Panel Sessions


Monday, Feb. 25     |     Tuesday, Feb. 26    |     Wednesday, Feb. 27 


 Monday, Feb. 25, 2013


Smart Grid Deployment Project Success Stories

Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) Mid Atlantic Smart Grid Activities: Successes and Lessons Learned
(Feb. 25, 2013 10:30am – 12:00pm)

Chair:  Debbie Haught, US Dept. of Energy
Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability 

Gerald Shoemaker, PEPCO Holdings 
Joe Loporto, PEPCO Holdings 
Karen Lefkowitz, PEPCO Holdings 

PEPCO Holdings has three funded Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) projects in Maryland, District of Columbia, and New Jersey.  Two of projects are deploying advance metering infrastructure (AMI) and all three include distribution automation (DA).   This session will explore the projects including the project plans, deployment status, and lessons learned in the following areas: Advanced Metering Infrastructure and customer benefits including Meter to Bill, Web Presentation, AMI Portal and Outage Notification, Distribution Automation specific to Substation Automation as it relates to Smart Relay/Smart Meter, Distributed Remote Terminal Unit (DRTU) and ASR Control Systems. Discussions will also include Feeder Automation using Automatic Circuit Recloser,SF6 Switch, and Electronic Controllers.


Smart Grid Customer Education and Awareness
(Feb. 25, 2013 1:00pm – 2:30pm) 

Chair: Bruce Hamilton, Smart Grid Network, Inc.

Patty Durand, Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative
Juliet Shavit, SmartMark Communications, LLC and SmartEnergy IP™
Mohammad Shahidehpur, Ph.D., Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation
Peter W. Sauer, Ph.D., University of Illinois
Caroline Winn, San Diego Gas & Electric
Erfan Ibrahim
, Ph.D., Scitor Corporation

Smart grid technology is changing the nature of the utility-customer relationship, creating a need to both educate consumers on the benefits of smart grid technologies and engage end-users to participate in new programs and services. This session brings together executives who are leading consumer-focused smart grid education and awareness efforts for U.S. utilities, industry, universities and the federal government to share their insights and take your questions. Presenters will highlight findings of SGCC’s 2013 State of the Consumer Report, introduce the U.S. Department of Energy’s smart grid customer engagement model, and showcase smart grid consumer education initiatives developed by Illinois’ universities, industry solution providers and SDG&E.


Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG)
Distribution Automation Projects: Successes and Lessons Learned

(Feb. 25, 2013 3:00pm – 5:00) 

Chair: Akhlesh  Kaushiva, DOE

Aseem Kapur, Con Edison 
Rick Teigland, FPL 
Jim Moxley, NOVEC

Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) projects in the distribution automation area have been upgrading distribution circuits with automated circuit switches and reclosers, automated capacitors and, voltage regulators, and voltage sensors that will help utilities pinpoint outages, reroute power, and reduce restoration times, and increase energy efficiency through applications that optimize voltage control. This session will feature presentations from three SGIG recipients who will discuss the impacts of their projects on the distribution system and lessons learned.

Learning from Smart Grid Demonstration Project

Smart Grid Demonstration Project (DOE)
(Feb. 25, 2013 10:30am – 12:00pm)

Chair:  Mario Sciulli, National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)

Ron Melton, Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration (Battelle Memorial Institute)
Scott Osterholt, Manager, Advanced Distribution Facilities, gridSMART Project Leader, AEP Ohio gridSMART Demonstration
Ed Hedges, Manager, Smart Grid Technology Planning, Kansas City Power & Light Green Impact Zone Smart Grid Demonstration

The DOE has funded a number of demonstration projects through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  The projects are classified into two categories – Energy storage demonstration and regional demonstration.  This panel will explore following projects including their rationales, status, and benefits.


Smart Grid Demonstration Project (DOE)
(Feb. 25, 2013   1:00pm-2:30pm) 

Chair: Don Geiling, National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)

Brewster McCracken, Pecan Street Project Energy Internet Demonstration 
Tom Magee, Consolidated Edison Secure Interoperable Open Smart Grid Demonstration
Craig Miller, NRECA Enhanced Demand and Distribution Management Regional Demonstration 

The DOE has funded a number of demonstration projects through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  The projects are classified into two categories – Energy storage demonstration and regional demonstration.  This panel will explore following projects including their rationales, status, and benefits.


