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Electrotek has developed several industry-recognized power quality training references and resources.

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Electric Power Systems Quality, second edition
This book has won numerous accolades for its treatment of the various issues related to power quality. New topics addressed in this edition include power quality aspects of distributed generation, benchmarking power quality, and power quality in electric wiring. For more information, visit click here.

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TVPPA/NRECA Power Quality Manual
Electrotek completed a revision of the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association (TVPPA) Power Quality Manual. This manual was originally developed for TVPPA in response to a growing concern among their member utilities and their customers about power quality issues. The manuals were developed to build understanding of power quality problems and to develop a general procedure for evaluating these concerns. The manuals also provide a set of characteristics and definitions for power quality variations. The original two volume set gained such wide acceptance that Electrotek was asked to revise, update, and expand the manual to three volumes. This three-volume set has now gained wider distribution through TVPPA licensing the manual to the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association's Cooperative Research Network. The revised manual is available to TVPPA and NRECA Cooperative Research Network members. You can purchase this latest edition in hard copy and on CD from Alexander Publications. Search under "Power Quality." The part number is 732.

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NRECA Power Quality Signature Database
Electrotek completed the Power Quality Signature Database project for the Cooperative Research Network (CRN) of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). The Power Quality Signature Database provides co-ops with an easy-to-use wizard and reference guide to help diagnose power quality problems on distribution systems. The report includes more than 100 representative waveforms for various power system fault and power quality events, including voltage sags, momentary interruptions, voltage swells, harmonics, capacitor switching transients, transformer energizing transients, ferroresonance, etc. The waveforms are grouped by the categories provided in IEEE Std. 1159, and the raw data files for each waveform are included in the IEEE PQDIF and COMTRADE formats. These files can easily be viewed using Electrotek's free TOP, The Output Processor program. The database links with the NRECA Power Quality Manual for convenient access to additional information and case studies. The report is available to CRN members. You can find additional information regarding this project at the CRN website.

CEATI Customer Power Factor Correction Capacitor Application Guide
On behalf of several of North America’s leading utilities, the Power Quality Interest Group of CEATI International, Inc. (CEATI) commissioned Electrotek Concepts Inc. to produce an easy to understand, yet comprehensive guide on power factor correction, which could be used by the utility customers. This manual overviews the different national and international standards on power factor, gives a good theoretical background on the subject, as well as case studies on the improvement of Power Factor. You may learn more about CEATI, the Power Quality Interest Group and this guide at http://www.ceati.com/pdetails.php?id=5836.

CEATI Monitoring and Analysis of Power Quality Problems Associated with Distribution Capacitor Banks Application Guide
On behalf of several of North America’s leading utilities, the Power Quality Interest Group of CEATI International, Inc. (CEATI) commissioned Electrotek Concepts Inc. to develop an application guide that provides design, operation, simulation, and performance monitoring guidelines for assessing distribution capacitor banks and their effect on customer power quality. The report provides utility distribution engineers with a summary of the most significant power quality problems associated with the application of utility distribution capacitor banks. You may learn more about CEATI, the Power Quality Interest Group and this guide at http://www.ceati.com/pdetails.php?id=5925.

CEATI Practical Guidelines for Evaluating the Impact of Transients on Utility Customers Application Guide
On behalf of several of North America’s leading utilities, the Power Quality Interest Group of CEATI International, Inc. (CEATI) commissioned Electrotek Concepts Inc. to develop an application guide that presents the complex subject of power system transients using easily understandable terms, guidelines, and examples. The guide includes relevant standards-related information and representative waveforms for many of the common transients that occur on the electric power system, including capacitor bank switching, feeder and transformer energizing, fuse operation, faults, arrester operation, induction motor starting, lightning, and ferroresonance. This report provides utility distribution and power quality engineers with a summary of power system transients and commonly applied methods for reducing their effect on utility and customer power systems. You may learn more about CEATI, the Power Quality Interest Group and this guide at http://www.ceati.com/pdetails.php?id=5957.

