12-16, Convention 2012 is jam-packed with fresh insights, colossal inspiration, huge energy, prolific peer interactions. There will also be a slew of roundtables, keynotes, break-out sessions, and construction market forums that will enhance your knowledge and build your skills. Table-top product and service displays manned by our premier National Partner sponsors are second to none.

Mar. 25-30: 2012 International Conference of Doble Clients, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., (617) 926-4900; www.doble.com
The Doble Conference is in fact a Doble Users Group Meeting. All companies who have a Services Agreement with Doble that includes Conference attendance are eligible to attend.

Mar. 29: CFE Technology Museum Auditorium, Mexico City, +52 (55) 5140 2603; http://export.gov
The US Commercial Service in Mexico City and CFE, Mexico's state-owned utility, will organize a U.S.-Mexico Smart Grid Conference. This high-level business development event is designed to foster the U.S.-Mexico commercial relationsip in an emerging strategic market and enable U.S. companies to promote their technologies as well as hear the latest on Mecican grid modernization from CFE industry leaders.

APRIL

Apr. 9-12: AGA/EEI Customer Service Conference & Exposition, Fort Worth, Texas, U.S., (202) 508-5563; www.eei.org
The American Gas Association (AGA) represents local energy companies delivering natural gas to customers. AGA members are committed to delivering natural gas safely, reliably, cost-effectively and in an environmentally responsible way. The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) is the association of U.S. Shareholder-Owned Electric Companies. Our members serve 95 percent of the ultimate customers in the shareholder-owned segment of the industry, and represent approximately 70 percent of the U.S. electric power industry.

Apr. 15-18: American Public Power Association Engineering & Operations Technical Conference, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., (202) 467-2942; www.appanet.org
The APPA Engineering & Operations Technical Conference is the conference of choice for public power professionals charged with designing, developing and maintaining the nation's electric system. In addition to the knowledge they'll take home and put into practice at their utility, participants can earn a full year's worth of professional development hours by attending this one conference.

Apr. 16-17: CI Energy Group’s Ontario Power Perspectives, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1-877-927-7936; www.OntarioPowerConference.com
Featuring diverse speaker perspectives and the hottest topics, this program is a power event like no other. Offering fresh, candid and interactive sessions, you'll walk away with the information you need to positively impact your bottom line.

Apr. 23-27: Energy Hannover Fair, Hannover, Germany, (609) 987-1202; www.hannovermesse.de
Boasting eight flagship trade fairs with exhibitors and trade visitors from all over the world, HANNOVER MESSE will once again confirm its unique global standing in 2012. It remains without rival as a showcase of industrial technology, with more world firsts on display and more integrated solutions than elsewhere.

Apr. 25-27: T&D Outage Management America 2012, Miami, FL, USA; www.eventfulpower.com
Designed by the industry for the industry- this much anticipated conference will focus on how utilities are currently integrating technological innovation to enhance T&D Outage Management. Leading Senior Specialists will benchmark outage response times and strategies against other leading utilities, learn about new approaches to customer management, benefit from the latest insights into good maintenance practice and discuss the value of smart grid to help optimize outage management.

Apr. 29-May 2: American Public Works Association 2012 North American Snow Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S., (816) 595-5240; www.apwa.net
The 2012 Snow Conference will contain four days of education and networking, featuring an exhibit floor with the newest equipment and products available, quality education programs and technical tours, and opportunties to exchange ideas with manufacturers, distributors, consultants and other public works professionals.

MAY

May 7-10: IEEE/PES Transmission & Distribution Conference & Exposition, Orlando, Florida, U.S., (703) 662-3602; www.ieet-d.org
This Conference and Exposition will deliver the most significant, pure technical information for power and energy professionals. It will also provide opportunities for industry leaders to exchange ideas on technological trends and best practices.

May 9-11: Lightfair International Trade Show & Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., (212) 248-5000; www.lightfair.com
As the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference, LIGHTFAIR ® INTERNATIONAL blends continuing education courses with innovative products ranging from high-end design to cutting-edge technology.

May 19-23: Institute of Industrial Engineers Annual IIE Conference 2012, Orlando, Florida, U.S., (770) 449-0460; www.iienet2.org
The Annual IE Conference and Expo attracts attendees from all over the world who share an interest in learning, sharing experiences and business successes.

May 20-23: Utility Supply Management Alliance Annual Educational Conference 2012, Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S., (816) 532-4844; www.usma.com
The utility industry's most productive conference for supply chain professionals has just concluded. USMA continues its mission of providing sessions with a focus on delivering value that you can take home and apply to keep your supply chain safe and reliable.

JUNE

June 3-6: Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference 59th Annual, Williamsburg, Virginia, U.S., (757) 220-1795; www.eufmc.com
The Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference (EUFMC) is an annual meeting of fleet representatives from investor-owned utility companies. The 2011 Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference attracted 100 fleet representatives from over 50 companies, including more than 30 first-time attendees. Participating were fleet executives from investor-owned electric utilities, electric cooperatives and electrical contractors from across the U.S., Canada and South America.

June 3-6: 2012 Edison Electric Institute Convention & Expo, Orlando, FL, (202) 508-5535; www.eei.org
The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) is the association of U.S. Shareholder-Owned Electric Companies. Our members serve 95 percent of the ultimate customers in the shareholder-owned segment of the industry, and represent approximately 70 percent of the U.S. electric power industry.

June 5-7: TIA 2012: Inside the Network, Dallas, Texas, U.S., (703) 907-7002; www.tia2012.org
Our industry is on the cusp of change in technology, in business models and in service innovation—and TIA 2012 is designed to embrace it all under one roof. If your company supplies or requires technologies that enable the network of the future, include this important event in your plans!

June 6-8: SEL Modern Solutions Power Systems Conference, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago IL; www.selinc.com/mspsc
The SEL Modern Solutions Power Systems Conference will go beyond the traditional boundaries of organizations, industries, politics, and trends. Following a highly interactive format, speakers and attendees will identify opportunities, develop strategies, share best practices, and envision solutions for three areas critical to power systems—reliability, cost efficiency, and people. To learn more, visit www.selinc.com/mspsc

June 16-20: American Public Power Association National Conference, Seattle, Washington, U.S., (202) 467-2900; www.appanet.org
The APPA National Conference helps utility leaders and policymakers connect with industry leaders, partners and peers while learning about the complex issues facing public power utilities. The program features leading political, economic, business and public policy thinkers addressing the critical issues shaping our industry’s future.

June 20-22: Southeastern Electric Exchange Annual Conference and Trade Show, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., (404) 233-1188; www.theexchange.org
This three-day event affords many opportunities to meet and network with your customers in both formal business settings and informal business social environments.

JULY

July 11-15: National Society of Professional Engineers Annual Conference and Expo, San Diego, California, U.S., (703) 684-2800; www.nspe.org

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