Innovative Smart Grid Technologies

Panel Sessions

Wednesday, Feb. 19       |       Thursday, Feb. 20       |       Friday, Feb. 21


Important Notice

The session titles and panelists for the ISGT2014 Conference are listed below.  Please note that the listing is subject to change as conference planning progresses. 

Panelists are kindly requested to use the IEEE PES template for their presentations.  Click here to download the templates from the IEEE PES website.


Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 
Track Sesssions

Issues, Observations and Lessons Learned from US ARRA-funded Smart Grid Projects

Chair: Joe Paladino, DOE

Wednesday  10:30am – 12:00pm  (Independence B and C)
Integration of Distributed Energy Resources

Chair: M. Smith


Paul Kalv, City of Leesburg
“A Compelling Example of the Value of Distributed Resources for Demand Response”

Steve Steffel, PHI 
“Preparing for Greater Penetration through Advances in the Grid,  Distributed Energy Resources and Modeling”   adobepdflogo

Milton Holloway, CCET 
“Challenges and Solutions for Wind Integration in ERCOT”   adobepdflogo

Ron Melton, Battelle  
“Integration of Distributed Energy Resources Using Transactive Control”   adobepdflogo

The discussion topic will focus on requirements and control techniques associated with the effective integration of distributed energy resources (DERs) into grid operations.  DERs include: renewable energy (solar and wind), energy storage devices, electric vehicles (EVs), demand response, and other types of distributed generation.   Advanced grids will need to manage bi-directional power flows and effectively balance variable generation and demand.  The discussion will include sharing approaches and lessons-learned from efforts to integrate DERs into distribution systems, as well as advanced operational and market models and tools for planning and managing these technologies and systems.



Wednesday  1:00pm – 2:30pm  (Independence B and C)
Systems Integration

Chair: C. Irwin   adobepdflogo


Paul Kalv, City of Leesburg
“Systems Integration at a Small Utility – Where Even the Best-Laid Plans Can Sometimes Falter”

Craig Miller, NRECA
“Next Next-Generation Utility IT Architectures”   adobepdflogo

Ed Hedges, KCPL 
“Enabling Smart Grid Functions through End-to-End Systems Interoperability”   adobepdflogo

The discussion topic will focus on sharing insights and best practices associated with efforts by utilities to apply and integrate systems used for operations and business processes, especially as smart grid technologies advance opportunities to better utilize and manage digital information.  These systems include meter data management systems (MDMS), outage management systems (OMS), customer information management systems (CIS), distribution management systems (DMS), and geographic management systems (GIS), as well as others. The discussion would help utilities to better make investment decisions given the myriad of options for systems integration and the potential to improve business practices.



Wednesday  3:00pm – 5:00pm  (Independence B and C)
Voltage/VAR Optimization

Chair: R. Handa


Kelly Warner, Applied Energy Group
“CVR/VVO as an Energy Efficiency Resource:  a New Business Case for a Proven Technology”   adobepdflogo

Joan Soller, IP&L
“Peak Demand Management through Conservation Voltage Reduction”   adobepdflogo

John Gibson, Avista
“Conservation Voltage Reduction – Quantifying Savings”   adobepdflogo

Tom Weaver, AEP
“American Electric Power’s Experience with Volt/Var Optimization”   adobepdflogo

The discussion topic will focus on the various technological approaches for optimizing and controlling voltage/VAR levels within distribution circuits. To date, utilities are applying a variety of technologies and control schemes (e.g., distributed and centralized control) to reduce line losses and improve energy efficiency through the application of conservation voltage reduction (CVR) techniques. The discussion will examine lessons learned and best practices associated with these approaches, as well as explore strategies for rationalizing the business case for CVR.



Wednesday  10:30am – 12:00pm  (Independence D and E)
Microgrid Business Cases and Use Cases

Chair: Dan Ton, US Dept. of Energy

Panelists (all to be contacted):

Dr. Yan Xu, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
“Microgrid Operations and Control Use Case”   adobepdflogo

Dr. Michael Stadler, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
“Assessment of Economic and Environmental Value Streams of Microgrid Use Cases” adobepdflogo

Dr. Jason Stamp, Sandia National Laboratories
“Assessment of Reliability and Performance of Microgrid Use Cases toward Meeting the Defined Objectives”   adobepdflogo

Dr. Scott Backhaus, Los Alamos National Laboratory
“Microgrid Business Cases in Meeting the DOE Program Targets”   adobepdflogo

The benefits of a microgrid include enhanced reliability, multiple power quality services to meet varying end-use requirements, improved energy and system efficiencies, and reduced environmental emissions.  Other societal and safety benefits associated with providing energy surety to critical loads, including those of critical life-saving and healthcare services, are becoming increasingly evident, especially during extreme weather events such as Superstorm Sandy and the Mid-Atlantic derecho in 2012.  Notwithstanding these known benefits, the real value of a microgrid is use case dependent, taking into account user-defined objectives for each microgrid application.  This panel will feature presentations on the use cases developed to meet the U.S. Department of Energy Microgrid program targets in cost, reliability, emissions reduction, and system efficiency.  The DOE targets are defined to aim toward broad microgrid applications in major microgrid market sectors.  In addition, business cases associated with the use cases will be presented to show the value streams from modeling and assessment tools developed by national laboratories.



