ISGT 2015 Tutorials will be given on Tuesday, February 17, 2015. The morning track will run from 8:00am to 12:00pm and the afternoon track will run from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Tutorials are priced $195 (early bird) and $240 (regular) each. To register, please visit the ISGT2015 Registration portal. Information on the tutorials and instructors is shown below.

Day 0 - February 17, 2015 (Tutorials)

[Independence Ballroom F][Independence Ballroom G][Independence Ballroom H]
Morning Sessions
Smart Distribution Systems

Larry Clark, Alabama Power Company
Georges Simard, S.I.M.A.R.D.SG
Bob Uluski, UISOL
Julio Romero Aguero, Quanta Tech.
Doug Houseman, EnerNex

Topics on Smart Substations – Protection, Control, Communications, Wide Area Measurements, and Enterprise Applications

David Boroughs, Quanta Technology
Eric Udren, Quanta Technology

Distribution System Modeling, Automation, Management and Advanced Applications

John McDonald, General Electric

Afternoon Sessions
Microgrids: Designing Their Role in Smart Grid

Steve Pullins, Green Energy Corp.

Smart Grid 204: Introduction to Smart Grid Data and Analytics

Doug Houseman, EnerNex

Smart Grid 308: Distributed Energy Resources

Dave Mueller, EnerNex

Click here for the bio’s of the tutorial presenters.


Morning Sessions


Smart Distribution Systems

8:00 am-12:00 pm, Room 1
Instructors: Larry Clark (Alabama Power Company), Georges Simard (S.I.M.A.R.D.SG), Bob Uluski (UISOL), Julio Romero Aguero (Quanta Technology), Doug Houseman (EnerNex)

The concept of Smart Grid involves the complete chain of energy delivery from generation to the customers.  Many of the smart grid applications will occur at the distribution level where you find the integration of distributed generation, and integration of customer systems with the operation of the power delivery system. Topics include the most recent evolution of smart distribution applications and technologies involved in the smart distribution system.  Important applications include traditional distribution automation functions along with advancements in Volt and Var Control, and Distributed resource integration.

Topics on Smart Substations –  Protection, Control, Communications, Wide Area Measurements, and Enterprise Applications

8:00 am-12:00 pm, Room 2
Instructors: David Boroughs (Quanta Technology), Eric Udren (Quanta Technology)

Which substation protection, control, and communications designs lead to integration that serves users across the utility enterprise? Modern protective relays, switchyard data acquisition units, data concentrators, and other intelligent electronic devices (IEDs) are the essential eyes and ears of smart substations. They collect information, protect and control apparatus, monitor equipment condition, and aggregate data for mission‐critical and Smart Grid functions via serial or Ethernet communications networks. The data streams include synchrophasors for wide area monitoring, protection, automation, and control (WAMPAC). All of the substation measurements and communications comprise a platform for Smart Grid functions – the utility must plan how to use this platform effectively to realize operational and economic benefits. The course covers key topics on the most recent advances in measurement technology, intelligent relays and IEDs, data communications, and substation integration design.

Distribution System Modeling, Automation, Management, and Advanced Applications

8:00 am-12:00 pm, Room 3
Instructors:Jiyuan Fan (Southern States LLC), John McDonald (General Electric)
This course introduces the intuitive concepts, fundamental theories, practical technologies on system modeling, automation management, including the core functionalities and real use cases of the integrated Distribution Automation/Distribution Management Systems (DA/DMS) and the advanced applications in Smart Distribution. The potential audience would include power system planning/operation engineers, project/product managers, business leaders in power utilities, smart grid solution providers, system developers, research institutes, as well as individual researchers, college students and other individuals working on or interested in the Smart Distribution Solutions. The course will cover the following break-down topics: Overall Framework and Architecture of DA/DMS Systems in Smart Distribution, Distribution System Modeling for automation and management, Static and Dynamic Data for DA/DMS, Advanced Real-time and Analytic Applications for Distribution System Operation, Analysis and Optimization, Distributed and Renewable Energy Resource (DER) Management and Optimization, Consumer Participation and the Impacts to the Distribution System Operation, DMS system integration with other systems in Smart Distribution and New Trend in DA/DMS Development.


Afternoon Sessions


Microgrids-Designing Their Role in Smart Grid

1:00 pm-5:00 pm, Room 1
Instructor: Steve Pullins, Green Energy Corp.

The tutorial introduces the concept and role that Microgrids will play in the evolution of the smart grid. The course material is based on the ongoing implementation of a utility Microgrid and a planned customer-owned Microgrid. Students will be introduced to Microgrid concepts, drivers that influence the Microgrid, as well the projected market for Microgrids. The course will address Microgrid design aspects, engineering considerations, and architectures based on developed used cases. The attendee will leave with an understanding of the key aspects pertaining to designing and implementing a Microgrid.


  1. The case for microgrids
  2. Considerations
  3. Use cases and technical architecture
  4. Technical Architecture
  5. Microgrid design
  6. Microgrid marketplace
  7. Overview of a customer-owned Microgrid
  8. Conclusion


Smart Grid 204: Introduction to Smart Grid Data and Analytics

1:00 pm-5:00 pm, Room 2
Instructor: Doug Houseman, EnerNex

This is an introductory level course to look at smart grid data and analytics, the focus is on the distribution and customer domains of the NIST model. The course covers the following key topics:

  1. What data is available from which devices, from the in home controller to meters to relays and substation automation.
  2. What applications can be done with the data, with a heavy focus on AMI and line devices.
  3. What is the value of each of the applications to the various stakeholders that are associated with the grid, using the Illinois Collaborative definitions of stakeholders.

The course will look at the process of collecting and verifying data, including all of the pitfalls that may occur and provide a 20 step process to go from no data to running analytics. The course is suitable for non-technical, as well as technical audiences, including regulatory, legislative, and utility staff members. The course will also compare and contrast the two major privacy contenders and the impact each would have on the ability to perform the analytic applications based on the principles of each contender. Included in the course will be a summary of the ARRA analytics that have been highlighted by the EPRI and DOE reports.

Smart Grid 308: Distributed Energy Resources

1:00 pm-5:00 pm, Room 3
Instructor: David Mueller, EnerNex

This tutorial will cover the following topics:

  • This tutorial will cover the following topics:
  • Overview of DER and its components
  • Understanding variable generation issues
  • Limits to DER implementation in a conventional distribution grid
  • Interconnect and other standards for DER
  • Engineering considerations for DER planning and approval
  • Issues in customer owned DER (e.g. maintenance, overrides, etc)
  • Who Should Attend: Anyone who is interested in Distribution level DER, its impact on the grid and limits in the distribution grid today.