Distribution Volt/VAR Management

Distribution Volt/VAR Management

April 11-12, 2023 | Online :: Central Time

“This event was a great introduction into configuring capacitors and voltage regulators to meet the various voltage and power factor needs of a distribution system while offering safe and reliable performance.” Planning Engineer, Tri-State Transmission & Generation

Losses associated with power distribution add significantly to the day-to-day operating cost. Controlling losses is even more critical for non-generating utilities who pay a new demand charge when they exceed the previous peak. Reducing losses also improves the quality of power to consumers in that voltage drop is minimized.

Attendees of this course will learn characteristics and application factors of Power Capacitors and Step Voltage Regulators in order to successfully create a Volt/VAR strategy for their organization to mitigate these losses and lower operating costs.

Learning Outcomes

  • Define the Impedance Triangle’s components of resistance, reactance, and impedance
  • Define the Power Triangle’s components of reactive, active, and apparent power
  • Calculate system losses and identify contributing factors
  • Interpret voltage profile plots
  • Differentiate Volt/VAR strategies
  • Define characteristics and application factors for power capacitors
  • Evaluate power capacitor overcurrent protection options
  • Identify the characteristics and application factors of step voltage regulators
  • List voltage regulator controls setting
  • Contrast strategies for coordinating Volt/VAR equipment


Tuesday, April 11, 2023 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In

12:00 – 12:45 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Course Timing

Volt/VAR Fundamental Calculations

  • Resistance, Reactance, Impedance
  • The Power Triangle
    • KW, KVAR, KVA
  • System Loss Calculations
    • Reducing System Losses
    • Increasing Circuit Capacity
  • Voltage Profile Analysis
  • Volt/VAR Strategy

Power Capacitors

  • Characteristics & Application Factors
    • Anatomy of Power Capacitors
    • Ratings (Voltage, KVAR)
    • Failure mode
      • Testing for partially failed capacitors
  • Overcurrent Protection for Power Capacitors 
    • Expulsion Fuses
    • Current Limiting Fuses
  • Switched Capacitor Banks
    • Switches
    • Sensors
    • Back-to-Back Switching Concerns
    • Cap Controls
    • Switching Parameters (Time, Temp, Voltage Current, VAR)
    • Zero voltage closing controls
  • Monitoring Equipment for Capacitor Banks

Automatic Step Voltage Regulators

  • Characteristics & Application Factors
  • Voltage Regulator Schematic & Nameplate
    • Tap Changer Operation
  • Voltage Regulator External Components
  • Voltage Regulator Controls
    • Setting, BW, TD, LDC
    • Features
  • Add Amp/Load Bonus
    • Reverse Power Operation
    • Co-Gen Mode
  • Bypassing Voltage Regulators

Wednesday, April 12, 2023 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Course Timing

Placement of Voltage Regulators and Capacitors

  • Regulator to Regulator Coordination
  • Regulator to Capacitor Coordination
  • Switching schemes for Capacitors

Overvoltage Protection for Capacitors and Voltage Regulators


Special Application Considerations

  • Dispersed Generation
  • Auto Feeder Reconfiguration

Specifying Padmount Volt/VAR Equipment

  • Padmount Capacitor Banks
  • Padmount Voltage Regulators


Jerry Josken, Senior Consultant and Instructor, EUCI

Jerry holds a BS in Electrical Engineering Technology from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and an MBA from North Central College. During his 30+ year career with EATON Electrical, Jerry served in a variety of engineering capacities. Past leadership positions include Chair of IEEE Rural Electric Power Conference (2012) and GLEMS Distribution Equipment/Controls (2013-2014). More recently, Jerry develops and conducts professional development programs on various power delivery topics for EUCI.

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all attendees for 7 days after the event


Distribution Volt/VAR Management

April 11-12, 2023 | Online
Individual attendee(s) - $ 1195.00 each

Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 4,780.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 8,365.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 14,340.00 (40% discount)

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before March 10, 2023 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800




EUCI is accredited by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard. IACET is recognized internationally as a standard development organization and accrediting body that promotes quality of continuing education and training.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event.

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must log in each day, be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case studies, PowerPoint presentations, and group discussion will be used in this event.

Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Course CPE Credits: 12.0
There is no prerequisite for this Course.

Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: None

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