20-25 May 2022
DISTRIBUTECH 2022

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UU 102: Understanding Storage for Distribution Grids and Behind-the-Meter
To register for this course, click here! The hype around storage is only matched by the need for storage as the grid transforms.  This course will provide the following information: Fact based comparison between the different types of storage available An understanding of the characteristics of storage  11 different types of standard batteries,   7 different kinds of flow batteries, and   24 different types of non-battery storage (e.g., hydrogen, ammonia, small pumped hydro, etc.).   Safety, capital cost, O&M cost, facility life, storage life, ramp rates, charge time, round trip efficiency, etc.  Discussion of uses cases, duration and value   Regulations and compliance standards for storage including an introduction to NFPA855 An understanding of which questions to ask storage vendors. Who should attend this course?   Energy industry professionals who want have basic knowledge about energy storage in order to help identify which type of storage will meet their needs.   This course is designed to be jargon-free and provide a basic understanding of storage in layman’s terms. It is useful for all levels from final decision makers to line engineers.  
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UU 208: Utility Project Management – Methods for Success
To register for this course, click here! 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 our industry in general where as many as 80% of projects fail to meet their technical, cost, or schedule objectives. For projects which have achieved success, strong project management has proven to be the essential ingredient. The documented benefits of good project management are myriad, but the effects are easy to see: projects which deliver to their goals despite the inevitable hurdles present in any large-scale endeavor.  Describe the specific knowledge, skills and/or capabilities that attendees should acquire through this course.    This course distills lessons learned and best practices from successful projects into an understandable guide and roadmap for those either about to embark, or currently managing a project. Students will be taken through the planning process, from the very first planning steps through the project closeout and operational transition, and how to position the organization for even greater benefit in the future. Specific guidelines, approaches, and techniques to avoid issues and maximize benefits, with examples and case studies tools will be taught. By the end of the course, the student will have gained the knowledge and key lessons learned to manage successfully based on multiple utility implementations.  Who should attend this course? All utility personnel involved in utility projects, from executive sponsors and project management to utility operational personnel, will benefit from the complete understanding of project resource needs, business impacts, customer benefits/impacts, and technology.  Prerequisite skills, knowledge, certifications  A college education and familiarity with utility operations is helpful.
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UU 203: Approach for Migrating the Evolution from a Smarter Utility to a Digital Utility
To register for this course, click here! Course purpose: The course will show attendees examples of how utilities are evolving their grid modernization investments while migrating from Smart Grid 1.0 to Smart Grid 2.0 and into the Digital Utility 3.0 level.  This course lays out a transformation path regardless of the starting point.  What many utilities have found over the last few years, even with the best vendors selected and very good intentions of maximizing the benefits identified in the business cases, is that often after a few years something was missing holding them back from getting all the value from their investments. The following items will be covered: Key Trends for Future Technology Considerations: i) Overall utility technology trends,  ii) Current state of grid modernization taking place, iii) Communications infrastructure future, and iiii) Utility of the future - what does it look like. Learn from the Past: Review of 2001-2021 Smart Grid investment shortfalls that existed even at progressive utilities, which typically were keeping them from maximizing their investment. Approaches for Developing the Digital Utility Roadmap: Establishing digital utility and technology investments in the overall Strategic Plan Migration from current automation to next-generation investments: 1) Nextgen AMI, 2) SCADA to ADMS, 3) Communicating with DER endpoints, 4) Work Management to Asset Management, 5) Next Gen. Mobile Workforce optimization Electric Infrastructure Foundations Next-Generation Communications Infrastructure Managing DER and Behind-the-Meter (BTM) Programs  New Customer Offerings (products/services) Maximizing Analytics Staffing trends needed for the digital utility. Approaches for Justifying and Getting Approval for digital utility investments Describe the specific knowledge, skills, and/or capabilities that attendees should acquire through this course.  Insights on separating “industry hype from reality.” An understanding of the differences in the business case output from foundational investments i.e., GIS, MDM, FAN, etc.) to applications-specific investments AMI, DA, DER communications. Approaches to a gradual smart migration to next-generation AMI to the Field Area Network to BTM communications. The methodology for creating a digital utility roadmap. The methodology for maximizing organizational change management. New approaches for growing new types of revenue outside of traditional regulated kWh or Therms driven consumption. Who should attend this course?  Utility and vendor executives tasked with creating a digital utility plan. Utility executives to project managers from IT tasked with building the future digital infrastructure. Experienced engineers that oversee SCADA, ADMS, DA, AMI, and new DER programs that are now tasked with replacing their legacy communications infrastructure with the next generation communications Vendors are creating new product lines to address the digital utility needs of the future. Prerequisite skills, knowledge, certifications: None
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UU 201: SCADA: The Platform for All Automation: Part 1, Fundamentals
To register for this course, click here! This course provides an examination of the fundamentals of electric utility supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems with a focus on case studies, industry best practices, and application of the concepts. Key topics to be covered include:  SCADA system benefits, building blocks, and system integration  The business case for SCADA  Delivering reliability outcomes through digital technologies  Introduction to and comparison of communication technologies and protocols  The use of SCADA in emerging applications  Describe the specific knowledge, skills and/or capabilities that attendees should acquire through this course.  A student new to SCADA will leave with a thorough understanding of why these systems are so important to reliable grid operation as well as what other technologies and considerations accompany an actual deployment. A critical component of this class is the opportunity to ask questions of the presenters and share experiences/issues with follow classmates. The presenters have over 60 years combined experience in this area so the talk will include many “real world” equipment and project examples (utility case studies) to go along with the technology narrative.  Who should attend this course?  Engineers and managers responsible for planning and cost justifying SCADA, communications, and smart grid  Engineers responsible for designing and implementing a SCADA, communications, or smart grid project, or contributing to its design and implementation  Nontechnical professionals who wish to get an introduction to SCADA and smart grid  technologies  Operators and technicians working with SCADA, communications or smart grid  systems  Project Managers  Engineers and sales personnel working for suppliers and integrators of hardware and software products used in SCADA, communications or smart grid  and related fields  Prerequisite skills, knowledge, certifications  No prior knowledge of SCADA or certifications required 
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UU 207: Using the Common Information Model for Distribution Grid Model Data Management
To register for this course, click here! This course will provide an overview of the use of the Common Information Model (CIM) for organizing grid model data,  focusing on the use of CIM data constructs to enable effective network model data management solutions inside the utility enterprise. The course will cover a variety of topics related to leveraging the CIM to improve utility management of grid model data, including: The distribution network model management challenge Organizing utility grid model data management using a business function approach Grid Model Manager tool functional requirements CIM data constructs for the modeling of power system data CIM data constructs for the management of power system data CIM-related IEC Standards overview Areas of current CIM activity relevant to distribution grid model management The course is suited to technical and manager-level utility personnel working in the operations, planning, or GIS areas as well as those working in IT roles supporting those areas. It will provide information useful to utility personnel in: designing local solutions for managing network model data from its source in engineering and facilities tools to its ultimate use in planning, protection, and operations network analysis tools specifying CIM-standard interfaces in tool procurements specifying requirements for tools expected to perform the grid model management function It is also suited to vendor personnel who are developers or product managers for tools that are used to supply, consume, or manage grid model data (including GIS, engineering design tools, and network analysis software such as planning/protection tools and OMS, DMS or ADMS). The course will provide information vendor personnel would find useful in: understanding the enterprise-wide requirements of distribution utilities related to grid model management designing CIM-aligned tool interfaces that enable effective utility model management solutions understanding the functional requirements of tools intended to deliver grid model management capability Attendees familiar with the use, creation, or management of grid model data at utilities will gain maximum benefit from this course.  
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UU 205: IEEE 1547-2018 Interoperability: Accelerating DER Integration
To register for this course, click here! The purpose of this course is to educate utility, regulator, and vendor decision-makers and implementers on the new IEEE 1547.1 Interoperability requirements (section 10 in IEEE 1547-2018); help the audience understand what is/is not included in certified UL 1741 SB products vis-à-vis interoperability; provide guidance on the implications of the new Interoperability requirement for utilities, regulators and vendors; and to suggest strategies for leveraging the game-changing inverter technology.      This course describes the fundamental challenges in integrating inverter-based DERs into grid operations and the significant changes being implemented by inverter vendors to enable more scalable interoperability between all systems in the Grid-DER management infrastructure.    The course is aimed at those decision-makers and implementers working on short-term and long-term strategic plans for scaling DER integration into grid operations.  The understanding and adoption of standard communications protocols for inverter-based communications are critical to success.  Who should attend this course? The course is aimed at senior executives, product managers, engineers, software developers, system architects, and IT professionals who are planning to (or in the process of) design, integrate, or maintain a scalable DER communications infrastructure using standard communication protocols.   Attendees should have a working knowledge of DER products and capabilities as defined by IEEE 1547-2018.   Experience with DER interconnection requirements and management of DERs would be beneficial but not required.  Experience in the field is probably more important as a pre-requisite than specific degrees or certifications. 
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UU 202: Outage Management Fundamentals
To register for this course, click here! The purpose of this course is to educate students on:  The role of Outage Management Systems (OMS) at utilities  The core OMS modules and functions   The role of GIS models in OMS  How Emergency Management practices are being embraced and used by utilities  How customer communications are evolving related to outages Describe the specific knowledge, skills and/or capabilities that attendees should acquire through this course.    Learn about:  Outage Management System Modules and Capabilities  Outage communications   ADMS and OMS operations business processes and trends  Maintaining OMS models  Seattle City Light’s OMS (a case study) Use of OMS at CenterPoint Energy and one other utility in both blue sky days and during storms  Overview of the future directions of OMS   Who should attend this course?    New OMS (and ADMS) end-users  OMS administrators  Control Center Managers  Customer Service managers  People involved in the procurement of a new or replacement OMS or ADMS.  Prerequisite skills, knowledge, certifications  A limited and/or minimal understanding of electric utility practices  No IT, OMS or emergency management experience needed 
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UU 204: DNP3 Overview: Keeping Current
To register for this course, click here! In this course the Chair of the IEEE DNP Technical Committee will explain the philosophy (and terminology) underpinning IEEE Standard 1815 (DNP3); explain its structural components and clarify a number of areas that people sometimes find difficult to grasp. Some lesser-known features of DNP3 and current developments will also be discussed. The course is structured to encourage attendees to question or discuss any aspect of DNP3 or SCADA systems that interest them, without being restricted to the course’s topic areas.  Topics:  DNP3 Philosophy & Terminology Addressing Data Models, Data Types & Structures Data Collection & Control Mechanisms DNP3 Classes DNP3 Subset Levels Less well-known features: Engineering Cybersecurity Mapping to IEC 61850 DER applications Conformance Testing Prerequisites:  Attendees should have familiarity with SCADA systems, but are not required to have detailed knowledge of DNP3. Target Audience:  Engineers and technicians responsible for design, specification, configuration, installation and fault-finding of SCADA equipment that uses DNP3 for transmission of SCADA data. 
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UU 101: ADMS Solutions for Modern Distribution Systems
To register for this course, click here! Course purpose This course will provide information electric utilities need to plan, integrate, and commission an advanced distribution management system (ADMS) that includes functions for electrical optimization, outage management, DER Management, and other advanced applications. Describe the specific knowledge, skills and/or capabilities that attendees should acquire through this course.  System integration guidelines and challenges Current vendor offerings Implementation strategy Lessons learned by at least two leading utilities who have recent ADMS implementation experience Who should attend this course Electric utility operators, engineers and managers involved in the operation, design and optimization of electric distribution systems Representatives of electric distribution companies that are implementing or planning to implement ADMS functionality Information technology and business process personnel responsible for system integration and transitioning to modern distribution control centers Financial personnel interested in the business case for deploying ADMS Prerequisite skills, knowledge, certifications Knowledge of electric distribution operations Business processes for managing customer outages General knowledge of communication media for remote monitoring and control of electric power apparatus
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UU 305: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Utilities
To register for this course, click here! To discuss the rapidly changing demographics of the current and incoming workforce, and how this relates directly to achieving goals of gender and LGBTQIA+ based diversity and inclusion (D&I). To explain the basic principles of showing respect, equity, fairness, and inclusion towards employees, vendors, clients, and all persons worldwide - regardless of the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender, and gender identity. To demonstrate via an example how building this positive goals-oriented respectful culture will empower all your employees to be their very best. Throughout the session, attendees participate in role-playing using real-life examples to help us recognize our own unconscious bias and how it impacts the organization. These examples will help us consider “How that situation made us feel?,” what you thought about while the situation was happening,” and what did you learn about yourself and others?” We will talk about microaggression and macroaggression and their impact on the work environment. You will gain best practices to remove misconceptions and stereotypes and engage in dialogue that will be the catalyst for change. The presenter will provide practical tips that help you manage situations positively and productively. Describe the specific knowledge, skills, and /or capabilities that attendees should acquire through this course. Learning specific action plans for engaging management and employees as a team to create an inclusive workspace, as well as communicating your commitment to such both internally and externally. Successful strategies for crafting or changing Human Resources guidelines, updating management and employee training materials, and having meaningful enforcement of these policies – including ensuring that employee benefits programs are inclusive and fair. How to encourage D&I in employee recruitment, hiring, advancement, and retention. The role of Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and community participation, and how to develop workable and sustainable programs. Addressing sub-contractor, supplier, and vendor diversity concerns. Developing and tracking internal and external compliance metrics for success. Being aware of continuing “change as usual.” Who should attend this course? Supervisors and managers at all levels, customer-facing professionals, human resources and talent development personnel, corporate training, and education staff, etc. especially those who work with others from various countries and cultures from around the world? This topic is highly applicable to the STEM fields where a significant gender-based division exists that has been traditionally weighted heavily towards one side. Prerequisite skills and knowledge: Nothing specifically required.
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UU 306: The Role of Grid Forming Inverters in Inverter Dominated Power Systems
To register for this course, click here! As the power system is moving toward an inverter-dominated system, this course is intended to inform the audience on the need for grid-forming inverters, including the definition, use cases, and performance requirements of these inverters.  Describe the specific knowledge, skills and/or capabilities that attendees should acquire through this course.   Attendees of the course will acquire knowledge on:   System needs from inverter-based resources in an inverter-dominated system  The definition of a grid-forming inverter and how it differs from a grid-following inverter  Grid-forming control methods and their high-level operation principles  Use cases for grid-forming inverters in the distribution and transmission grid  Performance requirements of grid-forming inverters in utility-scale microgrids    Who should attend this course?    Engineers and consultants working in the areas of  Transmission planning and operations  Distribution planning and operations  Microgrid design and operation  Owners of inverter-based generation resources  Inverter vendors    Prerequisite skills, knowledge, certifications  Basic understanding of power system operation and grid support from inverter-based resources 
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UU 302: The Future of Outage Management Systems
To register for this course, click here! The purpose of this course is to educate students on:  Outage Optimization and Digital Strategies for OMS  Advanced ADMS/OMS Data Exchanges   Visibility of Network Models Outside of the Control Center  Advanced Outage Analytics  OMS Product Roadmaps  Using Fault Data and AMI Data to Improve Outage Predictions  Describe the specific knowledge, skills and/or capabilities that attendees should acquire through this course.    Learn about:  Digital Communications Strategies   Outage Data Exchanges, Standards and Protocols   Network Model Visibility  Maintaining OMS models  Advanced Outage Analytics  Future Directions of OMS Products  Fault Data and AMI Data Integration  Emergency Preparedness and Emergency Management   Who should attend this course?    Experienced OMS (and ADMS) end-users  OMS administrators  Control Center Managers  Customer Service managers  People involved in the procurement of a new or replacement OMS or ADMS  Emergency Preparedness Managers  Prerequisite skills, knowledge, certifications  Some exposure to electric utility practices  Basic experience withs OMS or emergency management practices and/or Outage Management Fundamentals 
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UU 301: SCADA: The Platform for All Automation: Part 2, Advanced
To register for this course, click here! This course provides an in-depth look at the systems that utilize supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) information, functionality, and secure networks for advanced applications. Key topics to be covered include:  Distribution Automation (DA) and Advanced Distribution Management Systems (ADMS)  Integration with other systems such as distributed energy resources (specifically solar PV and energy storage systems), new power electronics devices, and microgrids  The impacts of IT/OT convergence and data from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and robots  SCADA system design and best practices  Cybersecurity considerations and perspectives   Describe the specific knowledge, skills and/or capabilities that attendees should acquire through this course.    Those wishing to build on an existing background in SCADA should expect to learn how other applications utilize the data, implementation challenges, and the latest tools for securing the system against cyber threats. As with the "fundamentals” course, attendees will be encouraged to bring questions and experiences to share. The presenters will address these and facilitate discussion on how the time-tested methods of utility data acquisition and control can be married with new, more complex applications.  Who should attend this course?    Engineers and managers responsible for planning and cost justifying SCADA, communications, and smart grid Engineers responsible for designing and implementing a SCADA, communications, or smart grid project, or contributing to its design and implementation  Nontechnical professionals who wish to get an introduction to SCADA and smart grid technologies  Operators and technicians working with SCADA, communications, or smart grid systems  Project Managers  Engineers and sales personnel working for suppliers and integrators of hardware and software products used in SCADA, communications or smart grid and related fields  Prerequisite skills, knowledge, certifications  No prior knowledge of SCADA or certifications required 
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Utility University
UU 304: AMI Data Operations: Managing Real-time Sensor and IoT Data to Unlock the Next Level of Utility Operational Improvements
UU 304: AMI Data Operations: Managing Real-time Sensor and IoT Data to Unlock the Next Level of Utility Operational Improvements
To register for this course, click here! This course is focused on Data Operations in the real-time world of AMI and IoT.  This course answers these questions: What are the critical activities for monitoring and managing the real-time and near real-time data from smart meters and the plethora of IoT (Internet of Things) sensors being added to utility communications? How can you simplify the millions of data elements which flow into the utility data operations by automating the monitoring and management, filtering the noise and getting information to the systems and personnel who can utilize the information? How do you increase the utilization of the valuable data from millions of metering and sensing endpoints? What are the right systems and personnel to monitor, manage and analyze this overwhelming amount of data? AMI and IoT are moving to edge computing, how do you move data operations from a static to a dynamic view to take advantage of this? Who should attend this course and what knowledge is required? Project managers, IT managers, Operations and Analytics personnel.  Basically, any utility personnel who expect to be involved in the utilization or operation AMI and IoT with millions of real-time endpoints.  Anyone considering the implementation of AMI, MDM, MAMS and/or Enterprise Analytics and would like to understand how the solution will be operated and why consideration of operation is important at the start, rather than the end, of the project. Attendees must understand the metering and sensing requirements and data required by utility operations.
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UU 303: Grid Modernization Communications – Alternatives
To register for this course, click here! This course provides a fresh unbiased perspective on communications technologies for critical applications for both existing automation programs and for future programs as defined in your Grid Modernization Master Plan.  Most utilities already have some form of backhaul communications for SCADA, AMI, and DA.  However, the emerging grid modernization programs are being expanded by adding new applications and greatly expanding existing programs. Communicating with customer-owned DER endpoints has become a growing challenge, the communication requirements for DA and AMI backhaul are also expanding and substations are becoming communication node locations.     The latest communications breakthroughs listed below will be reviewed with case studies used to enhance the learning outcomes.  Comparisons will be made regarding: latency, reliability, spectrum required, communication protocols, ease or challenge of obtaining end-point coverage, throughput potential, power requirements, typical pricing and several other characteristics.  The architecture, vendor solutions, costs and cost justification process and value proposition will be covered while addressing the following:  Private LTE Overview Including a Private LTE Case Study  Private LTE as your Long-Term AMI Metering Solution:    802.16s WiMAX Overview:    Licensed Broadband Spectrum Sources: 900 MHz, 700 MHz, 600 MHz, 220 MHz  Review the Narrowband Communication Alternatives:   AMI as a Backhaul for the Field Area Network Programs:    Communications Beyond the Meter  Fiber Optics as part of the WAN:  Commercial cellular Specific knowledge, skills and/or capabilities that attendees will acquire: Learn about private LTE and 802.16s and the use of licensed spectrum for your Field Area Network applications.   Discover new opportunities to commercialize communication assets.  Learn about new applications that are now requiring communications – C&I DER, home automation Behind-the-meter (BTM), private drone communications, expanded DA program, others.   The ability to separate technology hype with great future promise versus technologies that are ready for a 2022 deployment. Who should attend this course?    This course is targeted for a variety of skill sets and experience levels including the following:   Senior Executives who are tasked with approving recommendations that involve millions of dollars of smart utility infrastructure can benefit by learning about the trade-offs of different communication technologies and key questions they should be asking their staffs.  Utility strategy personnel looking for new opportunities to expand a utilities revenue (either regulated or deregulated).  For experienced engineers that oversee SCADA, ADMS, DA, AMI and new DER programs that are now tasked with replacing their legacy communications infrastructure with the next generation communications.  For IT staff that that may have focused more on internal applications that are now assigned to project teams that involve the WAN and FAN for the future selection or deployment of next generation communications infrastructure.  For project managers that may not be experts with communication technologies but will be involved with procuring, deploying or managing communication infrastructure projects.  For attendees that only have time for a four-hour class and want to receive a fresh update on the state of industry for Field Communications for mission critical programs like SCADA, DA, AMI and DER backhaul. 
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UU 307: The Business Case for IEC 61850 and Cybersecurity
To register for this course, click here! As cybersecurity requirements continue to grow, utility industry vendors and suppliers are constantly challenged to keep up with the latest requirements in a cost-effective way. The purpose of this course is to familiarize attendees with the latest cybersecurity requirements, proven methods to achieve compliance, and how cost savings and enhanced business operations can be realized through the latest designs of cybersecurity infrastructures and modern communication networks. Attendees will acquire An overview of IEC 61850 and its role in efficient information-based operations in utilities going forward. Who should attend: Cyber security personnel, compliance managers, protection and control engineers/ managers; asset managers, system planners, maintenance personnel, utility IT personnel, operations personnel   Prerequisite skills and knowledge: Utility operation and communication fundamentals.
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A Morning with Rick Perry
With the backdrop of 14 years as governor of the nation’s second-largest state and a lifetime of public service, former Texas Governor Rick Perry shares with audiences his thoughts on current events and conveys what he’s learned from his extensive executive and legislative experiences with examples he faced as governor of the Lone Star State.

