Keynote/Plenary Sessions

Day 1 - February 20, 2018
8:00-8:30 amOpening Session

  • Michael Pesin, Conference Chair, 2018 ISGT Conference
  • Tom Pierpoint, PEPCO – Welcome to DC
  • Saifur Rahman, IEEE PES President
  • Jerry FitzPatrick, Technical Chair, 2018 ISGT Conference

Location: Columbia 1, 2, 5, 7
8:30-10:00 amPlanning the Grid of the Future – Technology, Regulatory, and Market Trends, Challenges and Solutions

Chair: Julio Romero Agüero, Vice President, Strategy & Business Innovation, Quanta Technology

  • Joseph Svachula, Vice President, Smart Grid and Technology, ComEd
  • Karen Lefkowitz, Vice President, Utility of the Future, Pepco Holdings Inc.
  • Vibhu Kaushik, Director of Grid Technology and Modernization at Southern California Edison
  • Damir Novosel, Past President, IEEE Power and Energy Society
  • Kevin Curtis, Vice President, Technical Solutions, Dominion Energy

The electric power industry is currently undergoing an unprecedented transformation. The distribution grid in particular is experiencing a remarkable evolution due to the integration of Distributed Energy Resources (DER), new customer loads, adoption of new technologies, and changing consumer expectations regarding resiliency, reliability and power quality. Modern transmission and distribution (T&D) systems are becoming increasingly dynamic and interrelated, changes in distribution grids are starting to affect transmission systems, and vice versa. The evolution of the T&D grid needs to be accompanied by the modernization of regulatory and electricity market frameworks to enable new products and services that provide additional benefits to consumers. This transformation of the T&D grid is affecting all aspects of the electric utility business, and classic and established methodologies for essential functions such as planning need to be revisited and updated, and new techniques and paradigms need to be introduced to address traditional and new challenges, as well as emerging concepts. This plenary panel will discuss trends, challenges, solutions and relevant industry activities aiming at planning the grid of the future, including technology, regulatory and market aspects.

Location: Columbia 1, 2, 5, 7
Day 2 - February 21, 2018
8:30-10:00 amGrid Operation Evolution and Technology Requirements

Chair: Ebrahim Vaahedi, Associate Vice President, OATI


The electric power grid is going through fundamental changes as a result of a multitude of drivers including:
  • Proliferation of distributed energy resources and their cost reductions trend
  • Government Clean Air policies and Renewable Portfolio standards (RPS)
  • Technology Advancements and penetrations
  • Customer expectation for flexibility, lower cost, participation and information
  • Markets and competitive forces

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 the technology solutions to enable and facilitate the functions.

Location: Columbia 1, 2, 5, 7
Day 3 - February 22, 2018
8:30-10:00 amCreating a Roadmap to Cybersecurity Compatible with Distributed Resources

Chair: Bill Hederman, Senior Fellow, University of Pennsylvania

  • Thomas J. Pierpoint, Director, Business Applications, PHI (an Exelon company)
  • Kaitlin Brennan, Manager, Cyber & Infrastructure Security, Edison Electric Institute
  • Ajaz Sadiq, VP of Grid Modernization and Tech Integration, North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation
  • Cyril Draffin, Energy Initiative Project Advisor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Edison Electric Institute is currently exploring how to make progress on enhancing cybersecurity for its members, the investor owned utilities, as well as the entire North American grid. As they consider options for enhancing cybersecurity, it is evident that some measures could pose new challenges for distributed energy resources. Such challenges could relate to approval delays, technical challenges, and costs.

In order to move with the speed necessary to provide the cybersecurity needed in the increasingly hostile cyberspace environment, EEI wishes to find consensus opportunities to advance rapidly. This panel will provide a venue for discussing some of the roadmap ideas and to hear the reactions of important stakeholders for any resolution of this issue.

Location: Columbia 1, 2, 5, 7