Panel Sessions

Day 1 Program - February 18, 2015

Time/TracksPanel Session
Panel Session
Panel Session
10:30am-12:00pmCybersecurity: Lessons learned from DOE projects

Chair: Mark Morgan, PNNL

The Smart Grid Implementation Grant (SGIG) and Smart Grid Demonstration Program (SGDP) accelerated the installation of smart devices into the electric grid with a total of $4.4B in awards going to 99 participants under SGIG and 30 under SGDP.
The US Department of Energy (DOE) tasked the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to lead a team of cybersecurity experts to ensure the awardees were ensuring adequate cybersecurity protection through review of pre-job planning documentation and on-site field visits. After several years of observation and interaction a significant body of knowledge about cybersecurity protection of the electric system has been collected from these projects.
This session will feature presentations from experts discussing the impacts of emerging technologies on the grid efficiency and performance.



Smart Distribution Applications

Chair: Shay Bahramirad, ComEd

This panel session will focus on incorporation of emerging technologies to improve grid efficiency and performance. Efficiency and performance improvements have been key drivers for Smart Grid development. The industry is working on incorporating today’s emerging technologies along with well-established solutions into the wider future Smart Grid vision. The panel discussions will range from economical grid operations to performance improvements (enhanced reliability and power quality, loss reduction, etc) achieved via new energy delivery infrastructures and solutions (e.g. distributed energy resources, microgrids, distribution automation, distribution and outage management systems, advanced metering infrastructures, grid analytics, etc).

Speakers:

  • Mohammad Shahidehpour, Illinois Institute of Technology

  • Amin Khodaei, University of Denver

  • John McDonald, GE Energy Management

  • Julio Romero, Quanta Technology

  • Jianhui Wang, Argonne National Laboratory




Transactive Energy Systems As A Means of End-to-End Grid Integration

Chair: Ron Melton, PNNL

Electric power systems throughout the world are facing new challenges to efficient and reliable operation with the introduction of large numbers of variable and distributed energy resources. and a paradigm shift from conventional “load following” to “generation following” operations. Transactive energy systems provide a means of addressing these challenges. Through coordination via price signals representing system needs, the distributed energy resources become an active part of overall system operations. This panel session will include presentations on transactive energy system constructs, conceptual architectures, regulatory and policy challenges, and practical implementation considerations.

Speakers:

  • Jeffrey Taft, PNNL

  • Doug Houseman, Enernex

  • Farrokh Rahimi, OATI

  • Stephen Knapp, PoGens



1:00pm-2:30pmSpecial Workshop
Trustworthiness of Smart Grids


Chair: David Bakken, Washington State University

Large power grids are extremely complex systems. Dealing with highly dynamic phenomena in protection and control, algorithms require long-distance, high-volume and highly reliable data communications. Electric grids are getting increasingly stressed each year. An “Industrial Internet for Electricity” can help mitigate grid stress.
The ToSG workshop will provide a much better understanding of dependability issues involved with the Smart Grids' dependency on ICT and to help stimulate research to improve grid trustworthiness by bringing together the electric power researchers and dependable computing communities. The workshop aims to create an interdisciplinary community that will bear fruit well past the end of this session.
See schedule for this special workshop below.

Speakers:

  • David Bakken, Washington State University

  • Damir Novosel, Quanta Technologies

  • Lars Nordström, Davood Babazadeh, KTH—Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

  • Aditya Ashok, Manimaran Govindarasu, Iowa State University

  • Dr. Eugene Litvinov, ISO New England

  • John McDonald, GE Energy Management

  • Gil Bindewald, US Dept. of Energy

  • Erich Gunther, Enernex

  • Craig Miller, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

  • Radhakisan Baheti, National Science Foundation



Distribution Automation

Chair: Amir Fazeli, Alstom Grid

The integration of renewable resources and electrification of heat and transport is driving power system operation to its limits, requiring intelligent, active management of flexible resources within the distribution network.

This session will explore novel algorithms and control techniques for integrating DERs, load shedding frequency/voltage control in microgrids, and optimal power flow; application of power electronic converters within the distribution network, static VAR compensators, and normally soft open points; coordinated distribution protection, fault detection, isolation and restoration; and Communications infrastructure, live monitoring and communication technologies.

