Substation and Distribution Automation

Substation and Distribution Automation

December 1-2, 2021 | 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

Two aspects make the automation of the power delivery system worth the investment. First, they are geographically extensive in nature. In some cases the point of interest is 100 or more miles away from the utility operations center. Second, and even more important, is the complexity. Even when remote control of these devices and systems are achieved, system operators require time  to evaluate, digest and act upon a given situation. Automation “scripts” can be created to take action for routine events that disrupt the power delivery process and reduce outage duration.

This course begins with definitions and objectives for automation and moves quickly into SCADA and intelligent devices. Automated decisions are based on binary and analog inputs and processed via Boolean logic. The course is intended to provide an overview of power delivery system automation and review of common utility best practices, standards and operating processes associated with system automation.

Learning Objectives

  • Define automation
  • Identify characteristics and best practices of automation in substation and distribution applications
  • Review automation goals
  • Explore the vast array of devices and software available for the automation of substations and distribution circuits



Wednesday, December 1, 2021 : Central Time

12:45 – 1:00 p.m.
Log In

1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Course Timing

1:00 – 5:00 p.m. :: Session 1 – 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


Thursday, December 2, 2021 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Course Timing

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Session 2

  • 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

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Lunch Break

1:00 – 5:00 p.m. :: Session 3 – 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


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’s Cooper Power Systems, 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.

  • 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 registrants for three business days after the event

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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.

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.  

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.