This keynote session sets the stage and kicks off three exciting days of education and networking at DISTRIBUTECH International®. Day one will open with a keynote address by Jim Greer, Executive Vice President and COO of Oncor; Tom Deitrich, President and Chief Executive Officer to Itron; Braden Cammauf, Head of FPT Industrial Brand Nafta; and Rick Perry, Former U.S. Secretary of Energy and Governor of Texas.
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Knowledge Hub
How Digitalization and Sustainability Are Critically Linked
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query_builder 10:00am - 11:00am
place 3043, Exhibit Floor
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How Digitalization and Sustainability Are Critically Linked
Distributed generation and automated transactions are rapidly changing how we produce and consume electricity and offer alternative ways to deliver reliable and secure power, generated from various sources. This is driving new use cases for battery energy storage and microgrids―from remote regions not connected to the main grid and facing extreme conditions to urban areas with critical power reliability needs to locales and operators seeking to better manage EV charging.

At the same time, many digitalization efforts in energy are rooted by the adoption of renewable resources, as we actively try to decarbonize. This also drives increased complexity. Renewable resources are variable by nature and the grid needs new inertia and stability services to use the low-cost energy they provide. In the grid of tomorrow, data streams and an approach like AI can help us decide which actions to take. E-mobility infrastructure also requires advanced digitalization technologies to control, optimize and coordinate the vehicle charging process, including integration with battery energy storage systems and local Distributed Energy Resources (DERs).
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VOS Systems Pitch
Initiate is the hub at DISTRIBUTECH to hear about new technology, innovation, and up and coming talent in the energy sector. There will be 25 amazing startup companies pitching for a chance to win an award from Duke Energy and Clarion Energy Events. Stop by booth #3755 on the POWERGEN side to hear pitches and content centered around energy innovation.
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Conference
Next Generation Security for Your OT and DER System
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query_builder 10:30am - 12:00pm
place C143, First Level
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mic English
Next Generation Security for Your OT and DER System
Our industry continues to work diligently to address cyber vulnerabilities for both the IT and OT infrastructures. However, securing OT and especially DER infrastructures brings unique challenges. Example challenges include securing serial links, managing security keys, addressing practical field installation/commissioning and minimizing attack vectors from unauthorized employees and sophisticated actors. In response, a respected utility, the DNP-UG, EPRI, the IEEE, and the IEC have collaborated to develop next generation security protocols that provide capabilities and benefits not found elsewhere inside or outside the electric power industry. The resulting work will be included in new and updated IEEE standards. This panel will provide an update on: SRP’s actions to improve operational cybersecurity. The next generation security layer (SAv6) enhancements including: A separate layer to enable securing of other protocols, Configurable encryption, A simplified installation and commissioning security process, Other enhancements. The new Authorization Management Protocol (AMP) including: A method to authorize communications between serial and IP connected devices including masters, Role-based access control for each pair of devices, Newly defined central authority. Plans for an EPRI sponsored industry plug-fest and rollout in 2022. Guidance on implementation including integration with SCADA, other operational security systems, and IT credential management systems. Coordination with IEC standards.
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Conference
Why the Distribution System Operator Is Key to Helping Control Centers Navigate the Energy Transition
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query_builder 10:30am - 11:00am
place C144, First Level
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Why the Distribution System Operator Is Key to Helping Control Centers Navigate the Energy Transition
As utilities plan and implement grid modernization investments, DER growth has steadily risen, bringing forth both operational challenges and opportunities. While DER contests the paradigm of centralized generation and one-way power flow, they also represent the unique potential to support grid operations. To date, operational visibility and control of DER have been limited, so DER impacts, positive or negative, have been difficult to assess. But now that operational technologies like AMI, ADMS, and DERMS are making it into the hands of control room operators, the ability to actively manage and optimize DER is becoming a reality. This session will explore National Grid’s plan to introduce new roles, processes, and technologies to its distribution control centers, and how an anticipated new role is planned to use the latest OT to introduce new short-term planning capabilities to better manage and optimize DER; support DER integration, hosting capacity, renewable energy adoption, and transportation electrification; and foster innovation in the quickly evolving business and regulatory environment
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Supercharging the Grid: Preparing for a Digital-First World
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Utility companies are facing tough challenges this year due to the energy transition. From boosting clean energy to ensuring reliable and resilient services, utilities need to rethink their operational strategies to help keep pace. Companies are turning to technology to help meet these new demands. But how can utilities with complex systems take on the challenge of new technology?

