Half Day Tutorials

Sunday, February 17, 2019

8:00 am - 12:00 pmBlock Chain and its Application in Utility Distribution Networks

Price: Early Bird $195, Regular $240
Instructor: Anant Venkateswaran; Umit Cal, Ph.D; Paul Heitman

The utility industry value chain is undergoing a major transformation. Driven by regulatory, policy, business, technology and the consumer, change is being wrought in all aspects of the value chain.

One such technology driver is Blockchain. Blockchain has grabbed the attention of the heavily regulated power industry as it braces for an energy revolution in which both utilities and consumers will produce and sell electricity. Blockchain could offer a reliable, low-cost way for financial or operational transactions to be recorded and validated across a distributed network with no central point of authority. While no change is immediate or quick, the industry is seriously evaluating the pros and cons of this technology and where the application can bring most value. This course will provide an introduction to Blockchain and review the applications across the value chain, with special focus around Distribution networks and how the goals of an Active Network, Active Consumer/ Prosumer, Active Market and other benefits can be accrued. A 360 review will be done with case studies and examples from across the world and the value of each application will be demonstrated.

Learning Objectives:
  • The aim of this tutorial will be to introduce Blockchain to those who are new to it and then quickly pivot to the application of this technology to the modern utility industry and how this can help in initiating new transformation opportunities or help complete existing initiatives. This tutorial will also seek to bring out the value to all the key stakeholders – the regulator, the policy maker, market, the utility as it seeks new business models to monetize new and existing services and most importantly, the customer/ prosumer.

8:00 am - 12:00 pmPower System Resilience: Fundamentals, Analytical and Planning Tools, and Industry Practices

Price: Early Bird $195, Regular $240
Feng Qiu, Argonne National Laboratory; Zhaoyu Wang, Iowa State University; Murali Baggu, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Jianhui Wang, Southern Methodist University; Eknath Vittal, Electric Power Research Institute; Liuxi Zhang, ComE

Recent extreme weather events have highlighted the importance and urgency of enhancing power grid resilience. Although resilience is generally recognized as the capability to anticipate, absorb, adapt to, and rapidly recover from disruptive events, there is not much consensus on the precise definition and quantitative measures for resilience. This tutorial attempts to offer audience the fundamentals and some key ingredients in grid resilience by bringing perspectives from academia, research labs, industry, and governmental agencies. In this four-hour tutorial, we hope to help our audience take the first crack at answering the following questions: What does grid resilience mean exactly? What are the metrics to evaluate resilience? What are the resilience enhancement strategies and how optimization and data analytics can help? and what are industry practices and policies and initiatives from governmental agencies?

This tutorial will prepare audience with basic concepts such as probabilistic and optimization modeling and simulation. Commonly used tools for resilience analysis and planning will be introduced. Industry practice and activities will be employed to materialize concepts and strategies for resilience enhancement.

Learning Objectives:
  • Get familiar with and materialized on fundamental concepts on power system resilience;
  • Be familiar with modeling of extreme weather events and their impacts on power grid;
  • Learn a number of resilience enhancement strategies;
  • Get insights about the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) grid resilience policies; and learn power industry’s practices and activities on grid resilience.

1:00 pm - 5:00 pmDemand Response: Overview, Applications, and Field Experiments

Price: Early Bird $195, Regular $240
Farrokh Rahimi, OATI; Ning Lu, NCSU; Jianming (Jamie) Lian, PNNL; Haiwang Zhong, Tsinghua University

The electric utility operational requirements and business model are changing due to a number of factors, including increasing levels of renewable and distributed energy resources, new technologies, and increasingly savvy consumers/prosumers. Current power grid operation predominantly relies on scheduling and regulating generation resources to supply loads and balance load changes. Increased variability of renewable generation resources, changes the conventional “load following” paradigm to a new “generation following” regime resulting in the need for higher levels of balancing requirements from demand-side participation. With the advancement of information technologies, power system end-use loads are becoming more agile and can participate in provision of balancing energy and other grid services. This tutorial will cover demand response fundamentals and business case, and provide lessons learnt in the DR demo and actual field implantation projects carried out in recent years.

Learning Objectives:
The audience will learn about the following topics of current interest (issues and corresponding solutions):
  • The Changing Utility Landscape. This topic will address the factors changing the electric industry landscape, their impact on bulk power system operation and wholesale markets as well as their impact on distribution system operations and business model. It will underline the need for new grid products and services and the need to leverage demand-side assets to help provide them. It also will discuss how provision of grid services from DR may be monetized, as well as the need for standardization of distribution level grid services.
  • Overview of Demand Response Programs. This topic will cover the evolution of DR both in the context of conventional DR programs and emerging trends leveraging DR for provision of energy, capacity, and a variety of grid services normally provided by conventional generation resources. It will address regulatory factors in promoting or impeding provision of services from DR.
  • Enabling Emerging Constructs. This topic will include an overview of some emerging industry constructs and methods promoting DR and Distributed Energy Resources (DER). These include an introduction to the Transactive Energy Systems, the DSO/DSP constructs, and Blockchain technology.
  • Overview of the latest development on market-based coordination and control of demand-side assets. This topic includes overview of some recent demonstration projects on market-based coordination and control and development of market-based theoretical framework for DR/DER integration.

1:00 pm - 5:00 pmSmart Grid 308 – Distributed Energy Resources

Price: Early Bird $195, Regular $240
Instructor: Douglas Houseman, Burns & McDonnell

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)
Learning Objectives:
  • What is DER, and what are the elements
  • How does each element work (e.g. Distributed generation)
  • Issues with DER to watch out for in grid integration
  • Know issues with distributed generation
  • How to study interconnection of DER
  • What to think about when creating a DER program

Plain Talk in Washington DC 2019

February 18-20, 2019 – Washington, DC
(Co-located with the IEEE PES 2019 Innovative Smart Grid Technologies North America Conference)

Early Bird Ends January 22, 2019

IEEE PES PLAIN TALK courses for the power industry professional will help you to understand technical aspects of the electric power industry, even if you do not have an engineering background. You will gain insights into the concerns of engineers, the demands of regulators and consumer groups, and the factors and trends that impact the operation of today’s electric power systems. These courses are also appropriate for new engineers to the industry, or for engineers in other fields who are transitioning to the electric power industry. These courses aim to increase your understanding of the electric power system by providing you with practical knowledge that you can use as you work in or with this important industry.

Topics Include:

  • Power System Basics – Understanding How the Bulk Electric Power System Works
  • Distribution System – Delivering Power to the Customer
  • Transmission System – The Interconnected Bulk Electric System

These courses are eligible for CEU/PDH credit.

For More Information

  • Register Now for Plain Talk in Washington, DC


  • LaToya Gourdine, Administrator Education Services, IEEE Power & Energy Society • (732) 981-2876