1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Room: 210A
Format: Utility University Course (4 or 8 hour course)

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Distributed energy resources (DER), microgrid deployments and customer service demands are changing how medium-voltage distribution systems are planned, operated, controlled, protected and managed. Synchrophasor measurement technology, now widely adopted in transmission systems, can be applied to new challenges in distribution systems. This course ...read more...

Instructor+
Eric A. Udren
Executive Advisor
Quanta Technology
United States
Instructor
Julio Romero Aguero
Vice President, Strategy & Business Innovation
Quanta Technology
United States
Instructor
Yi Hu
Director, WAMPAC
Quanta Technology
United States

1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Room: 210B
Format: Utility University Course (4 or 8 hour course)

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This course lays out a foundation of distribution, transmission and generation communications. It identifies the importance of understanding the traffic within a network and how logging and monitoring (network, operating system and applications) provides visibility into a potential attack surface. The course also ...read more...

Instructor
John Biasi
Sr. Cyber Security Specialist
Burns & McDonnell Engineering
United States
Instructor
Kevin Madis, CISSP, CISA
Senior Security Consultant
Burns & McDonnell
United States
Handout(s)

1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Room: 214B
Format: Utility University Course (4 or 8 hour course)

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Society has done little to modernize energy delivery or take advantage of proven, commonly available technology. In the past, change was driven by regulated entities with an exclusive franchise. Today, however, disruptors come from outside of the power sector—a phenomenon that is changing ...read more...

Instructor+
Robert Sarfi
Partner
Boreas Group LLC
United States
Instructor
Jitesh Parmer
Manager Engineering and Operations
Liberty Utilities
Canada
Instructor
Jonathan Shafer
Senior Engineer
NorthWestern Energy
United States
Instructor
Tammy Zucco
Director, Marketing
Itron
United States

1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Room: 212A
Format: Utility University Course (4 or 8 hour course)

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This practical course should allow a manager to walk out with a better idea of how to structure and sequence a grid modernization program and build a business case that senior management will understand. The course is based on lessons learned in real ...read more...

Instructor+
Doug Houseman
Grid Modernization Lead
Burns & McDonnell
United States
Instructor
Joseph Nichols
Project Manager; Business Consulting, Business & Technology Services
Burns & McDonnell
United States
Instructor
Lucas McIntosh
Associate & Project Manager
Burns & McDonnell
United States
Instructor
Raiford Smith
Vice President
ENTERGY
United States
Instructor
Ryan Bercegeay
Manager, Grid Modernization
Entergy
United States

1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Room: 212B
Format: Utility University Course (4 or 8 hour course)

**Evaluate this course. **



This course provides background information and utility experience related to distributed energy resources management systems (DERMS)—the emerging computer applications that can help electric utilities better manage the increasing penetration of distributed energy resources (DER), including distributed generation (DG), distributed storage (DS), electric vehicles ...read more...

Instructor+
Terry Nielsen
Executive Vice President
GridBright
United States
Instructor
Alex Portilla
Principal Product Manager, DERMS
Pacific Gas and Electric
United States
Instructor
Travis Rouillard
Chief Technology Officer
GridBright
United States

1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Room: 213A
Format: Utility University Course (4 or 8 hour course)

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Meter data management (MDM) can significantly improve the value of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), or it can increase the complexity and cost of AMI. This course provides a review of functionality and features of MDM, explains what an MDM can and should do ...read more...

Instructor+
John O. Wambaugh
Executive Consultant
Z2Solutions LLC
United States

1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Room: 213B
Format: Utility University Course (4 or 8 hour course)

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This course is designed to educate utility engineers and professionals working in the distributed energy resource (DER) area on recent changes proposed in IEEE 1547. Instructors, who facilitated the development of the standard, explain the rationales behind the ...read more...