Join this session to learn how your organization can navigate digital transformation. You'll learn how to gain operational efficiencies, strengthen customer relationships, and speed up your road to net-zero.
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Conference
Using Smart Meters for 100% Accurate Connectivity Modeling
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query_builder 10:30am - 11:00am
place C155, First Level
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Using Smart Meters for 100% Accurate Connectivity Modeling
GIS systems are only as good as the data fed into them. So, it goes to reason that connectivity models aren’t always as accurate as utilities would like. However, through a combination of metrology, communications, and analytics, utilities can determine the distribution phase of each meter. In this session, we’ll explore the phase-detection capabilities of smart meters and discuss real-world examples of utilities that are using Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) to keep their connectivity models accurate.
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Co-Located Event
Grid Enhancing Technologies Summit - Unlocking the Grid's Hidden Potential
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query_builder 10:30am - 5:00pm
place Ballroom A1, Second Level
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Grid Enhancing Technologies Summit - Unlocking the Grid's Hidden Potential
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The world is undertaking an energy transformation that will reshape electricity networks with renewable, clean, and resilient energy solutions. Yet, the electric grid and related transmission assets at the core of this energy transition were designed and built between 40 and 80 years ago - and much of that infrastructure is at or near the end of its useful life while being challenged to do more. Power utilities are at the center of this challenge; tasked with integrating record levels of new, renewable, energy assets while accommodating dramatically increased multidirectional power flows, and hardening the grid to prepare for increasingly severe weather events exacerbated by climate change. To meet the world’s ambitious climate goals, utilities must use innovative solutions to optimize the existing grid to help ensure a safe and expeditious transition to a de-carbonized world. Building new transmission will be necessary to ensure an energy transition, however given the timelines associated with financing, siting, permitting, and building new power lines, Grid Enhancing Technologies must also be utilized to optimize the existing grid. Summary The latest on the implementation and deployment of grid enhancing technologies Hear directly from utilities on the benefits of GETs Hear from policymakers about the latest on proposals and regulations promoting the expansion of GETs Hear from renewable energy executives on the benefits of GETs Who Should Attend: Guests will include representatives from leading utilities and RTOs/ISOs, who will share their experiences with the integration of GETs on networks.The world is undertaking an energy transformation that will reshape electricity networks with renewable, clean, and resilient energy solutions. Yet, the electric grid and related transmission assets at the core of this energy transition were designed and built between 40 and 80 years ago - and much of that infrastructure is at or near the end of its useful life while being challenged to do more. Power utilities are at the center of this challenge; tasked with integrating record levels of new, renewable, energy assets while accommodating dramatically increased multidirectional power flows, and hardening the grid to prepare for increasingly severe weather events exacerbated by climate change. To meet the world’s ambitious climate goals, utilities must use innovative solutions to optimize the existing grid to help ensure a safe and expeditious transition to a de-carbonized world. Building new transmission will be necessary to ensure an energy transition, however given the timelines associated with financing, siting, permitting, and building new power lines, Grid Enhancing Technologies must also be utilized to optimize the existing grid. Summary The latest on the implementation and deployment of grid enhancing technologies Hear directly from utilities on the benefits of GETs Hear from policymakers about the latest on proposals and regulations promoting the expansion of GETs Hear from renewable energy executives on the benefits of GETs Who Should Attend: Guests will include representatives from leading utilities and RTOs/ISOs, who will share their experiences with the integration of GETs on networks.
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How EV DC Fast Charging Infrastructure Paired with Energy Storage can Support Vehicle-Grid Integration (VGI) and Drive Electric Mobility for Fleets and Public Charging Infrastructure
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place C145, First Level
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How EV DC Fast Charging Infrastructure Paired with Energy Storage can Support Vehicle-Grid Integration (VGI) and Drive Electric Mobility for Fleets and Public Charging Infrastructure
EVs have a great potential to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and reduce emissions, while also bringing new load onto the grid. This session will cover Vehicle Grid Integration (VGI) as EVs and the smart grid quickly converge. Smart charging at home and workplaces is important to leverage customer flexibility when there are long dwell times and can help reduce, if not eliminate, additional investments needed for load growth in those sectors. However, such customer flexibility or elasticity may not be realizable for fast charging needs behind-the-fence for fleets or for public charging, especially as EV adoption increases beyond those that have access to home or workplace charging options. In addition to policy reforms to address barriers such as demand charges that can serve as an impediment to the economic viability of fast charging infrastructure, energy storage can help address VGI without impacting fleet operations or the customer experience. This presentation will draw on Electrify America’s expertise as the nation’s largest electric vehicle open DC fast charging network to discuss the roll-out of over 30 MW in behind-the-meter energy storage at over 150 of its charging locations – including supporting the grid through Virtual Power Plants (VPPs), use of energy storage as a Non-Wire Alternative (NWA) to solve for distribution capacity constraints,  as well as load management solutions for fleet customers as part of its Electrify Commercial offerings.
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Ameren’s Digital Data Platform
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place C147, First Level
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Ameren’s Digital Data Platform
In this session, learn about the Ameren digital data platform (DDP), a new solution that unlocks commonly used business data held in Ameren legacy record systems. DDP is an event streaming pipeline that makes it easier to transmit, standardize, and consume data across core Ameren systems with a very high level of performance, scalability, reliability, availability, usability, extensibility, and maintainability. DDP is designed to reduce enterprise technical debt and increase IT agility by enhancing Ameren’s ability to respond faster to changing technology demands.
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Distributed Intelligence: How Real-time Edge Computing Is a Game-Changer for Grid Modernization & Consumer Engagement
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place 1509, Exhibit Floor
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Distributed Intelligence: How Real-time Edge Computing Is a Game-Changer for Grid Modernization & Consumer Engagement
Distributed intelligence (DI) is a utility-facing innovation that reimagines the meter as an edge computing device on the utility’s IoT network, which is critical for grid modernization and consumer engagement. Distributed intelligence platforms provide unparalleled knowledge and real-time information by deploying edge intelligence in concert with traditional back-office analytic capabilities to accurately control and manage the grid and enhance customer engagement. These platforms are scalable, resilient, and secure, delivering management and control capabilities for an increasingly complex distribution grid—and, they are deployed in the field today. This panel of experts will discuss, in detail, real-world examples of how DI is modernizing the grid and enhancing consumer engagement. In terms of grid modernization, utilities are embarking on distributed intelligence by assessing residential neutral fault detection, theft detection, and high impedance detection applications that help support a solid business case, prove the value of DI, and translate into benefits. In addition to grid modernization, this panel will cover the changing dynamic between utilities and their customers; consumers’ increasing expectation to play more meaningful roles in achieving energy conservation goals as well as lower energy costs. This panel will explore what is important to customers and how utility investments equip their customers with information to realize the benefits. All the innovation needed to drive grid modernization and next-generation consumer engagement could not be possible without an open platform on which any developer can create value. The panel will include perspectives on how a comprehensive ecosystem of third-party solutions enables the broadest possible value creation for consumers and utilities alike.
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Long-term Planning for Distribution System Transformation
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place 1041, Exhibit Floor
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Long-term Planning for Distribution System Transformation
The potential of distributed energy resources (DERs) to radically transform how utilities manage their distribution systems has been recognized throughout the industry. While most utilities are just beginning to contemplate the potential ramifications associated with a more dynamic environment, Southern California Edison (SCE) has been an industry leader in its efforts to innovate new tools and planning processes that will transform its distribution grid into an agile platform suited to new technologies and customers’ evolving needs. This session will focus on SCE’s efforts to modernize long-term planning through (1) integrated load, DER, and generation forecasts, (2) multiple scenario forecasting, and (3) the integration of customer propensity models.
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Lessons Learned from a Large Distribution Automation Deployment
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place C146, First Level
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Lessons Learned from a Large Distribution Automation Deployment
Oncor Electric Delivery has committed $700M to modernizing and automating its distribution system through a 10-year deployment plan involving 5 distribution technologies. The primary goal of this deployment is to reduce average outage duration, improve service quality and empower field operations with real-time data for faster, more strategic, outage response. Since 2017, the Distribution Automation program at Oncor has been focused on deploying 3 of the 5 technologies, specifically automated and SCADA enabled mainline switches, SCADA enabled electronic reclosers and single-phase reclosing fuses. Retrofitting existing infrastructure with new technologies and maintaining it has come with its own set of challenges and opportunities, particularly the importance of integrating field operations into automation processes. The purpose of this presentation will be to share lessons learned from grid modernization, from deployment to workforce development.
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Visual AI for Condition-based Asset Management
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Visual AI for Condition-based Asset Management
Learn how the artificial intelligence that Mitsubishi Electric has developed in its state-of-the-art Power-I video analytics system takes visual and thermographic data from sensor platforms like the revolutionary Boston Dynamics SPOT robot and converts it into an actionable data pipeline.  Thermal Analysis, Analog Gauge Reading, and object identification will be covered in the session.
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Storm Response and Management Using Satellite Technology
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Storm Response and Management Using Satellite Technology
Nature’s fury regularly assaults our communities and businesses with storms and floods. Gary Huntley knows this all too well. As the now-retired VP of Utility Distribution Services in the Southeast, he knew what it meant to face disasters like Hurricanes Ida, Laura, Katrina and many more. So many more. Join us to learn what he learned about preparing for and managing these destructive events.
 
You’ll also witness AiDash revealing a major new satellite-powered system to help you forecast the impact of storms, predict outages and damage, plan resources and workforce, and even see which of your sites remain accessible. Don’t miss this important announcement.
 
Attend this session to:
  • Discover a cutting-edge solution that uses satellites and AI to revolutionize your storm response and resiliency planning and preparation.
  • Predict customer interruptions (CI), outages, and reliability impacts before an event happens.
  • Quantify the amount of mutual aid assistance you need to efficiently respond to an event.
  • Identify areas to stage resources to increase response efficiency and reduce SAIDI and SAIFI.
 
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Smart Utilities Beyond Metering
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place C154, First Level
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Smart Utilities Beyond Metering
The City of Madison, a municipal electric and water utility in South Dakota, is transforming itself into a smart utility by modernizing its meter infrastructure to an IoT-based, next-generation AMI. The solution serves as the core to support a wide range of utility use cases beyond AMI, thus enabling automation to propel the city toward building the utility of the 21st century. This presentation from the City of Madison, and its vendor partner OATI, will cover the City’s philosophy around deploying AMI, and how the solution is based upon the open standards LoRaWAN technology platform, unchaining them from proprietary technology and extending the life of existing ERT meters. 
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Leveraging Residential EVs for Grid Stability
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place 101, Exhibit Floor
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Leveraging Residential EVs for Grid Stability
California is leading the nation in electric vehicle (EV) adoption, and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is at the heart of this growing trend with about one in five of the 1.9 million EVs in the US within their service territory. Since 2019, Opinion Dynamics has been working with PG&E to identify technologies to integrate into its existing residential automated demand response (ADR) programs. During this presentation, Opinion Dynamics will discuss its research to evaluate how EVs can be used to support grid resiliency both with current grid conditions as well as future scenarios. We will explore results from research on the charging behavior of over 130,000 EV customers. Our charging behavior analysis will include over seven years of data and segments EV customers into clusters based on their usage profiles, type of EV (battery electric vehicle vs. plug-in hybrid vehicle), utility rate plan (tiered rate vs time-of-use), and charging patterns. Results from this research will inform the theoretical potential to provide demand response at scale. While specific to PG&E, the sheer size of the EV population studied will be informative for the larger market.
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Charge It! Interoperability Challenges of EV Fleet Managed Charging
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place C149, First Level
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Charge It! Interoperability Challenges of EV Fleet Managed Charging
Utility EV charging programs are quickly expanding from residential programs to commercial “workplace” programs, and to medium-/heavy-duty fleets. As manufacturers and integrators develop products for all load classes, the industry remains encumbered by a lack of conformance on communications interfaces which is hindering effective communication at all device and interface levels. This panel of experts, ranging from utility planning to standards implementation, will explore case studies to identify where interoperability is most needed to lower operational risk for utilities and ensure the functionality of grid-connected products for customers and manufacturers. Using an interoperability profile developed collaboratively by electric utilities, vendor communities, and testing providers for EV fleet charging management, panelists will explore project requirement insights that can prevent procurement errors that compromise reliability, security, and compatibility for grid operators and aggregators.10.0pt;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;
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Enterprise AI: Case Studies in Digital Transformation
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place C140, First Level
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Enterprise AI: Case Studies in Digital Transformation
How does a utility truly digitally transform? What are the challenges, keys to success, and economic benefits? How can AI and Machine Learning augment an organization? In this session, four industry-leading utilities will detail their digital transformation journeys. Each utility will bring its unique perspective on how they are leveraging new technology stacks. Learn how these innovative companies went from experiment to scale and the impacts their digital journey is having on both their business and customers. Con Edison ' Enterprise Data Analytics Platform (EDAP) Duke Energy ' Health Risk Management (HRM) ENGIE ' Engie Digital. Topics to be discussed include artificial intelligence, machine learning, cloud computing, enterprise analytics, predictive maintenance, energy management, customer engagement, and new revenue generation.
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DERMS: Harnessing the Value of DER
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DERMS: Harnessing the Value of DER
Distributed energy resources can deliver significant value to grid operators, prosumers, and customers in general. When well managed, DERs create a more resilient grid, provide grid services to enhance reliability and improve supply economics, and enable the move towards a decarbonized grid.      This session provides a broad overview of DERMS requirements and capabilities as an essential system for a modernized grid. A number of use cases and case studies will highlight applications, implementation approaches, value streams, and field experience. Roles of DERMS in contrast to ADMS will be discussed along with deployment strategies and requirements.
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AI-Driven Energy Storage and Distributive Energy Resource Management on a Secure Open Platform
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AI-Driven Energy Storage and Distributive Energy Resource Management on a Secure Open Platform
Sponsored by IBM

