IEEE Winnipeg Section


PES Chapter Luncheon – November 2011



MB Hydro Experiences with SynchroPhasor Implementations


Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 12:00 noon.


Holiday Inn South, 1330 Pembina Highway, Winnipeg


Tony Weekes, P.Eng.


A Wide Area Measurement System (WAMS) will allow Manitoba Hydro to realize a comprehensive synchronized view of the Northern AC system yielding the following benefits:

  1. 1. Facilitate the coordinated and precise tuning of damping controls using GPS synchronized near real-time readings of system voltage, current and frequency measurements as part of the following projects and locations:
    • The seven units at Kelsey G.S. refurbishment which include high initial response exciters and PSS.
    • The new Birchtree SVC which will include an SDC.
    • The three units proposed for Wuskwatim G.S. will include high initial response static exciters and modern PSS.
    • Grand Rapids is being considered for PSS as well
  2. 2. Facilitate the potential refinement of existing northern ac damping controllers:
    • Ponton SVC and SDC.
    • Kettle units 1 and 2 PSSs


The Wide Area Measurement System (WAMS) project was approved for implementation in June of 2010 and at present consists of 8 PMUs with a a total of 22 sites expected by 2012.

PMU Measurements time stamp data to within a fraction of a microsecond compared to conventional RTU and Telemetry systems which typically perform one scan every 2 seconds allowing for:

  1. 1. Continuous monitoring of electromechanical, inter-area, inter-plant and local oscillations in the power system.
  2. 2. Ability to see and use high resolution data to improve models and analysis of the system in near-real time.
  3. 3. Ability to study and analyze historical events.
  4. 4. Ability to better maintain and protect the grid reliability.
  5. 5. Validation of planning and operating study models as off-line study results are benchmarked against on-line results


SynchroPhasor data can be used to provide early indication of grid problems (abnormal angle difference; inter-area oscillations; voltage stability).

This presentation will focus on the first application of this WAMS Measurement System in a recent commissioning of a new Brichtree SVC and how the PMU infrastructure was very important to the successful coordinated tuning of the controls.

Speaker Bio:

Tony Weekes works in the HVdc area of Protection and Control for System Performance at Manitoba Hydro. He is the Principal HVdc System Support Engineer responsible for conducting studies and investigations, as necessary, to ensure the reliable operation of the Nelson River HVdc Transmission scheme as an integral part of the Manitoba Hydro System. For the past years Tony has also been the corporate representative for the Eastern Interconnected Phasor Project (now called the North American SynchroPhasor Initiative) which has the goal of providing improved security of the power system through the use of wide area monitoring. Tony is also the technical lead for Wide Area Measurement / MISO PMU Placement project which will monitor Manitoba Hydro’s Northern AC System with the goal of providing high resolution operational data to System Performance, System Planning and the Midwest ISO.

Tony has a diverse engineering background in System Planning, Station Design, HVdc Engineering, Communications Engineering, Integrated AC Network Studies, Protection and Control, with experience in Design and Commissioning. He holds Bachelor and Masters of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Manitoba and has been a registered professional engineer with the province of Manitoba for over 25 years.

Cost and Registration:

  • Cash bar available at Noon.
  • Lunch served at 12:15 PM.
  • Meeting concluded at 1:30 PM.
  • Cost of the meal (payable at the door).

Early Registration (On or before November 10, 2011)

  • IEEE Members – $15.00
  • Non-Members – $19.00

Late Registration (After November 10, 2011)

  • IEEE Members – $17.00
  • Non-Members – $21.00

The IEEE PES Winnipeg Chapter must guarantee a minimum attendance to the hotel, so please take a moment to register early by RSVP to Steven Howell by Friday Noon, November 10, 2011, in one of the following ways:



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