Important Dates
Paper submission: Now closed
Paper decisions: 8 Aug 2016
Final submission: 5 Sep 2016
12 Sep 2016
Registration: Now open
Early-bird closes: 12 Sep 2016
Tutorials: 28 Nov 2016
Conference: 29 Nov -
1 Dec 2016

Keynote Speakers

The conference organising committee is delighted to have secured several highly experienced, well-known keynote speakers to deliver presentations on topical aspects of future grid operations, challenges and possible solutions.

Keynote dates, times and locations will be posted soon.

  • Prof. Lina Bertling Tjernberg, Prof. in Power Grid Technology, KTH, Sweden
    Bio and abstract
  • Prof. Ross Garnaut, Professorial Research Fellow in Economics, University of Melbourne
    Bio and abstract
  • Prof. Ian Hiskens, Vennema Professor of Engineering, University of Michigan
    Bio and abstract
  • Prof. D. P. Kothari, Director – Research, GPGI, Nagpur, India
    Bio and abstract
  • Frank Lambert, IEEE PES Vice-President for Chapters
    Bio and abstract
  • Chris Pattas, General Manager, Australian Energy Regulator
    Bio and abstract

LinaBertling Lina Bertling Tjernberg
Professor in Power Grid Technology at KTH – the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
“On Smart grid experience in Europe”

Dr. Lina Bertling Tjernberg is Professor in Power Grid Technology at KTH – the Royal Institute of Technology. Her research aims to develop models for electric power solutions for the future sustainable energy system – which is captured in the concept of Smart Grid. Areas of special expertise are in applied reliability theory and maintenance management. Overall objective of the research is to contributing to a secure and high level of reliability in electricity supply, and an efficient use of energy resources. Dr. Bertling Tjernberg is a Senior Member of IEEE and is the Chair of the Swedish PE/PEL Chapter. She has served in the Governing Board of IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) 2012-2015, and as an Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid Technologies (2010-2016) and chaired the first ISGT Europe conference in Sweden in 2010. She is a Member of Cigré, and the National Committee of the IEA International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) and is an expert for the EU commission within Energy, ICT and Security.

Renewable energy plays a key role in the transition of the energy system in Europe towards a competitive, secure and sustainable energy system. The overall objective is to increase the share of renewable energy to at least 27 percent of the EU’s energy usage by 2030. Smart Grid is a facilitator for this change.

The EU definition of Smart Grid; “A smart grid is an electricity network that can integrate in a cost efficient manner the behavior and actions of all users connected to it – generators, consumers and those that do both – in order to ensure economically efficient, sustainable power system with low losses and high levels of quality and security of supply and safety.”

This keynote presentation gives an overview of the current developments of Smart Grid in Europe and shows on examples on technology solutions for smart grid and results from larger projects.

RossGarnaut Ross Garnaut
Professorial Research Fellow in Economics, University of Melbourne
Zero Emissions Electricity: Australia’s Transition in Global Context

Professor Ross Garnaut AO is a Professorial Research Fellow in Economics at the University of Melbourne (since 2008). Earlier at the Australian National University he was Distinguished Professor of Economics (2007-2013) and before that longstanding Head of the Division of Economics in the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies.
He has been awarded the degrees honoris causa of Doctor of Letters from the Australian National University and Doctor of Science from the University of Sydney. He is an Honorary Professor of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and of Renmin University, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences, a Distinguished Fellow of the Australian Economics Society and a Distinguished Life Member of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
Professor Garnaut has been Chairman of the Australian Centre for International Economic Research (1994-2000) and Trustee (2003-2006) and Chairman (2006-2010) of the International Food Policy Research Institute. He was the senior economic policy official in Papua New Guinea’s Department of Finance in the years straddling Independence in 1975, principal economic adviser to Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke 1983-1985, and Australian Ambassador to China 1985-1988.
Professor Garnaut is the author of numerous books, monographs and articles in scholarly journals on international economics, public finance and economic development, particularly in relation to East Asia and the Southwest Pacific. Recent books include The Great Crash of 2008 (with David Llewellyn-Smith, Melbourne University Publishing 2009) and Dog Days: Australia After the Boom (BlackInc 2013). He is the author of a number of influential reports to Government, including Australia and the Northeast Asian Ascendancy (Australian Government Publishing 1989), The Garnaut Climate Change Review (Cambridge University Press 2008) and The Garnaut Review 2011: Australia and the Global Response to Climate Change (Cambridge University Press 2011).
Professor Garnaut has chaired the boards of major Australian and international companies since 1988, including Lihir Gold Ltd (1995-2010); Bank of Western Australia Ltd (1988-1995); Primary Industry Bank of Australia Ltd (1989-1994); Papua New Guinea Sustainable Development Limited Pty Ltd (2002-2012) and its subsidiary Ok Tedi Mining Ltd; Lonely Planet Pty Ltd; and Aluminium Smelters of Victoria Ltd. In 2015 he became Chairman of ZEN Energy Technologies Pty Ltd.