Wednesday  1:00pm – 2:30pm  (Independence D and E)
Scalable Microgrids for Increasing System Reliability, Security, and Resiliency in the Smart Grid Era

Chair: Hashem Nehrir, Montana State Univ.   adobepdflogo


Ratnesh Sharma, NEC-Labs America
“On Sustainable Design and Management of Microgrids”   adobepdflogo

Kevin Schneider, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
“Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstration for Energy Reliability and Security
(SPIDERS)”   adobepdflogo

Steve Widergren, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
“Residential Transactive Control Field Results”   adobepdflogo

Christopher Colson and Hashem Nehrir, Montana State University
“Real-Time Microgrid Power Management and Control with Distributed Agents”   adobepdflogo

Ben Kroposki and James Cale, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
“Evaluations of Smart Power Applications at NREL”   adobepdflogo

Advances in smart grid technology have yet to coalesce into a comprehensive solution integrating the landscape of future power systems. In this panel, the vision for the future energy system to develop, demonstrate, and operate highly integrated, flexible, scalable, and efficient systems that provide integration of clean energy sources while maintaining reliability and resiliency will be discussed. Specifically, the microgrid concept which can offer energy solutions to a wide range of end users, ranging from secure military installations to remote rural communities, and sample demonstration projects will be presented. Experts from industry, DOE National Labs, and academia will present the results of their field tests and simulation studies demonstrating how microgrids can increase energy reliability and system security, and how their proper power management through intelligent generation dispatch and load control (demand response) could benefit customers and make the system resilient. 



Wednesday  3:00pm – 5:00pm  (Independence D and E)
Microgrids and Resiliency

Chair: Chen-Ching Liu, Washington State Univ.


Dan Ton, Program Manager, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Department of Energy
“DOE Program Goals and Metrics for Resilient Distribution Systems”   adobepdflogo

Philip Jones, Commissioner, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC); President, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC)
“The Evolving Role of a Regulator”

Jim Reilly, Consultant, Reilly Associates
“Planning Microgrids for Resilience and Grid Operations Support”  adobepdflogo

Kevin Schneider, Senior Research Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
“Microgrids as a Resiliency Resource”   adobepdflogo

Yutaka Kokai, Vice President, Infrastructure Projects Office, Hitachi America
“Smart Grid Technology for Resilient Community”   adobepdflogo

Ali Mehrizi-Sani, Assistant Professor, Washington State University
“Resiliency of Power Systems by Enhancing Microgrid Capabilities”   adobepdflogo


As microgrid technologies become more mature, it is natural to explore the role of microgrids as a subsystem of the utility distribution system. Microgrids are designed to have the capability to operate as a power system on its own. In an extreme condition, however, when the utility distribution system has an extended outage, is it feasible to use microgrids as a resource to serve critical load? Under a normal operating condition, what is the role of microgrids in distribution system operation and economics? Resiliency of the distribution systems with microgrids can be enhanced through microgrids as well as distribution systems. In this session, panelists will address issues from the viewpoints of national importance, technology, cost-benefits and regulation.


Distributed and Variable Generation

Wednesday  10:30am – 12:00pm  (Independence F and G)
Utility Applications of Power Electronics and Renewable Power Integration

Chair: Madhav Manjrekar, University of North Carolina  adobepdflogo

Ed Muljadi, Chief Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)   adobepdflogo
Damir Novosel, President, Quanta Technologies   adobepdflogo
Peter Steimer, VP, Innovation, ABB   adobepdflogo
Deepak Divan,
President, Varentec   adobepdflogo
Al Hefner,
NIST   adobepdflogo

Over the past decades, worldwide interest in renewable energy sources has risen significantly. Limitation of fossil fuels like oil and gas, the increasing cost of these primary energy sources and their impact of the climate change have stimulated interest in the area of alternative electrical energy supplies. Concurrently, the share of decentralized power systems in the electricity infrastructure has increased considerably. Most dispersed generation systems require power electronics for the conversion and control of electrical energy. Furthermore, power electronic circuits are seeing increasing applicability in providing additional services for grid stability enhancement, power flow control and power quality improvement. Thus, power electronic systems represent a key-enabling technology to cope with the challenges of tomorrow’s electricity delivery systems.  This session will feature speakers that are renowned experts in the fields of power electronics, renewable energy integration, energy storage and smart grids. Topics will include challenges associated with integrating renewable energy with the power grid, proliferation of energy storage in future energy delivery systems, commonalities and differences in power electronic converters applied to utility systems, and role of power electronics in smart power grids of tomorrow.



