The Panel Sessions will be held each day in three parallel tracks. Panelists are requested to use the IEEE PES Template for their presentations as well as to fill out a Consent Form releasing their presentations. Panelists are urged to follow PES Guidelines for preparing visuals and presentations.

Panel Program

Day 1 - Monday, April 24, 2017
10:30 to 12:00Recent Trends and Developments in Grid Modernization

Chair: Julio Romero Aguero, Quanta Technology

The electric power systems around the world are undergoing an unprecedented transformation prompted by the need to comply with new technology deployment trends, environmental concerns, new weather patterns, changing consumer needs, and regulatory requirements. In the US, this evolution has been clustered and described under various terms, including smart grid, grid of the future, grid modernization, and utility of the future, which emphasize the need to build an intelligent grid that can be monitored and controlled in real-time to allow for providing a reliable, safe, and secure service and empower customers to actively participate and benefit from greater and more diverse market opportunities and services. Building this intelligent grid is a monumental task (particularly on the distribution and grid-edge sides which are vast and heterogeneous) that has led to the emergence of new concepts, technologies, and paradigms.
10:30 to 12:00
Quasi-Static Time Series (QSTS) Simulations for Distribution System Analysis

Chair: Matthew Reno, Sandia National Laboratories

The presentation will discuss new and innovative methods for rapid QSTS Simulations to assess distributed PV impacts accurately. The methods are both accurate and computationally efficient, and we are working towards implementing them in existing commercial software used by utilities. The objective is to reduce the computational time and complexity of QSTS analysis to achieve year-long time series solutions that can be run in less than 5 minutes at a time step of 1 second.
10:30 to 12:00
Development and Deployment of Microgrids and Nanogrids

Chair: Ebrahim Vaahedi, OATI

Energy industry is witnessing a proliferation of Microgrids and Nanogrids. This paradigm shift is the result of the benefits such as resiliency, reliability as well as economic and environmental benefits reinforced by such systems. This panel session will focus on a number of microgrid and Nanogrid projects discussing:

  • Technical challenges developing and deploying
  • Technical Challenges developing and deploying
  • Actual derived Benefits
  • Lessons learned
1:00 to 2:30
Provision of Grid Services from Microgrids: Challenges, Opportunities, and Risks

Chair: Farrokh Rahimi, OATI

The energy industry landscape is changing due to the increased penetration of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), new technologies, and increased demand-side participation in retail and wholesale markets. These lead to operational challenges for bulk power and distribution operators, as well as prosumers, including Microgrid operators. This panel session will address the opportunities, challenges, and risks of using Microgrid capabilities to provide grid services for bulk power and distribution operation. The panelists will cover the following topics:

  • Impact of DERs and Renewable Generation on Bulk Power and Distribution Operations and Utility Business
  • Role of Microgrids in the Changing Energy Landscape: Economics, Reliability, and Resiliency Enhancement
  • Challenges and Opportunities for Provision of Grid Services from Microgrids
  • Illustrative Business Case Examples

1:00 to 2:30
Grid Edge Resilience and Control Technologies with Microgrids and Self-Healing Functions

Chair: Dongbo Zhao, Argonne National Laboratory

This panel with involve the interaction with audiences also on the perspectives and views of emerging technologies and trends of the evolution of a future resilient grid. Pros and cons are to be discussed for hot topics such as whether to have coordinated operation or stand-alone operation of microgrid, device-level intelligence or holistic control, grid wide protection or local coordinated protection, network reconfiguration or microgrid formation, etc.
3:00 to 5:00
Innovations in Smart Grid Education

Chair: Kenneth Lutz, University of Delaware

Traditional power engineering curriculums for undergraduate and graduate students are changing to incorporate smart grid innovations. Such innovations include new grid technologies, communications and information technologies, cybersecurity, control, and big data.

