Innovative Smart Grid Technologies

Panel Sessions

Wednesday, Feb. 19       |       Thursday, Feb. 20       |       Friday, Feb. 21


Important Notice

The session titles and panelists for the ISGT2014 Conference are listed below.  Please note that the listing is subject to change as conference planning progresses. 

Panelists are kindly requested to use the IEEE PES template for their presentations.  Click here to download the templates from the IEEE PES website.


Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 
Track Sesssions

Issues, Observations and Lessons Learned from US ARRA-funded Smart Grid Projects

Chair: Joe Paladino, DOE

Wednesday  10:30am – 12:00pm  (Independence B and C)
Integration of Distributed Energy Resources

Chair: M. Smith


Paul Kalv, City of Leesburg
“A Compelling Example of the Value of Distributed Resources for Demand Response”

Steve Steffel, PHI 
“Preparing for Greater Penetration through Advances in the Grid,  Distributed Energy Resources and Modeling”   adobepdflogo

Milton Holloway, CCET 
“Challenges and Solutions for Wind Integration in ERCOT”   adobepdflogo

Ron Melton, Battelle  
“Integration of Distributed Energy Resources Using Transactive Control”   adobepdflogo

The discussion topic will focus on requirements and control techniques associated with the effective integration of distributed energy resources (DERs) into grid operations.  DERs include: renewable energy (solar and wind), energy storage devices, electric vehicles (EVs), demand response, and other types of distributed generation.   Advanced grids will need to manage bi-directional power flows and effectively balance variable generation and demand.  The discussion will include sharing approaches and lessons-learned from efforts to integrate DERs into distribution systems, as well as advanced operational and market models and tools for planning and managing these technologies and systems.



Wednesday  1:00pm – 2:30pm  (Independence B and C)
Systems Integration

Chair: C. Irwin   adobepdflogo


Paul Kalv, City of Leesburg
“Systems Integration at a Small Utility – Where Even the Best-Laid Plans Can Sometimes Falter”

Craig Miller, NRECA
“Next Next-Generation Utility IT Architectures”   adobepdflogo

Ed Hedges, KCPL 
“Enabling Smart Grid Functions through End-to-End Systems Interoperability”   adobepdflogo

The discussion topic will focus on sharing insights and best practices associated with efforts by utilities to apply and integrate systems used for operations and business processes, especially as smart grid technologies advance opportunities to better utilize and manage digital information.  These systems include meter data management systems (MDMS), outage management systems (OMS), customer information management systems (CIS), distribution management systems (DMS), and geographic management systems (GIS), as well as others. The discussion would help utilities to better make investment decisions given the myriad of options for systems integration and the potential to improve business practices.



Wednesday  3:00pm – 5:00pm  (Independence B and C)
Voltage/VAR Optimization

Chair: R. Handa


Kelly Warner, Applied Energy Group
“CVR/VVO as an Energy Efficiency Resource:  a New Business Case for a Proven Technology”   adobepdflogo

Joan Soller, IP&L
“Peak Demand Management through Conservation Voltage Reduction”   adobepdflogo

John Gibson, Avista
“Conservation Voltage Reduction – Quantifying Savings”   adobepdflogo

Tom Weaver, AEP
“American Electric Power’s Experience with Volt/Var Optimization”   adobepdflogo

The discussion topic will focus on the various technological approaches for optimizing and controlling voltage/VAR levels within distribution circuits. To date, utilities are applying a variety of technologies and control schemes (e.g., distributed and centralized control) to reduce line losses and improve energy efficiency through the application of conservation voltage reduction (CVR) techniques. The discussion will examine lessons learned and best practices associated with these approaches, as well as explore strategies for rationalizing the business case for CVR.



