Substation/Distribution Automation Basics

Substation/Distribution Automation Basics

August 22-23, 2023 | Online :: Central Time

“This course is a great way to refresh one’s outlook on the broader topic of automation, particularly when we focus on just one lane of the multi-lane automation highway.” Field Applications Engineer, Hubbell Power Systems

“This course will bring you up to date on the current technologies of substation and distribution system automation.” Staff Engineer, Eugene Water & Electric Board

Power delivery systems are, by nature, geographically extensive and highly complex, requiring system operators to spend critical time evaluating and digesting real-time data before acting upon a given situation. By applying automation scripts, routine events that can disrupt power delivery can be automatically handled, reducing outage duration.

This course will lay the groundwork to allow you to begin implementing basic automation – starting with definitions and objectives for automation and moving quickly into SCADA and intelligent devices, explaining how automated decisions are based on binary and analog inputs and processed via Boolean logic.

Register today and leave the course with an overview of power delivery system automation and review of common utility best practices, standards and operating processes associated with system automation.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify characteristics and best practices of automation for substation and distribution applications
  • Review Substation Protection/Control equipment and associated sensors
  • Analyze common substation protective relaying schemes
  • Contrast electromechanics vs. digital control equipment
  • Discuss Programmable Logic Controls, Remote Terminal Units and Gateway Computers
  • Compare digital communication protocols (Modbus, DNP3, IEC61850)
  • Explain substation physical and cyber security (NERC/CIP)
  • Review intelligent controls and required sensors on the electric distribution devices
  • Contrast Local Intelligence vs. Central Intelligence for automation distribution schemes
  • Appraise communication mediums for line devices
  • Explain the operation of self-healing distribution systems
  • Discuss smart sensors for thermal and electro-mechanical distribution devices
  • Assess the role of automatic metering infrastructure within automated electric distribution systems


Tuesday, August 22, 2023 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:30 – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Course Timing


Automation Definition & Characteristics

  • Definitions
    • Automation – what is it?
    • Intelligent Devices
    • Task
  • Best Practices for Automation
    • Applicable Industry Standards
  • Automation Progression
  • Automation Goals
    • Reduce time and expense
    • Reduce Outage Time
    • Improve Safety
    • More and Faster System Data
    • Outage Management

Substation Automation

  • High Voltage Bus
    • HV Bus Schemes
    • HV Bus Differential Protection
  • Substation Power Transformer
    • Transformer Differential Scheme
    • Transformer Monitoring
  • Low Voltage Bus
    • Phase Current Monitoring
    • LV Bus Differential
    • Auto Closing of LV Bus Tie

12:30 – 1:00 p.m. :: Break for Lunch

Distribution Circuits and Feeders

    • Phase Current Monitoring
    • Ground Current Monitoring (phase balancing)
    • Breaker Status
  • Remote Terminal Units
  • Substation (gateway) Computer
  • Communication
    • Within the Substation
    • Substation to Control Center


Wednesday, August 23, 2023 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Course Timing

Distribution Automation

  • Switches & Fault Interrupting Devices
    • Automatic Reclosers
      • Gang Operated
      • Independent Pole Operating Reclosers
    • Motor Operated Air Break Switches
  • Intelligent Electronic Devices (IEDs)
    • Protective Relays
    • Distribution Equipment Controls
    • Communication with IEDs
  • Auto Restoration
  • Smart Sensors for thermal and electrical mechanical devices
  • Automatic Metering Infrastructure and Demand Response Systems


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.

His 30+ year career with EATON Electrical includes a variety of engineering positions, including product design and application. During his tenure as Field Application Engineer, Jerry was heavily involved with self-healing distribution system and associated equipment controls. More recently, Jerry served as a Sr. Consultant with Pike Engineering and, currently, creates/conducts professional development programs on various power delivery topics for EUCI. Past leadership positions include Chair of IEEE Rural Electric, Power Conference (2012) and GLEMS Distribution Equipment/Controls (2013-2014).

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 separate email with a unique link to a personalized landing page which will include links to join all sessions of this event.
  • 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


Substation/Distribution Automation Basics

August 22-23, 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 July 21, 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 1.2 CEUs for this event.

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must log in and be in attendance for the entirety of the conference to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

This course will use case studies and PowerPoint presentations.

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

Course CPE Credits: 13.5
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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Who should attend this course?

Utility personnel responsible for the design, operation or specification for intelligent devices and automated systems will benefit from this course. Veterans and newcomers to this fast-growing sector of the electric utility business will benefit from the presentations and discussions. It is recommended that those attending have a working knowledge of conventional substation and distribution equipment. This course is ideal for newly appointed managers/directors of departments and groups responsible for automation projects.