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APEGBC Vancouver Branch Breakfast Seminar: “Interconnecting Non-Utility Generators to BC Hydro’s Transmission Network”
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Thursday, January 29, 2015
6:30 – 7:00 am – Registration and Networking
7:00 am – Breakfast Served (Buffet format)
7:30 – 8:45 am – Featured Presentation
9:00 am - Closing
Marriott Pinnacle Vancouver, 1128 W Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC
Dr. Mukesh Nagpal, Ph.D., P.Eng.- BC Hydro Engineering
1.5 Informal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
$60 for members
$65 for Guests
$25 for APEGBC Student Members
De-regulation and environmental concerns are powerful drivers for the interconnection of non-utility generators (NUG) to transmission networks. With an abundance of wood waste, mountains and rivers, the province of British Columbia has numerous opportunities for development of green power. BC Hydro has already interconnected more than 40 NUGs to its transmission network at voltages ranging from 360 kV to 66 kV and several more interconnection requests are under consideration.
The cost of interconnection is an important factor in NUG overall project costs. This cost has to be minimized without compromising the safety or reliability of the transmission system. The lowest cost interconnection is a transmission line tap. However, low cost taps may negatively impact transmission system performance and protection system performance. The negative impacts can often be mitigated with increasing complexity (and cost) of the interconnection. This presentation will be on BC Hydro’s experience with studying interconnection proposals, using internally developed protection criteria to minimize costs while retaining acceptable protection performance.
: Dr. Mukesh Nagpal, P.Eng.
Mukesh Nagpal received the Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada in 1990 and 1986, respectively. Dr. Nagpal is a member of IEEE-Power System Relaying Committee, former Chair of an IEEE Working Group on Protective Relaying of Utility-Consumer Interconnections, and a senior member of IEEE and a Power & Energy Society (PES) distinguish lecturer. He is recently appointed as adjunct professor at University of British Columbia and registered member of Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (BC), Canada.
Currently, he is a Principal Engineer/Manager with the Protection and Control Planning Group within BC Hydro Engineering. He has 28 years of experience in electrical consulting, utility research and power systems protection. Dr. Nagpal has written about 40 technical papers on power system relaying or related topics. He is a recipient of BC Hydro Awards: 2007 Mentorship Award, 2012 and 2013 Innovation Awards, and 2013 Safety Award. His presentation received “Best-of-Show” award at BC Hydro’s 2007 P&C Telecom Annual Technical Conference.
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