Two Conferences in April and May 2011

In the coming weeks, we are looking forward to participating in two conferences. Both are related to the power industry albeit in vastly different aspects.

DSCN0417-300x225The first conference is the 2011 GE-PSLF User’s Conference, April 28-29 in Orlando, FL. General Electrics’s Positive Sequence Load Flow (PSLF) is one of the commercial products Pterra uses extensively for system analysis. It is predominantly used by members of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council, although there are utilities scattered in the US Eastern Interconnection that use it, such as FirstEnergy and Vermont Electric. Pterra has used PSLF for power flow and transient stability studies for our clients. Our staff have developed user models of special power system equipment for dynamic simulation, as well as script files to enhance and customize applications. GE technical support for the product has been very responsive and consistently reliable all through the years. So, we value the relationship with GE through this software and have a great interest with how others are using and applying it, and in future development plans.

The agenda for the PSLF conference includes a presentation on the Common Information Model (CIM) development effort, updates from the WECC, the development of a PSLF database for the NERC Multiregional Modeling Working Group (MMWG), solar photovoltaic (PV) modeling and multi-computer processing. The database for MMWG is of particular interest since this represents the years of effort to include databases in PSLF format comparable to the MMWG’s PSS/E models. Also, solar PV modeling is an area of extreme interest as more and more of Pterra’s clients are looking to develop and interconnect solar PV. (See Tech Blog: Integrating Solar Photovoltaics and Other Renewables in Distribution Systems).

The second conference is the WINDPOWER 2011 Conference & Exhibition, May 22 – 25, 2011 in Anaheim, CA. This is a fairly large conference that covers many topics relating to anything wind. Pterra is making one poster presentation entitled, “Projecting Curtailment of Wind Farms Due to Transmission Congestion.” Many aspects of this presentation are similarly covered in previous Tech Blogs, such as A Closer Look at Wind Curtailment and A Methodology for Estimating Potential Curtailment of Wind Farms. But if you are going to be at the conference anyway, please stop by the poster gallery on the 3rd floor of the Convention Center. For a detailed schedule for the conference, click here.

Hopefully, we can chat at either of these two conferences if you happen to be attending too. Also, please consider this as an open invitation to visit our offices whenever you are in the Albany, NY area. Our address is 4 Automation Ln, Albany, NY, 5 minutes away from the Albany International Airport.