Distribution Neutral Grounding and Stray Voltage
September 19-20, 2016 | San Diego, CA
Grounding is one of the most misunderstood areas of distribution engineering. Although good grounding is generally helpful, sometimes improving grounds does little – if anything – to improve system performance, and it may actually have a negative effect. With the widespread addition of renewable and conventional distributed generation, it is important for the practicing engineer to understand the effects of grounding these sources will have on the distribution system. The meaning of the term “stray voltage” is also confusing to some, and is costing the industry millions of dollars in litigation. The purpose of this two-day course is to give the distribution engineer an understanding of the common methods of grounding, when they are commonly used and why, how they are designed and installed, as well as to address current concerns with stray voltage
- Review distribution systems, including voltage levels, substation and feeder design, equipment ratings and protection philosophies
- Review basic concepts, including Earth as a conductor, mathematical models, step and touch potentials and the impact of good grounding on stray voltage
- Describe system grounding choices and grounding criteria
- Assess substation grounding, including reasons for substation grounding, permissible body current limits, step and touch voltages, use of IEEE Std. 80, and substation fence grounding
- Describe grounding standards and practices
- Demonstrate system grounding principals
- Evaluate the effect of grounding on abnormal voltages, overcurrent protection, lightning and overvoltage protection and electromagnetic interference
- Analyze the causes and effects of stray voltage and mitigation techniques
- Analyze the effects of grounding on renewable and conventional generation and power production facilities
EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.
EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 credits for this event.
Monday, September 19, 2016
Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Course Timing: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Group Luncheon: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Keith Malmedal Ph.D, P.E. P.Eng, Senior Member, IEEE
Keith Malmedal has over 25 years combined experience in electrical power system design and system study, teaching, and research, and is presently the President of NEI Electric Power Engineering, Arvada, Colorado. He has published over 30 technical papers in subjects ranging from system grounding to distributed generation. He holds masters degrees in both electrical and civil engineering and his Ph.D research at the Colorado School of Mines was on the effects of renewable energy distributed generation on existing distribution systems in the United States. He teaches undergraduate and graduate classes at Metropolitan State University of Denver and the University of Colorado at Denver, and has taught short courses related to power systems, machines, protection, renewable energy, and energy policy issues for various IEEE chapters and conferences.
San Diego Marriott La Jolla
4240 La Jolla Village Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92037
To reserve your room, please call 1-858-587-1414
Please indicate that you are with the EUCI group to receive the group rate.
The room rate is $169.00 single or double plus applicable taxes.
Room Block Dates:
A room block has been reserved for the nights of September 18 – 19, 2016.
Rate Available Until:
Make your reservations prior to August 18, 2016. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.