Welcome to the EPRI Power Quality Online Resource Center!

This site is provided for the benefit of funders of the EPRI Power Quality Knowledge program (PS1D). For those seeking to learn more about EPRI PQ Knowledge, please contact me, Bill Howe, Program Manager of Power Quality research for EPRI.

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Again, Welcome to the PQ Online Resource Center!

Program 1 Research Portfolio

Electric utilities worldwide consistently report that power quality (PQ) is a fundamental component of the three key utility business performance metrics: system performance, economic performance, and customer satisfaction. By applying EPRI's extensive PQ expertise, the Power Quality research program may help to improve these three metrics, allowing PQ managers and transmission and distribution (T&D) asset utilization and system planning professionals to use PQ-related technology, knowledge, and expertise to help improve their organization's bottom-line performance.

EPRI's Program 1 (Power Quality) Research Portfolio. 

EPRI Smart Distribution and Power Quality 2014 Conference and Exhibition

Innovations Driving the Modern Grid

EPRI and Duke Energy will host the 2014 Smart Distribution and Power Quality conference at the EPRI offices in Charlotte, NC, July 14-16, covering topics in Power Quality, Distribution Grid Modernization, and Information & Communication Technology.

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Duke Energy (Duke) will host the EPRI Smart Distribution and Power Quality 2014 Conference and Exhibition on July 14-16, 2014. Held at the EPRI facility in Charlotte, NC, the conference will focus on how utilities are defining the future of the grid by addressing the challenges of today. The conference will provide a forum for electric power end users, distribution engineers and project managers, reliability and power quality (PQ) professionals, and related technology manufacturers to gather, share experiences, and learn from one another in a collaborative environment. The sessions will be organized into three tracks: Power Quality, Distribution Grid Modernization, and Information & Communication Technology. Optional tutorials and tours of EPRI lab and Duke facilities will also be offered.

Contact Jeff Stevenson at 865-218-8194, jstevenson@epri.com

Supplemental Project Opportunities!
PQ Knowledge Development and Transfer (Formerly PS1D)

Management of power quality issues has never been an easy task, but it has grown even more difficult with deregulation, reregulation, increasingly scarce technical and strategic tools, and a conspicuous lack of unbiased resources for information, collaboration, advice, and problem solving. Moreover, with the ever-increasing use of sensitive digital and electronic equipment in todays economy, end-use customers are not only demanding higher quality power, but also are calling upon utilities to help resolve PQ problems within customer facilities.

This supplemental project offers a number of benefits for members, including leveraging contributions by at least a 20-to-1 ratio, access to EPRI experts and industry peers, access to high-impact resources, such as documents covering a wide range of PQ topics, and access to MyPQ.epri.com, a comprehensive electronic PQ resource providing 24/7 access to more than 500 PQ case studies, PQ technical documents, PQ standards references, indexes, conference presentations, and a wealth of other resources.

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PQView® Upgrade Project Opportunity

PQView® Upgrade project opportunity: Introduction and discussion of a new supplemental project opportunity for broadly upgrading PQView.

PQView® was initially developed over 15 years ago in collaboration with utilities. Since that time, PQView has become a leading industry tool for managing large databases of power system monitoring information and for visualizing power quality data. It is used by many utilities as the foundation for collecting information from a variety of different monitors, managing the database of disturbance and steady state data, reporting on performance, and providing alarms and notifications for problem conditions.

This research initiative focuses on development and implementation of an enhanced PQView database, modernizing PQViews architecture, and improving PQViews Graphical User Interface (GUI). Work undertaken in each phase will be scaled with input and guidance from project funders to reflect overall funding. Phase 1 of this effort will create PQView Explorer v1 and PQWeb Explorer v1 usable software that will comprise and deploy enhanced PQView capabilities as they are created.

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New User Registration

To access most MyPQ content, you need an EPRI.com account . Please contact Bill Howe (email bhowe@epri.com) if you are an EPRI PQ Knowledge (PS1D) funder and your need for “Funder Level” access is urgent.

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Call of the Month for March 2014

Via EPRI’s PQ Knowledge (PQK) Power Quality Hotline, a PQK funder asked about radio frequency (RF) interference from modern efficient lighting potentially impacting the antenna signal to a television within the home of a utility customer. Due to the expanded use of efficient lighting and the prevalence of utility programs that encourage the use of, and even rebate, efficient lighting, it was determined that EPRI’s potential solutions to this problem may be of interest to a wider audience.

PQ News Builder

For EPRI PQ Knowledge funders, we have created a tool that enables you to download articles related to power quality, including high-resolution images for printing or PDF file. You can select articles on a variety of topics from our Power Quality Database and download content in HTML or RTF format, which opens in Microsoft Word.

Start Collecting PQ Articles

EPRI Calls on Industry to Build a Better AC Ice Cube Relay

Modern industry requires a more robust alternative to the standard AC ice cube relay. If SEMI F47-compliant units are made available, many power quality-related shutdowns could be avoided and industrial plants could save from several hundred thousands to several millions of dollars each year.

EPRI is calling on the manufacturers of control components to develop a line of control relays with improved voltage-sag robustness.

Call for a Better AC Ice Cube Relay

More Supplemental Project Opportunities!
Transmission Power Quality/Distribution Power Quality III (TPQ/DPQIII) Project Opportunity

Introduction and discussion of a new supplemental project opportunity for benchmarking transmission and distribution power quality.

The information learned from this project opportunity may be used by a variety of utility functions. Management may use it to set performance goals and engineering for better understanding of requirements. Utilities may use the result of the benchmarking efforts to discuss expectations and economic impact of power quality levels.

The expected results may also provide a factual baseline for benchmarking of power delivery system performance required by regulatory bodies. It may help in understanding:

  • Utility specific performance for transmission and distribution power quality and how these standards compare with a national baseline
  • Power quality trends for transmission and distribution created by power electronics and emerging efficient technologies
  • Power quality trends caused by increased distributed and renewable generation technologies

Download the Project Description (PDF)

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Assessment of Retrofit Energy Saving Device (RESD) Technologies

Retrofit energy saving device (RESD) technologies have garnered attention with a variety of performance claims including reduced energy costs and power quality mitigation. This project will undertake the evaluation of one or more RESD technologies to compare performance in the lab and field to performance claims.

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Utility Interest Group: Flicker Issues for Industrial Customers

This project will provide information on flicker guidelines, indices, and assessments for industrial customers. It will also provide a forum for the development of consistent methods of applying the latest flicker standards and of evaluating compliance with the standards.

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