Wednesday  1:00pm – 2:300pm  (Independence F and G)
Emerging Variable Generation Operational Impacts and Mitigation Measures

Chair: Farrokh Rahimi, OATI

Ali Ipakchi, OATI   adobepdflogo
Ralph Masiello, KEMA   adobepdflogo
Jeff Gooding, Southern California Edison   adobepdflogo
Nivad Navid, Midwest ISO   adobepdflogo
Ed Hedges, KCP&L   adobepdflogo
Fred Fletcher, Burbank Water and Power
Paul De Martini, Newport Consulting   adobepdflogo

This panel session addresses the operational issues associated with high penetration of variable generation at both wholesale/bulk power and retail/distribution levels. At the bulk power level, the variability and unpredictability of variable generation resources leads to the increased need for operating reserves, and possibly new types of reserves (e.g., flexibility reserves, ramping, and load following). At the distribution level, distributed renewable generation can lead to distribution system voltage variations, increased neutral currents and losses, and increased need for balancing energy. Moreover, there could be financial impacts to the distribution utility due to reduced revenues attributable to distributed renewable generation by customers.

Having identified these issues, the panel session next underlines the ability of demand-side assets (Demand Response) to provide mitigation measures at bulk power/wholesale and distribution/retail levels, leveraging information, communication, and control infrastructure under Smart Grid paradigm.



Wednesday  3:00pm – 5:00pm  (Independence F and G)
Recent Progress in Solar Energy Grid Integration Systems

Chair: Guohui Yuan, DOE Solar Program   adobepdflogo

Tom Key, EPRI   adobepdflogo
Michael Mills-Price, Advanced Energy   adobepdflogo
Leon Roose, University of Hawaii, HNEI   adobepdflogo
Pat Chapman, SolarBridge   adobepdflogo
Maja Harfman-Toronovic, GE Global Research Center  adobepdflogo
Ulrich Schwabe, Alencon  adobepdflogo

In 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative launched a three-year R&D program called Solar Energy Grid Integration Systems – Advanced Concepts (SEGIS-AC). The objective is to fund projects that develop technologies in power electronics (e.g. reactive power control, voltage ride-through, advanced anti-islanding, ACPV modules) that reduce the overall photovoltaic (PV) system costs, allow high penetrations of solar energy onto the grid, and enhance the performance, reliability, and safety of the electric power systems. In addition, projects funded under this opportunity will demonstrate the feasibility of these technologies in the field with partnering utilities and lessons learned will be disseminated among the entire solar industry. This panel reports the overall progress made thus far with highlights on some of the major accomplishments. 



Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014
Track Sesssions
Issues, Observations and Lessons Learned from US ARRA-funded Smart Grid Projects

Thursday  10:30am – 12:00pm  (Independence A)
Customer-Facing Programs

ChairsD. Macdonald and J. Paladino


Laney Brown, Central Maine Power

“Central Maine Power:  Transforming the Customer Experience with AMI”   adobepdflogo

Saurabh Bansal, Reliant
“Sharing experiences with customer engagement efforts and innovative rate plans”

Brandi Schmitt, Entergy New Orleans
“Smart Grid Technologies focusing on Low Income Customers”  

The discussion topic will focus on strategies and operational experiencing with implementing customer-facing programs including information and education, time-based rates, energy efficiency, and load management from projects that include deployment of AMI and customer systems such as IHDs, PCTs, and web portals.



Thursday  1:00pm – 2:30pm  (Independence A)
Designing and Deploying Smart Grid Projects

Chair: D. Haught


Jim Glass, EPB
“On Budget and on Time: How Chattanooga’s EPB Designed and Deployed its Smart Grid Project”   adobepdflogo

Frankie Zhang, ISO-NE  
“Architectural Design of the Next Generation Synchrophasor Applications”

Jing Liu, PJM  
“SynchroPhasor Technology – Data quality needs for Future Applications”  adobepdflogo

Jerry Shoemaker, PHI
“Advanced Techniques to Successfully Manage Smart Grid Deployments”   adobepdflogo

The discussion topic will focus on sharing insights and lessons learned regarding how smart grid projects were organized and deployed, as well as on providing recommendations on best approaches for designing and implementing them.  Smart grid projects involve myriad set of skills and capabilities that often require the involvement of personnel across the internal organizational structure of a utility, as well as experts external to the organization.  In addition, they require marshaling capabilities that might be new to a utility, such as in the areas of communications infrastructure, data management and integrated systems, business process design, customer participation, and cybersecurity.  This discussion would examine how projects these long-term, multi-disciplinary projects were implemented and what could have been done differently with hindsight.



