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WPDAC 2012 to focus on power delivery automation technology

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Friday, September 02, 2011

Washington State University recently announced that its 2012 Western Power Delivery Automation Conference (WPDAC) will take place from March 27 to 29.

In 2012, the conference - which will be held at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane, Washington - will focus on implementing cutting edge power delivery automation technology, according to a WSU news release.

Patrick Heavey, the application director of automation systems at S&C Electric Co., told the university that the conference will focus on a great deal of topics related to substations and the smart grid.

"The conference is moving to include not only substation automation, but newer applications such as feeder restoration, volt-VAR optimization, conservation voltage reduction, renewable integration, and DMS functionality," Heavey said.

According to the release, substation security will also be among the topics discussed at the conference, which Rick Piovesan, senior supervisory control and data acquisition technologist of strategic engineering with AltaLink, calls "the best conference in North America to gain insight into current trends in electric utility automation."

Indeed, presenters at the conference feature some of the most respected names in electrical utility solutions. At last year's conference, SUBNET Solutions presented a paper titled, "Advanced Automation Logic Used in Las Vegas," which focused on a business's experience implenting automated restoration schemes and the benefits derived from them.

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