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Wide-Area Frequency Monitoring Network (FNET) Architecture and Applications

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12 Author(s)
Yingchen Zhang ; The Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg ; Penn Markham ; Tao Xia ; Lang Chen
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Recent developments in smart grid technology have spawned interest in the use of phasor measurement units to help create a reliable power system transmission and distribution infrastructure. Wide-area monitoring systems (WAMSs) utilizing synchrophasor measurements can help with understanding, forecasting, or even controlling the status of power grid stability in real-time. A power system frequency monitoring network (FNET) was first proposed in 2001 and was established in 2004. As a pioneering WAMS, it serves the entire North American power grid through advanced situational awareness techniques, such as real-time event alerts, accurate event location estimation, animated event visualization, and post event analysis. Several papers published in the past several years discussed the FNET structure and its functionality. This paper presents some of the latest implementations of FNET's applications, which add significant capacities to this system for observing power system problems.

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IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid  (Volume:1 ,  Issue: 2 )