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The need for improved technologies such as PMUs is
accentuated by nationwide challenges such as aging infrastructure,
FACTS, and environmental constraints.

Training
As for any technology roll-out, there is tremendous value in
providing training and support to, and gaining buy-in from,
the full spectrum of the business. For DVP, this spans from
end users such as engineers and system operators to field
support staff such as relay technicians who support the "nuts
and bolts" of the technology. DVP believes this axiom is no
less valid for synchrophasor technology.
As part of DVP's efforts to foster grassroots understanding and support for PMUs, the organization has included a
synchrophasor primer as part of their multiyear relay technician training program. Participants in the training program
are tested on the synchrophasor material, and the results
count toward the completion of the entire relay technician
training program. The results are demonstrated in greater
enthusiasm for new technologies such as synchrophasors
among the technical ranks of DVP and have fostered a relationship between the engineers who teach the primer modules and the up-and-coming relay technicians of the future.
EPG shares the same sentiment toward the training and
support required for proliferation of synchrophasor technology. This dedication is evident from the success of their
public webinar series on a wide variety of topics including deciphering system events, understanding phase angle

differences, phasor simulations, data quality diagnostics,
model validation, and using synchrophasor data and alarms
in real-time operations. EPG has also established an application user's group to support the community of users of
its synchrophasor applications by providing training and
encouraging users to share their best practices and use cases.
They have also conducted many on-site training sessions
(see Figure 6) with their customers for their RTDMS and
PGDA platforms including both PJM and DVP.
In addition to finding EPG's real-time displays in common areas around engineering offices at DVP, the engineers
at DVP have found a creative way to train employees and
operators-not only on how to use these tools but the nature of
information to expect from synchrophasor data-by building
an operator training simulator using a real-time digital simulator (Figure 7).
The simulator is a real-time computing engine that the
engineers can use to simulate the behavior of the electric
grid in real time and then stream PMU measurements of this
simulation through a software PDC and to EPG's RTDMS.
Engineers and operators can then visualize the effects of
simulated events in real time. DVP uses a comprehensive
model of its transmission network so that the trainees can
experience realistic system events.

figure 6. EPG hosting an RTDMS training session.
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