Thursday  3:00pm – 5:00pm  (Independence A)
Reliability and Resiliency

Chair: A. Kaushiva  adobepdflogo


Laney Brown, Central Maine Power
“Putting a Value on Reliability: Iberdrola USA’s Distribution Automation Cost Benefit Analysis”   adobepdflogo

Jim Glass, EPB
“How Chattanooga’s Self-Healing Grid is Delivering 60% Reliability Improvements”  adobepdflogo

Glenn Pritchard, PECO
“PECO delivers a Reliable and Resilient Smart Grid”  adobepdflogo

Joe Loporto, PHI
“Realizing the Reliability Benefits of Distribution Automation Projects: Early Impacts and Lessons Learned”  adobepdflogo

The discussion topic will focus on methods used to enhance the reliability and resiliency of distribution grids, including how they can be valued.  Discussions would include sharing lessons learned and insights gained through the deployment of various technologies, such as those associated with fault location, isolation and system restoration (e.g., automated feeder switching and the application of smart meters), the monitoring of equipment health, islanding (microgrids), and systems used for communications, control and information management.  The discussion should contribute to a better understanding of associated costs and benefits of various technologies so that utilities and their regulators can optimize investment strategies to reach reliability and resiliency goals.


Global Smart Grid Developments

Chair: Nader Farah, ESTA Intl.

Thursday  10:30am – 12:00pm  (Independence B and C)
Updates on Smart Grid activities in Europe

Chair: Lina Bertling Tjernberg   adobepdflogo


Sweden: Anne Vadasz Nilsson, Director General Swedish Energy Markets Inspectorate
“Empowering consumer – a smart grid challenge from a Swedish perspective”  adobepdflogo

Sweden: Carl Heyman, Product Manager Series Compensation ABB, Sweden
“Technology solutions to enable flexible transmission of large amount of renewable energy”   adobepdflogo

Germany: Thomas Wiedemann, RWE Deutschland AG, Germany
“Grid4EU – examples from the largest smart grid project in Europe”  adobepdflogo

France: Hervé Rannou, ITEMS International
Brittany (West France): A Strategic and Critical Smart Grid Use Case”  adobepdflogo

The development of Smart Grids in Europe has a strong link to the development of a sustainable energy system.  Europe has been at the forefront of smart grid deployments especially in the areas of managing large penetration of renewable sources of energy, AMI and on advanced information technology. This panel starts with a presentation from a regulator perspective on empowering consumers. The panel then gives examples on technology solutions for smart grid and results from larger projects. The panel concludes with a discussion with the panel speakers on results achieved so far and coming challenges.


Thursday  1:00pm – 2:30pm  (Independence B and C)
Smart Grid in the Americas

Chair: Renato Cespedes, RConsulting Group, Colombia


México: Dr. Adrian Inda
“Impact of energy sector reforms on the Smart Grid model of Mexico”  adobepdflogo

Brazil: Dr. Nelson Kagan
“Following up the Brazilian Smart Grid Roadmap – Current D&D Smart Grid Projects in Brazil”  adobepdflogo

Ecuador: Mr. Gonzalo Uquillas
“Development of Smart Grids in Ecuador, supporting Governmental Policies for the Energy Sector”

Colombia:  Renato Céspedes, Colombia Inteligente Initiative
“Colombia: Development of Smart Grids in Colombia – Strategy, Results and Future Actions”

Chile: Guillermo Jimenez
“Distributed Energy Resources as a Solution for Universal Energy Access in Latin America”

The development of Smart Grids in Latin America is a key factor for the implementation of solutions that aim providing a better service to all end users in the Region. However diverse policies, regulation environments and utility approaches shape conditions that inhibit the fast development of new solutions to important deficiencies such as low reliability and high commercial losses. This panel will present the actual status and future trends of the development of Smart Grids in Latin America from different points of view including policy changes, roadmap actions implementation and project developments with regional specialists that cover all aspects of the electrical sector value chain. Required actions for accelerating these developments will be presented as conclusions.



Thursday  3:00pm – 5:00pm  (Independence B and C)
Smart Grid in Asia

Chair: Ryuichi Yokoyama, Waseda Univ.


Korea: Professor Yong Tae (Philip) Yoon
“Value-added services provided using Smart Grid infrastructure: Korean case”

China: Dr. Ni Ming
“The Latest Smart Grid Development in China”   adobepdflogo

India: Mr. Reji Kumar Pillai
“Smart Grid Roadmap and First set of Smart Grid Pilot Projects in India”   adobepdflogo

Japan: Dr. M. Marmiroli
“Development and testing of next generation energy management system”

Japan: Dr. Y. Kudo
“The Demonstration of smart city and expansion to the Urban Disaster Recovery Promotion Area in Japan”   adobepdflogo

In developing countries in Asia the power demand has been increasing rapidly due to population growth and industrial and social developments. Robust and reliable power grid is necessary to be constructed to meet the need. From the environmental viewpoint, effective use of renewable energies is now being made without full dependency on fossil fuels. However, the new energy sources may require infrastructure enhancements to manage their unstable outputs. Furthermore, increased resiliency of the power grid is essential to secure power in case of emergencies such as those suffered from natural disasters like earthquakes, tsunami, typhoons, tornados and floods for the last decade. This panel presents the current status and future trends of the development of Smart Grids in Asia including the latest project and roadmaps in regions, resilient towns for disaster recovery promotion areas, value-added services, and the next generation energy management system.


