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The University of Texas at Austin introduced the Independent Synchrophasor Network in order to monitor events and analyze low frequency oscillations from the electric power grid through PMU measurements taken at customer level voltage (120 V). The purpose of this paper is to present validation of the quality of these distribution level measurements for power system monitoring and analysis. Three different steps are used in the validation process. In the first step, the distribution voltage phase angle measurements are plotted with and compared to the state estimated transmission level voltage phase angle. The second step is the comparison of distribution level PMU measurements to transmission level PMU measurements during a power system transient response. The frequency, voltage magnitude, and voltage phase angle are analyzed during a unit trip event. In the final step, the modal frequency and damping estimates are used to illustrate the accuracy of distribution measurements as representative of the power system's ambient response. Because of the location of the PMUs within the network, it will also be possible to measure the effects of wind power on the rest of the grid.
Date of Conference: 16-18 July 2012