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March 23, 2017 Technical Seminar on DER’s at Ohio State


Event flyer:  IEEE PES March 23rd 2017 Flyer-Distributed-Energy_v2

IEEE Columbus Power & Energy Society & The Ohio State University Undergraduate Chapter – March 23rd Program

Date:   Thursday, Mar. 23rd, 2017                          Pizza:  5:30 to 6:00 PM

Presentation:  6:00 to 7:00 PM                         Earn 1.0 CPD Hour (RSVP)

Location:  The Ohio State University, Dreese Lab #260, 2015 Neil Ave, Columbus, OH  43210

Title:  Distributed Energy Resources: Definitions, Growth Trends, and Grid Impacts

Abstract:  Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) are continuously increasing in the power systems. In some states, DERs have grown much faster than others and they pose a variety of planning and operational challenges. For example, Hawaii is already observing reserve power flow from Distribution to Transmission and California had to develop a flexible ramping product to address the fast generation ramping needs at sunset. Energy analysts project this trend of increasing DER penetration to continue and there is a strong business/policy advocacy effort to keep the momentum going. With the decreasing price of DERs and given the right incentives, the break-even point can be reached where DERs growth can explode in the AEP footprint as well. It is therefore very important to model DERs and study their impact on system loading, stability, transients, and voltage/frequency regulation at high penetration levels.


Prashant Kansal received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering, India and M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Washington State University.  He is currently pursuing Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management at the Ohio State University.  Prashant has worked as substation design engineer at Engineers India Limited, in Delhi, India and as a protection relay research engineer at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, in Pullman, WA.  Currently, he is a member of the Advanced Transmission Studies and Technology group at AEP where he is working on stability, synchrophasors, power quality, electromagnetic transients, and GIC studies.  He is a member of the IEEE, a member of Tau-Beta-Pi, and a registered Professional Engineer in Arkansas. His research interests include power system operation and control, power system protection, renewable energy, and energy policy.