The topics discussed in smart grid engineering education will touch on all three themes of this ISGT conference. A major topic of technologies will cover smart grid enabling technologies, communications and information technologies, and consumer technologies that touch on the Enernet of Things. For utility and service provider topics, there will be discussions of how these new technologies can be used to improve grid operations and control. Cross-cutting topics include cybersecurity, new grid architectures, and grid control under new paradigms, such as transactive energy systems.
3:00 to 5:00
Technological Considerations for a Next Generation Distribution System Platform (DSPx)

Chair: Joe Paladino, Technical Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy

Over the past year, the U.S. Department of Energy has sponsored an effort to develop a taxonomy of functional requirements needed to enable the full participation of distributed energy resources with respect to grid planning, operations and market activities.  These functional requirements were derived from the policy objectives of several states, including those state commissions involved with the project.  The effort has included an examination of the technologies needed to enable these functions, including assessing their state of maturity, and has undertaken a systems architecture approach to develop considerations for rationally implementing DSPx functionality.  In this session, the project team and key stakeholders involved with the effort will present their work and how it can be applied.
3:00 to 5:00
Industry Best Practices in Using Synchrophasor Technology

Chair: Marianna Vaiman, V&R Energy Systems Research, Inc.

This presentation provides overview of IEEE PES CFWG and focuses on the use of synchrophasors for cascading analysis, including prediction, detection, and prevention of cascading failures. We will present the framework for using synchrophasors for analysis of cascading outages as well as share current industry experience in this area, describe current uses of synchrophasors for cascading analysis and near-future emerging technologies as well discuss future synchrophasor-based technologies important for analysis of cascading failures.
Day 2 - Tuesday, April 25, 2017
10:30 to 12:00
Distribution System Planning Analysis Tools – Bridging the Gap between Current Capabilities and Future Needs

Chair: Juliet Homer, PNNL

As technological capabilities increase and distributed energy resources (DERs) become more and more common, new practices and tools are emerging that support increasingly detailed and complex distribution system planning. In this panel we will talk about bridging the gap between current capabilities and future needs when it comes to distribution system planning. The panel will talk about what is currently available, what is available in a developmental or nascent state and what is still on the horizon. Data needs and availability for varying levels of analysis will also be discussed.
10:30 to 12:00
IIoT Analytics for Transmission Grid Asset Management

Chair: John Lauletta, Exacter, Inc.

IIoT sensor technology provide a number of opportunities for enhanced grid maintenance and management. However, there are challenges to address. This Panel will discuss Predictive Analytics, IIoT sensors, and present a case study demonstrating the opportunities conditions-based Predictive Maintenance enables.
1:00 to 2:30
Opportunities and Challenges for PMU Implementation in Distribution Systems and Microgrids

Chair: Sahar Hendabadi, ComEd

The panelists will address the main challenges being faced while deploying PMU in distribution systems and microgrids and the solutions found to overcome those challenges. They will also present ongoing plans to operationalize synchrophasor technology in order to improve utility business operations and the lessons learned from a microgrid-scale PMU pilot project. The panel will discuss distribution key PMU applications being studied, including distribution system state estimation, characterization of loads and distributed energy resources, and detection and evaluation of fault induced delayed voltage recovery (FIDVR). The proposed two-hour panel will feature four 20-minute presentations with 10-minute Q&A by utility, industry, academia and national lab experts focusing on different aspects of PMU deployment in distribution systems and microgrids.
1:00 to 2:30
Advances in Transactive Energy Systems and Grid Architecture

Chair: Ron Melton, PNNL, Christopher Irwin, DOE

This panel will present results from U.S. Department of Energy projects on transactive energy systems and grid architecture. The material will include an overview of the Transactive Energy Systems road map being prepared by the GridWise Architecture Council and the work on a modeling and simulation environment for evaluating transactive energy systems. Grid architecture work on bulk power system market structure models and layered decomposition leading to a uniform model of transactive nodes will round out the presentations.
3:00 to 5:00
Smart Devices and Interoperability - DOE Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium Projects

