Design of the Pacific DC Intertie Wide Area Damping Controller

TitleDesign of the Pacific DC Intertie Wide Area Damping Controller
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsBrian J Pierre, Felipe Wilches-Bernal, David A Schoenwald, Ryan T Elliott, Daniel J Trudnowski, Raymond H Byrne, Jason C Neely
JournalIEEE Transactions on Power Systems
Pagination3594 - 3604
Date Published09/2019

This paper describes the design and implementation of a proof-of-concept Pacific dc Intertie (PDCI) wide area damping controller and includes system test results on the North American Western Interconnection (WI). To damp inter-area oscillations, the controller modulates the power transfer of the PDCI, a ±500 kV dc transmission line in the WI. The control system utilizes real-time phasor measurement unit (PMU) feedback to construct a commanded power signal which is added to the scheduled power flow for the PDCI. After years of design, simulations, and development, this controller has been implemented in hardware and successfully tested in both open and closed-loop operation. The most important design specifications were safe, reliable performance, no degradation of any system modes in any circumstances, and improve damping to the controllable modes in the WI. The main finding is that the controller adds significant damping to the modes of the WI and does not adversely affect the system response in any of the test cases. The primary contribution of this paper, to the state of the art research, is the design methods and test results of the first North American real-time control system that uses wide area PMU feedback.

Short TitleIEEE Trans. Power Syst.