Speakers:

  • Laurent Schmitt, Vice President of Smart Grid Solutions at ALSTOM Grid

  • Kevin Schneider, Researcher, Pacific Northwest Laboratory

  • Ron Ambrosio, IBM Distinguished Engineer & CTO, Smarter Energy Research

  • Julio Aguero, Quanta Technology




Transaction-Based Control

Chair: George Hernandez, US Department of Energy

The future energy ecosystem will be characterized by a more distributed power system, blurring currently clear lines between producers and users of power. Utilizing distributed generation, responsive loads and automation at the distribution system, the future ecosystem will see an abundance of software and application-based sensors that work autonomously to optimize energy generation and energy use starting at the smallest application all the way towards the largest entity. The discussion will include examples of open source software like VOLTTRON(tm), a DOE-BTO funded platform, and applications of Transactive Energy and Prosumers that utilize interoperable software platforms.

Speakers:

  • Joseph Hagerman, Senior Advisor US DOE Building Technologies Office

  • Srinivas Katipamula, Staff Scientist PNNL

  • Santiago Grijalva, Director, Advanced Computational Electricity Systems Laboratory, Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Saifur Rahman, Director, Virginia Tech Advanced Research Institute



3:00pm-5:00pmSpecial Workshop:
Trustworthiness of Smart Grids (cont'd)


Chair: David Bakken, Washington State University

Large power grids are extremely complex systems. Dealing with highly dynamic phenomena in protection and control, algorithms require long-distance, high-volume and highly reliable data communications. Electric grids are getting increasingly stressed each year. An “Industrial Internet for Electricity” can help mitigate grid stress.
The ToSG workshop will provide a much better understanding of dependability issues involved with the Smart Grids' dependency on ICT and to help stimulate research to improve grid trustworthiness by bringing together the electric power researchers and dependable computing communities. The workshop aims to create an interdisciplinary community that will bear fruit well past the end of this session.
See schedule for this special workshop below.

Speakers: Same as listed above.


Smart Grid Innovation in an Integrated Utility Framework

Chair: Jean Lessard, Hydro-Quebec

Since the mid-nineties, the utility industry has been subjected to large-scale deregulation. In many cases, this has resulted in complete dismantling of the legacy Production-Transmission-Distribution utility. In cases where a dominant utility survived, it has been separated in functional business units confined in silos that can only communicate through well-defined regulatory channels.

This panel will explore how Hydro Quebec, as an integrated utility, has responded to these changes and is transforming its business through smart grid technologies deployed across functional silos. Several technologies under implementation will be addressed from Transmission to Distribution and End-Use. Topics will range from PMU based wide-Area Situational Awareness to Response-based Special Protection Schemes, Smart Building with grid services capabilities, Transactive DER integration and Utility microgrids to enhance distribution networks resiliency.

Speakers:
(invited):

  • Champlain Landry, Smart Grid Technology Manager, Hydro-Quebec Research Institute

  • Chumki Basu, Smarter Energy Research Institute, Senior Researcher, IBM Research India, Bangalore

  • Annissa Heniche, Project Manager for Power grid Control & Automation, Hydro-Quebec Research Institute

  • Géza Joos, Professor and Industrial Research Chair in the Integration of Distributed Generation in Electrical Networks, Mcgill University, Montreal, Canada

  • Ahmed Daoud, Project Manager for Smart Buildings, Hydro-Quebec’s Electro-Technologies Laboratory, Shawinigan, Canada

  • Martin de Montigny, Research Scientist, Hydro-Quebec Research Institute

  • Ron Ambrosio, IBM Distinguished Engineer & CTO, Smarter Energy Research



Changing Utility Landscape

Chair: Farrokh Rahimi, OATI

The electric industry landscape is undergoing significant changes, requiring new distribution operation structures, procedures and tools, and new products and services at wholesale and retail levels.
Two major complementary developments are gaining momentum to help address these needs, namely, the Transactive Energy framework and the new Distribution System Operator (DSO) construct. The DSO construct expands the role of the distribution utility operator into a facilitator of retail markets and transactive exchanges while ensuring reliable distribution system operation.
Transactive commodities at the retail level need not be limited to energy, but may also include energy derivatives as well as transport rights similar to their wholesale counterparts.
This panel session addresses these issues with a view to technical, operational, regulatory, and organizational challenges and opportunities.

Speakers:

  • Panel Chair, "Opening Remarks: Changing Utility Industry Landscape Drivers"

  • Doug Kim and Robert Sherick, SCE, "New Utility Business and Operations Models"

  • Lorenzo Kristov, CAISO, "New Distribution System Operator Construct"

  • Paul De Martini, Newport Consulting, "Emerging Distribution and Prosumer Side Products and Services"

  • Ali Ipakchi and Farrokh Albuyeh, OATI, "Decision Support Tools for the Emerging DSO Construct and Transactive Paradigm Shift"

  • Ning Lu, NC State University, "Enabling technologies for End-to-End Transactive System Operation from Retail to Wholesale"

  • Ron Melton, PNNL, "Transactive Control and Coordination of Distributed Energy Resources, End Devices, and Systems"

  • Fred Fletcher BWP, "Transactive Control for Grid Balancing and Frequency Management"





Trustworthiness of Smart Grids

TimeEventDetails
1:00pmWelcome and IntroductionOverview of Grid Communications Issues and Conflicting ICT-PowerNomenclature
David Bakken, Washington State University, USA
1:20pmKeynote PresentationDamir Novosel, Quanta Technologies, USA & President-Elect, IEEE Power & Energy Society
2:00pmInvited Paper SessionRequirements on Communication and Control Systems for HVDC Grids
Lars Nordström, Davood Babazadeh, KTH—Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Cyber-Physical Risk Modeling and Mitigation for the Smart Grid using a Game-Theoretic Approach
Aditya Ashok, Manimaran Govindarasu, Iowa State University, USA
2:45pmBreak
3:00pmInvited PresentationCloud Computing in Power System Planning and Operation
Dr. Eugene Litvinov, ISO New England
3:40pmPanel:  Cyber-Physical ICT and Power: Issues and OpportunitiesPanel:  Cyber-Physical ICT and Power: Issues and Opportunities


  • John McDonald, GE (former President, IEEE Power & Energy Society)

  • Gil Bindewald, US Dept. of Energy

  • Erich Gunther, Enernex

  • Craig Miller, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

  • Radhakisan Baheti, National Science Foundation


4:45pmDiscussion:  Future of ToSG Workshop Series
5:00pmAdjourn
6:00-8:00pmPoster Session and Reception
Independence Ballroom A

Day 2 Program - February 19, 2015

Time/TracksPanel Session
Panel Session
Panel Session
10:30am - 12:00pmR&D Needs for Grid Modernization

Chair: Dan Ton, US Department of Energy

The U.S. electric grid is aging, inefficient, increasingly vulnerable to natural and man-made threats, and not readily capable of integrating large amounts of dynamic generation sources and loads. Modernizing the electric grid to address these challenges is a key strategy of the DOE to support its objective of a more economically competitive, environmentally responsible, secure and resilient U.S. energy infrastructure. R&D needs for grid modernization have been formulated by the Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium, a strategic partnership between the DOE and its National Laboratories. The panelists will present the needs and their development, as well as the steps to finalize the needs for planned fulfillment

Speakers:

  • Jeff Dagle, PNNL - Systems Operations and Control

  • Ben Kroposki, NREL - Devices and Integrated Systems

  • Tom King, ORNL – Sensing and Measurement

  • Juan Torres, SNL – Security and Resilience

  • John Grosh, LLBL - Design and Planning Tools



Advances in Smart Buildings and Facilities—Automated Demand Response, Microgrids and Beyond

Chair: Tariq Samad, Honeywell Automation Control Solutions

This panel session will provide a panoramic view—from practice to prospects—of the smart-buildings space. Panelists are recognized leaders in implementation and project development, standardization and interoperability, and research and innovation. Presentations and discussions will include: Examples of operational microgrid projects, with summaries of benefits achieved; An overview of an exciting ongoing project featuring electric vehicles for demand-side frequency regulation; A review of OpenADR—the lingua franca for automated demand response—including its internationalization and potential profile extensions; Future interoperability challenges for buildings and facilities as compiled by the buildings-to-grid (B2G) SGIP group; A new initiative on complex systems, which is targeting smart buildings as one of its research test beds.

Speakers:


  • Rolf Bienert, OpenADR Alliance

  • Camron Gorguinpour, United States Air Force

  • David Robinson, Honeywell Energy Services Group

  • Jakob Stoustrup, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

  • David Holmberg, NIST



Interoperability and Standards – Progress on Global Harmonization

Chair: John McDonald, GE Digital Energy

One of the key industry trends is moving from an emphasis only on devices and systems to emphasis also on the integrated solution, or a set of technology components integrated together to address the business needs of the customer. Examples are Distribution Optimization, Transmission Optimization, Asset Optimization and Demand Optimization. For the integrated solution of technology components from different suppliers to interoperate successfully, the technology components must comply with the same set of industry standards and be tested for interoperability. This is a challenge globally – if each country or region has its own standards this is a barrier to international trade. What is the status of global harmonization? Representatives from the US, Europe, Japan, and India will discuss their progress on global harmonization.

Speakers:

  • Sharon Allan, SGIP 2.0, Inc.

  • Laurent Schmitt, VP, Alstom Grid

  • Ranjeet Vaishnav, Tata Consultancy Services Limited

  • Hideki Hayashi, Japan Smart Community Alliance (JSCA)/ Toshiba Corporation




1:00pm - 2:30pmInnovation Policy for the Grid

Co-Chairs:
  • Paul Centolella, President, Paul Centolella and Associates

  • Don Von Dollen, Program Manager, Power Delivery & Utilization, Electric Power Research Institute

The development of a smart, advanced power system will require innovation and new technologies to meet the challenges of providing affordable low carbon power, integrating smart end use devices, developing a control architecture that takes advantage of distributed resources, enhancing resilience, and minimizing cyber and physical security risks. This panel will explore the strengths of and gaps in the U.S. energy innovation system and discuss the development of policies that can sustain and advance innovation and the development of new technologies to help meet these and other challenges. Participants have deep experience with energy innovation and will provide a range of perspectives including those of a university researcher, founder of a successful smart grid startup, manager of utility advanced technology evaluation, and a program director for a state research and development authority.

Speakers:

  • Munther Dahleh, William Coolidge Professor of EECS, Acting Director of Engineering Systems Division, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Deepak Divan, President and Co-Founder, Varentec, Inc

  • Robert Stewart, Manager, New Business Advanced Technology Evaluation at Pepco Holdings, Inc.

  • Micah Kotch, Director of NY Prize and Strategic Adviser for Innovation, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority


Role of Energy Storage and Effective Control in Grid & Shipboard Operations

Chair: Osama Mohammed, Florida International University

Optimizing and improving energy storage is a key issue for the smart grid. Current technologies include a variety of different battery chemistries and sizes as well as ultracapacitor and flywheel integration.
The smart grid requires a modular power system employing the usage of a variety of different energy storage components depending on the application, size, and load. This panel will explore a range of storage technologies and how they can be can be optimized for use in utility or shipboard applications.

Speakers:

  • Don Hoffman, NSWC Carderock - Philadelphia

  • John Heinzel, NSWC Carderock – Philadelphia

  • Ben McGlasson, NSWC Dahlgren

  • Vincent Vendetti, NSWC Dahlgren

  • Christopher Lashway, Florida International University




Smart Grid Convergence with Next-Generation Cyber-physical Systems

Chair: Jianhui Wang, Argonne National Laboratory

This panel will discuss state-of-the-art cyber-physical system (CPS) research and technology development including topics on risk assessment, protective measures, testbed development, and more. The panel of experts from the federal government, academia and industry will discuss the status of CPS research, the challenges faced by the industry, and possible solutions.

Speakers:

  • Dan Ton, DOE

  • Carol Hawk, DOE

  • Manimaran Govindarasu, Iowa State University

  • Chris Greer, NIST


3:00pm - 5:00pmEnhancing Resiliency of Distribution Systems

Chair: Cheng Ching Liu, Washington State University and University College Dublin, Ireland

Extreme events such as Hurricane Sandy have caused catastrophic damages in the East Coast. The issue has received great attention from industries and governments. Existing concepts and tools are not designed to handle extreme events such as severe earthquakes and hurricanes. The inter-dependency between the power grid and other infrastructures, e.g., communications, needs to be considered. To achieve a resilient grid against such catastrophes, it will require new concepts, technologies, and procedures to harden power grid components, enhance automation, increase redundancy, and de-centralize generations with microgrids, renewables, and storage. The expert panelists will cover important aspects for resilient distribution grids.

Speakers:

  • Dan Ton, Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability, Department of Energy

  • Griffin Reilly, Con Edison

  • Jose Marti, University of British Columbia, Canada

  • Ross Guttromson, Sandia National Laboratory



Lessons Learned from DOE Smart PV Inverter Program

Chair: Guohui Yuan, US Department of Energy

Smart PV inverters are a key enabling technology for integrating high level of DERs into the electric grid. The U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative has been leading the smart inverter R&D effort since 2011 under the Solar Energy Grid Integration Systems - Advanced Concepts (SEGIS-AC) program. The objective has been to develop advanced technologies in power electronics, communication protocols, and DER Management System (DERMS) software that enable high penetrations of solar energy onto the grid and provide ancillary services to enhance the grid performance and reliability. Key inverter capabilities (e.g. volt/var, frequency/watt, voltage ride-through, utility controlled islanding) and standard photovoltaic protocols (for SEP2, DNP3, and IEC 61850) have been developed and are being field demonstrated with utility partners at selected feeders. This panel will report system technical designs, deployment, and testing in these demonstrations and overall lessons learned from real-world experience. The panel will also report stakeholder engagement activities including California Rule 21 revision and proposed changes to IEEE 1547 standards.

Speakers:

  • Brian Seal, EPRI (confirmed)

  • Michael Mills-Price, Advanced Energy (confirmed)

  • Haukur (Hawk) Asgeirsson, DTE (invited)

  • Sig Gonzales, Sandia National Lab (invited)

  • Samer Arafa, Solectria Renewables, LLC (invited)



Vehicle-to-Grid

Chair: Paul Heitmann, Businovation, LLC

Electric Vehicles are evolving into mainstream products as many vehicle manufacturers now offer multiple product lines incorporating electric drive technologies. Batteries are becoming larger, and high power DC Fast charging is becoming available for many models. Many residential and EV owners are also acquiring and integrating clean energy solutions such as Solar PV with smart inverters and local battery storage. Wireless and power line communication and control networks are enabling electricity market transformations. How can all these heterogeneous Distributed Energy Resources work together to assure a resilient electric grid, efficient energy use, and cost effective business models? –Standards-driven Vehicle Grid Integration!

Speakers:

  • Paul Heitmann, Businovation, LLC

  • John Halliwell, EPRI

  • Ron Melton, PNNL



6:00pm - 8:00pmGala Dinner (Independence Ballroom A)
Speaker:Andres Carvallo, Compass Management Group, Former CIO, Austin Energy and Author of The Advanced Smart Grid

Day 3 Program - February 20, 2015

Time/Tracks Panel Session
Panel Session
Panel Session
10:30am - 12:00pmImproving Reliability with Smart Grid
Analytics – Part I


Chair: Arnie de Castro, SAS)

Challenges abound as utilities strive to meet growing electricity demand while lowering maintenance and operating costs, and guaranteeing safety and reliability. Traditional maintenance strategies rely on schedule-based (just-in-case) replacements, which can lead to overconsumption of spare parts, more frequent and longer planned-maintenance downtime and even an increased chance of failure. At the system level, traditional technology, although considerably advanced, has not completely prevented cascading failures in the interconnected grid. This panel will discuss applications of smart grid analytics technologies to detect degradation and predict impending failures at both the equipment and system levels, thus allowing utilities to be more proactive, enabling more efficient maintenance, lower costs and increased availability.

Speakers:

  • Scott Albrechtsen, Senior Load Advisor, BC Hydro

  • Kathy Ball, Senior Industry Consultant, SAS

  • Virgilio Centeno, PhD, Associate Professor, Virginia Tech

  • Brad Klenz, Principal Systems Architect, SAS

  • Joseph LoPorto, PE, Manager, T&D Automation, PHI

  • Mark Matthews, Senior Data Analyst, Duke Energy

  • LaMargo Sweezer-Fischer, Reliability Manager, Distribution, FPL




Wide Area Protection, Communication and Control in Energy Systems

Chair: Mladen Kezunovic, Texas A&M University

Synchrophasor technology was introduced over 30 years ago but did not get due attention until the northeast blackout of 2003 when it was concluded that more detailed monitoring capability for the electricity grid is needed. The ARRA act of 2009 paved the way for wide deployment of the technology in the US transmission grid. The newly-deployed synhcrophasor infrastructure offers many opportunities for legacy Energy Management Applications to be implemented in a new way with improved performance, and new applications were proposed. This panel’s experts from industry and academia will cover state-of-the-art issues with the deployment of synchrophasor technology that range from life cycle management tools to numerous applications and standardization. Future opportunities to deploy this promising technology beyond the transmission grid will also be explored.

Speakers:

  • Mladen Kezunovic, Texas A&M University

  • Damir Novosel , Quanta Technology

  • Jay Giri, Alstom Grid

  • Mark Adamiak, GE

  • Mani Venkatasubramanian , Washington State University


Smart Eco-Cities and Communities

Co-Chairs: Mani Venkata and Jayant S. Kumar, Alstom Grid

The past two decades have witnessed unprecedented investments in the growth of “Smart/Eco” cities, towns, universities and industries. The primary goal has been to achieve net zero ecological impact while providing the best performance. Some of these efforts focused on multiple civilian infrastructures, including electrical networks. Others concentrated on the electrical infrastructure to achieve the highest level of performance in reliability, power quality, safety, security and customer satisfaction. Recently an additional focus has been to create microgrids to improve network resiliency. These developments have been, and are occurring, in several countries around the world. The panelists will share experiences in converting their respective cities and communities into smart ones.

Speakers:

  • Laurent Schmitt, Vice President of Smart Grid Solutions at ALSTOM Grid

  • Terry Mohn, General Microgrids Institute (GMI), Title: The Role of Microgrids in the Smart City

  • Chris Marney, MgDoM

  • Will Agate, Senior Vice President, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC)




1:00pm - 2:30pmImproving Reliability with Smart Grid Analytics – Part II

Chair: Arnie de Castro, SAS)

Challenges abound as utilities strive to meet growing electricity demand while lowering maintenance and operating costs, and guaranteeing safety and reliability. Traditional maintenance strategies rely on schedule-based (just-in-case) replacements, which can lead to overconsumption of spare parts, more frequent and longer planned-maintenance downtime and even an increased chance of failure. At the system level, traditional technology, although considerably advanced, has not completely prevented cascading failures in the interconnected grid. This panel will discuss applications of smart grid analytics technologies to detect degradation and predict impending failures at both the equipment and system levels, thus allowing utilities to be more proactive, enabling more efficient maintenance, lower costs and increased availability.

Speakers:

  • Scott Albrechtsen, Senior Load Advisor, BC Hydro

  • Kathy Ball, Senior Industry Consultant, SAS

  • Virgilio Centeno, PhD, Associate Professor, Virginia Tech

  • Brad Klenz, Principal Systems Architect, SAS

  • Joseph LoPorto, PE, Manager, T&D Automation, PHI

  • Mark Matthews, Senior Data Analyst, Duke Energy

  • LaMargo Sweezer-Fischer, Reliability Manager, Distribution, FPL




Power and Energy System Applications

Chair: Xianjun Zhang, MISO)

Increasing environmental concerns and policies to reduce dependence on fossil fuels have stimulated interest in the area of power and energy system applications at both wholesale/bulk power and retail/distribution levels.

This session will feature speakers that are renowned experts from industry, research labs, and academia in the fields of energy storage, smart grids, renewable energy integration, and electricity market. They will address issues from the viewpoints of national importance, technology, cost-benefits and regulation by sharing approaches, insights, best practices, recommendations and lessons gained through the deployment of various technologies, field test results and simulation studies under smart grid paradigm, such as those associated with microgrid operation, charging/integration with smart grid, advanced market models and products, control strategies and information management.

This panel will update the audience with presentations on key technologies and projects that are driving power and energy system applications to improve grid efficiency, reliability, and economics.

Speakers:

  • Guohui Yuan, Technology Manager, US Department of Energy

  • Lawrence E. Jones, Vice President, Utility Innovations & Infrastructure Resilience at Alstom Grid

  • Jianhui Wang, Section Manager, Advanced Power Grid Modeling, Argonne National Laboratory

  • Babak Asghari, Research Staff Member, Energy Management Department, NEC Laboratories America, Inc.

  • Ning Lu, Associate Professor, NC State University

  • Stephan Koch, Senior Researcher, Power Systems Laboratory at ETH Zurich, Switzerland



Smart Grid Hot Topics

Chair: Erich Gunther, Enernex


This fireside chat format session is designed to bring late breaking news and hot topics to the table through a panel of industry thought leaders. The panel will reflect on some things discovered during the conference and offer their analysis of what is needed over the next year from an innovative technologies perspective plus enabling policy, regulation, and business models to keep moving grid modernization forward. The panelists will be interacting with the attendees throughout the week so seek them out and offer your opinions that they may integrate them into their thoughts for the panel.

Speakers:

  • Aryeh Fishman – EEI (Policy and Utility Business Models)

  • Anna Belle Lee – EPRI (Cyber Security)

  • Roger Dugan – EPRI (T&D Research and Systems)

  • Chris Irwin – DOE (The DOE Perspective)

  • David Wollman – NIST (Standards and Cyber-Physical Systems)