October 21–24, 2024
Spokane Convention Center
Spokane, Washington


The 2024 WPRC will be held at the Spokane Convention Center (334 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA 99201).


The Western Protective Relay Conference (WPRC) is an educational forum for disseminating, discussing and networking on broad and detailed technical aspects of power system protection.

The 2024 program will bring you the latest technologies in power system protection and shared experience from their recent applications in the field. Paper topics range from protection applications and considerations with the introduction of the IBR's to the latest solutions for wilfdfire mitigation, deployment of digital secondary systems, application of traveling waves, and new communication technologies. The conference covers everything from the traditional focus of generation, transmission, and distribution to new developments in distributed generation, battery energy storage systems, and microgrids. As the electric power grid is rapidly changing, WPRC aims to bring you the latest in how the engineering of protection is adapting to the new environment. Furthermore, WPRC offers a special training track for engineers new to the field featuring lectures on concepts basic to protection and communications used for protection.

Over 500 individuals from around the world typically attend the event. WPRC has hosted attendees from 45 states, Canada, Mexico and 31 other countries.

Who Should Attend:

  • Power system protection engineers and managers
  • Relay and switchgear manufacturers
  • Public and private utility directors and managers
  • Relay technicians
  • Consulting engineers
  • Industrial power engineers
  • Government regulators
  • Students, faculty, researchers, and others in academia
What Attendees Have to Say About the Conference:
"Hands down the best, most applicable, and most informative protection-related conference in existence.  Well worth attending."

"Among the most practical and effective ways to learn of latest industry developments and gain insights from practical experiences of others."
"Great place for networking and learning new information in the field."
"A must attend event."
Spokane, Washington
Spokane, Washington is a city that seamlessly blends mid-sized charm with big-city amenities. You’ll be meeting on a riverfront venue surrounded by 100 acres of lush green space, all within walking distance to the mesmerizing rush of waterfalls, parks, shopping, and more.
After a day of engaging sessions, the choices for dining and entertainment are abundant. Take your pick from over 120 local restaurants, craft breweries, wineries, and cozy coffee shops, all conveniently located within an 8-block radius. Immerse yourself in the charm of a walkable city adorned with historic architecture, providing the perfect backdrop for leisurely strolls and networking opportunities.
As you convene in Spokane, you'll discover a Northwest city that emanates warmth, history, ambition, and creativity. Experience the seamless synergy of business and pleasure in a city that invites you to explore its unique character, making your event not just a gathering but a memorable experience.