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2017 DSATools user group meeting successfully held
September 2017 – The 2017 DSATools user group meeting was held in Vancouver BC, Canada, on September 28 and 29. This year’s UGM was attended by 44 users representing 25 companies. The recently-released DSATools version 17 was demoed at the meeting, followed by presentations and discussions focused on various application areas of DSATools. After the UGM, the attendees toured the control center of BC Hydro where DSATools is used for on-line stability analysis & control.
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Benefits of on-line TSAT at MISO
MonitorAugust 2017 – in a paper presented at the 2017 IEEE PES general meeting, Mid-continent ISO (MISO) shows the success and benefits of the online TSAT system implemented at MISO, including annual savings of US$31 million due to reduced transmission congestion cost. Please see the full story here.

Elering purchases on-line VSAT license
MonitorApril 2017 – Elering (Estonia) purchased an on-line VSAT license for implementation of an on-line VSA system for its power grid. Elering is an independent electricity and gas transmission system operator in Estonia with main task to ensure high-quality energy supply to Estonian consumers.

SPP purchases on-line VSAT license
MonitorApril 2017 – Southwest Power Pool, Inc. (SPP) purchased an on-line VSAT license for implementation of an on-line VSA system for its power grid. SPP, with headquarter in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA, is one of the Independent System Operators (ISO) in North America overseeing the bulk electric grid and wholesale power market in the central United States on behalf of a diverse group of utilities and transmission companies in 14 states.

MEPPI purchases TSAT
March 2017 – Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc. (MEPPI), a major OEM for power equipment with office in Warrendale, Pennsylvania, USA, purchased the TSAT software.

GEIRI purchased DSATools
December 2016 – GEIRI North America, Inc., a research institute with office in Santa Clara CA, purchased the PSAT/TSAT/SSAT tools.

BBA purchased PSAT
December 2016 – BBA Inc. an energy consulting company with office in Vancouver BC, Canada, purchased the PSAT tool for its consulting work.

Wind Security Assessment System (WSAT) at Inner Mongolia Power passed SAT
December 2016 – Inner Mongolia Power Company, China, has implemented a wind security assessment system (WSAT), based on Powertech’s DSATools software. This system is used to assess the maximum wind power that can be transferred securely from the massive wind farms in Inner Mongolia to load centers. This project was implemented with our partner Beijing TsingSoft Technology Co., Ltd.

KPX purchased the second DSAS
November 2016 – Built on the success of the Dynamic Security Assessment System (DSAS) installed as a real-time app in the control center at Korea Power Exchange (KPX), KPX ordered a second DSAS for use with its Dispatcher Training Simulator (DTS).

East China EPRI purchased DSATools
November 2016 – East China EPRI, at testing and research institute located in Shanghai China, purchased the DSATools package.

KERI purchased SSR
October 2016 – The Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute (KERI) purchased the Subsynchronous resonance analysis tool (SSR) for use in power system analysis. SSR uses frequency domain approach for fast scanning portion of a power system for possible condition of SSR./span>

PSE S.A. purchased TSAT/SSAT
October 2016 – PSE S.A. the Polish TSO, purchased the TSAT and SSAT tools for use in analysis of its power system.

NERC purchased DSATools
July 2016 – The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) purchased DSATools for use in power system analysis.

ERAG leased SDDB
July 2016 – The Eastern Interconnection Reliability Assessment Group (ERAG) leased the system dynamics database (SDDB) for the development of annual Eastern US/Canada Interconnection base cases for use in power system planning. SDDB is a database tool developed by Powertech for managing dynamics models across multiple regions.

MISO switched to TSAT for system expansion studies
May 2016 – Mid-continent ISO (MISO) expansion planning group is now using TSAT for its planning studies. This helped MISO achieve great study efficiency with a manpower saving of more than 50% compared with the previous tool used. Please see more details here.

DSATools™ Version 16 is released
April 2016 – DSATools™ Version 16, including all core and add-on modules, has now been released. This new version of the popular power system analysis software incorporates major enhancements in terms of modeling, features, and usability. Please visit our Downloads page to see the new features and enhancements available in this version. If you are already licensed for DSATools™ programs and want to upgrade, or if you want to get more information about the features and functions available in DSATools Version 16, please contact us.

MonitorISO New England online VSA deployed in control room
April 2016 – ISO New England has deployed an online VSA system, based on Powertech’s VSAT software, in its control room for production use.

MonitorNIPSCO purchases on-line TSAT license
April 2016 – Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) purchased an on-line TSAT license for implementation of an on-line TSA system for its power grid.

MonitorPG&E purchases on-line TSAT and ePMU license
April 2016 – Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) company purchased an on-line TSAT and ePMU license for use in its advanced Dispatcher Training Simulator (DTS).