This talk begins with the implication of the climate change mitigation challenge set by the meeting of world leaders in Paris in December 2015. To reach the least ambitious end of the agreed objectives requires global net emissions to fall to zero by mid-century. That requires a transformation of many aspects of economic life.

Electricity generation is the largest source of emissions in Australia and most countries. Its decarbonisation is important in itself, and electrification using zero emissions energy is the lowest cost path to transition in transport and many industrial processes. With technological improvement in production of low-emissions energy, low costs of capital goods from mass production in China and historically low costs of capital have greatly reduced the costs of an energy transmission. Minimisation of costs now depends on new approaches to transmission, distribution and regulatory reform to support changes in the balance between centralised and decentralised supply of power to users.

IanHiskens Ian Hiskens
Vennema Professor of Engineering, University of Michigan
Modelling and Control of Load Ensembles

Ian A. Hiskens holds the Vennema Professor of Engineering endowed chair in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has held prior appointments in the Queensland electricity supply industry (for ten years), and various universities in Australia and the United States. Dr Hiskens’ research interests lie at the intersection of power system analysis and systems theory. His recent activities have focused on systems issues arising from large-scale integration of new forms of generation, and on the development of non-disruptive load control strategies. Other research interests include nonlinear and hybrid dynamical systems. He is actively involved in various IEEE societies, and recently completed his term as Vice-President for Finance of the IEEE Systems Council. He has served as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology and IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems. He is a Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of Engineers Australia, and a Chartered Professional Engineer in Australia.

Growth in non-dispatchable generation, particularly renewable sources, is placing greater reliance on demand response (load control) for maintaining generation-load balance. Participation in fast-acting demand response can be maximized through aggregation of many small electrical loads. Numerous control strategies have been proposed for coordinating the behaviour of load ensembles to assist in power system operations. Modelling the natural and controlled response of such distributed systems is, however, quite challenging. A variety of modelling formalisms have been developed, including coupled Fokker-Planck equations and Markov decision processes, with the latter taking the form of a “bin” model. An overview of these models will be provided and their characteristics discussed. The dynamic behavior of load ensembles is strongly dependent on stochasticity and disorder within the load population. These effects will be illustrated and methods of capturing uncertainty within aggregate models will be considered. Load ensembles are inherently nonlinear and may display quite complicated dynamics, for example bifurcations arising from synchronization. Accordingly, controls must be carefully designed to avoid such complex behaviour. The presentation will consider various control strategies that have been proposed for enabling load ensembles to provide fast-acting frequency regulation. It will also evaluate control schemes for mitigating abnormal voltages and power flows on distribution feeders that support appreciable photovoltaic generation. The tradeoff between performance and communications will be discussed, along with methods for extracting feedback information from limited sources of data. System response will be illustrated using simple case studies.

DPKothari D.P. Kothari
Director – Research, GPGI, Nagpur
Energy & Environmental Problems Facing the Third World and Their Probable Solutions for Sustainable Development & Poverty Alleviation

Dr. D. P. Kothari is presently Director Research of Gaikwad-Patil Group of institutions, Nagpur. He obtained his BE (Electrical) in 1967, ME(Power Systems) in 1969 and Ph.D. in 1975 from BITS, Pillani, Rajasthan. From 1969 to 1977, he was involved in teaching and development of several courses at BITS Pillani. Earlier Dr. Kothari served as Vice Chancellor, VIT, Vellore, Director in-charge and Deputy Director (Administration) as well as Head in the Centre of Energy Studies at Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and as Principal, VRCE, Nagpur. He was visiting professor at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, during 1982-83 and 1989, for two years. He was also NSF Fellow at Perdue University, USA in 1992. He also taught at Melbourne University Australia for one semester in 1989.