Instructor+
Aminul Huque
Principal Project Manager
Electric Power Research Institute
United States
Instructor
Babak Enayati
Lead RD&D Engineer
National Grid
United States
Instructor
Jens Boemer
Technical Leader/Project Manager
Electric Power Research Institute
United States
Instructor
Reigh Walling
Principal
Walling Energy Systems Consulting LLC
United States

8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 210A
Format: Utility University Course (4 or 8 hour course)

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This practical course describes the responsibilities and organization of the group that operates the advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solution. It also details the processes associated with the monitoring and management of this critical infrastructure. The course focuses on operating and maintaining advanced metering ...read more...

Instructor+
John O. Wambaugh
Executive Consultant
Z2Solutions LLC
United States

8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 210B
Format: Utility University Course (4 or 8 hour course)

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With the advent of the big data, analytics and visualization, utilities (electric, water and gas) have embarked on creating their visions, strategies and multi-generation plans. Some are evaluating the technologies available in the industry against their challenges while others are still ...read more...

Instructor+
Anant Venkateswaran
Director
General Electric Co.
United States
Instructor
Glenn Pritchard
Manager, Advanced Grid Operations & Technology
PECO Energy
United States
Instructor
Mark Carpenter
Senior Vice President, T&D Operations
Oncor Electric Delivery
United States
Instructor
Roy Lum
Director, Business Technology
PG&E
United States

8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 214B
Format: Utility University Course (4 or 8 hour course)

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This course covers the practical aspects of line sensor deployment, radio communications, data management and the use of line sensor data in utility operations. This course gives attendees a basis for planning and executing their own line sensor projects. It begins with a ...read more...

Instructor
David Greenly
Software Architect
TAV Networks
United States
Instructor
Jared Hafer
RF Field Engineering
TAV Networks
United States
Instructor
Jeff Teuscher
Asset Strategist
Dayton Power & Light – Asset Management
United States
Instructor
Joe Tavormina
Principal
TAV Networks
United States
Instructor
Stan Thompson
Data Analyst
TAV Networks
United States

8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 212A
Format: Utility University Course (4 or 8 hour course)

**Evaluate this course. **



This course covers planning and engineering analysis for smart distribution systems, including modeling, simulation and advanced studies for integration of distributed energy resources (DER), such as distributed generation and distributed energy storage. In addition, it focuses on microgrids ...read more...

Instructor+
Julio Romero Aguero
Vice President, Strategy & Business Innovation
Quanta Technology
United States
Instructor
Farid Katiraei
Senior Director, Renewables, Emerging Technologies & Microgrids
Quanta Technology
Canada

8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 212B
Format: Utility University Course (4 or 8 hour course)

**Evaluate this course. **



This course provides a fresh, unbiased perspective of communications technologies for field applications such as SCADA, distribution automation (DA), distributed generation (DG), advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and others. Instructors introduce a methodology for developing a utility-wide strategic communications plan, including typical ...read more...

Instructor+
Rick Schmidt
Director of Grid Modernization
Black and Veatch
United States
Handout(s)

8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 213A
Format: Utility University Course (4 or 8 hour course)

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Effective project management for electric, water and gas utilities relies on superior implementation approaches, techniques and skills. Implementation success for utility projects is not a given in the utility industry in general, where as many as 80 percent of projects fail to meet ...read more...

Instructor+
Jim Ketchledge
CEO
Excergy Corp.
United States
Instructor
Joel Westvold
Executive Consultant
Excergy
United States

8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 213B
Format: Utility University Course (4 or 8 hour course)

**Evaluate this course. **



The future of outage management systems (OMS) is exciting and dynamic. Across the industry, changes are driving utilities and vendors to new levels of outage optimization. This includes new approaches to outage predictions, the use of social media, and cloud and data analytics. ...read more...

Instructor+
Terry Nielsen
Executive Vice President
GridBright
United States
Instructor
Scott Thomsen
Senior Strategic Advisor, Communications
Seattle City Light
United States
Instructor
Zac Canders
CEO
DataCapable
United States

8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 214C
Format: Utility University Course (4 or 8 hour course)

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This course is aimed at researchers and engineers interested in learning about the concepts of coupled simulation of communication network and power transmission systems, and how open-source tools for modeling and simulation of communication networks and power systems are used to ...read more...

