NERC PRC-027 Compliance – Impact on Utilities’ Short-Circuit Modeling and Protective Relay Coordination Studies

Presented by:Ashok Gopalakrishnan, Principal Advisor, Quanta Technology, LLC

Thursday, June 29, 2017 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET

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PRC-027-1, “Coordination of Protection Systems for Performance during Faults,” is an upcoming NERC compliance standard that will require electric utilities to perform periodic reviews of their Bulk Electric System (BES) relay settings to ensure proper coordination between protection relays, including relays that are applied on tie lines with neighboring utilities.

The standard will impose several requirements on utility protection engineering departments: (i) establish a process for developing new and revised relay settings, (ii) periodic reviews of evolving short circuit levels and/or protection coordination studies to assess the impact on protection for all BES elements and (iii) establish a process for deploying new settings to the field devices.

The webinar will explore the standard’s current status and its requirements in detail, along with its impact on utilities. Potential methods for complying with the standard and the implementation timeline will also be discussed.

Ashok Gopalakrishnan

About the Speaker:

Ashok Gopalakrishnan, Principal Advisor, Protection & Control, has over 18 years of industry experience, working in India and the United States. He is highly experienced in the computer-aided analysis of electrical power systems, and has developed advanced automation techniques to help analyze complex protection coordination issues. Ashok has also participated in several system protection engineering studies for utilities and consulting companies. He is an expert in the usage and application of the Computer Aided Protection Engineering (CAPE) software, having been intimately involved in its development for over a decade. At Quanta Technology, he manages and provides support for projects involving wide-area protective relay coordination and relay settings.

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