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NASPI Announces New Chairs of the Data & Network Management Team

Dan Brancaccio of BRIDGE Energy Group, Selected to Co-Lead the Team

The North American SynchroPhasor Initiative (NASPI), whose mission is to improve power system reliability and visibility through wide area measurement and control, announced two new co-chairs of the Data and Network Management Task Team (D&NMTT). Dan Brancaccio, of BRIDGE Energy Group and the Technical Architect of the WECC-WISP Project was appointed to help define the integration and data architecture for the NASPInet. NASPI Network (NASPInet) is an effort to develop an “industrial grade,” secure, standardized, distributed, and expandable data communications infrastructure to support synchrophasor applications in North America.

Brancaccio, of BRIDGE Energy Group, has 30 years of experience in Systems Engineering and Integration, development, developer management, and project management. He has developed large scale, mission critical, enterprise applications for energy utilities and corporate clients and has spent the last 16 years designing and implementing SmartGrid systems.

Brancaccio is currently assisting Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) on their Western Interconnection Synchrophasor Program (WISP) Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) that includes WECC and 8 partners SCE, PG&E, CALISO, PacifiCorp, SRP, Idaho Power, BPA, and NVEnergy. “I am excited to be selected to co-lead the Data and Network Management Task Team,” said Brancaccio. “There is much work to be done in developing the requirements for the data and architecture components of the NASPInet solution. Synchrophasors are considered state of the art by the industry at this point, and a great deal of focus has been put on progressing applications and new technologies to further support its widespread use.”

The primary objectives of WISP are to: (1) broaden the deployment of phasor measurement units (PMUs) throughout the Western Interconnection, (2) implement the telecommunications network necessary to support a large-scale production synchrophasor system, and (3) implement new synchrophasor applications for West wide situational awareness, power system analysis and model validation.

Approximately 300 PMUs will be placed at strategic locations around the western interconnect. Brancaccio’s role at WECC is to coordinate with the system architects from each entity and develop the architecture for the data delivery from the Phasor Data Concentrators (PDCs) at each control center to WECC, and the WECC IT Architecture for consuming and archiving the synchrophasor data. The data will be collected by each entity and concentrated by duplicate PDCs at separate geographical locations. The data will be transmitted from each entity PDC to the two redundant WECC RC (Reliability Coordinators) locations in Vancouver WA, and Loveland CO. He is also responsible for implementing the PMU registry and a demonstration of NASPInet.

Brancaccio’s experience with WECC-WISP combined with his longevity in the power and technology industry makes him the ideal candidate to contribute to the design of NASPInet and participate in D&NMTT programs.

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