Instructor+
Brian M. Kelley
Critical Infrastructure Research Scientist
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
United States
Instructor
Philip Top
Research Engineer
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
United States
Instructor
Steven Smith
Computer Scientist, Center for Applied Scientific Computing
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
United States

8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Room: Changed to Room 214A
Format: Utility University Course (4 or 8 hour course)

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The course will provide information electric utilities need to plan, integrate and commission systems. The course covers key terms and definitions and basic and advanced functionality of the latest advanced distribution management systems (ADMS) and outage management systems (OMS); OMS and ADMS architecture ...read more...

Instructor+
Robert (Bob) Uluski
Executive Consultant
ESTA International
United States
Instructor
Cristi Killian
Manager, Advanced Grid Ops and Planning
OGE Energy Corp
United States
Instructor
Steve Russell, P.E.
DMS Program Director
Duke Energy
United States
Instructor
Stipe Fustar
Executive Consultant
ESTA International
United States

8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Room: 209
Format: Utility University Course (4 or 8 hour course)

**Evaluate this course. **



This course provides background on standard communication protocols used for SCADA and distributed energy resource (DER) applications in the grid. The widely adopted IEC 61850 and DNP3 standards and emerging protocols IEEE 2030.5 and OpenADR are discussed. A high-level view of how the ...read more...

Instructor+
Joe Stevens
Marketing Manager
Triangle MicroWorks Inc.
United States
Instructor
Andrew West
Regional Technical Director
SUBNET Solutions Inc.
Australia
Instructor
James Mater
GM, Smart Grid
QualityLogic Inc.
United States

8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Room: 211
Format: Utility University Course (4 or 8 hour course)

**Evaluate this course. **



This course provides a comprehensive examination of electric utility supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, as well as the many adjacent technologies, techniques and industry best practices that accompany them. Key topics covered include: SCADA system benefits, building blocks and case studies; ...read more...

Instructor+
Michael Thesing
Manager of Smart Grid Engineering
Patterson & Dewar Engineers Inc.
United States
Instructor
John McDonald
Smart Grid Business Development Leader
GE Power's Grid Solutions business
United States

10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 217D
Format: Panel (Moderator + 3-4 Panelists) 1.5 hour session

**Evaluate this session. **



Utilities are exploring a range of nontraditional approaches that use multiple DER technologies and could shift the utility business paradigm. This panel discusses cutting-edge research that Xcel Energy, San Diego Gas & Electric and the Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) are doing ...read more...

Panel Moderator+
Matthew Futch
Strategy and Business Development Director
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
United States
Session Chair
Julio Romero Aguero
Vice President, Strategy & Business Innovation
Quanta Technology
United States
Session Co-Chair
Bradley R. Williams, PE
Vice President, Utility Innovation Engineering
Oracle Utilities
United States
Panelist
Alice Jackson
VP Strategic Revenue Initiatives
Xcel Energy
United States
Panelist
Colton Ching
SVP Planning and Technology
Hawaiian Electric Co.
United States
Panelist
Daniel Spaizman
Engineer I
San Diego Gas and Electric
United States
Panelist
Mike Hess, PE, LEED Fellow
Vice President, Smart and Sustainable Buildings
Panasonic
United States

10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 214A
Format: Individual Abstract Presentation (20 minutes)

**Evaluate this session. **



Technology advancements have given utilities many opportunities to upgrade and improve distribution systems operation, efficiency and reliability. The speakers in this session discuss the details of some distribution system projects. Some of the subjects covered include an innovative approach to using ...read more...

