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Article RSE 14007187

CIGRE/CIRED Guidelines for power quality monitoring measurement-locations, processing and presentation of data

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Electra (CIGRE) , vol. 277, pp. 39-47, Dicembre-2014.

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J. V. Milanović (UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER), M. H.J. Bollen (LULEA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY), B. Howe (EPRI), J. Meyer (TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF DRESDEN), R. Neumann (QUALITROL), P. Ribeiro (EINDHOVEN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY), J. M. Romero (Endesa), F. Zavoda (IREQ)

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As a consequence of the increasingly widespread in the world of power quality monitoring systems for the power systems, the Study Committee CIGRÉ C4 and CIRED have established the joint working group (JWG) C4.112 “Guidelines For Power Quality Monitoring Measurement Locations, Processing And Presentation Of Data”, in order to provide useful information to networks operators for the best realization of such systems. The paper deals briefly with the content of the final technical brochure which has been produced by the working group in the first half of 2014 on the base of the results achieved during February 2011÷ February 2014.

There has been a noticeable increase in the amount of power quality monitoring taking place in electric power systems in recent years. Monitoring of voltages and currents gives the system operator information about the performance of their system, both for the system as a whole and for individual locations and customers. There is also pressure from customers and regulatory authorities to provide information on the actual power quality level. Developments in enabling technology (monitoring equipment, communication technology, data storage and processing) have made it possible to monitor on a large scale and to record virtually any parameter of interest.

The change in types of loads connected to the network and proliferation of non-conventional, power electronic interface connected, generators as well as the envisaged further increase in non-conventional types of loads/storage (e.g., electric vehicles) puts additional pressure on system operators to monitor and document various aspects of system performance. While many system operators are installing monitoring equipment and while more and more manufacturers have monitors available, there is a lack of knowledge and agreement on a number of aspects of the monitoring process and in particular on processing the recorded data.

Users of the data, be it system operators or their customers, are increasingly requesting useful information rather than just large amounts of data to be provided by installed monitors and supporting software. In a response to this renewed interest in power quality monitoring and recognising the cross-boundary relevance of power quality monitoring, CIGRÉ Study Committee C4 and CIRED established the Joint Working Group (JWG) C4.112: “Guidelines for power quality monitoring – measurement locations, processing and presentation of data” in late 2010. The JWG started work at the end of January 2011 and completed it in January 2104.

This paper presents an overview of the Technical Brochure (TB) written by the JWG during the first half of 2014 based on the results achieved between February 2011 and February 2014.

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