Thu, Jul 22 | Online Event

Free Webinar | Wide Area Blackout Risk Assessment

Though historically rare events, wide area blackouts have the potential to become yearly occurrences as energy sources transition to distributed renewables. Attend this free 30-minute webinar to learn about what can trigger a wide area blackout, and what can be done to prevent them.
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Free Webinar | Wide Area Blackout Risk Assessment

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Jul 22, 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM PDT
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About the Event

When a triggering event occurs during a time of insufficient reserve energy, the balance between energy production and energy consumption can be distorted, leading to a wide area blackout. Though historically rare events, wide area blackouts have the potential to become yearly occurrences as energy sources transition from central generating stations to distributed renewables.

As the effects of climate change worsen throughout the U.S., air conditioners with high torque compressors will become the dominant load. This increases the risk of wide area blackouts occurring when a triggering event occurs. To address this increased risk and maintain system resiliency, new power system models must be developed and new protective relaying schemes implemented.

In this free 30-minute webinar, attendees will learn about:

  1. Triggers that can initiate wide area blackouts.
  2. Power system parameters that increase the risk of wide area blackouts.
  3. Implementable actions to prevent wide area blackouts when a triggering event occurs.
  4. Prescient's wide area blackout risk assessment service.

Presenter: Tony Sleva, PE, LSM-IEEE

Mr. Sleva has more than 50 years of professional experience as an engineering manager, electrical engineer, project manager, forensic investigator, author, and research engineer. He has experience designing and operating transmission systems, distribution systems, large generating plants, and small distributed energy systems. Mr. Sleva is an adjunct instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, teaching continuing education courses for the power industry.

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