Insights on Power

Sam Sciacca is an active senior member in the IEEE and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) in the area of utility automation. He has more than 25 years of experience in the domestic and international electrical utility industries. Sciacca serves as the chair of two IEEE working groups that focus on cyber security for electric utilities: the Substations Working Group C1 (P1686) and the Power System Relay Committee Working Group H13 (PC37.240). Sciacca also is president of SCS Consulting.

Substation Insights: A Recap of 2012
January 08, 2013

Let’s take look at the topics of 2012 before plunging into the new year. » more
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Designing substations, transformers for bi-directional power flow, Part II
December 04, 2012

In a large commercial solar or wind farm, both the utility and the facility owner want to know how much power is flowing onto the grid.  » more
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Designing substations and transformers for bi-directional power flow
November 27, 2012

Interconnection of transformers in substations that need to accommodate the bi-directional flow of power. » more
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Accommodating bi-directional power flow in substation design
November 06, 2012

Address aspects of your client’s substation design to accommodate the bi-directional flow of power. » more
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Political and regulatory patchwork governs interconnection policies
October 30, 2012

There are many ways in which politics and regulation can affect the interconnection of distributed energy sources. » more
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Substation physical security back on the front burner
October 23, 2012

Physical security for electrical substations has acquired new urgency and requires fresh thinking. » more
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Addressing time synchronization issues, related standards work
October 16, 2012

Learn to finesse the issues of system design and the selection of devices in the market. » more
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Assessing vendor claims on time resolution in IEDs
October 09, 2012

Here are some tips for assessing vendors' devices that accept time inputs. » more
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'Big data’ and the need for improved time synchronization standards
September 18, 2012

Without time synchronization, vast streams of data have limited use. » more
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Look under the hood: IEC 61850 for DER interconnections
September 04, 2012

Engineers should consider IEC 61850, which is being considered as a communications protocol. » more
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Industrials and the utility: standards for interconnection save money
August 28, 2012

There will be greater interest and need to interconnect distributed energy resources with the local electric utility. » more
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