Deployable Smart Grids for Military and other Applications
(Feb. 25, 2013 3:00pm-5:00pm)

Chair: Abas Goodarzi, US-Hybrid

Camron Gorguinpour, S CIV USAF SAF/IE 
Tom Gage, CEO of EV Grid
Jesse E. Hayes, Manager, Electrical Design & Interconnection, UTC Power
Ross Roley, IPA, PACOM Energy Office Lead, J81
Scott A. Kenner, P.E. CEM, Principal Project Engineer, Concurrent Technologies Corporation

Since the U.S. Department of Defense is the country’s largest energy consumer, smart grid technologies could have big impact on reducing its energy consumption. Potential technologies include microgrids, distributed energy resources such as solar and wind, and electric vehicles.  This panel will focus deployable technologies for military applications as well as potential for other usage.


Technology Challenges Grid Integration of Distributed Energy Resources and Electric Vehicles
(Feb. 25, 2013 10:30am-12:00pm)

Chair: Dan Ton, DOE

Dr. S.S. (Mani) Venkata,
Alstom Grid 
Dr. Deepak Divan,
Dr. Dong Wei,
Siemens Corporation 
Derrik Weeks,
Eaton Corporation 

This panel session will feature presentations by principal investigators of the DOE Smart Grid R&D Program projects on integration of distributed energy resources (DER) and plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) with electric distribution grid.  Enabling high penetration of DER, PEV, and demand response (DR) in distribution grid is one of the Smart Grid R&D Program goals to improve electric system efficiency and reliability.  The funded projects cover the areas of integrated distribution management systems capable of smart grid applications such as integration of DER/DR/PEV, voltage regulation under high penetration levels of photovoltaic (PV) electricity generation and PEV in distribution grid, and development of smart grid-capable electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) for intelligent load management.  This session will explore progress made and future plans on select projects.


Transactive Energy Techniques for End-to-End Power System Operation
(Feb. 25, 2013 1:00pm-2:30pm)

Chair: Farrokh Rahimi, OATI

Ali Ipakchi,

Paul De Martini, Newport Consulting Group, LLC
Ron Melton, PNNL
Ed Cazalet, TeMIX Inc.

The Transactive Energy framework involves principles, techniques, technologies, and systems for active participation of electricity consumers, producers, and power system operators and energy market administrators in seamless end-to-end interactions for reliable, economically efficient, and environmentally friendly supply and utilization of electric energy. It is based on forward and spot transactions for supply, transport, and/or consumption of electricity between and among consumers, producers, energy service providers, aggregators, and system and market operators.  Transaction quantities and/or prices may be fixed through bilateral arrangements, bid/ask matching, or a market clearing process at retail or wholesale level.


Impact of Synchrophasors and Wide Area Monitoring on Renewable Energy Penetration and Operation
(Feb. 25, 2013 3:00pm-5:00pm)

Chair: Badrul Chowdhury, University of North Carolina at Charlotte 

Dave Corbus,
Austin White,
Charlie Smith,
Bob Zavadil,
Alison Silverstein,
Abraham Ellis,
Sandia National Labs

The tremendous growth in grid-connected renewable energy plants over the past decade have recently been tempered by operational issues related to the variable nature of these resources. Utilities are proceeding with caution when the variability in renewable generation can potentially cause reliability problems in the interconnected systems. Synchrophasors and wide area monitoring can help in mitigating the effects of intermittency and the stochastic nature of renewable energy resources. The panel will address the issues of variability and possible solutions that might pave the way to increased penetration of renewable energy resources participating in day-to-day operations of the power grid.



 Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013


Smart Grid Deployment Project Success Stories

Smart Grid Experience in Latin America
(Feb. 26, 2013  10:30am-12:00pm) 

Chair: Nelson Kagan, University of Sao Paulo – Brazil

Panelists (invited):
Adrián Inda Ruíz, Instituto de Investigaciones Eléctricas, Mexico
Eng. Eduardo Bergerie Pagadoy, UTE, Uruguay (invited)
João Martins, EDP, Brazil
Renato Cespedes, RCONSULTING GROUP, Colombia
Ramon Alberto Leon Candela, Colombia

Smart grids in America Latina are evolving in a steady and gradual way. A number of initiatives in many companies are under course, considering the integration of various technologies in the power grid, such as smart metering, advanced distribution automation, distributed energy resources, electric vehicles, amongst others, by using different telecommunication and IT technological alternatives.  Such smart grid deployments consider different number of customer units as well as the integration of other public services in harmony to the concept of smart cities. The panel on deployment experiences in smart grids in Latin America will show an overview of such projects and what are the next steps for a continuing implementation of smart grids.


Smart Grid in Europe
(Feb. 26, 2013  1:00pm-2:30pm) 

Chair: Lina Bertling Tjernberg, Chalmers University, Sweden

Mikael Börjeson
, CEO, Centre for Distance-Spanning Technology.

