Morning Track
Sunday Feb. 24, 2013
8:00am – 12:00pm 
(Sessions given in parallel) 

8:00am – 12:00pm 

Distributed Energy Resources
Instructor: Doug Houseman, EnerNex

This tutorial presents an Overview of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) and its key components. The course covers 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.)

Session II 
8:00am – 12:00pm 

Smart Grid Operations
Instructor: Laurie Miller, EnerNex

This tutorial helps answer several key operations questions. What is smart grid operations and how does that differ from what utilities do today? What are the requirements for operations? What would a smart grid operations center and team look like? What kinds of operations will they perform? What are the benefits and concerns on smart grid operations? What impact does operating the smart grid have on equipment being deployed? What are the impacts on jobs and training for personnel?

N.B.:  Full conference registration is required to register for the tutorials.


Afternoon Track
Sunday Feb. 24, 2013

1:00pm – 5:00pm 
 (Sessions given in parallel) 

Session III
1:00pm – 5:00pm 

Introduction to SGIP 2.0

Mladen Kezunovic
, Texas A&M University
Steve Widergren, Pacific Northwest National Lab
Marty Burns, Hypertek
David Wollman, NIST

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) started the Smart Grid Interoeprability Panel (SGIP) in late 2009 as a tool to facilitate meeting NIST’s mandate under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to develop a Smart Grid Interoeprability Framework and accelerate smart grid standards development and adoption. The SGIP, a public-private partnership, was funded by the federal government through NIST with the intent of transitioning to a private-public model funded mainly by the private sector. The process for this transition to “SGIP 2.0” accelerated rapidly in 2012 with a formal handoff occurring in December 2012 from the SGIP 1.0 to the SGIP 2.0 management team.

This tutorial will describe the overall objectives of the new SGIP, and cover the mechanics of the day-to-day operations as described in the Business Sustainment Plan and embedded in the SGIP 2.0 charter. Critical differences will be highlighted in order to level-set everyone’s expectations for the SGIP in 2013 and beyond. The business case for participation in the SGIP will be highlighted as well as a discussion of the role of the SGIP’s collaborative partners includnig SDO’s such as the IEEE.

Session IV
1:00pm – 5:00pm 

Microgrids – Designing Their Role in Smart Grid
Instructor: Steven Pullins, Horizon Energy Group

The tutorial introduces the concept and role that Microgrids will play in the evolution of the smart grid. The course material is based on the ongoing implementation of a utility Microgrid and a planned customer-owned Microgrid. Students will be introduced to Microgrid concepts, drivers that influence the Microgrid, as well the projected market for Microgrids. The course will address Microgrid design aspects, engineering considerations, and architectures based on developed used cases. The attendee will leave with an understanding of the key aspects pertaining to designing and implementing a Microgrid.


1. The case for microgrids
2. Considerations
3. Use cases and technical architecture
4. Technical Architecture
5. Microgrid design
6. Microgrid marketplace
7. Overview of a customer-owned Microgrid
8. Conclusion

N.B.:  Full conference registration is required to register for the tutorials.