Session Chair
Reza Alaghehband, P.E.
Power System Principal Engineer
Austin Energy
United States
Session Co-Chair
Ashok Sundaram
Regional Sales Manager
Coolisys Technologies Inc.
United States

 

Speaker
Don Bowman
Don Bowman
Wake Electric Membership Corporation
United States
Co-Author
Andre Smit
Engineering Manager
Siemens Industry Inc.
United States
Speaker+
Sahar Hendabadi
Principal Project Manager
ComEd
United States
Co-Author
Farnoosh Rahmatian
President
NuGrid Power Corp
Canada

10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 217C
Format: Individual Abstract Presentation (20 minutes)

**Evaluate this session. **



From outage detection to identifying and locating faults, AMI provides a valuable data stream and tools to improve system reliability if it’s applied in effective and innovative ways. This session will feature utilities that have successfully leveraged their AMI investments to drive reliability ...read more...

Session Chair
Tim Wolf
TBP
TBP
United States
Session Co-Chair
Howard Scott
Managing Director
Cognyst Advisors
United States

 

Speaker
Thea Matlock
Sr. Distribution Operations Engineer
Oklahoma Gas and Electric
United States
Co-Author
Louie Vergara
Consulting Analyst
Accenture
United States
Co-Author
Syed Arefin
Sr. Analyst – Intelligent Grid Operations
Accenture
United States
Speaker
Mark McGranaghan
Vice President
EPRI
United States
Co-Author+
Jay Ghorbani
Lead Data Scientist
Sentient Energy
United States
Co-Author
Mark Parsons
CTO
Sentient Energy
United States
Co-Author
Surya Santoso
Professor-IEEE Fellow
The University of Texas-Austin
United States

10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 213A
Format: Individual Abstract Presentation (20 minutes)

**Evaluate this session.**



Ethernet technology is the foundation for low-latency, real-time communications within substations, between substations and beyond. This has led to the use of varying Ethernet technologies including MPLS, IEC 61850 GOOSE, PRP/HSR, VLANs, and RSTP within communication designs. The presentations in this ...read more...

Session Chair
Anthony Eshpeter
Chief Technology Officer
SUBNET Solutions Inc.
Canada
Session Co-Chair
Ron J. Farquharson
Principal Consultant
Mount Victoria Consulting Ltd.
Canada

 

Speaker
Tariq Rahman
Principal Engineer
San Diego Gas & Electric Company
United States
Co-Author+
Eric A. Udren
Executive Advisor
Quanta Technology
United States
Co-Author
James Moralez
Principal Engineer
San Diego Gas & Electric Company
United States
Co-Author
Michael Bryson
Project Engineer
SEL Engineering Services
United States
Co-Author
Solveig Ward
Executive Advisor
Quanta Technology LLC
United States
Speaker+
Craig Preuss
System Architect
Black & Veatch
United States

10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 217B

**Evaluate this session. **



In 2016, the California Public Utilities Commission approved approximately 100 MW of energy storage to be operational by early 2017 as part of the Aliso Canyon Energy Storage request. The projects demonstrate that energy storage can be deployed in less than six months ...read more...

Session Chair
Jennifer Runyon
Chief Editor, Renewable Energy World
PennWell Corporation
United States
Session Co-Chair
Linda Finley
Consultant
United States

 

Speaker+
Loic Gaillac
Senior Manager, Grid Technology & Modernization
Southern California Edison
United States
Speaker
Jorge Araiza
Senior Engineer
Southern California Edison
United States
Co-Author+
Giovanni Damato
Senior Project Manager
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
United States

10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 209

**Evaluate this session.**



A detailed and accurate electric model is critical to operating real-time systems such as OMS, DMS and SCADA. Determining what data is needed for the smart grid solutions is just the first step. Each utility must then determine if it has that data, ...read more...