Wednesday  10:30am – 12:00pm  (Independence D and E)
Microgrid Business Cases and Use Cases

Chair: Dan Ton, US Dept. of Energy

Panelists (all to be contacted):

Dr. Yan Xu, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
“Microgrid Operations and Control Use Case”   adobepdflogo

Dr. Michael Stadler, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
“Assessment of Economic and Environmental Value Streams of Microgrid Use Cases” adobepdflogo

Dr. Jason Stamp, Sandia National Laboratories
“Assessment of Reliability and Performance of Microgrid Use Cases toward Meeting the Defined Objectives”   adobepdflogo

Dr. Scott Backhaus, Los Alamos National Laboratory
“Microgrid Business Cases in Meeting the DOE Program Targets”   adobepdflogo

The benefits of a microgrid include enhanced reliability, multiple power quality services to meet varying end-use requirements, improved energy and system efficiencies, and reduced environmental emissions.  Other societal and safety benefits associated with providing energy surety to critical loads, including those of critical life-saving and healthcare services, are becoming increasingly evident, especially during extreme weather events such as Superstorm Sandy and the Mid-Atlantic derecho in 2012.  Notwithstanding these known benefits, the real value of a microgrid is use case dependent, taking into account user-defined objectives for each microgrid application.  This panel will feature presentations on the use cases developed to meet the U.S. Department of Energy Microgrid program targets in cost, reliability, emissions reduction, and system efficiency.  The DOE targets are defined to aim toward broad microgrid applications in major microgrid market sectors.  In addition, business cases associated with the use cases will be presented to show the value streams from modeling and assessment tools developed by national laboratories.



Wednesday  1:00pm – 2:30pm  (Independence D and E)
Scalable Microgrids for Increasing System Reliability, Security, and Resiliency in the Smart Grid Era

Chair: Hashem Nehrir, Montana State Univ.   adobepdflogo


Ratnesh Sharma, NEC-Labs America
“On Sustainable Design and Management of Microgrids”   adobepdflogo

Kevin Schneider, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
“Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstration for Energy Reliability and Security
(SPIDERS)”   adobepdflogo

Steve Widergren, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
“Residential Transactive Control Field Results”   adobepdflogo

Christopher Colson and Hashem Nehrir, Montana State University
“Real-Time Microgrid Power Management and Control with Distributed Agents”   adobepdflogo

Ben Kroposki and James Cale, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
“Evaluations of Smart Power Applications at NREL”   adobepdflogo

Advances in smart grid technology have yet to coalesce into a comprehensive solution integrating the landscape of future power systems. In this panel, the vision for the future energy system to develop, demonstrate, and operate highly integrated, flexible, scalable, and efficient systems that provide integration of clean energy sources while maintaining reliability and resiliency will be discussed. Specifically, the microgrid concept which can offer energy solutions to a wide range of end users, ranging from secure military installations to remote rural communities, and sample demonstration projects will be presented. Experts from industry, DOE National Labs, and academia will present the results of their field tests and simulation studies demonstrating how microgrids can increase energy reliability and system security, and how their proper power management through intelligent generation dispatch and load control (demand response) could benefit customers and make the system resilient. 



Wednesday  3:00pm – 5:00pm  (Independence D and E)
Microgrids and Resiliency

Chair: Chen-Ching Liu, Washington State Univ.


Dan Ton, Program Manager, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Department of Energy
“DOE Program Goals and Metrics for Resilient Distribution Systems”   adobepdflogo

Philip Jones, Commissioner, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC); President, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC)
“The Evolving Role of a Regulator”

Jim Reilly, Consultant, Reilly Associates
“Planning Microgrids for Resilience and Grid Operations Support”  adobepdflogo

Kevin Schneider, Senior Research Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
“Microgrids as a Resiliency Resource”   adobepdflogo

Yutaka Kokai, Vice President, Infrastructure Projects Office, Hitachi America
“Smart Grid Technology for Resilient Community”   adobepdflogo

Ali Mehrizi-Sani, Assistant Professor, Washington State University
“Resiliency of Power Systems by Enhancing Microgrid Capabilities”   adobepdflogo


As microgrid technologies become more mature, it is natural to explore the role of microgrids as a subsystem of the utility distribution system. Microgrids are designed to have the capability to operate as a power system on its own. In an extreme condition, however, when the utility distribution system has an extended outage, is it feasible to use microgrids as a resource to serve critical load? Under a normal operating condition, what is the role of microgrids in distribution system operation and economics? Resiliency of the distribution systems with microgrids can be enhanced through microgrids as well as distribution systems. In this session, panelists will address issues from the viewpoints of national importance, technology, cost-benefits and regulation.


