IEEE Power and Energy Society

Chicago Chapter 2017-2018

Reducing protection misoperations resulting from improper commissioning

Wednesday, December 13, 2017


Kevin Donahoe

GE Power

About the Topic

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) System Protection and Control Subcommittee (SPCS) set about an effort to help reduce the number of misoperations resulting from improper commissioning. They approached the PSRCC to address the particular challenges in commissioning protection systems. The presentation describes a successful commissioning program and what is needed on a commissioning team. The core elements of the protection system commissioning process are identified and then detailed. The presentation then provides direction on how to commission specific protection schemes by identifying best practices and pointing out traps.

About the Speaker

Kevin Donahoe has spent 36 years working in the electric utility industry. The last 33 of those years has been spent on protective relaying, including testing, installing, trouble shooting, specifying, setting, estimating, designing, reviewing, and setting standards for protection and control schemes. He spent 20 years with Commonwealth Edison, an Exelon company, before moving to GE Power. Kevin has significant experience with transmission and distribution substations, generation and distribution protection, and interconnection protection requirements. Kevin is a senior member of the IEEE Power System Relaying and Control Committee and is a licensed professional engineer in 7 US states.

Location       Time  
Sargent & Lundy, 24th floor Conference Room   11:30 AM   Social
55 East Monroe St   11:45 AM   Lunch (optional)
(Enter from Monroe or Adams, near Wabash)   12:00 PM   Presentation
Chicago, IL 60603   1:00 PM   Adjourn


Please make your reservation by noon on Monday 11 Dec 2017 via the Online Reservation Form.

Directions to Luncheon Location

You can reach the 24th floor of 55 East Monroe Street from the South (Adams Street entrance) elevator bank only.

Please bring your lunch with you. If you would like to purchase lunch, then the Under 55 dining room, in the basement on the North end of the building, is recommended, assuming the renovations are complete.

Take the elevator to 24 and sign in with the Sargent & Lundy Receptionist. Please note that food is only permitted in the Hospitality Area outside the Conference Room. Food is not permitted in the Conference Room.

As you sign in, you may request a Discount Parking coupon. When you depart, you must pay for parking at the Automated Pay Station in the Parking Garage elevator lobby on the floor where you parked. First insert the parking ticket, then insert the discount coupon, then make payment. If you pay at the Garage Exit, then the discount is NOT available. With the discount, parking is $18, without $40.

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