Welcome to ISGT 2018

The Ninth Conference on Innovative Smart Grid Technology (ISGT 2018), sponsored by the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES), will be held on February 19-22, 2018 at the Washington Hilton, in Washington, DC.

The Conference will feature plenary sessions, panel sessions, technical papers, and tutorials by experts representing the electric utilities, regulators, technology providers, academia, the national laboratories, and both federal and state governments. This year’s theme is “Grid Transformation”. The Conference will focus on the advancements and applications of both technologies and practices as applied to grid planning, operations, markets and policies to address the effective integration of variable and distributed energy resources, as well as the growing importance of participation of customers and third parties in the generation and management of electricity. The conference is organized along three tracks: 1) emerging methods and approaches for transmission and distribution system planning and analysis, 2) the application of technology and supporting tools for transmission and distribution system operations, and 3) market and policy considerations associated with grid transformation.

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Track 1 – Grid Planning and Analysis
The task of determining prudent technology investment strategies has become significantly complicated with the advent of distributed resources and evolving customer preferences. We are challenged with the prospect of integrating and extracting value from many disparate elements (including grid components and distributed energy resources that now have embedded intelligence), and that exhibit variable and particular behaviors within electricity delivery systems.

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Track 2 – Distribution System Operations, Functions, and Tools
The electric power grid is going through fundamental changes as a result of a multitude of drivers. The future grid will face many technical operational challenges and provide many opportunities. This track will examine the changes required in the utility functions and processes dealing with distribution and transmission systems, remedial actions to mitigate the challenges and technology solutions to enable and facilitate the functions.

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Track 3 – Markets and Policy Track
With the increasing levels of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) the electric industry is witnessing the extension of the more than two-decade old Transmission Open Access paradigm (TOA) to Distribution Open Access (DOA). Within this context, regulators and utilities are examining approaches to effectively value the contribution of DERs and determine the appropriate business, utility and market models that can effectively utilize them.

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ISGT 2018 will be taking place Feb. 19-22, 2018 in Washington, DC.

Registration, Venue, & Accommodation



Washington Hilton
1919 Connecticut Ave, NW
Washington, District of Columbia, 20009, USA
Tel: +1-202-483-3000


A special single/double group rate of US$209 per night for IEEE ISGT attendees. This group rate is inclusive of service fees, but exclusive of taxes (currently at 14.5%).
Internet access is included in the group rate.

Reservations must be made by 5:00pm Eastern Time on Wednesday, 31 January 2018 in order to get the group rate. Once the room block is sold out, the hotel will offer rooms/rates based upon availability.

All “call-in” reservations can be made by calling 1-800-HILTONS and referring to group code: IEEE. Individuals can also make their reservations online at https://aws.passkey.com/go/2018ieeedc

Parking: Hotel offers valet & self parking.

Self and Valet parking rates are:

  • Self – Daily – $45.00
  • Valet – Daily – $53.00


United States citizens do not need a U.S. visa or passport for travel to Virginia. If you are not a US citizen, you may need a visa for entry into the US.
Once you register for the conference, you can request a letter indicating that you will be attending the conference.
For additional information regarding visas and/or passports, please visit: http://travel.state.gov/

Important Dates

Paper Submission Site Opened: July 26, 2017
Paper Submission Site Closed: September 30, 2017
Notification of Paper Acceptance: December 1, 2017

Panel Proposals were due on September 30, 2017

Final decision will be communicated by October 31, 2017


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