Editorial Calendar

Summer (May) 2018

Articles Due: January 19, 2017

NERC Compliance for Transmission, Generation, and Distribution

The purpose of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) is to ensure all transmission and generation Protection Systems affecting the reliability of the Bulk Electric System (BES) are maintained and tested. NERC is a not for profit corporation. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission designated NERC as the ERO on July 20, 2006. Electric reliability organization (ERO) refers to NERC's role as the independent entity that develops and enforces mandatory standards for the Reliable Operation and planning of the Bulk-Power System throughout North America, as called for in the Energy Policy Act of 2005. PRC-new standards should be out around this time.

Acceptable articles would include a summary of changes to the PRC standards, or a spotlight on one or more significant changes and how it will affect the electrical testing industry.

Fall (August) 2018

Abstracts Due: April 2

Articles Due: June 15

Emerging Technologies

New technology continually alters the way electrical testing is performed in the field. Examples can vary from more efficient ways to perform long-standing test routines to introducing new test technologies and just about anything in between.Acceptable articles for this issue would focus on recent developments in the field of electrical testing. Examples includenew test equipment or test equipment features that have the ability to alter the methodologies for field testing and tools used for test result analysis or tending.

  • First-Trip Testing
  • Time-Travel Analysis
  • Vacuum Bottle Testing

Winter (November) 2018

Abstracts Due: August 1

Articles Due: September 15

National Electrical Code and Electrical Testing

Several articles in the National Electrical Code (NEC) require electrical testing by qualified technicians. Most are somewhat succinct and may not amount to a full article by themselves, but certainly a review of all code-required testing could yield a full article. In general, most medium-voltage equipment must be tested, and specific low-voltage equipment must be tested as well. Per the NEC,certainhigh-reliability facilities are also required to perform and document testing activities to a higher degree. It is worth noting that NFPA 70E requires electrical maintenance and testing along with documentation of test results.

Spring (February/March) 2019

Abstracts Due: October 15

Articles Due: December 1

SF6 Breakers

Suitable articles for this issue would focus on SF6 breaker technology and include dynamic contact resistance testing. The work of the IEEE Alternative Gases Task Force on alternative gasses to SF6 would also apply. X-ray inspection technology is available on SF6 gases, but may be limited to OEM performance.

Summer (May) 2019

Abstracts Due: February 1

Articles Due: March 15

NFPA 70E and Electrical Testing

At the time of this issue's publishing, the 2018 Edition of NFPA 70E will have been released for under a year. Articles that focus on how the electrical safety requirements contained in NFPA 70E impact field testing activities are desired. This could include front-end work like work permits, risk assessments, establishing an electrically safe work condition, or the specific requirements in NFPA 70E that require electrical maintenance and testing as it directly affects personnel safety.

Fall (August) 2019

Abstracts Due: May 1

Articles Due: June 15

Emerging Technologies

New technology continually alters the way electrical testing is performed in the field. Examples can vary from more efficient ways to perform long-standing test routines to introducing new test technologies and just about anything in between. Acceptable articles would focus on recent developments in the field of electrical testing. Examples include new test equipment or test equipment features that have the ability to alter the methodologies for field testing and tools used for test result analysis or tending.

Winter (November) 2019

Abstracts Due: August 1

Articles Due: September 15

Communications

Communication capabilities on electrical power equipment continue to grow. The ability to monitor, control, troubleshoot, and diagnose power system status rises with each communication system improvement. Field testing organizations are increasingly tasked to perform acceptance testing on systems with complex communications schemes, and further, to commission those systems in accordance with ANSI/NETA ECS. Acceptable articles would include an overview of how communications are integrated into new power systems orhow communications are retrofitted into service-aged equipment that did not originally have communication capability.

Spring (February/March) 2020

Abstracts Due: October 15

Articles Due: December 1

Troubleshooting

Troubleshooting will take a technician on a unique ride, and different technicians may arrive at a solution via a completely different avenue. However, certain troubleshooting processes can ensure an efficient and effective methodology. Efficient troubleshooting requires acquiring as much information as possible, and that means asking the right questions and helping those giving the answers to think about what happened and why. For example, has it happened before, and if so, what surrounding conditions were similar? Then the troubleshooter can start the process of elimination of those things that don't fit known facts. The better the troubleshooter is at understanding one-line, three-line, schematic, and wiring diagrams, the better they will be in discovering the problem. Articles could focus on methodology such as information gathering, functional operation, diagnostic testing to isolate, repair of the defective component, and retesting. Articles may be supported by case studies; however, manufacturer-specific information should not be included.