Workshops for electrical and power engineers

Cooper Power Systems announces 2012 Series of CEU- and PDH-accredited engineering workshops; experience hands-on distribution overcurrent protection, capacitor, and volt/Var regulation and optimization three-day technical training sessions.

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Waukesha, Wis.—Cooper Power Systems, an electrical power delivery and reliability solutions company for the utility, commercial, and industrial markets, offers three new Workshops for 2012 with a combination of practical problem-solving skills, a comprehensive reference manual, and instructors – all degreed electrical and power engineers – with extensive field experience.

Cooper Power Systems, a division of Cooper Industries plc (NYSE: CBE), will present, demonstrate, and solve common problems with hands-on participation during each of three new accredited Workshops:
• Distribution Overcurrent Protection
• Capacitors
• Volt/Var Regulation and Optimization

“Cooper Power Systems recognizes the need to keep power system engineers current and developed professionally. We are proud to offer a unique combination of engineering expertise, incorporating three perspectives into each Workshop: power system theory (system engineering), applications (factory), and field experience,” said Mark Thurman, president of Cooper Power Systems. “We are confident attendees will find these newest Workshops to be very beneficial in their everyday applications.”

The three-day Distribution Overcurrent Protection Workshop, developed for engineers involved with the design and/or operation of overcurrent protection for utilities or industrial applications, will provide a hands-on learning experience in applying overcurrent protection schemes. Curriculum will focus on overall system coordination rules and daily procedures, including:
• Fuse-to-fuse expulsion and current-limiting coordination
• Transformer protection
• Protection with sectionalizers
• Recloser and source-side coordination
• Recloser and load-side coordination
• Electronically and hydraulically controlled recloser coordination
Accreditation: 2.1 CEUs (US and Canada), 21 PDHs

Workshop Dates:
• March 27 - 29, 2012, Houston, TX
• April 11 - 13, 2012, Milwaukee, WI
• September 25 - 27, 2012, Atlanta, GA
• November 6 - 8, 2012, Phoenix, AZ

The Cooper Power Systems three-day Capacitors Workshop is designed for engineers engaged in the application and specification of medium voltage and high voltage power capacitors for electric power systems, and covers key application topics:
• Capacitor unit design, testing, and system benefits
• Distribution capacitor application, fusing, switching and capacitor controls
• Substation capacitor banks – types, design factors and protection
• Capacitor overcurrent protection – fusing and relays
• Overvoltage protection – arrester selection, unbalance protection
• Capacitor switching and breaker selection
• Capacitor applications – in series capacitor banks, HVDC and SVC, and maintenance considerations
• Harmonics – capacitor application considerations, harmonic sources, harmonic filter types and designs
Accreditation: 2.1 CEUs (US only), 21 PDHs

Workshop Dates:
• March 27 – 29, 2012, Houston, TX
• October 2 - 4, 2012, Greenwood, SC (3.5 days with optional factory tour)

The three-day Volt/Var Regulation and Optimization Workshop will provide participants with an understanding of Volt/var control applications and characteristics in electric distribution systems including grounding, feeders, load, harmonics, and ferro-resonance. Curriculum has been developed for electrical engineers involved with the design and/or operation of T&D or substation applications.

The workshop will focus on overall system coordination rules and daily procedures, including:
• Advanced techniques for, volt/var regulation and optimization in distribution systems.
• Techniques for dependable and economical distribution voltage and power factor control using regulators and capacitors.
• Impact of distributed generation (DG) interconnected to the distribution system on volt/var regulation and optimization.
Accreditation: 1.7 CEUs (US only), 17 PDHs

Workshop Dates:
• March 27 – 29, 2012, Houston, TX
• April 11 - 13, 2012, Milwaukee, WI

Cooper Power Systems holds more than 50 different workshops and technical training sessions annually for the power industry. For additional information and registration, visit

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