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Power Switching Safety Conference Scheduled for August 27-28

The Annual Power Switching Safety and Reliability Conference is an opportunity for managers, supervisors, and operations personnel to exchange information about switching policies and procedures that contribute to improved safety and reliability. The conference addresses a variety of issues including detailed switching procedures and associated software, programs for training, audits and incident investigation as well as management strategies and policies.

On Sunday, Aug. 26, from 9 a.m. to 12, there will be a tour of the Seattle City Light's Control Center. There is no fee for the tour, but attendance is limited to the first 20 registrants, so register early. Also on Sunday, Aug. 26, from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., there will be a seminar given by Melanie Payne, System Operations Success International, "Raising the Bar on Switching Safety and Reliability for Field Switching Personnel and System Operators." The seminar will include a test and participants will be eligible for four NERC Continuing Education (CE) credits. There is a separate fee of $100 for this seminar and class size is limited to 50 people.

Booking details can be found at:

The preliminary program for this year's conference includes the following presentations or breakout sessions:

  • Sunday Seminar: "Raising the Bar on Switching Safety and Reliability for Field Switching Personnel and System Operators", Melanie Payne, System Operations Success International
  • Sample General Session presentations:
    - DOE Incident Investigation Program
    - Industry-Wide Near-Miss Database
    - Incident Analysis Tools: NERC CCAP (Causal Code Assignment Process)
    - Human Performance Indices
    - Operator Training at OGE
  • Sample Breakout Session presentations:
    - NERC Standards are a good thing; Really they are!
    - NERC PER-005
    - Switching Process Improvements at Wisconsin Public Service
    - "Qualified Responder" Training Program for Field Switchmen
    - Motor Operated Switch Operation and Miss-Operation
    - Standard Hold Card Clearance Procedure at ATC
    - Training for Switching under Normal and Emergency Conditions Using Real-Time Simulators
    - Impact of Smart Grids on Distribution System Operation
    - Application of Advanced Technologies to Operational Switching
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