Silvia Vitiello, European Commission
Bo Normark, CEO, Power Circle
Sunil Cherian, CEO, Spirae 

In Europe the climate goals expressed as 20/20/20 give main drivers for sustainable energy development – where smart grid is a facilitator to obtain these goals. Europe has been at the forefront of smart grid deployments especially in the areas of managing large penetration of renewable sources of energy, AMI and on advanced information technology. This panel gives examples from different smart grid deployments projects in Europe and lessons learned that can be applied for future deployments. The panel starts with a talk an advanced information technology and gives the answer to why Facebook has placed their server in Sweden.


Smart Grid Technologies and Projects in China
(Feb. 26, 2013  3:00pm-5:00pm) 

Chair: Tang Yi, Southeast University, China

Ni Ming, State Grid Electric Power Research Institute of China
Gao Shan, Southeast University
Wu Zaijun, Southeast University
Yu Jie, Southeast University
Xu Jianbing, State Grid Electric Power Research Institute of China

China has announced its new five-year plan for renewable energy and smart grid. This panel will introduce the latest smart grid projects and plans in recent years, and invite experts from industry practitioners, regulators and universities to highlight the smart grid deployment work around China, which will include renewable energy (Wind and PV Generation), smart demand response, EV & PHEV, and microgrid. Topics of this panel include: 1) Development of smart demand response (electric cars, demand response, distributed generation, storage), 2) Impact of renewable energy (wind generation, PV generation, microgrid, operation, dispatch, transmission, planning), and 3) Policies and projects of smart grid in China (demonstration projects, government policies, future roadmap)

Learning from Smart Grid Demonstration Projects

Smart Grid and EMS Implementation in Japan
(Feb. 26, 2013  10:30am-12:00pm) 

Chair:  Kenji Iba, Professor, Meisei University, Japan


Kenichi Suzuki, Deputy Director, New Energy and Industrial Development Organization (NEDO) 
Smart Community Development supported by NEDO, Japan (10:30-10:45am)

Yutaka Kokai, Vice President, Hitachi America, Ltd.    
Hitachi’s Smart Grid Demonstration Projects (10:45-11:00am)

Tomiyasu Ichimura, Senior Director, Smart City Promotion Unit, Fujitsu Co. Ltd.    
Energy Management System using Information Technology (11:00-11:15am)

Yosuke Nakanishi, Fuji Electric Co. Ltd.    
Microgrid Projects for Remote Islands in Japan (11:15am-11:30am)

Discussions (11:30am – 12:00pm)
The widespread shortage of electricity occurred by the Tohoku Earthquake in March of 2011 has made us keenly aware of the need for households, offices, factories, and local governments to maintain their own power sources that are not completely dependent on electric power companies. In constructing such power sources, locally generated and consumed renewable energy from solar and wind sources would be mainly utilized. However, such power sources would affect the power grid through fluctuation of power output and the deterioration of power quality.  Therefore, a new social infrastructure to supply electric power would be required. As a countermeasure of the problem, it would be suitable to create resilient and expandable distribution networks that are of appropriate scale for their respective regions instead of large-scale networks all at once. The network will add new clusters when needed, and have them collaborate with each other where regional governments are the main entities. In this presentations, the current status and features of the government driven developments for smart grids and communities in Japan are introduced, and cluster-oriented expandable networks are discussed focusing on resiliency of the grid against natural disaster. Vital lifelines could be secured even during large-scale natural disasters, if such administrative agencies, hospitals, police stations, schools, evacuation centers, communication bases, and elderly housing facilities were completed centering on the Cluster-Oriented Expandable Network operated by regional governments. This concept is known as “resiliency,” and it will one day be the guideline for building the social infrastructure. In this panel session, we introduce the current status of smart grid and smart community development in Japan, demonstration projects of the new energy social infrastructure supported by New Energy and Industrial Development Organization (NEDO) ,implementation of eco city and remote island microgrid and related energy management system in Japan.


Interoperability and Standards
(Feb. 26, 2013  1:00pm-2:30pm) 

Chair: George Arnold, NIST

Dr. Ralph Sporer, Siemens AG
Tatsuya Shinkawa, NEDO, Japan
Patrick Gannon, Executive Director, SGIP
W. Chuck Adams, IEEE SA


Having robust interoperability standards are very beneficial for large infrastructure systems such as the electrical grid.  Standards prevent premature obsolescence, facilitate future upgrades, and ensure systems can be scaled up for larger deployments.  Standards can also provide for backward compatibility, integrating new investments with existing systems. For example, standards are needed to support the development of mass markets for smart appliances and electric vehicles that can communicate with the grid regardless of location or service provider. This session will explore the progress of ongoing activities in the development of interoperability standards for the Smart Grid.  It will also look at the current challenges and future needs in standards development.