ISO New England purchases ePMU
January 2016 – ISO New England, one of the major ISO in North America, purchased the ePMU software module for generation of simulated PMU data. ISO New England will use ePMU in a variety of applications.

ERCOT purchases ePMU
January 2016 – ERCOT, one of the major ISO in North America, purchased the ePMU software module for generation of simulated PMU data. ERCOT will use ePMU in a variety of applications including the Dispatcher Training Simulator (DTS).

EOR El Salvador purchases DSATools
January 2016 – Ente Operador Regional (EOR), El Salvador purchased the DSATools package for analysis of its power system. EOR is the power grid operator in El Salvador.

2015 DSATools user group meeting successfully held
September 2015 – The 2015 DSATools user group meeting was held in Valley Forge, PA, on September 17 and 18. This year’s UGM was attended by 50 users from 6 countries, representing 24 companies. The recently-released DSATools version 15 was demoed at the meeting, followed by presentations and discussions focused on various application areas of DSATools. After the UGM, the attendees toured the control center of PJM where DSATools is used for on-line stability analysis & control.

MonitorNIPSCO purchases on-line VSAT license
July 2015 – Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) purchased an on-line VSAT license for implementation of an on-line VSA system for its power grid. NIPSCO, with headquarters in Merrillville IN, is one of the seven energy distribution companies of NiSource Inc. NIPSCO is the largest natural gas distribution company, and the second largest electric distribution company, in the state of Indiana, USA.

MonitorESKOM (South Africa) purchases on-line VSAT and TSAT license
June 2015 – ESKOM purchased an on-line VSAT and TSAT license for implementation of an on-line VSA/TSA system for the South Africa power grid. ESKOM is a South African electricity public utility and the largest producer of electricity in Africa.

DSATools™ Version 15 is released
May 2015 – DSATools™ Version 15, including all core and add-on modules, has now been released. This new version of the popular power system analysis software incorporates major enhancements in terms of modeling, features, and usability. If you are already licensed for DSATools™ programs and want to upgrade, or if you want to get more information about the features and functions available in DSATools Version 15, please contact us.

Siemens PTI Canada leases TSAT and SSAT
March 2015 – Siemens PTI Canada leased TSAT and SSAT that will be used for its consulting projects.

AMM Guatemala purchases PSAT/TSAT/SSAT/CDT
February 2015 – Administrador Del Mercado Mayorista (AMM), Guatemala purchased PSAT/TSAT/SSAT/CDT for analysis of low frequency oscillations. AMM is the major utility company in Guatemala running its power grid.

Guangdong EPRI (China) purchases PSAT and TSAT licenseFebruary 2015 – Guangdong EPRI purchased PSAT and TSAT. Guangdong EPRI is the R&D subsidiary of Guangdong Grid Co which operates the power grid in Guangdong, one of the richest provinces in China

MWEX limits from online DSA System went live at Mid-continent ISO
January 2015 – The MWEX (Minnesota Wisconsin Export) limits in MISO are now determined using online DSA system as of January 6, 2015. The online DSA system, including VSAT and TSAT software from Powertech, has been implemented at MISO for several years for the stability assessment of the MISO system and also for the determination of the transfer limits at its critical interfaces to ensure system security.

Dominion Virginia Power selects SSAT/SSR
January 2015 – Dominion Virginia Power purchased SSAT and the newly released SSR programs for the analysis of sub-synchronous resonances in its power grid. Dominion Virginia Power is one of US’s largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 26,500 megawatts of generation.

Transelectric (Ecuador) purchases on-line VSAT and TSAT license
MonitorDecember 2014 – Powertech, in partner with ABB, has won the project to implement an on-line voltage and transient security assessment system at Transelectric, Ecuador.

 

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory selects TSAT
August 2014 – Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) purchased the TSAT program for use in its research projects. LLNL is one of the national laboratories operated under US DOE, and is located in Livermore, California.

Duke Energy selects TSAT/SSAT
August 2014 – Duke Energy purchased the TSAT/SSAT programs for use in engineering analysis, including the design and tuning of power system stabilizers for its generators. Duke Energy is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is the largest electric power holding company in the United States.

Guangzhou Power Supply Bureau selected DSATools
August 2014 – The Guangzhou Power Supply Bureau in the Guangdong province of China purchased DSATools for use in analysis of its electric power grid that supplies power to Guangzhou, one of the major cities in China.

National Grid (Saudi Arabia) purchases on-line VSAT and TSAT license
MonitorJuly 2014 – Powertech, in partner with Alstom Grid, has won the project to implement an on-line voltage and transient security assessment system at the National Grid Saudi Arabia.

