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North American SynchroPhasor Initiative

In 2007, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), along with involved electric utility companies and other organizations, formed the North American SynchroPhasor Initiative (NASPI). This effort combines the previous Eastern Interconnection Phasor Project (EIPP) and various activities associated with Wide Area Measurement System (WAMS) research, development and deployment activities as the primary focal point for continued DOE and NERC support and facilitation.

Map of networked phasor measurement units (PMUs)
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NASPI is structured as a working group made up of voluntary members from electric power operating organizations, reliability coordinators, suppliers of monitoring and communications network hardware and software, and researchers from industry, universities and national laboratories. DOE in collaboration with Consortium for Electric Reliability Technology Solutions (CERTS) provides resources to facilitate working group meetings and engage the industry in advancing the technology for system-wide monitoring. The working group is composed of seven task teams who focus on various aspects of enabling a network of phasor measurements. The task team leads, together with the DOE program manager and representatives from NERC and CERTS, make up a leadership committee whose role is to plan and coordinate the working group activities. An executive steering group provides oversight to the working group and engages the power industry at a senior management level to spread the word about the benefits of system-wide measurements and enlist support for the program.

Membership in the working group and each task team is open to all interested parties. Tell me more about NASPI membership.

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