Smart Grid Assessment Methodologies
(DOE and JRC, US-EU Energy Council)
(Feb. 26, 2013  3:00pm-5:00pm) 

Chair: Dan Ton,

Steve Bossart, National Energy Technology Laboratory
Joe Paladino, US Department of Energy
Craig Miller, NRECA
Ettore Bompard, Smart Grids European Commission Joint Research Centre – Institute for Energy and Transport

This panel will discuss collaboration in smart grid assessment methodologies between the United States and European Union.  The panel will discuss commonalities and differences in terminology and definitions, smart grid drivers, and approaches to evaluate the performance and benefits of smart grid technologies deployed in field projects.  The intent is to strengthen US/EU cooperation on smart grid assessment frameworks and sharing experiences, project results and lessons learned.

Technology Challenges Smart Grid and the Cloud
(Feb. 26, 2013  10:30am-12:00pm)

Chair: Dr. Michaela Iorga, NIST

Marianne Swanson, NIST
Arnab Roy, Fujitsu Labs
Sarbari Gupta, Electrosoft Inc.
Alvaro Cardenas, Univ of Texas at Dallas
Chris Knudsen, AutoGrid Systems (invited)

The cloud has emerged as a next big thing in computing and data storage.  Since smart grid has a potential to generate huge amount of data and require massive computing power, the cloud may have good applications for the smart grid.  In addition, data centers are a big user of energy and there are some interdependent relationships with smart grid in terms of energy consumption and geographical location.  This panel will explore how cloud computing can benefit the smart grid.


Customer Driven Smart Grid Performance Metrics
(Feb. 26, 2013  1:00pm-2:30pm)

Chair: Patty Durand, Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative

Paul Alvarez
, President, The Wired Group

Elizabeth Stein, Senior Attorney, Environmental Defense Fund
Calvin Timmerman, Assistant Executive Director, Maryland Public Service Commission 

While many utilities are busy modernizing their grids, it’s worthwhile to stand back from time to time to understand why they’re doing it. This panel will focus on customer outcomes from smart grid investments, revealing answers to several critical questions:

  • What does current market research indicate customers are expecting from a smarter grid?
  • What capabilities do experts believe the smart grid should make available to customers?
  • What economic and reliability benefits does deployment research indicate customers could potentially receive or are already receiving?
  • What customer-centric performance metrics are emerging?

You won’t want to miss this strategic session designed as a reminder of the importance of, and rationale for, grid modernization.


Automated Demand Response—Experiences and Next Steps
(Feb. 26, 2013  3:00pm-5:00pm) 

Chair: Tariq Samad, Honeywell

Edward Koch, Akuacom
Camron Gorguinpour, United States Air Force
Chelsie Lee, Southern California Edison
David Holmberg, NIST
Sila Kiliccote, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Automated demand response is a commercial technology, with applications worldwide and significant economic and policy benefits realized.  Yet current applications are limited by several factors—the speed of response, the types of assets engaged, the sophistication of automation solutions, the inchoate nature of standardization, etc.  With interest in automated demand response continuing to increase, we believe there is a need to present a clear picture of the state of the practice, pilot programs under way, standardization efforts, and technological limitations and research needs.  This panel session, with participation by vendor, customer, utility, and government representatives, is intended to satisfy this need.



 Wednesday, Feb.27, 2013
Track Session
Smart Grid Deployment Project Success Stories A State Wide Approach to Smart Grid Deployment:
The State of Vermont – Successes and Lessons Learned

(Feb. 27, 2013  10:30am-12:00pm)

Chair:  Debbie HaughtUS Dept. of Energy
Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability


Karen Marshall, President, VTEL Data Network
Randy Pratt or Dave Hallquist, Vermont Electric Coop
Brian Otley or Jeff Monder, Green Mountain Power

The state of Vermont was successful in obtaining both a Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) and Broadband Grants. Recipients of the grants were challenged by the Governor to seek synergies in their deployments. Challenges existed in the approach from both the communications and electric utilities perspectives since while the broadband project could provide backhaul for the automated metering infrastructure the two groups need to agree on the reliability requirements, deployment timing, and footprint of the system. Moreover, at the time of the negotiations the customer presence equipment had yet to be engineered. The teams were able to negotiate solutions to the challenges and now are moving forward with a collaborative approach to the effort.


Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG):  AMI Projects and and Customer Education – Successes and Lessons Learned
(Feb. 27, 2013  1:00pm-2:30pm)

Chair: Don Macdonald, DOE

Erik Krause, SMUD
Gary Smith, NV Energy
Laney Brown, Central Maine Power
Alan Lishness, Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) projects are investing in smart meters, communications networks, back‐office systems, and in-home devices that provide an intelligent connection between consumers and utilities to improve reliability and operational efficiency, as well as allow customers to better understand and control their electricity consumption, enabling new pricing systems and peak shaving potential. This session will feature presentations from three SGIG recipients and a DOE smart grid consumer engagement project who will discuss the impacts of their projects and lessons learned.


Increasing Network Visibility: Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) Synchrophasor Deployments
(Feb. 27, 2013  3:00pm-5:00pm)

Chair: Phil Overholt, DOE

Kirk Stewart, WECC Applications Manager
Mahendra Patel: PJM Interconnection, LLC
Dejan Sobajic (Consultant), New York Independent System Operator (NYISO)

Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) projects in the transmission area are investing in synchrophasor technologies, communications infrastructure, field measurement devices, and equipment upgrades that will improve the reliability of the bulk transmission system by providing better visibility of transmission system behavior, enable greater adoption of renewable energy resources, allow early detection of system anomalies, and deter widespread power losses. This session will feature presentations from three SGIG recipients who will discuss the impacts of their projects on the transmission system and lessons learned.


Learning from Smart Grid Demonstration Projects

Workforce of the Future
(Feb. 27, 2013  10:30am-12:00pm) 

Chair: Wanda Reder, S&C Electric

Gilbert Bindewald III, Department of Energy
Ann Randazzo, CEWD 
Barbara H. Kenny, National Science Foundation 

As the electric grid is being modernized with the introduction of cutting-edge smart grid technologies, the workforce will also need to evolve to keep up with the pace of technologies.  This panel will discuss the potential impact of smart grid on the power industry workers and explore critical smart grid skills requirements.


End-to-End Price Signals from Gas to Bulk Power and
Retail Electricity Markets
(Feb. 27, 2013  1:00pm-2:30pm)

Chair: Farrokh Rahimi, OATI

Nivad Navid,
Midwest ISO
Farrokh Rahimi, OATI
Anuradha Annaswamy, MIT
William Cox, Cox Software Architects LLC

This panel discusses interactions of electricity and gas markets with a view to transactive price dynamics in these markets. An analytical framework is discussed. Electricity/Gas market interactions are explored with a view to the NIST Smart Grid framework. Case studies are presented from California and Midwest ISO Energy markets exploring interactions of gas and electricity markets.


US Federal Smart Grid Initiatives
(Feb. 27, 2013  3:00pm-5:00pm)

Chair: Dagmar Niebur, Drexel University, PA

Gil Bindewald, DOE,
George Maracas, NSF

Abstract: In recent years federal smart grid initiatives sponsored by several federal government agencies have successfully supported efforts pertaining to the development and modernization of the electric grid in the United States. This panel brings together representatives of federal agencies and laboratories with the objective to provide an overview of current investments as well as future funding opportunities.

Technology Challenges Securing the Grid
(Feb. 27, 2013  10:30am-12:00pm)

Chair: Marianne Swanson, NIST

Lisa Kaiser, Department of Homeland Security
Brian Harrell, North American Electric Reliability Cooperation
Akhlesh Kaushiva, Department of Energy
Leonard  Chamberlin, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

The introduction of information technologies in the smart grid introduces new cyber vulnerabilities that must be protected against by the rigorous application of cyber security standards. This panel will discuss cybersecurity aspects of the Smart Grid including coordination and ongoing efforts.


Advances in V2G and Wireless Charging
(Feb. 27, 2013  1:00pm-2:30pm)

Chair: Russ Lefevre, IEEE

Alireza Khaligh, University of Maryland
Camron Gorguinpoir, United States Air Force
Joachim Taiber, Clemson University
Srdjan Lukic, North Carolina State University

Plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) has a great potential of reducing the carbon footprint of transportation.  However, there are technical barriers that have to be overcome to enable wider adoption of these vehicles including their interactions with the grid and charging infrastructure.  This panel session will explore the advances in V2G including charging, discharging and customer-utility interactions.  In addition, it will look at the prospects of wireless charging.


Hot Topics for the Future
(Feb. 27, 2013  3:00pm-5:00pm)  

Chair: Jeff Voas, NIST

Joseph Carr, ABB
Angelos Stavrou, George Mason University
Mladen Kezunovic, Texas A&M University

This panel session will include presentations on emerging technology issues for the future smart grid, including opportunities and challenges posed by the ubiquitious “internet of things” and the impact of the increasing penetration of power electronics on the resiliency of the grid.