CEATI Impact of Utility Voltage Variations on Customer Systems Application Guide
On behalf of several of North America’s leading utilities, the Power Quality Interest Group of CEATI International commissioned Electrotek Concepts Inc. to develop an application guide that presents the complex subject of power system voltage variations using easily understandable terms, guidelines, and examples. The guide includes relevant standards-related information and representative waveforms for many of the common voltage variations that occur on the electric power system, including voltage sags during transmission and distribution system faults, momentary interruptions during circuit reclosing, undervoltages during induction motor starting, and voltage flicker during arc furnace operation. This report provides utility distribution and power quality engineers with a summary of power system voltage variations and commonly applied methods for reducing their effect on utility and customer power systems. You may learn more about CEATI International, the PQIG and this guide at http://www.ceati.com/pdetails.php?id=6042.

CEATI Practical Guidelines for Evaluating Harmonics on Utility and Customer Systems Application Guide
On behalf of several of North America’s leading utilities, the Power Quality Interest Group of CEATI International commissioned Electrotek Concepts Inc. to develop an application guide that provides utility distribution engineers with a summary of the power quality problems associated with common power system harmonics. The report includes methods for identifying these problems, determining their impact on utility and customer systems, and applying common solutions. The guide includes relevant standards information and representative waveforms and case studies regarding many of the common harmonics that occur on the electric power system. You may learn more about CEATI International, the PQIG and this guide at http://www.ceati.com/publication-details?publicationid=6095.

CEATI Power Quality Considerations for Wind Power Application Guide
On behalf of several of North America’s leading utilities, the Power Quality Interest Group of CEATI International commissioned Electrotek Concepts Inc. to develop an application guide that provides utility engineers with a summary of the power quality considerations when applying wind turbines on electric power systems. The guide includes a summary of the power quality problems associated with the application of wind turbines and wind farms that are connected to utility transmission and distribution systems. The guide includes relevant standards-related information and representative waveforms and case studies for a number of wind-related power quality events. You may learn more about CEATI International, the PQIG and this guide at http://www.ceati.com/publication-details?publicationid=6209.

CEATI Detection and Analysis of Incipient Distribution System Faults Application Guide
On behalf of several of North America's leading utilities, the Power Quality Interest Group of CEATI International commissioned Electrotek Concepts Inc. to develop an application guide that provides utility engineers with guidelines for processing measured power quality data and advanced fault identification and location capabilities, including indications of incipient faults and other misoperating devices. The guide includes a literature review, software state-of-the-art summary, standards-related information, characteristic event waveform signatures, and representative case studies that illustrate waveform identification data collection and analysis methods. You may learn more about CEATI International, the PQIG and this guide at at http://www.ceati.com/publication-details?pid=5159.

CEATI Power Quality Reference Brochure for Customers and Utility Representatives
On behalf of several of North America's leading utilities, the Power Quality Interest Group of CEATI International commissioned Electrotek Concepts Inc. to develop a quick reference guide for utility engineers and customer service representatives that includes a review of some the most important power quality problems and solutions. The guide includes a review of power quality phenomena including voltage unbalance, voltage sags and swells, transients and switching surges, harmonics, and voltage flicker. The guide includes a review of best practices for identifying common power quality problems, determining their effect on utility and customer power system equipment, and for selecting appropriate mitigation measures. You may learn more about CEATI International, the PQIG and this guide at at http://www.ceati.com/publication-details?pid=5164.

Web Resources

powermonitoring.com
The powermonitoring website has a list of standards and other reference material currently available on various topics relating to power quality, power system monitoring, and power system reliability. These items are available from Amazon by following the link provided.

pqsoft.com
The PQSoft website has several workbooks that have been developed by Electrotek for training engineers and other personnel with the use of the SuperHarm and PSCAD software programs. Used by our staff in our software training programs, these resources can help you become familiar with these programs.

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