The more realistic a training scenario is, the better is prepares the trainee for real-world events. This is also true regarding the training of grid operators. Southern Company evaluated the effectiveness of Real Time Digital Simulator (RTDS) for training Transmission Operators. Operators need training platforms that provide accurate, automated feedback in response to grid control actions and the flexibility to build desired study scenarios. As the workforce changes and experienced grid operators retire, there is a need to effectively train the next generation of operators to face a variety of phenomena. RTDS was used to create a set of intuitive, adaptable, and interactive training scenarios that replicate real world contingencies faced by grid operators and the effectiveness of the RTDS platform as a training platform evaluated. This presentation summarizes Southern Company’s experience with the referenced use case and provides some insights regarding the versatility of real-time digital simulators.
Michael Breuhl, Southern Company