Utility of the Future


Thursday  10:30am – 12:00pm  (Independence D and E)
Utility Innovations

Chair: Erich Gunther, EnerNex


Jeff Gooding, Southern California Edison Advanced Technology Labs
“Creating a Smarter, Safer, More Reliable Energy Future through Advanced Technology”  adobepdflogo

Glen Pritchard, Principal Engineer – Exelon-PECO
“Technology Innovation and Lessons Learned from PECO’s AMI Deployment”  adobepdflogo

Lee Krevat, Director – Smart Grid, Sempra Energy
“VGI: Leveraging Flexibility in Electric Vehicle Charging to Integrate Renewables”  adobepdflogo

Kelley Flowers, Enterprise Architect – DTE Energy
“Complex Event Processing for Outage Management and Theft Detection”  adobepdflogo

Dr. Fiona Williams, FINESCE Project Coordinator
“European Utilities Driving Open Innovation in the Energy Market Enabled by Future Internet Technology”  adobepdflogo

Electric utilities have been in the business of energy system innovation since the time of Edison.  This panel will explore utility innovation and technology development processes as well as several key electric utility driven innovations that have been deployed in the last year or are in the process of being deployed.  A key issue that will be discussed is the role of disruptive technologies in utility innovation and how utilities manage such disruptive technologies while ensuring that they remain focused on their primary mission of the safe, reliable operation of the power system.



Thursday  1:00pm – 2:30pm  (Independence D and E)
Education and Workforce Development – Part 1. Industry Perspective

Chair: Kenneth J. Lutz, PhD., AMR Strategies LLC  adobepdflogo

Mani Venkata, Alstom adobepdflogo
Sunil Pancholi, Lockheed Martin Corporation  adobepdflogo
Bruce Hamilton, Smart Grid Network  adobepdflogo
Conwell Dickey, Front Range Community College  adobepdflogo
John McDonald, PECO  adobepdflogo

The increased reliance on new smart grid technologies will require a workforce highly trained in disciplines other than the traditional electric grid technologies.  These disciplines include wireless and wireline communications and information technologies, both hardware and software.  Utility engineers will have new and broader responsibilities in selecting the best technologies across all these areas and designing and deploying new smart grid systems and applications.  Other technical expertise will be required in areas such as cybersecurity and interoperability, areas which may likely require utilities to establish testbeds before deployment.  Utility technicians will need training in installing and maintaining new smart-grid systems and components, from sensors and phasor-measurement units to wireless communications systems.  In addition, new operational processes will have to be developed to take advantage of all the applications that the new information technologies bring.  

This panel session will highlight these challenges from an industry perspective.  Panelists will discuss the changing needs of the industry and the education and training programs they have instituted and will institute to address those needs.



Thursday  3:00pm – 5:00pm  (Independence D and E)
Enabling the Smart Grid:  The Power of Analytics in Today’s Utility

ChairArnie de Castro, Ph.D., Principal Product Manager, SAS Institute

Tao Hong, PhD., Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Charlotte adobepdflogo
Aranya Chakrabortty, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University  adobepdflogo
Curt D. Puckett, Vice President, DNV KEMA  adobepdflogo
Bob Beadle, Director of Engineering at NCEMC  adobepdflogo
Lewis Shaw, Manager for Engineering at Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation, and others
Scott Albrechtsen, Load Research Analyst at BC Hydro  adobepdflogo
Arnie de Castro, Ph.D., Principal Product Manager, SAS Institute  adobepdflogo

From communication with customers and regulatory bodies to optimal integration of renewables, utilities face demands to be more transparent, more available and more personal than ever before.  Customers want an improvement in electric reliability and protection from unreasonable rate increases.  Meanwhile, utilities must invest to economically maintain and upgrade the system, and effectively manage aging infrastructure to meet growing needs for electricity to power data centers and projected waves of electric vehicles.  Any one of these factors could consume entire organizations, but the scale and complexity of managing all issues now is just one more reason to think about embedding an analytic approach – from strategic capital investment decisions to network data management.

In a focus group with utilities industry leaders at The Premier Business Leadership Series in Las Vegas most participants agreed the volume and type of smart data will change planning capabilities, segmentation and customer engagement significantly.  Increasingly, with near-real-time data on the smart grid, analytics is being applied to determine the best-case scenario and answer situational questions, such as “How healthy is my system and what can I do to keep it reliable and stable” and “How can I manage my distribution system to improve my operations and asset utilization?” To answer these questions, utilities require more data and proven models that are available for decision support, returning results quickly and consistently.

Analytics is the process of data exploration and discovery, model creation and validation, then getting the results to the right people at the right time and learning from the results to further refine the process.   It involves the application of descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytical methodologies.  Recognizing its importance, some utilities have established analytic centers of excellence, which have proven to be valuable resources in many industries that face huge volumes of data in the midst of business transformation.