Net-zero and EV acceleration are already straining the ability to support vastly changing markets, customers, assets, and regulatory dynamics.  Energy Storage is quickly becoming a dominant strategy to support these changes with grid storage & non-wires alternative solutions. With the $7.5 billion allocated to EV bus systems from the recently signed infrastructure program, there is an opportunity for distributed fleet school systems to make a positive impact on grid reliability. It is estimated that the $7.5 billion can bring 20,000 school buses with 4500 MW to smooth out the duck curve impacts of renewables while improving bus battery life by 60%. However, this requires an open, secure, standards-based platform to support these energy storage management systems within the current environment and as these environments change over the next decade. This session will explain how artificial intelligence can help drive the deployment of energy storage and other distributed energy resources for a secure and reliable grid.
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Amperon Pitch
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query_builder 10:35am - 10:50am
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Amperon Pitch
Initiate is the hub at DISTRIBUTECH to hear about new technology, innovation, and up and coming talent in the energy sector. There will be 25 amazing startup companies pitching for a chance to win an award from Duke Energy and Clarion Energy Events. Stop by booth #3755 on the POWERGEN side to hear pitches and content centered around energy innovation.
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BluWave-ai Pitch
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place 3755, Exhibit Floor
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BluWave-ai Pitch
Initiate is the hub at DISTRIBUTECH to hear about new technology, innovation, and up and coming talent in the energy sector. There will be 25 amazing startup companies pitching for a chance to win an award from Duke Energy and Clarion Energy Events. Stop by booth #3755 on the POWERGEN side to hear pitches and content centered around energy innovation.
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No Regrets Investments for a DSO Future: Improving Grid Visibility with Existing Telemetry
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No Regrets Investments for a DSO Future: Improving Grid Visibility with Existing Telemetry
Managing today's distribution grid is far from simple, and it's only getting more complicated. Low-cost, distributed renewables and the growth of distributed energy resources (DERs) like smart thermostats, battery storage, and electric vehicles are forcing utilities to adapt their approaches to grid management. We need a modernized approach using proven technology to harness local flexibility, reduce costs, improve reliability, and meet the diverse needs of our communities. This is the role of the Distribution System Operator (DSO). This presentation will showcase how three public utilities, Holy Cross Energy, Kit Carson Electric Cooperative and Vermont Electric Cooperative, are transforming their communities for the future with help from technology providers like Camus Energy. Learn why grid visibility is the foundation for a DSO future and how utilities are leveraging existing telemetry and data sources to gain transformational situational awareness. Hear first-hand accounts of the obstacles encountered and the paths carved to enable highly reliable management of low-carbon, low-cost grids in Colorado, New Mexico, and Vermont. Think DSO is a term for 2030 or beyond? Let us change your mind by showing you what's already possible, using proven technology to improve outcomes for your community today and into the future.
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Fixing Grid Volatility with Energy Storage
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place 3043, Exhibit Floor
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Fixing Grid Volatility with Energy Storage
Sponsored by PolyJoule

This session offers an introduction to a new energy storage option using conductive polymer technology, from PolyJoule, an MIT-spinoff. The presentation will explain how the technology works, what applications it serves, and specifically how the company intends to fix grid volatility using this new energy storage technology.
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A T&D View of the Texas 2021 Arctic Storm and Some of the Lessons Learned
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A T&D View of the Texas 2021 Arctic Storm and Some of the Lessons Learned
In February 2021, Arctic storm Uri caused extremely low temperatures for Texas, precipitated an ice storm in portions of Texas, and caused generation outages that resulted in ERCOT shedding up to 20,000 MW of firm load for several days. While this unprecedented event resulted in tragic and horrible situations across the state, exercising the preplanned fundamental remote-controlled load shed prevented the state from going into a total blackout and enabled electric service to be maintained to hospitals and other supercritical facilities. This presentation will review the situation from a T&D perspective and will cover the various lessons learned from the event.
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Big Data Analytics for Transformer Health at Oncor
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Big Data Analytics for Transformer Health at Oncor
As the largest utility company in the state of Texas, Oncor provides power to nearly 4 million customers through more than 1 million distribution transformers. Monitoring and maintaining Oncor’s assets, including transformers, is critical to realizing system reliability and the highest quality service for our customers. Transformers can fail from damaged coils and overload degradation. When a transformer fails, a reactive replacement can take more than 4 hours, but proactive replacements often take less than 1 hour. If we can accurately predict transformer failures, then replacement labor and customer outage minutes will be reduced significantly. Oncor’s Maintenance Strategy group started to monitor transformer voltage in 2016 and several other proactive maintenance programs have been developed since then. As of May 2021, 2719 issues have been resolved using transformer health analysis. Maintenance Strategy projects have saved $2.3 million in equipment, labor, and expenses; and 3 million customer interruption minutes. Predictive analytics are able to identify voltage signatures that are precursors to failure and forecast transformer loads---especially overloads. In this presentation, we will show three applications of big data analytics to monitor transformer health. We use Spark, a unified analytics engine for big data, to analyze data collected from over 3.7 million AMS meters (Advanced Metering System) with 15-minute resolution. First, AMS voltage data are analyzed to detect pre-fault voltage signatures so that the transformers can be replaced before failure. Next, load data is analyzed to discover overloaded transformers. We will show how we rank the transformers in order to prioritize maintenance for every distribution transformer in Oncor’s system. Finally, the voltage and load data are also used to develop a regression-tree model for transformer load forecasting, which is needed for distribution planning and operation.
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Screening and Evaluating Non-wires Alternative Projects
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Screening and Evaluating Non-wires Alternative Projects
There is an increasing interest to consider non-wires alternatives (NWAs) to defer or avoid conventional distribution system upgrades. NWAs can introduce complex and time-consuming additional considerations and analytics within the distribution planning. Various types of technical and economic NWA screening criteria and methods have the potential to streamline the consideration of NWAs allowing to identify at each stage of the planning process if it is warranted to proceed considering NWAs in subsequent planning stages. This panel will discuss ongoing developments of NWA screening and evaluation practices across the U.S. Moreover, lessons learned, challenges, and gaps within the current NWA screening and evaluation practices will be discussed.
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Development of an Asset Health Framework for Transmission Lines
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place 143, Exhibit Floor
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Development of an Asset Health Framework for Transmission Lines
Over the last several years, Oncor has developed a robust internal GIS application, OTIS, that contains extensive information about Oncor's Transmission System. By aggregating this GIS information with historical circuit reliability data, Oncor plans to develop a user-friendly interface that will help prioritize maintenance and asset renewal on the Transmission Line System. This session will explain OTIS and discuss how the utility is using data to maintain a healthy and robust transmission system.  
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Building the Utility Business Capability Model
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Building the Utility Business Capability Model
A business capability is the organization of the people, processes, tools, data, and expertise, to provide a business function/service. A business capability model then is categorization by capability area of business functionality and the decomposition of those into more detailed functions/services, software applications, and technologies, and in this instance, with definitions applicable to utilities. What is surprising is that Business Capability Models are often not well understood or used in the utility industry. This presentation will share how the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) leveraged numerous expert references such as the APQC process classification framework, the Project Management Institutes project management guidance, EPRI's own Utility Data Management Framework, and several others, and then worked with internal subject matter experts and utility experts to create a generic, publicly available model. Attendees will learn about the systems used to inform this model, how input from utility experts also informed the content, and how the model was tested at the participating utilities to ensure that the capabilities described met the expectations of utility business leaders.
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An Insight into PA’s Steel City’s Real-time On-demand Meter Interrogation Tool
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An Insight into PA’s Steel City’s Real-time On-demand Meter Interrogation Tool
With any AMI system, a utility will have multiple systems/interfaces that help in retrieving and collecting the data available from Smart Meters. However, in most cases, these interfaces are designed for established high-volume “batch” processes such as billing. It is typically either too time-consuming to retrieve the data on-demand, requiring navigation across multiple systems, or not available at all for some departments/groups based on licensing, security, or other limitations. In today’s world, having the meter data at your fingertips is critical to many areas outside the traditional billing groups to provide excellent customer service or make effective operational decisions. The availability of real-time meter data to make decisions instantaneously saves time, money, and resources. One of the challenges Duquesne Light Company was experiencing was that its Call Center, Operations Center, Billing, Engineering and SMOC groups needed access to meter status information and real-time meter data (i.e. meter switch state, load side voltage, ping status, reads, customer information, etc.) but all of this data was not available from a common user interface, so end users would have to navigate across multiple systems to obtain it, which is both time-consuming and complicated. To help address these issues, DLC initiated a project to co-develop an On-Demand Meter Interrogation (ODMI) solution. The ODMI web-service tool marries customer data with meter information and presents it in a unified format to the end-user. For instance, if a customer calls with a question/problem with their meter, the customer service representative can utilize customer provided information such as phone number, name, address, and account/meter number to perform the following real-time actions: Perform a meter ping Get the meter disconnect switch status Get current voltage at the meter Detect if load side voltage is present Retrieve all current register reads This presentation will provide an overview of the ODMI project, including use cases driving the development of the ODMI application, details of the project itself, DLC groups/departments leveraging the solution, and lessons learned/next steps in the evolution of this new tool at DLC.
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The DERMS Journey – Optimizing DERs for Multiple Use Cases
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The DERMS Journey – Optimizing DERs for Multiple Use Cases
The proliferation of distributed energy resources (DERs) in the distribution system is creating an unprecedented series of opportunities and challenges for grid operators. The ability to harness the power of DERs through a distributed energy resource management system (DERMS) is critical in order to gain visibility into the location and operational characteristics of DERs with control over those assets also being key. This session will present diverse viewpoints from an investor-owned utility, a public power authority, and a co-op on the value of DERMS, how to optimize DERs for multiple use cases, where each organization is on their DERMS journey, and where they see the final destination of that journey. font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;
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IEEE 1547-2018 Interoperability: Game-changing Impact on the Modern Grid
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IEEE 1547-2018 Interoperability: Game-changing Impact on the Modern Grid
In the 2018 revision to IEEE 1547 there was a paradigm shift in the expectations for DER. IEEE 1547-2003 required that DER disconnect from the grid if grid conditions went outside of tolerance. In IEEE 1547-2018 DER are recognized as an important resource in maintaining grid stability using adjustable DER functions. The ability to adjust DER behaviors requires grid operator interactions with the DER and therefore communications capabilities, so the standard defines both functional and communications requirements. One of the biggest changes to the IEEE 1547-2018 standard was the addition of the interoperability section which defines the communications requirements. For utilities planning to leverage a growing fleet of DER resources, IEEE-1547-2018 interoperability can have a major impact. This presentation will summarize and simplify the new IEEE 1547-2018 Interoperability requirement by focusing on common questions from industry.
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How to Overcome Data Challenges to Fully Realize Connected Transportation
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How to Overcome Data Challenges to Fully Realize Connected Transportation
In this session, an expert panel will explore a vision of Smart City transportation that includes connected traffic signals and vehicles interacting with each other. They will also dive into real-world initiatives that are making this a reality. Along the way, they will uncover some of the unsolved roadblocks and discuss how different industry participants are planning to address them. Attendees will not only gain a better understanding of Smart City transportation but also important aspects that need to be addressed any time multiple independent industries wish to tap the value of another’s data. 
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The Benefits of Smart Lateral and Feeder Switches and Deployment Considerations
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The Benefits of Smart Lateral and Feeder Switches and Deployment Considerations
In 2020, Oklahoma Gas and Electric (OG&E) started the next phase of a Grid Enhancement journey, also known as the OGE Plan. This is a five-year asset deployment plan focused on the upgrade and replacement of aging equipment, hardware, and other assets to improve reliability, resilience, and safety while also focusing on affordability and customer experience. It also involves the installation or new technology, equipment, and communications systems. This presentation will discuss the changes to protection schemes Oklahoma Gas and Electric is making because of deploying smart lateral and feeder switches. The session will cover the following: The business case for Smart Lateral and Feeder Switches and the cost and benefits modeled to justify investment. Challenges in shifting OG&E’s long-standing fuse saving philosophy when the Smart Lateral and Feeder Switches were deployed. Lessons learned and concerns encountered during the beginning of the deployment. Results seen to date from the Smart Lateral and Feeder Switch program.
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Initiate
ChargeTrip Pitch
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ChargeTrip Pitch
Initiate is the hub at DISTRIBUTECH to hear about new technology, innovation, and up and coming talent in the energy sector. There will be 25 amazing startup companies pitching for a chance to win an award from Duke Energy and Clarion Energy Events. Stop by booth #3755 on the POWERGEN side to hear pitches and content centered around energy innovation.
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Community Energy Labs Pitch
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Community Energy Labs Pitch
Initiate is the hub at DISTRIBUTECH to hear about new technology, innovation, and up and coming talent in the energy sector. There will be 25 amazing startup companies pitching for a chance to win an award from Duke Energy and Clarion Energy Events. Stop by booth #3755 on the POWERGEN side to hear pitches and content centered around energy innovation.
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Upgrading Con Edison’s DGA Monitoring Program to Enhance Reliability in New York City
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Upgrading Con Edison’s DGA Monitoring Program to Enhance Reliability in New York City
In serving the largest city in the United States, Consolidated Edison Company of New York (Con Edison) fully understands the need for a secure and reliable electricity supply. Power transformers are a critical component in the electricity network, and Dissolved Gas Analysis (DGA) is a primary diagnostic test to identify transformers that may be at risk of failing. In an effort to enhance reliability, Con Edison decided to overhaul its transformer DGA program by deploying online DGA monitors throughout the transformer fleet, retiring a home-grown DGA data system, and adopting an off-the-shelf (OTS) diagnostic solution with advanced analytics. This presentation will walk through the project's decision-making process, introduce a solution that provides a single system-of-record for both the manual lab test data and the online monitoring data, and review initial findings (including identifying and assessing transformers with incipient faults) from the advanced analytics based on a statistical model.
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Conference
Bringing the Underground Above Ground: How BG&E Uses Virtual Reality to Train Underground Lineman
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query_builder 11:30am - 12:00pm
place C140, First Level
card_travel Presentation
mic English
Bringing the Underground Above Ground: How BG&E Uses Virtual Reality to Train Underground Lineman
BG&E and Deloitte created innovative virtual reality experiences for the field workers to train on inspection procedures for the Network Protector and 4kV Switches. In the experiences, a trainee can safely learn about the equipment through guided voiceover and instructions, use virtual versions of real-life tools to conduct an inspection, and receive real-time feedback on their performance via an Assessment Mode. Users can even instantly view what damaged components may look like, all while in risk-free environment. This presentation will review BG&E’s work using VR to train underground lineman.
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Conference
Incorporating EV Charging Stations into Utilities' Distribution and Integrated Resource Planning
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query_builder 11:30am - 12:00pm
place C149, First Level
card_travel Presentation
mic English
Incorporating EV Charging Stations into Utilities' Distribution and Integrated Resource Planning
The integration of large-scale EVs can dramatically change the load profiles in the power grid, creating challenges to the grid operation such as peak load increase, ramping and uncertainties. Extreme high-power DC fast charging stations can draw 1 MW, which is equivalent to a high-rise building or retail center. One or two trucks charging simultaneously could have comparable electricity demand to a 40- or 50-story building. Further, projections indicate that there will be around 18.7 million EVs on U.S. road by 2030 and 9.6 million charge ports may be needed to support EV charging. Utilities need to proactively take steps to allow broad access to both EV charging stations for fleets on commercial circuits and residential EV growth impacts on residential circuits, to optimize the transmission and distribution systems needed to support the anticipated increased EV load demand. These wide-scale deployment of EV charging stations (EVCS) will bring large impacts on power grid planning and operation. Integrated resource planning (IRP) has been conducted by utilities, such as Duke Energy, to examine foreseeable future resources regarding generation, distribution, transmission and demand response to ensure adequate, reliable, clean and economic power services to customers while considering regulatory, financial and physical factors. This project is investigating the impacts of light, medium and heavy-duty EV charging on the operation and planning of distribution and bulk power grids, developing optimization models for bi-directional EV charging management and optimal wide-area deployment of EVCSs. With this integrated planning tool, system planners will be better equipped to evaluate and rank power network infrastructure upgrades, perform what-if-scenarios for EVCS on the distribution network and examine system-wide impacts on the IRP. In this presentation, specific representative utility circuits will be used to illustrate the approach and tools needed in the evaluation of EVCS both on commercial and residential circuits.
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Conference
Smart Breaker Panels: Enabling Full Home Electrification Without Utility Distribution System Upgrades
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query_builder 11:30am - 12:00pm
place C147, First Level
card_travel Presentation
mic English
Smart Breaker Panels: Enabling Full Home Electrification Without Utility Distribution System Upgrades
Shifting major home loads (including transportation, space and water heating, clothes drying, and cooking) from natural gas and other combustion fuels to electricity is a critical step toward achieving utility and governmental decarbonization goals. However, the increased power demand for these newly electrified end uses, if not intelligently managed, will require significant investments in electricity supply infrastructure -- including service line, distribution feeder, and transformer upgrades. Smart electrical panels represent a new product category -- supplementing the traditional passive safety features of the home’s “breaker box” with circuit-level metering and control. The smart electrical panel is in a unique position in the home, in that it is the only “home appliance” that has real-time visibility into whole-home demand, along with the capability to directly control individual circuits. By using smart electrical panels to intelligently control a select number of high-demand electric loads for short durations (on an infrequent basis), almost all homes in the U.S. can be fully electrified, even if their utility service (and the associated utility distribution infrastructure) is designed for a maximum per-home demand of 100A. This presentation will present data from recent field studies and analyses highlighting the ability of smart electrical panels to serve as a “non-wires solution” for utilities, along with delivering additional utility benefits such as demand flexibility, improved resiliency, and enhanced customer engagement.
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Conference
Lessons Learned Deploying and Operating Utility-owned Remote Grids for Wildfire Mitigation and Resiliency
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query_builder 11:30am - 12:00pm
place C148, First Level
card_travel Presentation
mic English
Lessons Learned Deploying and Operating Utility-owned Remote Grids for Wildfire Mitigation and Resiliency
PG&E is pursuing remote grids powered by solar PV, lithium-ion batteries, and backup generators to provide 24/7/365 utility-grade electric service to certain customers as a wildfire mitigation tool. The primary purpose of this presentation will be to share some of the lessons that PG&E has learned in deploying its first remote grids. These include lessons related to operational integration, power quality, monitoring, service reliability, and protection coordination. font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;
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Implementation and Results of ADMS FISR and Fault Location at Alabama Power
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query_builder 11:30am - 12:00pm
place C155, First Level
card_travel Presentation
mic English
Implementation and Results of ADMS FISR and Fault Location at Alabama Power
Alabama Power successfully implemented the Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS) FISR and FL solutions. To ensure realistic Power Flow simulation of proposed FISR plans, preparation activities included improving feeder models, replacing bad SCADA sensors, and field checking locations with suspect modeling, etc. This presentation will include the following representative summaries: FISR results to date as well as a comparison to existing scheme technology. FISR missed opportunities, including those due to bad batteries, suspect SCADA communications, and modeling. FL results to date with an analysis on accuracy and effectiveness. Lessons learned while deploying these applications and maintaining their integrity. The presentation will include a quick discussion on future plans for Advanced Applications in ADMS.
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Initiate
Nobel Works Pitch
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query_builder 11:35am - 11:50am
place 3755, Exhibit Floor
card_travel Presentation
mic English
Nobel Works Pitch
Initiate is the hub at DISTRIBUTECH to hear about new technology, innovation, and up and coming talent in the energy sector. There will be 25 amazing startup companies pitching for a chance to win an award from Duke Energy and Clarion Energy Events. Stop by booth #3755 on the POWERGEN side to hear pitches and content centered around energy innovation.
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Simulcast
Balancing Resiliency, Sustainability and Affordability: Can we Achieve it and Still Keep the Lights On?
Balancing Resiliency, Sustainability and Affordability: Can we Achieve it and Still Keep the Lights On?
To register for this session, click here!

