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S. T. Elphick, V. W. Smith, V. J. Gosbell & R. A. Barr, "The Australian long term power quality survey project update," in 14th International Conference on Harmonics and Quality of Power, ICHQP 2010, 2010, pp. 1-7.


The Australian Long Term National Power Quality Survey (LTNPQS) is a large multi-utility power quality survey which has now been in operation for 8 years. This paper details the latest innovative developments in the reporting and analysis procedures developed for the LTNPQS. The paper also highlights the key power quality issues affecting Australian electricity networks at the present time. These include high voltage levels at LV sites and difficulties in measurement of voltage unbalance. The longevity of the survey has allowed better understanding of disturbance trend levels. Interesting results include an apparent reduction in harmonic levels in the past couple of years and no definite trend in sag levels even with 7 years worth of data. Some of the challenges involved in conducting a survey of this type are explored and indications as to solutions presented. With the implementation of smart grid concepts it is likely that the number of sites with instrumentation capable of supplying data to the survey will increase exponentially. This presents a new set of challenges and the survey must adapt to these. Future directions taken in response include the implementation of web-based reporting systems which will provide more flexibility for participants.

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