This panel will cover applications of analytics in the smart grid focusing on its use in improving grid operations.  It will also include a summary of the use of analytics in other areas of the utility business.



Friday, Feb. 21, 2014
Track Sesssions
Innovations in Power System Management

Friday 10:30am – 12:00pm  (Independence A)
Co-Simulation of ICT and Power Distribution

Chair: Roger C. Dugan, EPRI

Saifur Rahman, Virginia Tech Advanced Research Institute  
“Cost-effective and Reliable Communication Infrastructure for Smart Grid Deployment”  adobepdflogo

Jason Fuller, PNNL
“Framework for Large-Scale Communication and Power Co-Simulation”  adobepdflogo

Steve Smith, LLNL
“Overview of the development of scalable coupled ICT and Power Distribution simulation tools at LLNL”  adobepdflogo

Karl Schoder, CAPS/FSU
“Combining Real Time Emulation of Digital Communications between Distributed Embedded Control Nodes with Real Time Power System Simulation”  adobepdflogo

The vision of the Smart Grid is a power delivery system that is heavily reliant on ICT infrastructures to achieve desired goals of efficiency and reliability. Will it work? How do we know? There are few tools, if any, for grid planners to determine the answer to these questions. Power system analysts generally assume the ICT system will deliver control messages without error and nearly instantaneously with respect to normal power device operation times. Likewise, ICT analysts tend to assume that the power delivery system will function successfully as directed once messages arrive. The power industry has begun to explore joint simulation of ICT and power infrastructures for planning and operation studies, and the topic is currently attracting many researchers worldwide. This panel will seek to inspire a stronger collaboration between ICT and Power network planners and lead to the development of planning tools capable of supporting both.



Friday 1:00pm – 2:30pm  (Independence A)
Micro-synchrophasors in Distribution and Smart Grids

Chair: Alex McEachern, Power Standards Lab 


Prof. Alexandra von Meier, University of California Berkeley
“Overview of Micro-Synchrophasors in Distribution and Smart Grids”  adobepdflogo
Alex McEachern, Power Standards Lab
“Measurement Challenges and Solutions for Millidegree Measurements on Distribution Phase Angles”  adobepdflogo
Reza Arghandeh Jouneghani, University of California Berkeley
“Applications for Micro-Synchrophasors in Distribution and Smart Grids”  adobepdflogo
Ron Hofmann, Independent Consultant (presented by McEachern)
“Commercial Market for Micro-Synchrophasors in Distribution and Smart Grids”  adobepdflogo
Prof. Alexandra von Meier, Sila Kiliccote, University of California Berkeley
“Status of ARPA-E Project on Micro-synchrophasors in Distribution and Smart Grids”  adobepdflogo

To date, synchrophasors have been a superb technology for measuring, understanding, and improving stability on transmission systems.  Now, a new ARPA-E research project is investigating how a similar technology, called ‘micro-synchrophasors’, could provide similar benefits for distribution systems.  In distribution systems, the angles to be measured require 2 orders of magnitude better precision than traditional synchrophasors, and the economic constraints are 2 orders of magnitude more stringent.  It’s also true that a typical distribution feeder lacks the simplicity and homogeneity of a transmission line.  But there are some early promising results, and a wide range of hugely beneficial applications (ranging from improved modeling, to better high-impedance fault detection, to detection of DG-caused instabilities) make it worthwhile to continue this research.


Friday  3:00pm – 5:00pm  (Independence A)
ARPA-E GENI Program – Ubiquitous Power Flow Control

Chair: Tim Heidel, ARPA-E  adobepdflogo

Kate Davis, PowerWorld   adobepdflogo
Aleks Dimitrovski
, Oak Ridge National Lab   adobepdflogo
Deepak Divan, Varentec   adobepdflogo
Frank Kreikebaum, Smart Wire Grid  adobepdflogo
Fang Peng, Michigan State University   adobepdflogo
Joe Schatz, Southern Company   adobepdflogo

Controlling real and reactive power flows in electric transmission networks using new technologies promises improved reliability and lower costs while also promising to facilitate the integration of large penetrations of renewable generation, and new conventional generation sources that will be replacing the retiring coal fleets. Indeed it was this vision for flexibility and adaptability that prompted the initial development of Flexible AC Transmission Systems more than two decades ago.  However, despite several large-scale, technically successful early demonstrations, FACTS devices have not yet found widespread application in the United States, primarily due to cost and reliability challenges.
A new generation of cost effective power flow control devices, utilizing new circuit topologies, control strategies, and recent advances in power electronics have emerged over the past several years. These devices generally bear little resemblance to conventional FACTS devices. Drawing upon dramatic recent advances in algorithms and solvers and advances in computational capabilities the research community and vendors are also developing a new generation of fast, scalable algorithms capable of enabling the optimal dispatch of large numbers of power flow controllers embedded throughout large, complex transmission networks.
This panel will highlight recent advances in power flow control and optimization technologies. The discussion will seek to illustrate a wide range of power flow solutions that are being investigated and will highlight some of the most urgent challenges that likely lie ahead in bringing the new technologies to market.