The industry is undergoing a fundamental change faced with unpredictable climate change and move towards electrification, non-traditional energy sources and providers. But the investments in infrastructure have failed to keep pace leading to catastrophic results in some cases. Electricity has also gone from a novelty to a necessity in the last 100+ years, and we’ve seen a varied response, often dependent on geography, socioeconomics, and the partnerships and vision of individual utilities to address the challenge of re-imaging the very nature of the grid. Utilities must establish a comprehensive and strategic vision to re-building the grid with resiliency, sustainably and with affordability in mind. Integrating modern technologies within existing infrastructure, testing them in real time while maintaining current services. These organizations, historically slow moving and risk adverse must learn to turn (and innovate) fast. At the same time, some utilities are well ahead of the curve, topping the leader board in supporting sustainable energy. However, these frontrunners also serve as our frontline, dealing with the pain of first-time issues and new challenges unique to early adopters. Join us for an insightful panel discussion that will explore the challenges and some real-world examples of how utilities, state and local governments are rising to meet these challenges head on.The industry is undergoing a fundamental change faced with unpredictable climate change and move towards electrification, non-traditional energy sources and providers. But the investments in infrastructure have failed to keep pace leading to catastrophic results in some cases. Electricity has also gone from a novelty to a necessity in the last 100+ years, and we’ve seen a varied response, often dependent on geography, socioeconomics, and the partnerships and vision of individual utilities to address the challenge of re-imaging the very nature of the grid. Utilities must establish a comprehensive and strategic vision to re-building the grid with resiliency, sustainably and with affordability in mind. Integrating modern technologies within existing infrastructure, testing them in real time while maintaining current services. These organizations, historically slow moving and risk adverse must learn to turn (and innovate) fast. At the same time, some utilities are well ahead of the curve, topping the leader board in supporting sustainable energy. However, these frontrunners also serve as our frontline, dealing with the pain of first-time issues and new challenges unique to early adopters. Join us for an insightful panel discussion that will explore the challenges and some real-world examples of how utilities, state and local governments are rising to meet these challenges head on.
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Conference
Impacts of the Electrification of Transportation on the Grid
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query_builder 1:00pm - 1:30pm
place C149, First Level
card_travel Presentation, Tech Talk
mic English
Impacts of the Electrification of Transportation on the Grid
Sponsored by Eaton

This session will explore how utilities, integrators, and EPC firms can optimize EV charging infrastructure through the use of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) – including the uses of energy storage for peak shaving in DC Fast charging applications. Learn about techniques and tools to enable smart charging to minimize the impact on electrical infrastructure, including key infrastructure considerations to support large fleet electrification projects using both AC and DC chargers.
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Conference
Solar + Storage from Concept Through Implementation and Operations of a 15-MW Project in Minnesota
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query_builder 1:00pm - 1:30pm
place C155, First Level
card_travel Presentation
mic English
Solar + Storage from Concept Through Implementation and Operations of a 15-MW Project in Minnesota
Connexus Energy, a large distribution cooperative in Minnesota, has deployed a grid-scale solar + storage system, recently commissioned in 2018. The deployment includes two sites with a portfolio of 10 MW of solar coupled with 15 MW of storage, all interconnected with 12.5 kV distribution feeders down the line. A key aspect is that all energy stored and dispatched via the batteries is from solar generation. This presentation will walk through the life cycle of the project from planning, deployment, and operation. Key points will include an overview of business objectives, operational strategy, operational experience gained, and results to date. Technical considerations to avoid "breaking the grid" will be shared for operating within contractual and operational constraints when implementing a project of this scale interconnected to distribution feeders. Key elements of automation included are battery charging, voltage control, and curtailment (if and when needed). And oh yes; it snows in Minnesota… how about charging batteries from solar to meet a required dispatch schedule in the winter??font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;
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AI-Powered Customer Segmentation: Leveraging Data in Every Customer Interaction
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query_builder 1:00pm - 1:30pm
place C144, First Level
card_travel Presentation, Tech Talk
mic English
AI-Powered Customer Segmentation: Leveraging Data in Every Customer Interaction
Sponsored by Bidgely 

The demand for customer-centric sophisticated solutions has been rapidly increasing across the globe in various sectors. With growing awareness, end-consumers not only expect impeccable service but also look for the most detailed and accurate insights into the product they’re consuming. Hence, it becomes imperative that the data-driven models are approached in a way that’s easy to explain to individuals while simultaneously being algorithmically flawless. In this session, we’ll explore how AI is used as a foundation to develop flexible solutions to demand-side management challenges in the energy sector, pulling from case studies, industry trends, and cutting-edge research on AI-powered customer segmentation for utilities.
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Conference
Not Just a Buzzword: Utilizing Design Thinking to Create Engaging Utility Customer Experiences
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query_builder 1:00pm - 1:30pm
place C147, First Level
card_travel Presentation
mic English
Not Just a Buzzword: Utilizing Design Thinking to Create Engaging Utility Customer Experiences
Far too often the voice of the customer is lost when it comes to traditional IT projects. Seeking to remedy this, utilities are embracing an approach to development that begins with design thinking, a process that takes a human-centered, agile process to tackle the toughest problems.

In this session, BGE and Mindgrub Technologies will provide an overview of how to put design thinking into practice through the case study of the development and enhancement of an engaging customer mobile application. The goal will be to demonstrate how you can apply design thinking to your next project, ensuring that the voice of the customer is heard and incorporated into the final design. 
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Knowledge Hub
Business Models to Expand Grid Innovation
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query_builder 1:00pm - 2:00pm
place 3043, Exhibit Floor
card_travel Panel
mic English
Business Models to Expand Grid Innovation
The model of electric utility organizations has not successfully accommodated necessary investments in grid innovation. This session will explore pathways to accelerate grid modernization and innovation through evolved models of grid operators. Lessons from the Utility Business Model Working Group discussion that Grid Forward co-organizes with SEPA, Grid Wise Alliance, and EPRI will be leveraged. 
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Knowledge Hub
Digital Partnerships that Deliver Analytics Outcomes
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query_builder 1:00pm - 1:30pm
place 1041, Exhibit Floor
card_travel Presentation
mic English
Digital Partnerships that Deliver Analytics Outcomes
Sponsored by Microsoft

Join Jon Guidroz, Director of Business Strategy at Microsoft; Brian Hurst, VP & Chief Analytics Officer at Exelon; and Nipesh Patel, Director of Sales at Itron in the Utility of the Future Knowledge Hub (booth #1041) on Monday, May 23 from 1:00 pm-1:30 pm CT as they discuss "Digital Partnerships that Deliver Analytics Outcomes." They will speak to the partnership and the growing value of analytics integrated into the meter to support utility outcomes in outage management, customer engagement, DER and EV integration, distribution automation, and much more.
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Leadership Summit
Power Challenges Bigger than Texas: Addressing Resource Adequacy, Resiliency and Security in an Uncertain World with Rick Perry, Massoud Amin & Julia Matevosyan
Power Challenges Bigger than Texas: Addressing Resource Adequacy, Resiliency and Security in an Uncertain World with Rick Perry, Massoud Amin & Julia Matevosyan
The future of energy in Texas and the US is one of carbon-free promise, but numerous challenges face us in designing and operating an electrical system to meet the growing demand for power while ensuring resiliency, reliability, and security. How do we manage these challenges within a changing regulatory regime and with an evolving threat environment? Deepa Poduval, Vice President & Global Advisory Leader at Black & Veatch kicks off the Leadership Summit with a short introduction. Following his remarks will be a conversation with former US Secretary of Energy and former Governor of Texas, Rick Perry, Massoud Amin, professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Minnesota, and Julia Matevosyan, Chief Engineer at ESIG Energy. This give-and-take discussion will offer a candid assessment of the policy, technology, and cybersecurity issues that are crucial to the bulk power system’s future.
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Plug and Play Tech Center Panel
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Conference
Developing a Common Approach to Aggregation of Residential DERs for Grid Resiliency
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query_builder 1:00pm - 1:30pm
place C141, First Level
card_travel Presentation
mic English
Developing a Common Approach to Aggregation of Residential DERs for Grid Resiliency
More residences and small-to-medium commercial buildings are adopting smart, internet-connected devices that could enable simple, scalable, and low-cost interactions between utilities and residential electrical loads and generation sources. These residential distributed energy resources (DERs), if aggregated and efficiently cost-controlled, could help balance grid operations, thus improving operational efficiency, reliability, and resiliency of the power grid. The challenge is that these loads are widely dispersed, relatively small, and operate under user constraints. Some utilities use third-party companies to sign up customers for voluntary curtailment programs for specific appliances such as air conditioners. But those services can be costly for utilities, they typically use proprietary software, and don’t take advantage of the range of multi-vendor devices available in the emerging smart appliance world. To address this industry challenge, the Department of Energy, working through the national laboratories of the Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium (GMLC), has sponsored a research project to provide electric utilities with the necessary software and hardware, all based on open standards, to bring intelligent, coordinated control of residential DERs. The team has developed and validated a home energy management system (HEMS), which provides a standardized grid interface with a utility. The system serves as a platform for deploying intelligent algorithms to execute grid-responsive functionality of a broad portfolio of residential multi-vendor devices. The project team developed hierarchical, decentralized control and optimization technology capable of providing the response needed to deliver guaranteed grid services to utilities. The team has partnered with utilities in the Southeast, including Southern Company, Duke Energy and Tennessee Valley Authority, to identify, test and validate grid-responsive services including peak demand reduction and renewable responsive load shaping using residential loads. The project team has tested control signals and interactions in a laboratory environment and has deployed devices for five appliance types in several locations with utilities across the region. The project team has used these field trials to validate advanced control functions that support distribution resiliency and end-to-end interoperability, using open standards and open-source platforms. This presentation will report on the results.
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Conference
Shaping the Smart Grid: Technology Securing the Smart EV Grid Today
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query_builder 1:00pm - 1:30pm
place C143, First Level
card_travel Presentation, Tech Talk
mic English
Shaping the Smart Grid: Technology Securing the Smart EV Grid Today
Sponsored by EV Energy

