Welcome to PowerTest 2024!

Eric Beckman, IPS PowerServe, NETA PresidentPresident's Desk, Columns, Spring 2024 Columns

The saying, “Everything’s bigger in Texas,” has never sounded better than when it refers to NETA’s PowerTest24 Conference scheduled for February 26 to March 1, 2024, at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas. Early registrations are on pace to make this year’s conference the largest ever hosted by NETA, and it wouldn’t be possible without the invaluable sponsors and speakers who help ensure that PowerTest continues to be the industry’s premier electrical power safety and reliability training event.

This year, NETA is partnering with the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation to salute our industry’s U.S. military veterans and service members. Be sure to join us in honoring these brave men and women in Dallas and watch for post-PowerTest24 highlights in the Summer issue of NETA World.

Don’t forget to save the date for EPIC, the Electrical Power Innovations Conference on October 14–15, 2024, NETA’s upcoming new fall conference where learning and innovation go hand in hand. Join industry professionals from across the country for a gathering of thought leaders and innovators, equipment manufacturers, engineers, utilities, investment groups, and service providers who are defining the next generation of electrical power advancements, innovations, reliability, and safety.

Relay protection is the theme of this issue of NETA World. Feature articles focus on current protective relay testing best practices, function verification and functional testing, upgrades, and relay replacement strategies, wrapping up with an overview of NERC protective relay maintenance and upgrade compliance requirements. I know you’ll find it both informative and enjoyable.

A big Texas welcome to those joining us at PowerTest24! I’m looking forward to seeing you there.

Eric Beckman, PE, President
InterNational Electrical Testing Association