Harmonic Challenges for Distribution Grid Design

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Presentation Scheduled for 2023 NAPS

As new technologies for load-based structures transition to more modern diode bridge and IGBT based rectification configurations, electrical harmonics become a key consideration in planning for distribution grid design and load structure power quality specification.

Many Utilities within the US, as well as, around the world are increasingly requiring customers to comply with the relevant harmonic standards for their specificational realm. In the United States and reciprocal with Canada, IEEE 519-2022 is the foundation of most Provider based PQ requirements for low-frequency harmonic applications (3 kHz or less), and IEC 61800-3 for high-frequency applications (150 kHz and above)… meaning there is an entire bandwidth of potential harmonic frequencies where no active standards make recommendations for current or voltage harmonic limits (3 kHz – 150 kHz).

Little is taught or covered about the applicational challenges of harmonic mitigation and design/specificational “best practices” for assuring proper load structure power quality. IEEE-published paper references will be included for reference and referral.

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Primary Author & Presenter:

  • Michael A. McGraw – Independent Consultant – Mills River, NC USA


  • Alexander Hoevenaars – Electrical Engineering Manager – Mirus International, Inc. Brampton. Ontario, Canada
    • Brady Burke, PE – Power Quality Engineer – Pacific Gas & Electric
    • Paul Hoevenaars – General Manager – Mirus International, Inc. Brampton, Ontario, Canada

  Date and Time




  • Date: 15 Oct 2023
  • Time: 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM
  • All times are (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
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  • 115 Hendersonville Road
  • Asheville, North Carolina
  • United States 28803
  • Building: Biltmore Doubletree

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  • Arlissa and Bora are inviting you to a scheduled meeting co-hosted by Western Carolina University and IEEE- Western North Carolina Section Jt. Chpt, PE31/IA34 in conjuntion with the WCU NAPS conference on Sunday afternoon, 15 Oct.


  • Co-sponsored by Arlissa Vaughn for IEEE Western NC Section and Bora Karayaka for IEEE WNC PES/IAS Chapter
  • Starts 08 October 2023 07:00 AM
  • Ends 15 October 2023 02:00 PM
  • All times are (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
  • No Admission Charge


Mike McGraw of IEEE PES


Harmonic Challenges for Distribution Grid Design

  • Mike McGraw



Address:Mills River, United States