Through this Q&A, we’ll explore practical applications of technology that are helping to activate the smart grid. We’ll explore: The definition of the term ‘smart grid’ How technology like ev.energy makes this happen right now What US utilities are using this technology today Lessons learned from Europe (UK specifically as an advanced EV regulated market) What is needed to build a sustainable smart grid
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Knowledge Hub
Network Model Management: The Building Block for the Digital Twin
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query_builder 1:00pm - 2:00pm
place 143, Exhibit Floor
card_travel Panel
mic English
Network Model Management: The Building Block for the Digital Twin
Technical and manager-level utility personnel working in the operations, planning, or GIS areas, as well as those working in IT roles supporting those areas, are tasked with designing local solutions for managing network model data from its source in engineering and facilities tools to its ultimate use in planning, protection, and operations network analysis tools. As a result, there is a requirement for organizing utility grid model data management using a business function approach, which can be summarized as the network model management challenge. This Knowledge Hub presentation will provide an overview of the use of the Common Information Model (CIM) for organizing grid model data, focusing on the use of CIM data constructs to enable effective network model data management solutions inside the utility enterprise.
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Conference
Online DGA Monitoring and System Integration at Portland General Electric
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query_builder 1:00pm - 1:30pm
place C142, First Level
card_travel Presentation
mic English
Online DGA Monitoring and System Integration at Portland General Electric
A major challenge for many utilities that are upgrading their systems is the integration of data from multiple sources and devices, and the subsequent need to serve that data up for other applications and analysis. For Portland General Electric, that challenge included the need to collect and manage the data from a growing fleet of online dissolved gas analysis monitors as well as laboratory DGA samples. The company was already using Pi Historian as its data management system, and relied on Transformer Oil Analyst (TOA) software to analyze its manually-collected samples – but while lab samples are typically taken once or twice a year, online monitors can collect data as often as every 4 hours, so the increase in the amount of data is significant for any system that collects and stores it, creating the need for a system that could manage both lab and online monitor data and present the results in a single view. There is also the issue of potential data quality issues from monitors that need recalibration or have other noise issues. On top of that, with a plan to add more monitors in the near future, the PGE team wanted to streamline the process for expanding the system. This presentation will describe how PGE designed and implemented a data management system for dissolved gas analysis and interpretation, connecting Pi Historian, Transformer Oil Analyst software, the online monitors and a number of other connected system. It will include an overview of the implementation project, including architecture and challenges, and reveal the most recent results of the project’s outcomes.
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Conference
Strategic Undergrounding: A Panel Discussion
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query_builder 1:00pm - 2:00pm
place C148, First Level
card_travel Panel
mic English
Strategic Undergrounding: A Panel Discussion
The cost of underground distribution is coming down. Emerging technologies and advanced construction methods make underground (UG) more safe, reliable, and resilient than overhead (OH) over the life of the asset. Utilities across America are proving it with strategic undergrounding pilots and programs. We need a new 21st Century paradigm of thinking about the electric distribution system. The total cost of ownership of OH versus UG distribution has changed. We need to quantify the value of “total time of line restoration (TLR), reliability and resilience. Join us for a panel discussion with utility and industry experts who are making the case for strategic UG distribution.
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Conference
Enabling EV Batteries as an Energy Storage System in a Decentralized Flexibility Marketplace
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query_builder 1:00pm - 1:30pm
place C145, First Level
card_travel Presentation
mic English
Enabling EV Batteries as an Energy Storage System in a Decentralized Flexibility Marketplace
In order to meet the global goals for carbon emissions the electrification of the transport sector will have an important impact, and the numbers of end-of-life EV batteries will increase drastically over the next few years. The Norwegian government has a national goal of 100% zero-emission new cars by 2025 and in March 2021 56.2 % of all new cars sold in Norway were all electric. In order to lower the total environmental impact of developing and producing batteries, new ways of re-use and bringing used EV batteries back to life must be identified and developed. Energy storage solutions connected to the grid, either as a standalone service, or in combination with renewable energy resources key for incorporating renewables into the grid. The new FERC 2222 order is also a huge opportunity for various battery solutions and DERs to make an impact when aggregating and integrating to utility grid operations. This presentation covers the process of implementing a distribution grid connection of a 1-MW energy storage solution using repurposed EV batteries, setting up and testing how energy storage can be used in energy, capacity and ancillary services markets. Learnings and the outcome of the implementation and utilization of the storage will be presented. Independently of the grid connection, the energy storage will also be utilized by the TSO for balancing purposed through an integration to a capacity and ancillary services market. The energy storage system will be operated by an independent vendor and offered into the NODES marked through an aggregator. A major part of the learning process is to data collection and evaluating the impact of a solution has to the grid when it comes to harmonics, utilization and controllability.
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Conference
Making Sense of Your Vegetation Inspection Options
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query_builder 1:00pm - 1:30pm
place C140, First Level
card_travel Presentation, Tech Talk
mic English
Making Sense of Your Vegetation Inspection Options
Sponsored by Exelon Clearsight

Advances in technology continue to provide us with an ever-growing set of options for performing vegetation inspections around critical facilities. Alex Brown from Exelon Clearsight will provide an easy-to-digest overview of the most promising current options, including visual, multi-spectral, satellite, LiDAR, and photogrammetry. He will also discuss the pros and cons of each as well as the challenges associated with translating the information gathered into actionable results.
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Knowledge Hub
+Series: Emerging Edge of the Grid Asset Management
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query_builder 1:00pm - 1:30pm
place 1509, Exhibit Floor
card_travel Presentation
mic English
+Series: Emerging Edge of the Grid Asset Management
The deployment of new technology in the field that enhances grid management and incorporates off-grid generation requires a new approach to managing traditional utility assets and infrastructure: The way energy is generated, delivered, and consumed is changing Addressing critical capability gaps around asset health insight and action Real-world and Real-time analytics combined with near real-time network edge sensing are critical to Enterprise Analytics
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Knowledge Hub
Smart City, a Utility Microgrid Demonstration Project
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query_builder 1:00pm - 1:30pm
place 101, Exhibit Floor
card_travel Presentation
mic English
Smart City, a Utility Microgrid Demonstration Project
The Smart City Demonstration project was developed to demonstrate how a utility could use 3rd party/customer- and utility-owned DERs to operate a front-of-the-meter microgrid to enhance resiliency while maintaining safety and reliability. The project leverages distributed control architecture and improved planning processes that include increased understanding of customer technology adoption and increased integration with city planning and DER permitting processes. This presentation will review the learnings from the project including, microgrid site selection, technical design, cost-benefit analysis, and lab/field demonstration.
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Conference
Distribution Automation Fireside Chat with Ameren and UScellular
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query_builder 1:00pm - 1:30pm
place C146, First Level
card_travel Presentation, Fireside Chat
mic English
Distribution Automation Fireside Chat with Ameren and UScellular
Sponsored by USCelluar

With utilities deploying increasing numbers of Distribution Automation devices, public/private hybrid cellular networks provide the communications capabilities to deploy devices at any cadence.  “No touch” configuration can streamline deployment without the need for expensive and cumbersome configuration processes.  Devices can be shipped directly from manufacturers to contractors for installation.  Extensive commercial mobile network coverage can eliminate the need for expensive cellular site surveys.  We’ll explore Ameren’s journey as they implement these technologies to ease and speed their deployments.
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Building the Utility of the Future: Successful Strategies to Leverage Industrial IoT for Smart Communities, Grid Modernization, and More
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query_builder 1:00pm - 1:30pm
place C154, First Level
card_travel Presentation, Fireside Chat
mic English
Building the Utility of the Future: Successful Strategies to Leverage Industrial IoT for Smart Communities, Grid Modernization, and More
Sponsored by Itron

