Thursday, February 12, 2015 · 8 am–noon
Tee-Away Golf Course and Supper Club, Ladysmith, WI
Cost: $129

As a result of this course you will be able to:

  • Define what constitutes a power quality issue.
  • Discuss and identify various types of power quality disturbances and there solutions.
  • Explain the effects of power quality disturbances on different types of electrical equipment.
  • Analyze common power quality disturbances to determine if they are within industry and regulatory standards for electrical services and equipment.
  • Distinguish between power quality disturbances that are normal and those that are not.
  • Suggest and evaluate multiple solutions to specific power quality disturbances.

Foundational knowledge of commercial and industrial electrical systems and equipment operations is required.

Who should attend?
Electricians, engineers, operators, contractors, facility managers, account managers and representatives, electrical service planners, new construction workers and anyone involved in operating or managing electrical equipment and systems where electrical power quality is a concern.

When it comes to the quantity versus quality debate, both are of equal importance when it comes to power. Join us to gain a solid understanding of electrical power quality and its impact in facilities. You’ll learn about common power quality disturbances and their origins, as well as how to improve power quality, immunize equipment and control disturbances. We’ll explain how to determine whether electrical supplies and equipment are operating within industry standards and how to distinguish between power quality disturbances that are normal and those that are not.

Electrical power quality is critical to every facility’s operation. We’ll explore what power quality disturbances are and at what magnitude industry standards consider them to be problematic. In additional, we’ll explore numerous possible sources of power quality problems, the advantages and disadvantages of different types of power quality solutions, as well as protective equipment for particular disturbances.

7:30 am: Registration and continental breakfast
8 am–noon: Program

The registration fee for attending this half-day course is $129, which includes continental breakfast. There is limited availability, so you are encouraged to register early.

General information
Site information will be sent with your enrollment confirmation. If you have any special needs (e.g. dietary, physical), please let us know at the time of registration. All requests will be kept confidential.

Photo & video rights
We reserve the right to use photographs taken during the event for promotional purposes. Also, this program may be video taped for future publication.

AFE This program supports a topic within the body of knowledge outlined by the Association for Facilities Engineering CPE/CPMM/CPS Certification Programs, and should count as 0.375 CEUs (3.75 hours) toward re-certification.

AIA Members of the American Institute of Architects will receive 3.75 LU.

BOMI This course is approved for 3.5 continuing professional development points toward renewal of the professional designations offered by BOMI International.

GBCI The Energy Center of Wisconsin is a provider of GBCI approved courses for continuing education. This is a GBCI approved course and offers 3.5 CE hours. The Energy Center of Wisconsin is also a USGBC Education Partner.

IACET The Energy Center of Wisconsin has been accredited as an authorized provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training. As an IACET Authorized Provider, the Energy Center of Wisconsin offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET standard. The Energy Center of Wisconsin is authorized by IACET to offer 0.4 CEUs for this program.

WI-DSPS Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services has approved this course for 3.5 CEUs for the following credentials: Commercial Electrical Inspector Certification, Industrial Journeyman Electrician License, Journeyman Electrician License, Master Electrician License, Registered Electrician Registration, and UDC-Electrical Inspector Certification.

WI PE This course qualifies for up to 3.5 PDHs for professional engineers in the state of Wisconsin. The registrant must verify that the course content is related to their area of professional practice (more information).

Please note that in order to receive continuing education credits, you must be present for the entire training; partial credit cannot be given.

What is a power quality problem?

  • Reliability versus power quality
  • How many disturbances are too much?
  • Industry standards, codes, regulatory mandates and equipment ratings
  • Problem sources
    • Utility
    • Neighboring customers
    • Internal wiring
    • Equipment settings

Interruptions: momentary, temporary and sustained

  • Typical sources and problems
  • Potential solutions to interruptions
  • Ride through capability
  • Interruption case study

Short-term voltage fluctuations: Sags, swells and flicker

  • Typical sources and problems
  • Potential solutions for sags, swells and flicker
  • Swell case study

Long-term voltage fluctuations: over and under voltages, unbalance and single phasing

  • Typical sources and problems
  • Potential solutions to long-term fluctuations
  • Phase unbalance case study

Transients: impulsive and oscillatory

  • Typical sources and problems
  • Potential solutions to transients
  • Oscillatory transient case study

Waveform distortion: harmonics and noise

  • Typical sources and problems
  • Quantifying the harmonic distortion
  • IEEE 519 harmonic limits
  • Potential solutions to harmonic problems
  • VFD harmonic distortion problem case study

Strategies for managing power quality

  • Improve the supply (utility, circuit or equipment level)
  • Immunize the equipment: end use purchase and technical standards
  • Control the disturbance: Power enhancers versus power synthesizers
Tee-Away Golf Course and Supper Club
1401 E 11th Street North
Ladysmith , WI

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