Session Chair
Eric Charette, P.E.
Executive Director, Business Development Utilities
Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure
United States
Session Co-Chair
Gary Rackliffe
Vice President Smart Grids and Grid Modernization
ABB
United States

 

Speaker
Ryan Boudreau, P.Eng
Distribution General Connection Planning Manager
Hydro One Networks Inc.
Canada
Co-Author+
Alex Bettencourt
Managing Director
Hydro One
Canada
Speaker
David Patterson
Sr. Engineer/Dist. Grid Engineer
Xcel Energy
United States
Co-Author
Joseph LaCasse
Manager, Distribution Grid Management
Xcel Energy
United States
Co-Author
Tim Taylor
North America Lead - Distribution Operations and Automation
Accenture
United States

10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 208
Format: Individual Abstract Presentation (20 minutes)

**Evaluate this session. **



Managing a communications network with multiple communication technologies and a variety of distinct endpoints that service different purposes can be complex. Navigating this complexity is an important step in realizing the most value from a single network. This session includes findings from EPRI ...read more...

Session Chair
Vicki Trees
Marketing Director
Landis+Gyr
United States
Session Co-Chair
Jason Handley
Director, Smart Grid Emerging Technology and Operations
Duke Energy
United States

 

Speaker+
Scott Sternfeld
Managing Director for Engineering & Technology
ecubed us LLC
United States
Co-Author
Kevin Huff
Manager, Telecom Systems Operations
Salt River Project
United States
Speaker+
Daniel Belmont
Director, Energy and Utilities Telecommunications
West Monroe Partners
United States

10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 214D
Format: Individual Abstract Presentation (20 minutes)

**Evaluate this session. **



This session explores questions around microgrid business models and financial issues. Speakers look at reconciling financial and engineering concerns, then move into a discussion of microgrids’ role in deferring utility capital expenditures. They wrap up with a summary of key takeaways from an ...read more...

Session Chair
Bob Fesmire
Strategic Communications Mgr.
ABB
United States
Session Co-Chair
Tom Friedman
Managing Partner
AlignResults Consulting LLC
United States

 

Speaker
Frank R. Goodman, Jr.
Team Lead
San Diego Gas and Electric Co.
United States
Co-Author
Christopher Hayes, P.Eng
Vice President
CEATI International
Canada
Co-Author
Ken Horne
Director
Navigant Consulting Inc.
United States
Co-Author
Sam Crawford, PhD
Senior Consultant
Navigant
United States
Speaker+
Steven Pullins
Vice President
Dynamic Energy Networks
United States
Co-Author
Brian Levite
Microgrid Application Director
S&C Electric
United States
Speaker
Jonathan Nickerson
Lead Project Manager
National Grid
United States
Co-Author+
Bahman Daryanian
Director, Smart Power and Power Economics
GE Power
United States
Co-Author
Lavelle Freeman
Manager, Transmission and Distribution
GE Power
United States

10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 210A
Format: Individual Abstract Presentation (20 minutes)

**Evaluate this session. **



Challenges and opportunities are available for today’s modern utility when it comes to setting a successful mobile device strategy. Consumer grade devices, peripherals, bring-your-own device (BYOD) trends, security, utilization, implementation and adoption all play a part and must be considered. Speakers in this ...read more...

Session Chair
Scott Rogers
Senior Vice President, Technology Integration
Environmental Consultants
United States
Session Co-Chair
Rebecca Kelly
Director of Marketing
Skipping Stone LLC
United States

 

Speaker
Van Pham
IT Manager, Mobile Workforce Management
Exelon
United States
Co-Author+
Kevin Flynn
Senior Vice President, Energy
Olenick & Associates
United States
Speaker
Robert Ashenbrenner
President
Durable Mobility Technologies LLC
United States
Co-Author
John Graff
Vice President of Marketing
Xplore Technologies
United States

10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 210B
Format: Panel (Moderator + 3-4 Panelists) 1.5 hour session

**Evaluate this session. **



The electric power industry is entering a new world of intelligent digital asset modeling and design, which promises wide-ranging improvements to safety, design efficiency, constructability and operations. By informing and optimizing workflows from concept to design to project execution and subsequent operations ...read more...