Chair: Benjamin Kroposki, NREL

The Grid Modernization Initiative represents a comprehensive DOE effort to help shape the future of our nation’s grid and solve the challenges of integrating conventional and renewable sources with energy storage and smart buildings, while ensuring that the grid is resilient and secure to withstand growing cyber security and climate challenges. One of the foundational aspects to grid modernization is how a wide range of smart grid devices such as PV inverters, energy storage systems, electric vehicles, smart appliances, and controllable loads can be used to provide essential grid services needs to maintain grid stability. This panel session will discuss the latest project activities and results under the GMLC Devices and Integrated Systems Technical Area highlighting smart grid devices and interoperability deployments in the field, or laboratory environment and new abilities to inform strategies for advancing grid modernization.
3:00 to 5:00
Advanced Distribution Management Systems Research and Development at the U.S. DOE

Chair: Eric Lightner, DOE, Ron Melton, PNNL

This panel will present updates on the U.S. DOE Advanced Distribution Management System Program. This program consists of five projects addressing different aspects of ADMS. The panel will include presentations by the leaders of each project with time for discussion of the collective set of projects and the DOE ADMS program. The projects include: Creation of an open platform for development of advanced distribution system planning and operations applications; an ADMS hardware testbed; demonstration of an advanced distribution system operations tool; creation of a framework for integrating information between EMS, DMS and BMS, and design of advanced control algorithms.
Day 3 - Wednesday, April 26, 2017
10:30 to 12:00
Innovative Research at the NIST Smart Grid Testbed

Chair: Nader Farah, Esta International, Paul Boynton, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Cyber-physical systems (CPS) can be described as smart systems that encompass computational and physical components - seamlessly integrated and closely interacting to sense and respond to the changing state of the real world. The Smart Grid is considered an example of a cyber-physical system.

NIST performs vital research addressing many of the critical elements that make up the Smart Grid. A critical part of this research portfolio is implemented in a newly constructed Smart Grid Interoperability Testbed. The Smart Grid Interoperability Testbed facility creates a unique set of interconnected and interacting labs in several key measurement areas that will accelerate the development of Smart Grid interoperability standards by providing a combined testbed platform for system measurements, characterization of smart grid protocols, and validation of smart grid standards, all organized around the microgrid concept.

In this Panel Session NIST CPS leadership discuss research activities at the Smart Grid Interoperability Testbed.
10:30 to 12:00
The Smart Energy Marketplace of the Future

Chair: Alan Washburn, Burns & McDonnell

This panel session will discuss what changes in technology, regulation, and business will be needed to enable a grid with very diverse distributed energy resources and a more open market. The framework for starting this discussion will be the recent notice of proposed rulemaking from FERC regarding the participation of electric storage resources and distributed energy resource aggregations in the RTO/ISO markets in conjunction with the results of several recent pilot programs. The pilot programs discussed will include PSE&G's Solar 4 All® Grid Security and Storm Preparedness solar plus battery pilot projects and PG&E's Energy Storage for Market Operations pilot program.
1:00 to 2:30
Strengthening Energy Resilience on Army Installations

Chair: David McGeown, McGeown Associates

Mr. David McGeown will host an armchair discussion with the Army and Edison Electric Institute on how the Army and the utility industry are developing centers of energy resilience. The conversation will explore how the government and utilities are cooperating to integrate Distributed Energy Resources (both renewable and alternative energy) and energy storage into new smart grid applications that support the Army mission and civilian authorities.

The session will provide the audience with an overview of the Army goals for energy security, and the procurements that have resulted in an array of innovative new projects with utilities and the private sector, including a 50MW generation plant at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. The panel will discuss how the utility industry’s cooperation with the Department of Defense is creating new approaches to business, integrated resource planning and distribution operations to meet these new demands.
1:00 to 2:30
Enabling Extreme Real-time Grid Integration of Solar Energy (Energise)

Chair: Guohui Yuan, Department of Energy

The panel will discuss the objectives, approaches, and expected outcomes of the recently launched R&D program by the DOE SunShot Initiative. The program aims to develop and demonstrate highly scalable distribution system planning and real-time operation solutions that seamlessly interconnect and integrate high penetration solar generation in the electricity grid. The envisioned ENERGISE solutions will require the extensive use of sensor, communication, and data analytics technologies to gather up-to-the-minute measurement and forecast data from diverse sources and perform continuous optimization analysis and active control for existing and new PV installations in real time.