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NASPI Webinar - Applications of Time Synchronized Measurements in the Electric Grid
Electric grid operators need increased situational awareness—a refined understanding of the system’s real-time state—to meet the challenges posed by load growth and diversification, renewable generation integration, extreme weather events, and cyberattacks. The proliferation of measurement devices in the electric grid is critical for situational awareness but is not sufficient: measurements need to be converted to actionable insight to be useful. Here, computational tools that ingest measurements to infer system parameters and state are key. While a plethora of such tools has been proposed in the research literature, all too often their real-world use is limited, resulting in a circumstance where ballooning volumes of measurements are perceived as overwhelming rather than insightful, diminishing the incentive for further sensor deployment.

In this talk, I argue for the creation of usable tools to bridge the chasm between research and deployment and unlock the value of measurement data. I assert that usable tools must have practically realizable data input requirements and—in their forms and outputs—work in effective collaboration with human users. Such tools are well suited to the demands of real grids, where data and prior knowledge remain scarce, and where safety critical decisions involve human participants. I then describe several usable tool algorithms for the use cases of topology estimation and monitoring in distribution networks, event detection, and event classification. Finally, I present broad principles for the further development of usable tools. Throughout, I emphasize how high resolution, time synchronized measurements are particularly enabling for the creation of usable tools.

Feb 23, 2022 10:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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