Dr. Kothari, who is a recipient of the most Active Researcher Award, has published and presented 780 research papers in various national as well as international journals, conferences, guided 45 Ph.D scholars and 65 M. Tech students, and authored 49 books in various allied areas. He has delivered several keynote addresses and invited lectures at both national and international conferences. He has also delivered 42 video lectures on YouTube with maximum of 40,000 hits! Dr. Kothari is a Fellow of the National Academy of Engineering (FNAE), Fellow of Indian National Academy of Science (FNASc), Fellow of Institution of Engineers (FIE), Fellow IEEE and Hon. Fellow ISTE.

This talk will discuss the current Energy World Scenario – including Australia, India and other countries – and present the current electric generation scenario with facts and figures in respect of India. It is hoped that, with systematic, advance planning, through measures like co-generation, energy management, and energy conservation, the electric energy supply scenario of 2020 will be free of the perennial problems of power shortages, voltage fluctuations etc. Australia is one of the most coal–dependent countries in the world. Coal and natural gas along with oil-based products are currently the primary energy sources. Now that Australian thermal plants are closing, its brown coal may start to be exported to India and other countries.

This lecture will also dwell on the pros and cons of using nuclear energy. Further light will also be thrown on increasing the use of renewable/green/clean/natural energy such as solar, wind, geothermal, waste, sea, and tidal energy. Hydrogen and fuel cells will also be discussed in detail. The use of energy policy, optimisation, optimum energy mix and hybrid energy systems will be highlighted. Finally there will be discussion on how the introduction of renewable energy sources have affected overall power system operation.

FrankLambert Frank Lambert
IEEE PES Vice-President for Chapters
“Maximizing Transmission Network Potential with Power Flow Control Technology”

Frank C. Lambert (S’70-M’73-SM’87) serves as the Associate Director of the National Electric Energy Testing Research and Applications Center (NEETRAC) at Georgia Tech (Atlanta). He is responsible for interfacing with NEETRAC’s members to develop and conduct research projects dealing with transmission and distribution issues. Mr. Lambert previously worked at Georgia Power Company for 22 years in transmission / distribution system design, construction, operation, maintenance and automation. He participates in the IEEE PES Switchgear Committee and Distribution Subcommittee and is serving as the Vice President for Chapters for PES. Mr. Lambert holds a Bachelors and M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Rapid changes in generation and load profiles are becoming increasingly unpredictable and therefore challenging for transmission organizations to resolve with conventional network tools. For decades electric utilities have relied on their ability to build new transmission assets, but now in addition to having less clarity around future needs, are also facing greater hurdles to complete these construction or upgrade projects due to mounting public resistance and more stringent environmental compliance requirements. An emerging and alternative solution involves deploying power flow control devices installed on existing transmission networks to dynamically adjust line impedance and optimize the transmission system. This approach represents a new strategy for electric utilities as they consider the way that the electric grid is planned, built, and operated in a less predictable future.

ChrisPattas Chris Pattas
General Manager, Australian Energy Regulator
Impacts of embedded generation and small-scale systems: A regulator’s perspective

Chris is General Manager Networks which deals with the economic regulation of electricity and gas businesses. In particular, Chris manages a wide range of work at the AER including network pricing and compliance, implementation of various energy industry reforms to promote new energy services, and the development of new regulations, schemes and guidelines. Prior to his current role, Chris was in a senior role at the ACCC’s Communications Group, where his responsibilities included access to fixed, including broadband, networks for competitors. Chris has also worked in other areas of regulation at the Commission, such as transport and aviation. Chris has degrees in economics with full honours from Monash University (with majors in economics, statistics and finance) and began his career in economic policy formulation at the Commonwealth Treasury in Canberra.

Many of the upcoming changes to the ways we generate, distribute, and consume energy will require robust and effective regulatory mechanisms to ensure that the correct incentives are in place. This talk will describe the impact of embedded generation and small scale systems on the grid and describe how the current framework is placed to deal with these developments and what possible reforms to the regulatory framework may be required. An overview will be provided of what reforms are currently being implemented or in prospect, and what these are aiming to achieve. This talk will provide the perspective of an economic regulator, looking for efficient outcomes for customers.