Critical Enablers for Grid Modernization

Friday  10:30am – 12:00pm  (Independence B and C)
Progress in Smart Grid Standardization

Chair: John McDonald, GE Energy Management – Digital Energy

Patrick Gannon, SGIP 2.0, Inc.
Damir Novosel, Quanta Technology and IEEE PES
Chuck Adams, IEEE
Richard Schomberg, IEC

Recent standards developments and efforts to address interoperability gaps will be highlighted. The harmonization of standards and how international coordination impacts trade barriers will also be discussed. It will also address the importance of utility participation in standards development including the benefits to the utility and their personnel who are involved in the process.



Friday  1:00pm – 2:30pm  (Independence B and C)
Education and Workforce Development – Part 2. University Perspective

Chair: Leonard J. Bohmann, Ph.D., Michigan Technological University  adobepdflogo
Marija Ilic, Carnegie Mellon University   adobepdflogo
Bruce Mork, Michigan Technological University   adobepdflogo
Mesut Baran, North Carolina State University   adobepdflogo
Vinod Namboodiri, Wichita State University   adobepdflogo
Pete Sauer, University of Illinois  adobepdflogo

The increased reliance on new smart grid technologies will require a workforce highly trained not only in the traditional electric grid technologies but in communication and information technology disciplines as well.  Power industry professionals will need to be well versed in the hardware and software of wireless and wireline communications and the associated information technologies needed to build the interactive, flexible, and self healing grid of tomorrow.  Utility engineers will have the added responsibility of selecting the best technologies across all these areas and designing and deploying new smart grid systems and applications.  Other technical expertise will be required in areas such as cybersecurity and interoperability, areas which will likely require utilities to establish testbeds before deployment. 

This panel session will highlight the response to these challenges from a university perspective.  Panelists will discuss how universities need to change in order to address industries changing needs and the new programs that have already been developed to begin to address those needs.



Friday  3:00pm – 5:00pm  (Independence B and C)
Smart Grid Security: Current and Future Issues

Chair: Florian Skopik, Austrian Institute of Technology  adobepdflogo


Dr. Robert W. Griffin, Chief Security Architect, RSA – the Security Division of EMC
Role: Security solutions provider  adobepdflogo

Mr. Paul Murdock, Director of Software Technology and Chief Software Architect, Landis & Gyr
Role: Smart Grid manufacturer  adobepdflogo

Dr. Johannes Reichl, Project Manager, Energy Institute Linz
Role: Academia/R&D energy economics 

Dr. Henrik Sandberg, Automatic Control Laboratory, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Role: Academia/R&D control engineering and network resilience   adobepdflogo

Lisa Kaiser, ICS-CERT, Compliance Division, Department of Homeland Security

Victoria Yan Pillitteri, CISSP, Advisor for Information System Security, NIST   adobepdflogo

This panel brings together academic, applied research and industry experts with different viewpoints on the area of securing future smart grids, including those with deep knowledge of cyber-security, resilience and future energy systems. They will reflect on existing efforts to secure smart grids and argue the case for areas where they see future research and standardization is of paramount importance. Additionally, the panelists will be asked to comment on a number of open contentious issues, including: who amongst the many smart grid stakeholders should pick-up the bill for security – governments, equipment vendors, grid operators, or end customers; building on the existing effort on smart grid security, what is the next highest priority that should be addressed and why; and whether, despite the efforts of the community, the full realization of a smart grid, with advanced energy services, is realizable in a privacy-preserving, secure and, most importantly, safe manner?


Future of the Grid

Friday  10:30am – 12:00pm  (Independence D and E)
Cloud Computing and the Smart Grid: Threat, Menace or Salvation?

Chair: David Bakken, Washington State University   adobepdflogo

Ken Birman, Cornell
Eugene Litvinov, ISO New England
Tim Heidel, ARPA-E
Ron Ambrosio, IBM

In the last decade cloud computing has come from seemingly nowhere to becoming a major enabler for scalable, affordable, and manageable online activates of many kinds, from social media to e-commerce. Trends in the electricity sector are creating apparent opportunities for cloud computing, and many more are expected to emerge in the upcoming decade. Utilities, ISOs, TRANSCOs, and others now have huge amounts of customer data that can be gleaned for profit or help on the operational side.

This panel will begin with a brief overview of cloud computing and then candidly address questions such as:

  • Where is cloud computing being used now in smart grids?
  • Can the cloud’s security really be trusted for smart grids?
  • Why should a utility trust a generic cloud provider’s infrastructure run by someone else?
  • Is cloud computing appropriate for real-time operational uses?

