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Dustin Tessier

September 17, 2021

Dustin Tessier

Leader in standards development for power systems design and engineering

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Dustin Tessier is Managing Director of Tesco Automation. He is a member of the Canadian mirror committees for IEC/TC 38/WG 37 Digital Instrument Transformers, and IEC/TC 57 Power systems management. Dustin also chairs the mirror committee for IEC SyC Smart Energy – Smart Grid Systems Committee. In 2015, he was selected to represent Canada at the IEC Young Professionals Workshop.

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What does representation within IEC/TC 57 Power systems management mean for Canadian industry?

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Canada is known as one of the more vocal representatives in this technical committee. We take a hard position to advocate for energy users’ requirements, especially Canadian utilities. Hydro-Quebec is a perfect example of this. Through our active involvement, a proposal by Hydro-Quebec resulted in the creation of a new advisory group on strategic developments and operational matters for TC 57 (IEC/TC 57/AG 22). Having Hydro-Quebec, a Canadian stakeholder, lead this gives Canadians opportunities to shape the future of the technical committee.

On a broad scale, we also consistently advance Canadian interests and the priorities of TC 57. Presently, this entails enhancing the useability of standard IEC 61850 Communication networks and systems for power utility automation. We’re also exploring how our standards address cybersecurity-related requirements for power system protocols, as well as the distribution of energy resources such as wind, solar and battery storage.

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What does the work of IEC SyC Smart Energy/WG 6 Generic Smart Grid Requirements mean for everyday Canadians?

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Smart energy is a new concept within IEC and Working Group 6 ensures that there is harmonization across new standards developed in this field. This prevents gaps between standards that are related to one another. WG 6 has a bird’s eye view across technical committees and provides a roadmap to ensure everyone developing standards uses a consistent way to define use cases. This gives Canadian utilities confidence that the standards they use are harmonized, which in turn benefits Canadians who rely on utility companies for the energy that powers their homes and communities.

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As a member of IEC mirror committees, what are you most proud of?

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I’m most proud of the working group that we’re leading to develop the standard IEC 61850-6-2 Configuration description language for extensions for human machine interfaces. This was a Canadian-led initiative that was realized through the support of SCC. We received international consensus to develop an international standard that I believe will have significant impacts on global grid modernization efforts. We were able to achieve this through SCC’s Innovation Initiative and Andrea Ciemny who has done an amazing job of ensuring all the dots were connected.

Participation in international technical committees allows experts to shape standards that impact them. Find more opportunities to get involved in standardization activities.

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