John Bettler

John Bettler, PE is the Principal Engineer for ComEd’s relay section. His team’s purview includes substation protection of distribution feeders up to 765kV transmission lines and all T&D equipment in between (TR / Buses / Cap / Inductors).  The team also reviews interconnections, IPP and DER projects. As part of his duties, John is leading ComEd’s Digital Smart Substation (DSS) program, which utilizes IEC61850 Goose Messaging for its protection.   His team has designed & installed seven substations and a lab.  Currently they are installing their first brownfield 61850 site and have about 10 other substations in the design que.  John developed a 61850 training class and has trained over 200 engineers and technicians on 61850 basics.

 John is also adjunct faculty at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and University of Wisconsin (UW) Madison teaching power & protection classes.  He is a Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in Illinois.  He is working on his “Johnny P&C” brand for articles on fun things and training on all things power systems. John has a BSEE from Iowa State and a MSEE from Illinois Institute of Technology.   John has worked at the Chicago area power company ComEd since 1990 and has experience as a field engineer and protection engineer.