Panel Moderator+
Peter Manos
Utility Industry Analyst
Peter Manos LLC
United States
Session Chair
Francisco Sarmento
Lead Business and Technical Consultant
Duke Energy
United States
Panelist
Chris Wilson
Substation Design Manager
Beta Engineering
United States
Panelist
John D. Thomas
Team Leader, Substation Design
Southern Company
United States
Panelist
Mark Nealon
Director
Ameren Missouri
United States
Panelist
Matthew Bauer
Senior Civil Engineer
Burns & McDonnell
United States

10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 214B
Format: Individual Abstract Presentation (20 minutes)

**Evaluate this session. **



Many utilities are making efforts to modernize the grid to encourage the growth and integration of solar energy and facilitate customers’ technology choices. The speakers in this session will share experiences and ideas on how load forecasting is enhanced on distribution ...read more...

Session Chair
Greg Robinson
Managing Director
Xtensible Solutions
United States
Session Co-Chair
Sharelynn Moore
Vice President, Global Communications & Public Affairs
Itron Inc.
United States

 

Speaker+
Sameer Kalra
Grid Modernization Strategy & Planning
Pacific Gas & Electric
United States
Speaker+
Araya Gebeyehu
Supervising Engineer
Southern California Edison
United States
Co-Author
Anthony James
Data Scientist/Senior Engineer
Southern California Edison - Integrated Innovation & Modernization
United States
Speaker
Josh McIlvoy
DER Development & Operations Manager
Entergy
United States
Co-Author
Cat Wong
Manager, Customer Product Engineering
Entergy Services, Inc.
United States

10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 212AB
Format: Individual Abstract Presentation (20 minutes)

**Evaluate this session. **



Getting ahead of problems is crucial for electric utilities. If they wait too long to maintain their assets and their costs, customers will be impacted. Likewise, failing to analyze utility operations can lead to costly inefficiencies. This session will cover some unique approaches ...read more...

Session Chair
Craig Naha
Director, Consulting Services
CGI
United States
Session Co-Chair
Tim Epp
Senior Manager, Work and Asset Management
Snohomish County PUD
United States

 

Speaker
Bill Bennett
Director Distribution Operations
Hydro Ottawa
Canada
Co-Author
Refat Atef Ghunem
Research Officer
National Research Council Canada
Canada
Speaker+
Mario Tremblay
Researcher
Hydro-Quebec Research Institute - IREQ
Canada
Co-Author
Jean-Philippe Moreau
Director, Consulting Services
CGI
United States
Co-Author
Troy Martin
Director of BC Projects - Generation, Transmission & Distribution
CIMA+
Canada

10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 211

**Evaluate this session. **



This session will focus on the value cities and utilities are extracting from smart city/Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure. Speakers representing Eversource, ComEd and the City of Chula Vista discuss how they justified the initiatives and the ...read more...

Session Chair
Edward Kobeszka
Midwest Solutions Director
Advanced Control Systems
United States
Session Co-Chair
Koustuv Ghoshal
Managing Director - Energy & Utilities Practice
Ericsson Inc.
United States

 

Speaker+
Robert Sarfi
Partner
Boreas Group LLC
United States
Co-Author
John Simmins, Ph.D.
Technical Executive
ICT/Electric Power Research Institute
United States
Co-Author
Leo Gemoets
Professor
University of Texas El Paso
United States
Co-Author
Thomas Mitchell
Manager, GIS
Public Service of New Hampshire
United States
Speaker
Sandor Williams
ComEd
United States
Co-Author+
Patrick Graves
Manager, Smart Grid Programs
ComEd
United States
Speaker
Dennis Gakunga
Chief Sustainability Officer
City of Chula Vista, California
United States
Co-Author+
Jennifer James
Market Director
Black & Veatch Corporation
United States

10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 214C
Format: Panel (Moderator + 3-4 Panelists) 1.5 hour session

**Evaluate this session. **



Developing a modernized, flexible and integrated grid capable of orchestrating two-way power flow takes not only technology planning and IT integration but also business planning and proper policy. In this panel discussion, three senior utility executives share how they are approaching ...read more...

