Keynote/Plenary Sessions

Day 1 - September 7, 2016

8:00am-8:15amOpening Session
Jacob Bernhagen, Chair, 2016 ISGT Conference
Jay Giri, IEEE PES Board
Joseph Paladino, Conference Technical Chair

[Scandinavian Ballroom 3rd Floor]
8:15am-10:00amPlenary: Smart Grid Technology Vision
Chair: Ebrahim Vaahedi, Senior Director, Open Access Technology International

Sasan Mokhtari, CEO and President, Open Access Technology International
David Whitehead, R&D Vice President, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories
Damir Novosel, CEO, Quanta Technology
Byron Flynn, Senior Director, Smart Grid GE Grid Solutions, GE
Wanda Reder, Chief Strategy Officer, S&C Electric Company


To respond to their business requirements and chart the future technology deployment strategy, utilities need to know the state of the art in available technology solutions and the future technology trends. In this plenary session, the executives of four major technology providers share their insight on the smart grid strategic roadmaps, technology maturity and their business value.

[Scandinavian Ballroom 3rd Floor]
Presentation: Key Success Factors for Sustainable and Resilient Electricity Delivery
Damir Novosel, Quanta Technology

Reliable and efficient electrical grid operation is critical to society. Electrical utility industry has been experiencing significant changes in the last decade caused by new technology trends, environmental drivers and weather patterns, changing public needs, and regulatory requirements. We are at a crossroads in making business and technical decisions that will allow us to optimally and cost-effectively manage the grid for the years to come. The presentation will address some of the challenges and opportunities facing modern grids and how industry trends and innovation will shape the future grid. Topics also include recent transformation drivers (such as distributed energy resources, microgrids, storage and electrical vehicles); advancements with wide area monitoring, protection, and control; and key success factors to prepare for the electrical grid of the future.

Day 2 - September 8, 2016

8:30am-10:00amPlenary: A Regulatory Perspective of Grid Transformation

Chair: Chris Villarreal, Director of Policy, Minnesota Public Utility Commission

Jorge Camacho, D.C. Public Service Commission
Jay Griffin, University of Hawaii
Nancy Lange, Vice Chair, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
Asa Hopkins, Director of Energy Policy and Planning, Vermont Public Service Department


A discussion by commission staff on regulatory objectives and challenges associated with the transformation to a more distributed grid

[Scandinavian Ballroom 3rd Floor]

Day 3 - September 9, 2016

8:30am-10:00amPlenary: Utility Executive Perspective
Chair: Jay Giri, IEEE PES Board Member

Teresa Mogensen, Sr. VP Transmission, XcelEnergy
Terry Donnelley, COO ComEd
Chantal Hendrzak, Executive Director, PJM
Ryan Keel, VP, Technical Operations, EPB


Executives will present Smart Grid challenges, practical solutions and success stories – followed by a moderated Q&A session with the audience.

[Scandinavian Ballroom 3rd Floor]