You won’t want to miss this panel which will help utilities, technologists, and managers sort through the hype and get towards their bottom line.



Friday  10:30am – 12:00pm  (Independence D and E)
Design and Simulation Tools for Secure Power Networks as Resilient CPS Infrastructures

Chair: Osama Mohammad, Florida International University 

Professor Osama Mohammed, Florida International University    adobepdflogo
Professor Lamine Milli, Virginia Tech    adobepdflogo
Dr. Sandeep Shukla, Virginia Tech   adobepdflogo
Professor Ganish Kumar Venayagamoorthy, Clemson, University   adobepdflogo
Professor Marija Ilic, Carnegie Mellon University

The increased penetration levels of renewables and distributed energy resources lead to increased challenges in maintaining reliable control and operation of the grid. Integrating a wide variety of systems governed by different regulations and owned by different entities to the grid increases the level of uncertainty not only on the demand side but also in terms of generation resource availability. This complicates the process of achieving generation versus demand balance. Renewable energy sources vary by nature and require intelligent forecasting and prediction systems to determine how and when this energy can be used. Controlling distributed resources that owned by customers which have enough capacity to support the grid during peak hours and provide ancillary service, is another challenge. Most of these distributed resources will be installed on the distribution network, which already in its current state lacks the proper communication and control network necessary to control the applicable resources. Moreover, the large number and widespread use of these resources makes them difficult to control from a central location.

To overcome these problems, deep integration between intelligent measurement nodes, communication systems, IT technology, artificial intelligence, power electronics and physical power system components will be implemented to manage the modern smart grid resources. On one hand, this type of integration can dramatically improve grid performance and efficiency, but on the other, it can also introduce new types of vulnerability. The risk of vulnerability escalates when the level of integration between physical and cyber components of the power system increases. The design and optimization of such complex systems requires coordination between the cyber and physical components in order to obtain the best performance while minimizing the risk of vulnerability. In other words, the physical power system must be designed as a security-aware system.



Friday  1:00pm – 2:30pm  (Independence D and E)
Transactive Energy

Chair: Ron Melton, PNNL


Farrokh Rahimi, OATI
“End-to-End Power System Operation under Transactive Energy”   adobepdflogo

Mark R. Knight, CGI / GridWise Architecture Council
“A Transactive Energy Framework”   adobepdflogo

Jeffrey D. Taft
“Advanced Grid Control in a Transactive Energy Environment”   adobepdflogo

Chris Knudsen, AutoGrid
“Big Data and Cloud Computing Applied to Transactive Energy”   adobepdflogo

Transactive Energy may be thought of as a class of smart grid applications that use a combination of economic and control techniques to manage flow of power and electricity balance in a power system or related end-uses of electric power.  This session will include an update on the GridWise (r) Architecture Council’s workshops on this topic and the discussions around their draft “Transactive Energy Framework” and presentations related to applications of transactive energy and associated technical challenges.



Friday  1:00pm – 2:30pm  (Independence D and E)
Electric Vehicles

Chair: Lee Stogner, IEEE Transportation Electrification Initiative  adobepdflogo


Veronika Rabl, Principal, Vision & Results
“Electrified Transportation: A Path to Reduced Emissions”   adobepdflogo

Jim Gover, IEEE Life Fellow, Professor Emeritus, Kettering University
“Why Electric and Plug Hybrid Vehicles will Prevail”

Joachim Taiber, Research Professor and Institute Director, Clemson University
“Dynamic Wireless Charging for Transportation Electrification”   adobepdflogo

Lee Stogner, President, Vincula Group
“Integrating the Electrified Transportation Industry”

The transportation industry has reached the turning point where the need and the value proposition of transportation electrification has reached a common point.  Most transportation modes, (cars, trucks, trains, ships, airplanes, heavy equipment, etc.) are well along with their individual electrification activities.  These activities include Advanced Charging/Integration with the Smart Grid, Connected Vehicle Technologies, Energy Storage, Powertrains, Infotainment, Fleet Management and more.  The results include progress in driving the transformation for clean, efficient, connected and safe vehicles. This panel will update the audience with presentations on key technologies and projects that are driving the transformation of the transportation industry.


Friday  3:00pm – 5:00pm  (Independence D and E)
Sustainable Communities

Chair: Mark Pruitt, Principal, The Power Bureau

Brewster McCracken, President and CEO, Pecan Street Research Institute
K.C. Doyle, Sustainability Director, Village of Oak Park (invited)
Pete Pavao, Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric   adobepdflogo
Yosuke Nakanishi, Technology Development Group, Fuji Electric Company   adobepdflogo

Utilities are increasingly working with rural, suburban and urban communities to implement smart grid technology and programs that contribute to local sustainability goals for clean, reliable and efficient delivery of electricity; greater consumer control of their energy use; increased economic development; and improved quality of life. This session will present case studies where smart grid deployments are resulting in safer, greener, more livable communities.


Note:  Track titles listed above may change in the future as the conference planning advances.