Panel Moderator+
Sharon S. Allan
Chief Innovation Officer
SEPA
United States
Session Chair
Rod Litke
CEO
CS Week
United States
Panelist
Michael Britt
Vice President, Energy Innovation Center
Southern Company
United States
Panelist
Raiford Smith
Vice President
ENTERGY
United States
Panelist
Stuart Nachmias
Vice President, Energy Policy & Regulatory Affairs
Con Edison
United States

10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 213B
Format: Individual Abstract Presentation (20 minutes)

**Evaluate this session. **



Utilities are constantly working to protect themselves from cyberattacks by reacting to threats. But, maybe they should do more. What about getting proactive by getting into the mind of the attacker? The presenters in this session probe the heart of darkness and show ...read more...

Session Chair
Rod Walton
Senior Editor, POWERGRID International and Electric Light & Power Executive Digest
PennWell Corp.
United States
Session Co-Chair
Richard Corrigan
Information Security Principal
San Diego Gas and Electric
United States

 

Speaker
Michael Meason
Manager of Technical Services
Western Farmers Electric Cooperative
United States
Co-Author
Mike Prescher, CISSP, CISA, CISM
Network/Security Architect
Black & Veatch
United States
Speaker+
Andrew Ginter
VP Industrial Security
Waterfall Security Solutions Ltd.
Canada

8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Room: 217D
Format: Individual Abstract Presentation (20 minutes)

**Evaluate this session.**



This session highlights advanced applications three utilities use to support large scale integration of intermittent renewable DERs into the distribution grid. A speaker from PG&E discusses the utility’s residential smart inverters “Grid of Things Feeder” pilot. A National Grid representative discusses its ...read more...

Session Chair
Bradley R. Williams, PE
Vice President, Utility Innovation Engineering
Oracle Utilities
United States
Session Co-Chair
Babak Enayati
Lead RD&D Engineer
National Grid
United States

 

Speaker+
Morgan Metcalf
Product Manager
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
United States
Speaker+
Samer Arafa
Lead Engineer
National Grid
United States
Co-Author
Justin Woodard
Principal Engineer
National Grid
United States
Speaker
Erik Ellis
Manager, Technology Assessment and Integration
Arizona Public Service
United States
Co-Author+
Farel Becker, III
Product Manager
Siemens Industry
United States

8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Room: 217C
Format: Individual Abstract Presentation (20 minutes)

**Evaluate this session.**



Successful AMI implementation allows utilities to leverage information derived from the collective meter data to better plan and engineer the distribution network. The speakers in this session will explain how years of historical, as well as current data is retrieved and analyzed, making ...read more...

Session Chair
Michael Danziger
Managing Director
Deloitte Consulting LLP
United States
Session Co-Chair
Jim Ketchledge
CEO
Excergy Corp.
United States

 

Speaker
Mark Carpenter
Senior Vice President, T&D Operations
Oncor Electric Delivery
United States
Co-Author
Tim Weidenbach
SVP Customer Operations
Landis+Gyr
United States
Speaker
Derl Rhoades
AMI Management Systems Manager
Alabama Power Co.
United States
Co-Author+
Jared Gregory
Product Marketing Manager- Electric Solutions
Sensus
United States

8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Room: 213B
Format: Individual Abstract Presentation (20 minutes)

**Evaluate this session.**



Even though many utilities’ assets don’t have to be NERC compliant, some utilities are applying NERC CIP and other best practices to assets across their IT and OT environments. This session explores the areas in which utilities are taking advantage of their NERC ...read more...

