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Oops: Unintended Consequences of Some Well-intentioned Decisions about the Electric Power Grid, Sep 16

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Webviewing at UC Santa Cruz: SOE E2 Building, Room 506


Sometimes, even the best-laid plans create unexpected problems. And once they’re in place, these problems often become almost invisible due to their familiarity; to see them, a certain distance — perhaps an international perspective — can be very useful.

Examples to be discussed include wind turbine synchronization requirements, RMS voltage measurement standards, transformers on poles, recloser timing decisions, lightning-based grid disconnects, and grounding/earthing practices.

Looking slightly into the future, there are some obvious power quality problems that could well be unintended consequences of the planned Smart Grid.