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Volt/VAr in three flavors

Grid modernization track

Volt/VAr efficiency is something every distribution system operator needs to consider, but how do you determine if volt/VAr optimization is right for your network, and which method is best?

This session explains the need for volt/VAr efficiency and compares three levels of voltage control to help you decide.
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John Barnick

Mr. Barnick is an Industry Solutions Executive (ISE) in the Network Control operation of Ventyx, an ABB company. As an ISE, John is focused on real-time operation systems for transmission and distribution utilities. He has experience with Market Operation Systems, SCADA, GMS, EMS, DMS, OMS and substation automation systems. He has over 35 years of experience in the electric power industry with Westinghouse Electric Corporation and ABB, Inc. including positions in engineering, marketing, sales, corporate strategy, business development, sales management and consulting.
John has held several local chapter positions in the IEEE Power and Energy Society, including Chairman of a Power Engineering & Industry Applications Chapter and served on various regional technical committees for electric utility associations. He has taught electric power graduate level courses on High Voltage Systems, managed several high voltage projects, and conducted numerous high voltage field tests and studies. He has authored and published technical papers and reports regarding the electric power industry, including publications for the IEEE/PES and EPRI and made many presentations regarding the electric power industry. His responsibilities included working with regulated and deregulated electric power industry stakeholders, including ISO/RTOs while serving as the Director of Business Development and Sales Manager for the Network Management Business Unit of ABB, Inc.
He holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Electric Power Engineering as well as a Minor in Economics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
John Barnick

Howard Self

Howard is a 1987 Graduate of Clemson University, where he received his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering. He has over 27 years experience in protection, control and automation in utility transmission and distribution systems.

He spent his first 12 years of his career as a Substation Relay, Protection and Control Engineer for Santee Cooper.  Howard was involved in Engineering, Operations, maintenance and Design of Transmission, Distribution, and Generation substations while at Santee Cooper. 

Howard has worked the next 15 years as both an Engineering Manager for Substation Automation Systems and Product Manager for Transmission and Distribution Automation Products. Howard has participated in large utility and industrial protection and automation projects involving modern numerical microprocessor protection devices and high-end substation automation products. 

Howard has experience in delivery of systems using both DNP and IEC61850.  He has been active in CUEPRA, IEEE, UCA, and DNP users groups.  He is currently the Program Manager for ABB’s Distribution Automation Smart Grid Center of Excellence.  Howard is responsible for helping close the product gaps through R&D and product development in ABB’s DA Smart Grid Portfolio. Howard is presently a member of SGIP.
Howard Self


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