Session Chair
Richard Rosenstiel
IT Director
Exelon Corp.
United States
Session Co-Chair
Richard Corrigan
Information Security Principal
San Diego Gas and Electric
United States

 

Speaker
Shobhan Kapuganti
Manager, Applications Support – IT/OT Systems
PSE&G
United States
Co-Author
Rob Koziy
Director, Compliance & Cyber Security
Open Systems International Inc.
United States
Speaker+
Scott Coleman
Director of Product Management & Marketing
Owl Cyber Defense
United States

8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Room: 214B
Format: Individual Abstract Presentation (20 minutes)

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The speakers in this session explore how leading utilities are tackling technology theory and practice to achieve greater results in utility data analytics. Topics covered include: the aggregation of data across data silos to create greater operational value and impact; a ...read more...

Session Chair
Josh Wepman
Vice President, Solution Development
Leidos
United States
Session Co-Chair
Michael Brown
Manager, DSM Services
NV Energy
United States

 

Speaker
Raiford Smith
Vice President
ENTERGY
United States
Co-Author
Matthew Croucher
Director, Enterprise Analytics
Entergy
United States
Speaker
Tariq Rahman
Principal Engineer
San Diego Gas & Electric Company
United States
Co-Author
Daniel Brancaccio
Principal Consultant
BRIDGE Energy Group
United States
Speaker+
Ted Zalucki
Director of Western Operations
METSCO
Canada
Co-Author
Robert Otal
Director of Asset Management & Analytics
METSCO Energy Solutions
Canada

8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Room: 217B
Format: Panel (Moderator + 3-4 Panelists) 1.5 hour session

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Distributed energy resources (DER) and the ways in which they can generate, manage and store energy in front of and behind the meter are transformative forces. Couple this with intelligent digital technologies and opportunities exist for energy providers to improve grid ...read more...

Panel Moderator+
Paul Feldman
Board Director and Industry Advisor
Opus One Board, EnergySec Board, Indeco Board, Exacter Advisor, Claroty Advisor
United States
Session Chair
Johan Enslin, FIEEE, FSAIEE, PrENG
Executive Director, Energy Systems Program and Duke Energy Endowed Chair in Smart Grid Technology
Clemson University
United States
Panelist
Carlos Nouel
Vice President, New Energy Solutions
National Grid
United States
Panelist
Joshua Wong
President and CEO
Opus One Solutions
Canada
Panelist
Larry Bekkedahl
Vice President, Transmission & Distribution
Portland General Electric
United States
Panelist
Steve Wemple
Director, Utility of the Future
ConEdison
United States

8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Room: 209

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Many utilities are involved in grid modernization projects aimed at improving operations and reliability. The speakers in this session represent three utilities undertaking such projects. Their presentations include project overviews for improving grid reliability by analyzing data from distribution devices, automating the workflow ...read more...

Session Chair
Gary Rackliffe
Vice President Smart Grids and Grid Modernization
ABB
United States
Session Co-Chair
Eric Charette, P.E.
Executive Director, Business Development Utilities
Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure
United States

 

Speaker
Ricky Orum
Distribution Control Director
CenterPoint Energy
United States
Co-Author
Ali Reza Mehr
Control Systems Architect
CenterPoint Energy
United States
Co-Author
Richard Morton
Distribution Control Operations Manager
CenterPoint Energy
United States
Co-Author
Richard Zhou
Staff Programmer Analyst
CenterPoint Energy
United States
Speaker
Ryan Bercegeay
Manager, Grid Modernization
Entergy
United States

8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Room: 210B

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Speakers in this session explain how Duquesne leveraged LiDAR data and high-resolution imagery to build an accurate electric distribution network model. Attendees will hear how utilities are using high resolution satellite imagery to support vegetation management, sometimes in remote rural areas. Finally, presenters ...read more...

Session Chair
Francisco Sarmento
Lead Business and Technical Consultant
Duke Energy
United States
Session Co-Chair
Gary Wong
Principal, Global Water Industry
OSIsoft LLC
United States

 

Speaker
James Karcher
Manager of Operation Technology Projects
Duquesne Light Company
United States
Co-Author+
Jordan Kincaid
Sales Executive
GeoDigital
United States
Co-Author
Mark Baustert
Lead Consultant
Utilicast
United States