SPOKANE, Wash. — More than 450 protective relay engineers, electric power engineers and consultants from major power companies and research institutes from around the world will meet Oct. 24-26 in Spokane at Washington State University’s 27th Annual Western Protective Relay Conference.

It will be held at the International Ag Trade Center, W. 344 Spokane Falls Blvd., with vendor suites next door at the Doubletree Hotel.

Automated power protection and relaying was a $875 million worldwide business in 1999, according to the Newton-Evans Research Company. Most critical to a society dependent on electric power are “protective relays,” which, in the most simplistic of terms, enable lights to merely flicker instead of go out in a power storm. Or, when an outage is unavoidable, they help locate the faults for quick restoration.

Those attending the conference will learn the latest technologies in electrical power protection, technical papers will be presented, and 43 vendors will display their wares.

Conference sponsors are WSU’s College of Engineering and Architecture, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Conferences and Professional Programs.

For registration information, contact WSU Conferences and Professional Programs, 509/335-3530, or see the Web site at www.eus.wsu.edu/c&i/programs/WPRC00.htm.