Distributed and Variable Generation

Wednesday  10:30am – 12:00pm  (Independence F and G)
Utility Applications of Power Electronics and Renewable Power Integration

Chair: Madhav Manjrekar, University of North Carolina  adobepdflogo

Ed Muljadi, Chief Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)   adobepdflogo
Damir Novosel, President, Quanta Technologies   adobepdflogo
Peter Steimer, VP, Innovation, ABB   adobepdflogo
Deepak Divan,
President, Varentec   adobepdflogo
Al Hefner,
NIST   adobepdflogo

Over the past decades, worldwide interest in renewable energy sources has risen significantly. Limitation of fossil fuels like oil and gas, the increasing cost of these primary energy sources and their impact of the climate change have stimulated interest in the area of alternative electrical energy supplies. Concurrently, the share of decentralized power systems in the electricity infrastructure has increased considerably. Most dispersed generation systems require power electronics for the conversion and control of electrical energy. Furthermore, power electronic circuits are seeing increasing applicability in providing additional services for grid stability enhancement, power flow control and power quality improvement. Thus, power electronic systems represent a key-enabling technology to cope with the challenges of tomorrow’s electricity delivery systems.  This session will feature speakers that are renowned experts in the fields of power electronics, renewable energy integration, energy storage and smart grids. Topics will include challenges associated with integrating renewable energy with the power grid, proliferation of energy storage in future energy delivery systems, commonalities and differences in power electronic converters applied to utility systems, and role of power electronics in smart power grids of tomorrow.



Wednesday  1:00pm – 2:300pm  (Independence F and G)
Emerging Variable Generation Operational Impacts and Mitigation Measures

Chair: Farrokh Rahimi, OATI

Ali Ipakchi, OATI   adobepdflogo
Ralph Masiello, KEMA   adobepdflogo
Jeff Gooding, Southern California Edison   adobepdflogo
Nivad Navid, Midwest ISO   adobepdflogo
Ed Hedges, KCP&L   adobepdflogo
Fred Fletcher, Burbank Water and Power
Paul De Martini, Newport Consulting   adobepdflogo

This panel session addresses the operational issues associated with high penetration of variable generation at both wholesale/bulk power and retail/distribution levels. At the bulk power level, the variability and unpredictability of variable generation resources leads to the increased need for operating reserves, and possibly new types of reserves (e.g., flexibility reserves, ramping, and load following). At the distribution level, distributed renewable generation can lead to distribution system voltage variations, increased neutral currents and losses, and increased need for balancing energy. Moreover, there could be financial impacts to the distribution utility due to reduced revenues attributable to distributed renewable generation by customers.

Having identified these issues, the panel session next underlines the ability of demand-side assets (Demand Response) to provide mitigation measures at bulk power/wholesale and distribution/retail levels, leveraging information, communication, and control infrastructure under Smart Grid paradigm.



Wednesday  3:00pm – 5:00pm  (Independence F and G)
Recent Progress in Solar Energy Grid Integration Systems

Chair: Guohui Yuan, DOE Solar Program   adobepdflogo

Tom Key, EPRI   adobepdflogo
Michael Mills-Price, Advanced Energy   adobepdflogo
Leon Roose, University of Hawaii, HNEI   adobepdflogo
Pat Chapman, SolarBridge   adobepdflogo
Maja Harfman-Toronovic, GE Global Research Center  adobepdflogo
Ulrich Schwabe, Alencon  adobepdflogo

In 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative launched a three-year R&D program called Solar Energy Grid Integration Systems – Advanced Concepts (SEGIS-AC). The objective is to fund projects that develop technologies in power electronics (e.g. reactive power control, voltage ride-through, advanced anti-islanding, ACPV modules) that reduce the overall photovoltaic (PV) system costs, allow high penetrations of solar energy onto the grid, and enhance the performance, reliability, and safety of the electric power systems. In addition, projects funded under this opportunity will demonstrate the feasibility of these technologies in the field with partnering utilities and lessons learned will be disseminated among the entire solar industry. This panel reports the overall progress made thus far with highlights on some of the major accomplishments. 



Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014
Track Sesssions
Issues, Observations and Lessons Learned from US ARRA-funded Smart Grid Projects

Thursday  10:30am – 12:00pm  (Independence A)
Customer-Facing Programs

ChairsD. Macdonald and J. Paladino


Laney Brown, Central Maine Power

“Central Maine Power:  Transforming the Customer Experience with AMI”   adobepdflogo

Saurabh Bansal, Reliant
“Sharing experiences with customer engagement efforts and innovative rate plans”

Brandi Schmitt, Entergy New Orleans
“Smart Grid Technologies focusing on Low Income Customers”  

The discussion topic will focus on strategies and operational experiencing with implementing customer-facing programs including information and education, time-based rates, energy efficiency, and load management from projects that include deployment of AMI and customer systems such as IHDs, PCTs, and web portals.



Thursday  1:00pm – 2:30pm  (Independence A)
Designing and Deploying Smart Grid Projects

Chair: D. Haught


Jim Glass, EPB
“On Budget and on Time: How Chattanooga’s EPB Designed and Deployed its Smart Grid Project”   adobepdflogo

Frankie Zhang, ISO-NE  
“Architectural Design of the Next Generation Synchrophasor Applications”

Jing Liu, PJM  
“SynchroPhasor Technology – Data quality needs for Future Applications”  adobepdflogo

Jerry Shoemaker, PHI
“Advanced Techniques to Successfully Manage Smart Grid Deployments”   adobepdflogo

The discussion topic will focus on sharing insights and lessons learned regarding how smart grid projects were organized and deployed, as well as on providing recommendations on best approaches for designing and implementing them.  Smart grid projects involve myriad set of skills and capabilities that often require the involvement of personnel across the internal organizational structure of a utility, as well as experts external to the organization.  In addition, they require marshaling capabilities that might be new to a utility, such as in the areas of communications infrastructure, data management and integrated systems, business process design, customer participation, and cybersecurity.  This discussion would examine how projects these long-term, multi-disciplinary projects were implemented and what could have been done differently with hindsight.



Thursday  3:00pm – 5:00pm  (Independence A)
Reliability and Resiliency

Chair: A. Kaushiva  adobepdflogo


Laney Brown, Central Maine Power
“Putting a Value on Reliability: Iberdrola USA’s Distribution Automation Cost Benefit Analysis”   adobepdflogo

Jim Glass, EPB
“How Chattanooga’s Self-Healing Grid is Delivering 60% Reliability Improvements”  adobepdflogo

Glenn Pritchard, PECO
“PECO delivers a Reliable and Resilient Smart Grid”  adobepdflogo

Joe Loporto, PHI
“Realizing the Reliability Benefits of Distribution Automation Projects: Early Impacts and Lessons Learned”  adobepdflogo

The discussion topic will focus on methods used to enhance the reliability and resiliency of distribution grids, including how they can be valued.  Discussions would include sharing lessons learned and insights gained through the deployment of various technologies, such as those associated with fault location, isolation and system restoration (e.g., automated feeder switching and the application of smart meters), the monitoring of equipment health, islanding (microgrids), and systems used for communications, control and information management.  The discussion should contribute to a better understanding of associated costs and benefits of various technologies so that utilities and their regulators can optimize investment strategies to reach reliability and resiliency goals.


Global Smart Grid Developments

Chair: Nader Farah, ESTA Intl.

Thursday  10:30am – 12:00pm  (Independence B and C)
Updates on Smart Grid activities in Europe

Chair: Lina Bertling Tjernberg   adobepdflogo


Sweden: Anne Vadasz Nilsson, Director General Swedish Energy Markets Inspectorate
“Empowering consumer – a smart grid challenge from a Swedish perspective”  adobepdflogo

Sweden: Carl Heyman, Product Manager Series Compensation ABB, Sweden
“Technology solutions to enable flexible transmission of large amount of renewable energy”   adobepdflogo

Germany: Thomas Wiedemann, RWE Deutschland AG, Germany
“Grid4EU – examples from the largest smart grid project in Europe”  adobepdflogo

France: Hervé Rannou, ITEMS International
Brittany (West France): A Strategic and Critical Smart Grid Use Case”  adobepdflogo

The development of Smart Grids in Europe has a strong link to the development of a sustainable energy system.  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 starts with a presentation f