Larry Bekkedahl, senior vice president of Transmission Services, accepted the Grid Optimization award on behalf of BPA’s entire synchrophasor team at the Dec. 12 ceremony in New York. (Photo courtesy of Platts Global Energy Awards)
Bill Mittelstadt was the principal engineer in the early 1990s who had the vision to use wide-area synchronized measurements for dynamic performance analysis. Mittelstadt was recognized as the Federal Engineer of the Year in 2002 for many of his contributions to the industry, including synchrophasor technology.
Jules Esztergalyos developed ideas on using wide-area synchronized measurements for wide-area stability controls in the early 1990s.
John Hauer started using synchronized measurements for power oscillation analysis in early 1990s.
Carson Taylor researched methods to use synchronized wide-area data to improve voltage stability in the power grid.
Ken Martin led the project to network PMUs and stream the data 30-times per second to the BPA control center for the first time in 1996. Martin has greatly influenced the development of PMU and phasor data center standards.
Greg Stults developed synchrophasor data archives and the first data visualization applications in late 1990s.
Vickie VanZandt set the new mission for the agency in 2006 when she said, “It is time to move from wide area measurements to wide area controls." VanZandt is involved in synchrophasor advancements today as the WISP lead.
Dmitry Kosterev, principal engineer in Transmission Planning, provided the overall vision and technical guidance for the project.
Scott Lissit, the project manager who choreographed the complex project through completion.
Lawrence Carter, the project manager who skillfully scheduled the design, construction and installation of PMUs at nearly 50 sites in less than three years.
Nick Leitschuh, electrical engineer, integrated synchrophasor applications into BPA’s control room. An oscillation detection application went live on Oct. 1, and is alarming dispatchers when dangerous power oscillations are detected.
Tony Faris, electrical engineer, is the leading expert in PMU and phasor data concentrator network performance and testing.
Steve Yang, electronics engineer, is an expert in using synchrophasors for power plant model validation.
Paul Beatty, electrical engineer, engineered and coordinated the control center system infrastructure for PMU data and system implementation.
Grisel Mendez, electrical engineer, developed the telecommunications strategy and architecture for the PMUs, tested the new telecom equipment, and trained personnel on its use.
Caitlin Martin, electrical engineer, developed the system protection procedures for the PMUs and trained personnel on the new equipment.
Carldez Thomas, electrical engineer in the RAS group, developed the initial designs for the PMUs and their connections inside the control house.
Mason Tabata, electronics engineer, developed the initial designs for the redundant telecom network used by the PMUs.
MayMay Adolf, electrical engineer, led the design and integration of the synchrophasor RAS test system in the control center.
Gaby Valdivia, electrical engineer, was the indoor design lead for the Contract Management Office.
Linda Ngov, electronics engineer, was the telecommunications lead for the Contract Management Office.
Jared Perez, civil engineer, was the construction manager for the equipment installations at 40 field sites.