For the last nine years, the Substation Best Practices Consortium has led an electric utility community focused on Substation Maintenance, Construction, and Asset Management. Membership and scope has grown each year since its inception in 2013. The Consortium brings together electric utilities that are committed to continuous performance improvement in their operations, believe that such improvement can come from the experience of others, and have a genuine desire to learn through the sharing of practices. Its objective is to provide members with key insights and help them develop a network of industry contacts to enable them to optimize their substation maintenance practices, reduce risk while maximizing the life- cycle value of their assets, and more effectively manage workforce productivity. The Best Practice Sharing Conference is the main event of the Consortium’s activities. This year’s Conference will be held in Kansas City, MO, from October 11-13 and hosted by Steering Group member, Evergy.
The event will feature the following topics:
1. Operational Analytics and Condition Monitoring:
- STEAM (Substation & Transmission Enterprise Asset Management) & Mobility (hardware and software solutions), migration for asset performance and work management
- Dashboards for Transformer LTC’s/ Batteries/ Breakers Health algorithm/assessments
- Transformer Spares Strategy, STEP program (EEI), and Grid Assurance
- Asset Lifecycle Management Analysis to Select Bushing Technology with the Optimal Combinations of Costs,
Risks and Performance
- Data Analytics for Reliability Engineering
- Touchless Substation Progress and/or Vision
- Eagle Eye Battery Monitoring & Backhaul Monitoring Network Solutions, and Touchless Substation Tie-ins.
2. Control and Protection Monitoring:
- Powerbase – RTS merging, field testing solutions, and compliance requirements
- Contracting Relay & Commissioning Strategy
3. Safety & Wildlife Management:
- Implementation of the best practices for safety management systems SMS from oil and gas to an electric utility. Success story
- Wildlife outage prevention solutions – Transgard, bird lasers, bird buffer, sniff-n-stop, other solutions
- E-source-wildlife outage prediction (data science)
4. Transversal Processes – Workforce Management:
- Specifications, Engineering and Equipment Standards, and Alliance agreements
- Advanced Forecasting
- Future work management
- Transmission & Distribution Substation Modeling
- Supply Chain Disruption – Challenges and Alternatives
5. Impact of new technologies on Substations:
- Distributed Energy Resources
- Operational Flexibility with FACTS
Technical Tours: Evergy – Rapid Recovery Transformer and Storage Facility
Rapid Recovery Transformer
The fastest transformer in the West! How fast you ask? Pull the trigger on this 400 MVA beast, recover in 5 days from start to finish working only daylight.
How fast? It needs a Camaro to keep up with it!
Bad weather? Who cares? Stored inside with it’s own loading crane in it’s own building. Oh by the way the building is EF5 Tornado resistant!
Here is two of them ready to roll, configured, filled with oil, tested, just say where!
Oh, you noticed no radiators! Well, that will take some time install… yep your right about 10 minutes, got two bolts?
Before you get the ladder off the failed unit, the RRT is in and humming!
- Travels with oil so no processing is necessary. Make up oil is stored in special tanks.
- 2 Bolts to install cooling assemblies.
- Bushings install in 30 minutes with no bottom connections.
- Either use bushings out the top or cable out the side your choice.
- 5 separate zones of work during install:
– Main transformer tanks (3)
– Marshalling cabinet
– Use existing relay protection
– Low side bus stands
– High side risers connection