 

DSATools Version 14 is released
April 2014 – DSATools Version 14, including PSAT, VSAT, TSAT, SSAT and CDT is now released. This new version of the popular power system analysis software incorporates major enhancements in terms of the modeling, features, and usability. If you are already licensed for any of the DSATools programs and want to get updates, or if you want to get more information about the features and functions available in DSATools Version 14, please contact us.

Online Stability Analysis system went into live service at National Grid UK
MonitorApril 2014 – The Online Stability Analysis (OSA) system installed at National Grid UK was approved ready for live service on April 15, 2014. This represents a major milestone for the OSA system since the project initiation in 2011. OSA is an on-line dynamic security assessment system based on the TSAT and DSA Manager modules in Powertech’s DSATools package.

ISO New England awards on-line VSA project to Powertech
MonitorApril 2014 – ISO New England has awarded its on-line VSA project to Powertech. This system will be based on the VSAT program and will be developed in partnership with Alstom Grid. ISO New England is a regional transmission organization (RTO), serving Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. ISO New England meets the electricity demands of the region’s economy and people by fulfilling three primary responsibilities: ensuring the day-to-day reliable operation of New England’s bulk power generation and transmission system, overseeing and ensuring the fair administration of the region’s wholesale electricity markets, and managing comprehensive, regional planning processes.

ITC Transmission awards on-line VSA project to Powertech
MonitorApril 2014 – ITC Transmission has awarded its on-line VSA project to Powertech. This system will be based on the VSAT and DSA Manager modules in Powertech’s DSATools package. ITC Transmission is a subsidiary of ITC Holdings Corp., the largest independent electricity transmission company in the US, operating high-voltage transmission systems in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula and portions of Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri and Kansas.

NRC selected DSATools
February 2014 – The National Research Council (NRC) of Canada purchased DSATools for its research related to smart grid development. NRC is the Government of Canada’s premier research and technology organization (RTO). Working with clients and partners, NRC provides innovation support, strategic research, scientific and technical services.

The Electrical Power Research Institute of China Southern Grid (CSGEPRI) selected DSATools
January 2014 – The Electrical Power Research Institute of China Southern Grid (CSGEPRI) purchased DSATools for use in analysis of the electric power grid in southern China. China Southern Grid operates the interconnected power system covering five provinces in southern China.

Online TSA&C System went into RT Control at PJM Interconnection
MonitorOctober 2013 – The Transient Stability Analysis & Control (TSA&C) system installed at PJM went into real-time control operation on June 1, 2013. This represents a major milestone for the TSA&C system since its initial deployment at PJM in 2012. TSA&C is an on-line dynamic security assessment system based on the TSAT and DSA Manager modules in Powertech’s DSATools package.

Manitoba Hydro awards on-line VSA project to Powertech
MonitorOctober 2013 – Manitoba Hydro has awarded its on-line VSA project to Powertech. This system will be based on the VSAT program and will be developed in partnership with Alstom Grid. Manitoba Hydro is a Crown Corporation and the major energy utility in the province of Manitoba, Canada.

ITC Transmission selects TSAT
October 2013 – ITC Transmission purchased the TSAT program for use in analysis of its transmission system. ITC Transmission is a subsidiary of ITC Holdings Corp., the largest independent electricity transmission company in the US, operating high-voltage transmission systems in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula and portions of Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri and Kansas.

NYPA selects SSAT
October 2013 – New York Power Authority (NYPA) purchased the SSAT program for use in analysis of its power grid. NYPA, based in White Plains, NY, is a public benefit corporation in New York State, and the largest state-owned power organization in the United States.

GTA Flooding Tests IESO’s Online Limit Derivation Tools
August 2013 – A record-shattering weather system swept through the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) in Ontario, Canada, on July 8, 2013, with heavy rains, flooding and high winds leading to multiple outages on the transmission system, causing widespread power outages throughout the GTA. Approximately 3,500 MW of load was interrupted. The Online Limit Derivation tools, based on Powertech’s on-line DSA technologies, helped identify solutions that fully use available resources on the power system. For the full story on this example of the on-line DSA applications, please check here

Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) selected SSAT
July 2013 – Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) purchased Powertech’s Small Signal Analysis Tool (SSAT) for analysis of its power grid consisting of all or portions of the 14 western states in US, plus the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia in Canada and the northern portion of Baja California in Mexico.

VI Consulting selected DSATools
July 2013 – VI Consulting, a consulting company in Malaysia, purchased DSATools for use in its consulting business.

Oncor selected DSATools
July 2013 – Oncor Electric Delivery purchased DSATools for use in analysis of its electric power grid. Oncor is a regulated electric transmission and distribution service provider that serves 10 million customers across Texas, USA

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