How Modeling Tools can Assist Utilities with New Technologies - Michael Ropp, Northern Plains Power Technologies


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Michael Ropp from Northern Plains Power Technologies, a solution provider at the marcus evans Distribution Technology & Innovation Summit 2013, on interpreting monitoring data for cost effectiveness.
Interview with: Michael Ropp, President and Principal Engineer, Northern Plains Power Technologies

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How Modeling Tools can Assist Utilities with New Technologies - Michael Ropp, Northern Plains Power Technologies

  1. 1. How Modeling Tools can Assist Utilities with New Technologies bring all the latest technological safely integrated into utility protection advances together. and planning processes, and modeling is very helpful in this. Most power utilities have a set of in- house modeling tools that cover up to Storm restoration is another issue that 80 to 90 per cent of their needs. The is weighing heavily on the industry. remaining 10 to 20 per cent requires Distributed generation could be a help in highly specialized knowledge and this process rather than a hindrance, modeling tools. It is much more time and microgrids could play a major and cost efficient to outsource these beneficial role in storm recovery. The modeling requirements. development of new technologies will help this be realized. What advantages do virtualInterview with: Michael Ropp, laboratories offer? There is a big push towards electricPresident and Principal Engineer, vehicles and electrified rail. These mayNorthern Plains Power Technologies These are computer tools that create a be preferred in the future to avoid the model of the power system with an rising cost of oil. Electrification also extremely high degree of physical presents the challenge of handling largePower distribution and transmission fidelity. They offer high accuracy on how amounts of non-linear and non-executives are faced with a range of certain elements interact, such as the stationary technologies at the moment that impacts of variations between differentneed to be integrated and understood, manufacturers’ equipment, and thesays Michael Ropp, President and operation of digital controllers and theirPrincipal Engineer, Northern Plains software in a complex operatingPower Technologies. “Modeling tools, environment. Virtual laboratories enabletogether with engineering expertise, canbe utilized to bring all the latesttechnological advances together,” he experiments that could not be carried out safely or cost-effectively on the real system. The understanding of how the The key isadds.As an engineering consulting firm at the system works is enhanced and the location of problems is easily detected. interpreting informationmarcus evans Distribution How can hardware and systems beTechnology & Innovation Summit properly monitored?2013, in Dallas, Texas, April 22-23, in a wayRopp discusses how the dispersal of There is a diversified range of newgeneration over the system can ensure technologies for monitoring. Advancedenergy delivery after storms. metering infrastructure is an example of a technology that even today isHow can power distributionexecutives better deal with newtechnologies? resulting in large amounts of new data being sent to the utility. Some meters perform event capturing that record that willThe industry is buzzing with newtechnologies, such as electric vehicle data when an event happens on the system. The key is interpreting this information in a way that will be useful be cost effectivebattery chargers, distributed generation, and cost effective to the utility.and microgrids. The question is how doexecutives integrate these into existing What are some of the aspects tovoltage regulation and protection consider moving forward?schemes, and how should new data bedealt with? Modeling tools, together with Penetration levels of distributedengineering expertise, can be utilized to generation are rising. These must be
  2. 2. About the Distribution Technology & Innovation Summit 2013 The Energy Network - marcus evans Summits group delivers This unique forum will take place at The Hotel Intercontinental, Dallas, Texas, April peer-to-peer information on 22-23, 2013. Offering much more than any conference, exhibition or trade show, strategic matters, professional this exclusive meeting will bring together esteemed industry thought leaders and trends and breakthrough solution providers to a highly focused and interactive networking event. The innovations. Summit includes presentations on using technology to improve emergency preparedness, optimizing the use of smart grid technology as business drivers for growth and innovation and the best practices for distribution management systems implementation. Please note that the Summit is a closed business event and the Contact number of participants strictly Maria Gregoriou, Journalist, marcus evans, Summits Division limited. Tel: + 357 22 849 400 Email: For more information please send an email to All rights reserved. The above content may be republished or reproduced. Kindly inform us by sending an email to press@marcusevanscy.comAbout Northern Plains Power TechnologiesNorthern Plains Power Technologies (NPPT) is an electrical engineering consulting firm specializing in detailed time-domainsimulations (“EMTP-type simulations”) of power systems, power apparatus, and the associated controls and communications; andmodeling of power systems in support of system planning and asset management. NPPT has special expertise with powerelectronics, distributed generation, and microgrids.www.northernplainspower.comAbout marcus evans Summitsmarcus evans Summits are high level business forums for the world’s leading decision-makers to meet, learn and discussstrategies and solutions. Held at exclusive locations around the world, these events provide attendees with a unique opportunity toindividually tailor their schedules of keynote presentations, think tanks, seminars and one-on-one business meetings.For more information, please visit: www.marcusevans.comUpcoming EventsGeneration Summit - www.generationsummit.comWind Power Summit - www.windpower-summit.comTo view the web version of this interview, please click here: