Panels

Day 1 - September 7, 2016

10:30am-12:00pm Integration of Distributed Resources with Distribution Grid Operation

Chair: Farrokh Rahimi, Senior Vice President, OATI

The panel will address the operational and technical requirements for management of a distribution grid with high penetrations of demand response and distributed energy resources, and will present opportunities for expanding utility business models and revenue streams.

Speakers:
Dr. Ali Ipakchi, OATI
Dr. Mohammad Shahidehpour, IIT
Mr. Robert Sherick, SCE
Dr. Lorenzo Kristov, CAISO
10:30am-12:00pmLarge, Realistic, Open-Access Power System Benchmark Models for Community Testing of Grid Optimization Algorithms

Chair: Tim Heidel, Program Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), U.S. Department of Energy

The expected growth in system complexity due to high penetrations of renewable generation, changing electricity demand patterns, and distributed energy resources will require the development of substantially improved and control tools to assist grid operators, including those solving optimal power flow problems. The panel will highlight emerging efforts funded by ARPA-E in the development of such novel power systems models.

Speakers:
Thomas Overbye, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Patrick Panciatici, Réseau de Transport d'Électricité (RTE France)
Christopher DeMarco, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Mark Rice, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
Terry Nielsen, GridBright, Inc.
10:30am-12:00pmA New Cybersecurity Architecture from Bulk Power to Distribution Grid Endpoints

Chair: Jerrod Montoya, President, Infraguard Minnesota Members Alliance, OATI

The panel will consider the possibility of applying bulk power security at the distribution level and whether distribution providers are in the best position to secure consumer endpoints.

Speakers:
Massoud Amin, University of Minnesota
Paul Skare, Pacific Northwest Labs
Erik Amundson, OATI
David Halla, ES-ISAC
1:00pm-2:30pmCommunity Power and the DER Platform for the 21st Century

Chair: Greg Thomson, Chief Operating Officer, Olidata Smart Cities, LLC

The panel will describe the crucial role of cities and local agencies in developing a sustainable electricity system, the architecture of a community-level DER platform, the aggregation of DER services, communication and control systems, and regulatory changes and financing strategies to facilitate such a system.
1:00pm-2:30pmPractical Applications of Grid Architecture

Chair: Jeffrey Taft, Chief Architect for Electrical Grid Transformation, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

The panel will focus on applications of the discipline of Grid Architecture to practical issues in grid modernization and cover such topics as the merging of distribution markets and control systems, electricity-natural gas network convergence, the formation of platforms to enable new value streams, the structure of communications networks, and the impact of architecture on interoperability standards and their deployment.
1:00pm-2:30pmCommunications and Cyber Security in the IEEE Power and Energy Society

Chair: Michael Dood, Principal Engineer, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.

The recent alignment of the IEEE Power and Energy Society combines the Power Systems Communications Committee with portions of the Substations Committee and Power System Relaying Committee. This panel will provide a survey of the width and breath of communications and cyber security technologies in the utility industry and an overview of opportunities associated with the new Power Systems Communications and Cybersecurity Committee.

Speakers:
Dan Nordell, Xcel Energy
Ken Fodero, Schweitzer Engineering Labs
Craig Preuss, Black & Veatch
3:00pm-5:00pmIntegration of Distributed Energy Resources: Challenges and Opportunities

Chair: Hao Zhu, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The panel will explore challenges to the traditional operational paradigms of distribution systems and discuss the technologies and solutions needed to manage them.

Speakers:
Aleksi Paaso, Senior Smart Grid Specialist at Comed
Alex Portilla, Principal Product Manager at the Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Dongbo Zhao, Lead Engineer at Eaton Corporation
Calvin Zhang, Senior Power Distribution Systems Engineer at Nexant
Sairaj Dhople, Assistant Professor of ECE, University of Minnesota
3:00pm-5:00pmCommunication-Physical System Simulation

Chair: Ming Ni, Chief Expert of Power System Planning and Analysis, NARI Group Corporation (China)

Achieving closer integration and collaboration of the communication system and physical power system in the key to success of the smart grid. This panel will present various approaches for hybrid simulation platforms with discussions of technical issues needing to be addressed.

Speakers:
Adam Hahn, Washington State University
Ben Kroposki, NREL, at NREL
Claudio López, TU Delft
Tim Yardley, University of Illinois
3:00pm-5:00pmDistribution Communications Systems for Pervasive DER

Chair: Chris Knudsen, President, CDKnudsen and Associates

The panel will cover the increasing demands, criticality and design of communications systems for the distributed grid, including best methods for their design and evaluation.

Day 2 - September 8, 2016

10:30am-12:00pmLooking Ahead – Where is Electric Distribution System Planning and Operations Headed?

Chair: Paul De Martini, Senior Fellow, ICF International

The session will provide a vision for the future of distribution system planning and operations in a high-DER future given the advent of new technologies, consumer choice and policies encouraging decarbonization, resilience and innovation.

Speakers:
Erik Takayesu, Director, Electric T&D Planning, Southern California Edison
Brian Amundson, Director, Grid Modernization, Xcel Energy
Tom Mimnagh, Dept. Manager, ConEdison
Chris Villarreal, Director Policy, Minnesota PUC
10:30am-12:00pmDevelopment and Applications of Advanced Distribution Management Systems (ADMS)

Chair: Eric Lightner, Director, Federal Smart Grid Task Force, U.S. Department of Energy

The DOE ADMS program is working towards the development of an integrated software platform to enable the integration of vendor applications while leveraging real-time, spatial data of all connected devices. The panel session will feature presentations on recently awarded ADMS projects.
10:30am-12:00pmPower Grid Resilience: Fast Recovery from Extreme Events

Chair: Wei Sun, Assistant Professor, University of Central Florida

Critical infrastructure has to operate against extreme events; fast recovery and successful adaptation are critical to building a resilient power grid. This panel will present recent developments in advanced computational models and analytical methods in power system restoration, as well as current industry practices and challenges.

Speakers:
Scott Backhaus, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Feng Qiu, Argonne National Laboratory
Rui Sun, Dominion Virginia Power
1:00pm-2:30pmHow Existing Distribution Modeling Tools Are Adapting to a High-DER Future

Chair: Michael Coddington, Principal Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

The panel will offer presentations from leading vendors and model developers on new capabilities being integrated into existing products based on emerging demands.

Speakers:
Tom McDermott, PNNL (co-author of OpenDSS)
Larry Trussell, Synergi
Greg Shirek, Milsoft
Jean-Sebastien Lacroix, CYME International T&D
1:00pm-2:30pmDistribution System Volt/VAR Control, including CVR and Distributed Generation

Chair: Jose Medina Palomo, Vice President for Smart Grid, OATI

The deployment of advanced metering infrastructure and distributed energy resources are changing the approach for volt/VAR control at the distribution system level. This session will present how recent progress in inverter capability can address challenges seen within traditional methods of voltage control.

Speakers:
Roger Dugan, IEEE Fellow, Sr. Technical Executive with EPRI
Dr. Mesut Baran, IEEE Fellow, Professor with North Carolina State University
Tom Guttormson, PE, Principal Technology Engineer at Connexus Energy, the largest electric distribution cooperative in Minnesota
Dr. Ilya Roytelman, Principal Engineer, OATI
1:00pm-2:30pmAdvances in Grid Visibility and Control

Chair: Jay Giri, GE Grid Solutions

With the growth of synchrophasor technology across the world, the grid can be visualized at a much faster rate. This panel will describe the latest advances and provide practical solutions that have been deployed in power grids in the US and India.

Speakers:
Kash Nodehi, OATI
Vahid Madani, PG&E
Tom Overbye, University of Illinois
Manu Parashar, GE Grid solutions
3:00pm-5:00pmSolar PV on Distribution Circuits – Simulation and Analysis Methods for Hosting and Mitigation

Chair: Juliet Homer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

The panel will present various methods being advanced by the industry for determining distribution system hosting capacity with a particular focus on specific utility outcomes, mitigation strategies to increase capacity, and vendor engagement.

Speakers:
Benjamin Lee, SCE
Kevin Schneider, PNNL
Brian Fitzsimons, QADO
Jeff Smith, EPRI
Barry Mather, NREL
3:00pm-5:00pmMicrogrid Controllers: Vision, Research, Design, Development and Field Testing Experiences

Chair: S.S. (Mani) Venkata, GE Grid Solutions

Practical microgrid systems have evolved exponentially in recent years all around the world. The panel will focus on the applications of practical microgrid controllers of various types and sizes, including future directions as envisioned by the federal government, a municipal government, a university, utilities, and IEEE standards development organizations.

Speakers:
Jim Reilly, President Reilly Associates Inc.
Will Agate, Senior Vice President, PIDC Inc.
Ward Bower, President and Chair P2030.8, Ward Bower Innovations LLC
Jayant Kumar, Global Smart Program Director, GE Grid Solutions Inc.
Roger Dugan, Senior Technical Executive, EPRI
Ebrahim Vaahedi, OATI
3:00pm-5:00pmGrid 3.0 – The Emerging Distribution Grid of the Future

Chair: Ali Ipakchi, Senior Vice President, Smart Grid and Green Power, OATI

The panel session will focus on the technical and practical aspects of the ongoing distribution grid transformation and discuss the current and future state. The session will leverage industry, regulatory, standards, technology/vendor and utility experiences.

Day 3 - September 9, 2016

10:30am-12:00pmRate Design: Its Role in DER Adoption and Integration

Chair: Christopher Villarreal, Director of Policy, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission

The session will explore how rate design impacts the adoption and integration of DERs and the pros and cons of various rate designs for compensating DERs and recovering utility’s prudent costs.
10:30am-12:00pmDOE Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium

Chair: Benjamin Kroposki, Director, Power Systems Engineering Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

The U.S. Department of Energy has prepared a Grid Modernization Multi-Year Program Plan that provides a blueprint for the Department’s research, development and demonstration agenda. This panel session provides an overview of the efforts of the Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium (GMLC), which has been provided $220 million over the next three years to implement the program plan.
10:30am-12:00pmDistribution Grid Operations

Chair: Doug Houseman, Enernex

The panel will focus on recent efforts by utilities and others to examine and implement needed changes in the distribution grid to accommodate distributed assets, including recent experiences in California, Hawai’i and Germany.
1:00pm-2:30pmAdvancements in Transactive Energy Systems

Chair: Ron Melton, Administrator of the GridWise Architecture Council, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

This panel will present advancements in the understanding of transactive energy systems, their role in the integration and valuation of distributed energy resources, and associated the business and policy considerations.
1:00pm-2:30pmDistributed Energy Resource Strategy and Implementation Across Unique Markets

Chair: Taggart Jefferson, Founder and CEO, GridCure, Inc.

The panel session will explore the successes and challenges that different energy markets have experienced when implementing a distributed energy resources strategy, as illustrated in projects occurring throughout the world.
1:00pm-2:30pmTowards a Distribution System Operator

Chair: Dimitra Apostolopoulou, Engineer of Smart Grid and Technology, Commonwealth Edison

The deployment of a distribution system operator (DSO) is becoming a necessity as a result of the increasing role of the distribution grid in ensuring efficient and reliable delivery of energy to emerging proactive customers. The challenge for the grid of the future will be to define the framework that supports a DSO model and enables sustainable growth in distributed generation and new technologies. This panel will discuss the practicality of implementing such a model, including its challenges and benefits.