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Substation Communications

Authored by: Daniel E. Nordell

Electric Power Substations Engineering

Print publication date:  May  2012
Online publication date:  May  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439856383
eBook ISBN: 9781439856390
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/b12061-16

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Abstract

Modern electric power systems have been dubbed “the largest machine made by mankind” because they are both physically large—literally thousands of miles in dimension—and operate in precise synchronism. In North America, for example, the entire West Coast, everything east of the Rocky Mountains, and the state of Texas operate as three autonomous interconnected “machines.” The task of keeping such a large machine functioning without breaking itself apart is not trivial. The fact that power systems work as reliably as they do is a tribute to the level of sophistication that is built into them. Substation communication plays a vital role in power system operation. This chapter provides a brief historical overview of substation communication, followed by sections that

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