Often, the first smart city application deployed is smart street lighting, due to the immediate energy savings associated with lighting efficiency. Now, forward-thinking cities and utilities are looking at new ways to leverage technology like multi-purpose industrial IoT-enabled networks to transform communities by delivering new services in safety, sustainability, and economic development. Learn about the impacts that trends like increasing grid complexity, renewable generation, and rising consumer expectations are having in driving these technology decisions. Join this fireside chat as we explore trends and real-world examples of how utilities are tackling tough environmental and operational challenges with smart solutions while keeping customers and community members top of mind.
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Knowledge Hub
COVID 19 and Winter Storm Uri: Lessons Learned in Residential Energy Resilience in the Age of Home Electrification
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query_builder 1:30pm - 2:00pm
place 101, Exhibit Floor
card_travel Presentation
mic English
COVID 19 and Winter Storm Uri: Lessons Learned in Residential Energy Resilience in the Age of Home Electrification
Pecan Street collects circuit-level electricity use data at more than a thousand homes in four states at one-second intervals, providing insight into how the pandemic changed the way people use energy at home. In this session we will discuss: The significant shifts in residential energy consumption were observed during the COVID 19 pandemic. Home energy performance during the harsh weather and grid outages of winter storm Uri. The impending full electrification of homes in the form of heat pumps for space and water heating, electric vehicles, electric cooktops, and their impact on shifting consumption baselines and system shocks.
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How Utilities Can Increase DERMS Deployment and ROI with Real-time Operational Sensing
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query_builder 1:30pm - 2:00pm
place C141, First Level
card_travel Presentation
mic English
How Utilities Can Increase DERMS Deployment and ROI with Real-time Operational Sensing
DERMS technology is essential to managing the increasing quantity and variety of DER on the grid. But the integration of these new tools and assets is still in its infancy, with no manual to guide the most cost-effective way to transition to the grid of the future. Expectations around optimal use of DERMS have largely focused on energy trading and less on harnessing value on the operations side. However, DERMS technology is underutilized compared with its potential. Advances in sensor technology combined with a DERMS platform offer new business models to optimize operations and derive additional value. For example, the DERMS model may show that a utility has 50 GW of capacity when data from a real-time operational sensor shows a capacity of 75 GW. To explore this potential, Enbala and PSEG-Long Island are working with Micatu to apply real-time operational sensing with DERMS technology. This project aims to help utilities open capacity and develop business models better adapted to DER proliferation. This presentation will discuss the battery/genset program deployed at PSEG-LI and the deployment of optical sensors. The DERMS/sensor model is configured to manage both active power consumption and generation downline of a sensor on a distribution network, ensuring the operator can maintain power flows between desired operating thresholds for grid stability and reliability. Configuring the DERMS with real-time sensor data supports DER operation, alleviates hosting capacity discrepancies, and provides better awareness of the impact on power quality with increasing DER. Sensors can be directly integrated with the DERMS using DPN3 to support threshold control, providing situational awareness for dispatching assets during VPP power breaches. We will discuss lessons learned from relaying real-time data to the DERMS and technical and operational best practices for optimizing hosting capacity and increasing ROI on VPP investments.
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ART - Advanced Restoration Time Results
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query_builder 1:30pm - 2:00pm
place C147, First Level
card_travel Presentation
mic English
ART - Advanced Restoration Time Results
Today’s utility customers expect access to real-time outage information, and they make important decisions based on this information. However, utilities are often hesitant to provide customers in-depth estimated restoration times (ERT) because if those times are inaccurate, customers may be more frustrated than if the utility had not communicated at all. Utility providers can improve customer experience by implementing an advanced restoration time approach that compartmentalizes restoration times into a four-stage process: estimated, projected, verified, and actual restoration. Each stage in the process has its own set of actions and objectives to make restoration times more accurate during an outage event.  Once an outage event is associated to a device, the initial ERT is calculated based on historical restoration times for that type of device. The first step in an advanced restoration time solution is to automatically modify the initial ERT value based on real-time conditions, such as the number of existing outages and the number of eligible crews.  The second step is when the outage is assigned to a crew where the system combines travel time with the modified initial ERT to create a projected restoration time (PRT). The accuracy is further improved when a first responder arrives at the protection device and assesses the downstream damage.  This third step is known as a verified restoration time.  After the outage has been repaired, the last step in the advanced restoration time process is to document the outcome which is known as the actual restoration time. This final time can then be used as the new historical information, thus creating a self- learning cycle of data to improve accuracy. Advanced restoration time solutions and models have the potential to change how the industry defines requirements for meeting levels of response and performance. By using an advanced restoration time solution, utility providers can deliver their customers more accurate information and create a new customer outage experience that delivers timely information across multiple modes of communication.
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Management of Change: Lessons Learned from Standardizing the SCADA Value Chain
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query_builder 1:30pm - 2:00pm
place C142, First Level
card_travel Presentation
mic English
Management of Change: Lessons Learned from Standardizing the SCADA Value Chain
As PG&E embarked on an ADMS implementation to transform its distribution operations, one issue became apparent: the lack of standardization across the SCADA value chain could impact the effectiveness of the ADMS solution if not addressed before cutover. That is because a system is only as good as the data that is maintained in it. PG&E had a unique approach in its pursuit of a successful ADMS implementation: improve the current SCADA device design and build process, and use the time before the ADMS cutover to enforce widespread adoption of improved processes and operations in current legacy systems. The team addressed the following three key challenges as part of this initiative: Last-minute device installation in the field Lack of predictability and transparency between different groups on the flow and the timing of submitting information for device build Lack of standardization in the way devices are designed and built. These challenges eventually led to inconsistencies across the different systems (Asset Management, GIS, SCADA, DMS). Implementing ADMS without attempting to standardize the device design and build process would only introduce another system to the mix but would not address the root cause of the issue. In this presentation we will review PG&E’s journey to implement a “management of change” process that looks at the SCADA value chain holistically throughout the different project phases – initiate, plan/analyze, design, construct, rollout – to streamline the way data is carried throughout these systems consistently and promptly, in order to: Standardize the device design and build process to avoid last-minute device build Standardize the format and timing of data that is exchanged between different groups. The benefits of this effort ultimately extend to project management, field operations, and control center groups to: Provide greater O&M efficiency and ease of build Reduce added cost to retroactively fix inconsistencies in the systems due to lack of standardization Allow for better forecasting of jobs vs. available resources, and better planning for resources jobs and schedules Allow for full utilization of ADMS functions and features.
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Utility Aggregation of Energy Efficiency from Residential Customers under FERC 2222
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query_builder 1:30pm - 2:00pm
place C144, First Level
card_travel Presentation
mic English
Utility Aggregation of Energy Efficiency from Residential Customers under FERC 2222
FERC 2222 does many things and most people are focused on the aggregation of solar, wind, storage, biomass & gas, and demand-side management. Few have realized that there is another component in FERC 2222, energy efficiency. While most utilities have energy efficiency programs, none are ready to do what FERC 2222 is allowing – enrolling a premise in an energy efficiency program and bidding the enrollees into the wholesale market for a few decades. A number of questions emerge, how does a utility determine what counts and for how many KW, does it differ by season, does the energy efficiency need to be verified from time to time? This presentation will provide an unbiased discussion of FERC 2222 and energy efficiency, the requirements, open questions, and the advantages of a utility being the aggregator of the program. It will also examine how the energy efficiency programs of a utility fit in with the FERC 2222 requirements.
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Lessons Learned from Launching an Innovation Center in the Midst of a Global Pandemic and Recession
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query_builder 1:30pm - 2:00pm
place 1041, Exhibit Floor
card_travel Presentation
mic English
Lessons Learned from Launching an Innovation Center in the Midst of a Global Pandemic and Recession
Even though 2020 was not the best of times, that was when Duquesne Light launched its innovation center. This session will address the unique but complementary roles that senior leadership, front-line workers, and external innovators should play to drive innovation. Topics will include how the board of directors and senior management must set the direction for innovation; the “nuts and bolts” for managing innovation; how to measure success; and how to involve employees and measure the culture for innovation. If Duquesne Light could successfully launch an Innovation Center at the worst of times, surely our fellow utilities and innovators can learn something from that experience!
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Achieving the Promise of Grid Security with OpenFMB and Cybersecurity Zero-trust Best Practices
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query_builder 1:30pm - 2:00pm
place C143, First Level
card_travel Presentation
mic English
Achieving the Promise of Grid Security with OpenFMB and Cybersecurity Zero-trust Best Practices
Today’s best in class cybersecurity practices for Industrial Control Systems promote defense-in-depth techniques with firewalls and network segmentation. Enhancements are being made to detect intrusions through network monitoring. However, today’s systems still awkwardly fail to implement zero-trust models. Zero trust means that no entity or device is trusted by default from inside or outside the network, and verification is required to gain access to resources on the network. By implementing zero-trust, systems can be nearly impervious to attacks. Asset Owners are weary of elaborate cybersecurity requirements with no best practice designs or implementations, and dismayed by proprietary architectures. Asset Owners are rapidly adopting Cloud services and pushing their operations to the edge of the Grid. This increases risk and urgency to identify and adopt enhanced security practices. OpenFMB coupled with security best practices provides the foundation for securing grid devices using cryptographic identity, zero trust, distributed PKI, and situational awareness. This talk presents the findings from Duke Energy’s Emerging Technology Offices’ multi-year effort to develop a best in class security architecture for the Distribution Grid at the Mount Holly Microgrid using OpenFMB. An OpenFMB node is a field device with compute resources like an industrial PC or gateway. The OpenFMB Secure system provisions and deploys nodes, updates node applications, and automates key renewal. This novel architecture leverages Docker for application containerization, Kubernetes for container management and deployment, and SPIFFE/SPIRE with Trusted Platform Module (TPM) identity management for workload attestation to ultimately build a system that is scalable and secure from the data center to field devices. By completing this latest step, the microgrid presents a scalable architecture demonstrating interoperability, security, integrity, authentication and situational awareness.
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Bidirectional EV Charging - Providing a Resource for the Grid and the Consumer
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query_builder 1:30pm - 2:30pm
place C149, First Level
card_travel Panel
mic English
Bidirectional EV Charging - Providing a Resource for the Grid and the Consumer
Utilities are piloting it, car manufacturers feature it, start-ups have developed the software and hardware to do manage it, regulators are making rules for it, and customers experiencing more weather-related outages are asking for it. Will EVs soon be providing ancillary services to the grid, providing additional value for owners? Will homes and small businesses ride through outages by leveraging the batteries in their vehicles? If so, when? What is the current status at leading utilities, manufacturers, regulators, and vendors? Join us for a lively panel discussion with EV manufacturers and utilities to discuss the future of EVs as a grid resource. 
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Decarbonization Through Energy Savings and Peak Demand Reduction at the Grid Edge
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query_builder 1:30pm - 2:00pm
place 1509, Exhibit Floor
card_travel Presentation
mic English
Decarbonization Through Energy Savings and Peak Demand Reduction at the Grid Edge
Volt/VAr Optimization (VVO) is a powerful tool to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  Global climate change presents challenges to American prosperity and security and the United States of America must act urgently to reduce its carbon pollution to address the climate crisis.  At 15% of global emissions [1] (In 2019, U.S. greenhouse gas emissions totaled 6,558 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents, or 5,769 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents after accounting for sequestration from the land sector)), The USA is the second-largest source of GHGs, and the U.S. electric power sector[2] accounts for 25% of national GHG emissions and approximately 62.5% of U.S. electricity comes from burning fossil fuels, mostly coal (60% of CO2 emission) and natural gas (38% of CO2 emission).  Cost-effective innovations to reduce power sector GHGs are critical, especially as the electrification of our economy continues.  VVO can substantially reduce GHG emissions from the grid (1,640 million metric tonnes in 2019) by enhancing end-use efficiency by up to 4% and by increasing hosting capacity for clean distributed energy resources by as much as 2X[3].  Furthermore, these sizeable benefits become further amplified as economies around the world increasingly turn to electricity to power transportation, industry, and buildings.  VVO can yield end-use efficiency through a mechanism called Conservation Voltage Reduction (CVR). 
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Predictive Maintenance of Underground Cable System
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query_builder 1:30pm - 2:00pm
place C140, First Level
card_travel Presentation
mic English
Predictive Maintenance of Underground Cable System
As the largest utility company in the state of Texas, Oncor provides power to more than 3.7 million customers. Monitoring and maintaining the assets in Oncor’s system is critical to maintaining system reliability and customer service. Among its approximately 18K miles of underground primary voltage cable, Oncor has found that cable and cable accessory failures are due to different causes such as insulation issues, age, manufacturing process, workmanship, corrosion, etc. To realize the maximum life of these assets, in addition to good design, robust processes are needed to ensure that new cables are installed defect free and maintenance activities for in-service cables are efficiently prioritized. In this presentation, Oncor will show how the application of big data analytical methods, coupled with predictive modeling tools and in-depth root cause analysis of failures, can be used to predict cable outages, optimize prioritization of maintenance activities and asses system health. We use outage, asset (attributes and testing results), root cause analysis (RCA) and 15-minute interval AMS (Advanced Metering System) data to predict cable outages, optimize prioritization of maintenance activities and asses system health. Our approach has shown a 40% reduction in primary cable related SAIDI over the last few years.
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Revolutionizing the Grid with Long-duration Storage
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query_builder 1:30pm - 2:00pm
place C145, First Level
card_travel Presentation
mic English
Revolutionizing the Grid with Long-duration Storage
The demand for cleaner, more resilient energy is growing exponentially, putting greater stress on utilities and the grid, driving the need for complementary technologies such as long-duration storage. As the grid transitions from conventional centralized generation, such as nuclear, coal and gas, to cleaner decentralized solutions, renewable energy growth will continue to accelerate. For example, California has about 30% renewables penetration, but they are aiming to reach 60% by 2030. To meet this target, they will need to add up to 11 GW of long-duration energy storage. As long-duration storage use cases multiply – from resilience to renewables time-shifting to stacked ancillary services – increased attention is being paid to non-lithium-ion storage, such as flow batteries, that can provide four to 12 hours of storage. Reinforcing this shift, major corporations have announced their commitment to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) initiatives in response to shareholder pressure and carbon reduction goals. This has added emphasis to the lower-impact cradle-to-grave aspects of flow batteries as compared to lithium-ion. This presentation will review the use cases and Global Warming Potential (GWP) of iron flow battery solutions for long-duration applications, as compared to lithium-ion chemistry.
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SDG&E's New Transmission Line Falling Conductor Protection System
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query_builder 1:30pm - 2:00pm
place C155, First Level
card_travel Presentation
mic English
SDG&E's New Transmission Line Falling Conductor Protection System
When transmission or distribution line conductors fail and fall to the ground, the resulting high-impedance arcing fault may be difficult to detect electrically, yet may be capable of igniting dry flammable vegetation or creating an electrical hazard for people in the vicinity of the live downed conductor. San Diego Gas and Electric Company (SDG&E) pioneered the development of a distribution falling conductor protection (DFCP) system that collects streaming synchrophasor measurements from along a distribution circuit and can detect a break and open adjacent breakers or switches by the time the overhead conductors have fallen only a few feet. The broken conductor ends land dead; there is no arcing fault or public risk. SDG&E first deployed trial DFCP in 2015 and reported at industry forums including DistribuTECH in 2017; dozens of more deployments are in progress in high fire risk areas. In 2019-2020, SDG&E carried out a development program for a transmission system falling conductor protection (TFCP) system, based on the same PMU data already being gathered from ubiquitous transmission substation PMUs for engineering and operational situational awareness client systems. The new TFCP scheme is being tried on 69 kV transmission circuits in mid-2021. The presentation will include a description of the application, methods, and equipment; along with the development program, RTDS laboratory validation, and field deployment experience and plans.
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Demonstration of Novel Hybrid Control Scheme for DMS Controlling DER
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query_builder 1:30pm - 2:00pm
place C146, First Level
card_travel Presentation
mic English
Demonstration of Novel Hybrid Control Scheme for DMS Controlling DER
This demonstration project uses a novel hybrid control approach for volt-VAR optimization within an advanced distribution management system (ADMS) to optimally coordinate and control both traditional distribution devices and DER. The control strategy permits the autonomous control of edge-of-grid devices including smart inverters, flexible loads, and traditional grid resources, such as line regulators and switched capacitor banks, with centralized supervision from the ADMS. Distributed monitoring and localized control offer rapid decision-making based on local conditions at the device level, while the centralized intelligence of the ADMS determines the steps needed to achieve higher-level objectives. The ADMS does not directly control the local devices but instead influences their local control objectives to meet the greater purpose of efficient and economical distribution system control. This presentation will detail the implementation of hybrid control logic within an ADMS, document the performance of the hybrid control strategy vs traditional centralized and decentralized methods, illustrate impacts on grid devices and DER, and capture the costs and benefits of the novel approach compared to traditional ones. By sharing the demonstration findings, lessons learned, and recommendations, EPRI and Central Hudson Gas & Electric hope to educate other utilities and the industry on the benefits of transitioning to a hybrid control approach to Volt-VAR management of the distribution grid.
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How Con Edison Helped Reduce Subway Delays as Part of Its Smart City Initiative
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query_builder 1:30pm - 2:00pm
place C154, First Level
card_travel Presentation
mic English
How Con Edison Helped Reduce Subway Delays as Part of Its Smart City Initiative
Con Edison, deployed an innovative software solution called STORM (Support Tool for Outage Restoration Management) to help New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) reduce delays and improve the quality of life to New York’s 5.7 million daily subway riders. To better support New York City Transit information needs, Con Edison has installed AMI smart meters and communication infrastructure to over 2,000 of NYCT’s locations and have designed and built a system to detect and address problems before they become delay-causing outages. This presentation will review the STORM program and explain how the initiative is expanding to provide new levels of flexibility in tracking other types of sensitive customers.
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An Overview of a Successful Distribution Automation Program
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query_builder 2:00pm - 2:30pm
place C146, First Level
card_travel Presentation
mic English
An Overview of a Successful Distribution Automation Program
This presentation will provide an overview of Entergy's Distribution Automation program that consists of communications network deployment, upgraded SCADA system, and integration of DA devices into DMS for Fault Location, self-healing networks, power delivery efficiencies. The DA program also consists of the deployment of over 1,000 new reclosers across the distribution system creating sectionalization and self-healing network opportunities that will provide an improvement to reliability.
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Building a Smart Community: Discussion with Thought Leaders in Innovation
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query_builder 2:00pm - 2:30pm
place 101, Exhibit Floor
card_travel Panel
mic English
Building a Smart Community: Discussion with Thought Leaders in Innovation
Sponsored by Motorola

Join us and utility industry experts for a discussion about how they are collaborating to provide end-to-end solutions within the utility ecosystem. Learn valuable lessons from customer installations and insights from the partners that helped to make the project happen. This roundtable style session will be moderated by a respected industry expert.
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Conference
Distribution Grid Analytics and Machine Learning to Improve CAIDI and Resource Optimization
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query_builder 2:00pm - 2:30pm
place C155, First Level
card_travel Presentation, Tech Talk
mic English
Distribution Grid Analytics and Machine Learning to Improve CAIDI and Resource Optimization
Sponsored by AVEVA

Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd, an Exelon Company) provides electric service to approximately 3.8M customers across northern Illinois, or 70% of the state’s population. Distribution teaming schemes are becoming more advanced.  The resulting challenges are how to monitor team status in near real-time, incorporate design changes, and keep a record of the type of event happening to the team. Join ComEd as they explain how they are using the PI System, along with partner PowerRunner, to monitor and automate team updates every 5 minutes. The machine learning solution deciphers the 300+ potential alarm states to provide grid operations with actionable information that supports critical system switching schemes leading to improved CAIDI.
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The Essence Program – Continuous Monitoring of SCADA/ICS Networks for Anomalies in Cyber and Grid Physics
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query_builder 2:00pm - 2:30pm
place 1041, Exhibit Floor
card_travel Presentation
mic English
The Essence Program – Continuous Monitoring of SCADA/ICS Networks for Anomalies in Cyber and Grid Physics
This session will present the Essence Program, a cybersecurity solution that is comprised of technology solutions that provide continuous monitoring of operational technology (OT) and business networks. The Essence Program enables cyber threat monitoring of SCADA and ICS networks with on-premise real-time anomaly detection reporting. Features of Essence include anonymized information sharing controlled by the utility for participating in nation-state threat awareness with federal agencies when appropriate.
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AI Powered Asset Management and Inspections to Help Reduce the Risk of Wildfire, Increase Efficiency and Enhance Safety
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query_builder 2:00pm - 2:30pm
place C140, First Level
card_travel Presentation
mic English
AI Powered Asset Management and Inspections to Help Reduce the Risk of Wildfire, Increase Efficiency and Enhance Safety
2020 was a monumental year for the SDG&E Digital and Innovation program. One of the biggest developments was the scaling of the Intelligent Image Processing Project, which aims to address one of the region’s greatest challenges: the evolving and expanding threat of devastating wildfires. Intelligent Image Processing is an innovative IT solution that leverages Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) to rapidly detect asset damage in millions of images captured via drones in the field. In the last year alone, over 1.4 million images of equipment in high-risk fire areas have been uploaded to the visualization platform and analyzed by ML models built in-house. Once images are uploaded to the central portal, the visualization platform supports a qualified lineman, who works to validate the algorithm by labelling non-SDG&E assets and visible damage in the imagery – a process that further trains the model. Previously, assessing the assets was a time-consuming, manual task: on average, a team of 10 would process roughly 2000 images a day. Now, 27,000 images can be examined in the same timeframe, which shows the true value of bringing together human and machine capabilities and gives an insight into the future of work that is more efficient, effective, and agile. This first-of-its-kind Cloud-based solution used by our San Diego-based utility demonstrates how Cloud can accelerate innovation that creates true business value. Since the initial proof of concept, SDG&E has deployed over 50 asset, wire and damage detection capabilities – and that is just the beginning. Drone imagery can also feed imagery into ML models to identify high fire threat areas, and flag damaged assets for human assessment. As the capability is scaled, the utility will also test and store data from new sources, including satellites, Fleet vehicles, and mobile devices, to detect vegetation encroachment as we build an ever-clearer picture of the service territory.
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Managing Risks in Offshore Wind Development
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query_builder 2:00pm - 2:30pm
place 3043, Exhibit Floor
card_travel Presentation
mic English
Managing Risks in Offshore Wind Development

Offshore wind development costs and schedule volatility are more multifaceted and complex than other power generation development for several reasons. The projects require custom-built vessels, equipment, ports, onshore infrastructure, global sourced materials, and a uniquely trained workforce. Locally, projects face challenges associated with logistics, jurisdictional requirements, and community expectations.

As the power-generation world is racing to satisfy global decarbonization goals it must manage project risks effectively. A well-funded and carefully developed project plan is the centerpiece of a project risk program that can convert unknowns to managed risks.

This presentation will provide an understanding of typical power project risk management concepts and methods, and how they apply to projects in the offshore wind power industry. It will further explore how the industry can learn from past experiences as it matures. 

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Conference
Sorting Through the Mystery of Private LTE & 5G with a Unified Network Strategy
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query_builder 2:00pm - 2:30pm
place C154, First Level
card_travel Presentation
mic English
Sorting Through the Mystery of Private LTE & 5G with a Unified Network Strategy
This session will explore lessons learned from Private LTE deployments, including the key aspects of infrastructure planning in advance of these multi-year initiatives, and the importance of having network connectivity options at the Edge.
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NiSource’s “Your Energy Your Future” Program – Putting Customer and Communities at the Center of a Sustainable Energy Future
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query_builder 2:00pm - 2:30pm
place C147, First Level
card_travel Presentation, Tech Talk
mic English
NiSource’s “Your Energy Your Future” Program – Putting Customer and Communities at the Center of a Sustainable Energy Future
Sponsored by Tata America International Corporation

NiSource, one of the largest fully regulated utility in the US has set an ambitious target to retire 80% of the coal-fired power generation by 2023 and 100% by 2028. In their view, people must be at the center of any effort in shifting towards a greener, more sustainable energy supply. At the same time, they also acknowledge that it’s an incredibly complex shift to renewable sources and they must balance multiple factors including reliability, affordability, resilience, and the environmental impact. As NiSource brings on renewables like wind and solar power to reduce environmental impacts, they must continue to deliver customers access to a reliable, resilient supply of energy at an affordable cost. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is partnering with NiSource in this journey towards a sustainable future. Join this session to learn how NiSource is adding value to their customers and their communities through their decarbonization initiatives.
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Asset Management 2030: How Will the Future Grid Impact Maintenance and Operations?
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query_builder 2:00pm - 2:30pm
place C142, First Level
card_travel Presentation, Fireside Chat
mic English
Asset Management 2030: How Will the Future Grid Impact Maintenance and Operations?
Sponsored by Oracle

As the grid transforms, it’s critical to have strategies in place to get ahead of changes rather than reacting. In this discussion, we’ll take a look at distributed energy resources, IoT, connected customers, and more and explore strategies to future-proof asset management and turn these disruptors into an advantage.  
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Integration at the Grid Edge – Exploring Expectations, Actions, Interactions, and Goals
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query_builder 2:00pm - 2:30pm
place 1509, Exhibit Floor
card_travel Presentation
mic English
Integration at the Grid Edge – Exploring Expectations, Actions, Interactions, and Goals
Sponsored by Black & Veatch

Grid Edge technologies and business models will continue to democratize the use and management of electric energy.  Energy consumers, producers, regulators, utilities, and grid operators have expectations about what the Grid Edge concept can enable.  They are each taking independent actions to meet their emerging business needs. These needs are broad and complex and include expectations for carbon reduction, lower operational costs, improved reliability and resiliency, higher utilization, and enhanced network control.  What we are seeing is escalating interdependencies and interactions between stakeholders to achieve desired outcomes.  This session briefly explores a sample of Grid Edge technologies, business models, and representative case studies to realize these goals, including expectations, actions, and even barriers to achieving shared stakeholder goals.
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The Green Thread: The Impact of Integrating AI Across the Utilities Value Chain
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query_builder 2:00pm - 3:00pm
place 1041, Exhibit Floor
card_travel Panel
mic English
The Green Thread: The Impact of Integrating AI Across the Utilities Value Chain
The complex challenges caused by the energy transition are rarely limited to one team or department. Solving them requires integrated, intelligent solutions and technologies that empower teams across multiple functions with real-time insights and information. In this session, Accenture and Avanade will demonstrate the impact that Azure AI can have across T&D, with a specific focus on the following areas: Operations: Including resource management and predictive asset maintenance Storm response: Using AI to predict weather-related outages Customer experience: Managing expectations and call center communications
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Getting More from Your DERMS: Forecast, Optimize, Dispatch, and Integrate with a Microgrid Controller to Maximize Grid Assets.
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query_builder 2:00pm - 2:30pm
place C141, First Level
card_travel Presentation, Tech Talk
mic English
Getting More from Your DERMS: Forecast, Optimize, Dispatch, and Integrate with a Microgrid Controller to Maximize Grid Assets.
Sponsored by PxISE

Using utility Horizon Power as a case study, CEO & co-founder Patrick Lee of PXiSE Energy Solutions will share how a DERMS and microgrid controller work together to optimize a microgrid powered by DERs and traditional utility assets. The project successfully demonstrated how this combined technology enabled a microgrid powering a small town to run exclusively on solar assets with the support of relatively small capacity battery storage units. This accomplishment of coordinating hundreds of inverter-based resources to operate without spinning generators has implications well beyond this use case. When combined, these powerful software solutions can solve grid stability issues in the immediate term, enable the incorporation of a higher percentage of DERs (including intermittent renewables) to the grid, and facilitate the storage and dispatch of power in infinite ways that use BTM and FTM assets to their maximum potential.
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Creative Debt, Equity and Value-stacked Revenue Structures for Financing Energy Storage Projects
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query_builder 2:00pm - 2:30pm
place C145, First Level
card_travel Presentation
mic English
Creative Debt, Equity and Value-stacked Revenue Structures for Financing Energy Storage Projects
To date, there have been fewer than 15 energy storage non-recourse project financings due to a variety of actual and or perceived risks associated with this still-nascent industry. This presentation will discuss the various available and creative debt, equity, insurance, non-dilutive funding, and contractual structures required to effect successful energy storage project financing including how to maximize the use of additional available value-stacked revenue streams from benefits provided as part of the power delivery system.
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Grid Reliability Services from Customer Owned DERs
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query_builder 2:00pm - 2:30pm
place C144, First Level
card_travel Presentation
mic English
Grid Reliability Services from Customer Owned DERs
The Hawaiian Islands have experienced significant growth in Behind-the-Meter (BTM) resources, both in quantity and capacity. The Hawaiian Electric Company has launched a Grid Services Purchase Agreement (GSPA) to have customer-owned BTM assets to supply load-shaping capacity, reserve and regulation capacities, and fast frequency response. Required business model and operational protocols for competitive procurement of Grid Services from BTM assets have been established such as protocols for forecasting, dispatch, monitoring, and settlements covering both the customers and the service providers/aggregators. This presentation will highlight the GSPA objectives and structure, and discuss its regulatory, technology, and deployment requirements and challenges. The presentation will also discuss DERMS technology, scaled deployment, regulatory, economic, and technical considerations.
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Resiliency Insights and Planning, Presented by Kyndryl
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query_builder 2:00pm - 2:30pm
place C148, First Level
card_travel Presentation, Fireside Chat
mic English
Resiliency Insights and Planning, Presented by Kyndryl
Sponsored by Kyndryl

Join Melinda Consiglio, Kyndryl CTO, and Kim Darling, Business Development Partner for a Fireside chat about resiliency planning and infrastructure considerations in times of change.
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Initiate
AmpUp Pitch
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query_builder 2:05pm - 2:20pm
place 3755, Exhibit Floor
card_travel Presentation
mic English
AmpUp Pitch
Initiate is the hub at DISTRIBUTECH to hear about new technology, innovation, and up and coming talent in the energy sector. There will be 25 amazing startup companies pitching for a chance to win an award from Duke Energy and Clarion Energy Events. Stop by booth #3755 on the POWERGEN side to hear pitches and content centered around energy innovation.
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Simerse Pitch
Initiate is the hub at DISTRIBUTECH to hear about new technology, innovation, and up and coming talent in the energy sector. There will be 25 amazing startup companies pitching for a chance to win an award from Duke Energy and Clarion Energy Events. Stop by booth #3755 on the POWERGEN side to hear pitches and content centered around energy innovation.
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Knowledge Hub
Cybercriminals are Looking at IoT Devices: How Can We Negate These Attacks?
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query_builder 2:30pm - 3:00pm
place 1509, Exhibit Floor
card_travel Presentation
mic English
Cybercriminals are Looking at IoT Devices: How Can We Negate These Attacks?
Cyber-criminals and Cyber-terrorists are looking at IoT devices and their installations as an opportunity to steal information, extort money and attack national critical infrastructure. One of the most simple but efficient attacks is the Denial of Service attack, which is a simple way to take out and extort cloud-based services. There is also targeted ransomware, common malware, DNS hijacking, and other tools these criminals and terrorists use. The one common trait between these attacks is that they in one way or another exploit centralized infrastructure solutions, be it at index, data, service, or user level. This presentation will explain the threat to IoT devices, explain why IT departments alone are not equipped to handle the monitoring of millions and millions of devices in real-time, and why deployments using current infrastructure solutions as cloud technology are catastrophes waiting to happen.
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Leadership Summit
Decarbonization – Getting to 2035: Technology Interdependencies and Options - the View from “The Trenches” Across the Globe
Decarbonization – Getting to 2035: Technology Interdependencies and Options - the View from “The Trenches” Across the Globe
Heads of companies and thought leaders discuss specific challenges they have to meet their decarbonization goals or those set by government agencies, and how R&D can help individual companies and industries. The panel would focus on specific challenges and opportunities industries are facing, on electrification and its limits, and on specific measures/technologies needed.
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Lac-Mégantic and Hydro-Québec Microgrid: A Shared Vision of Energy Transition
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query_builder 2:30pm - 3:00pm
place 101, Exhibit Floor
card_travel Presentation
mic English
Lac-Mégantic and Hydro-Québec Microgrid: A Shared Vision of Energy Transition
The Town of Lac-Mégantic (LM) of Quebec, Canada suffered a catastrophic rail disaster in 2013 when a train full of oil derailed downtown. Following the disaster, LM formalized a vision to establish the Town as a smart city and create a “Living Lab” that would serve as a hub for technological and economic innovation. The utility, Hydro Québec (HQ), agreed to construct a microgrid in the downtown area to materialize their vision and develop the expertise required for a larger provincial energy transition. This presentation will provide an overview of the deployed solution, operational testing, and its contribution to LM and HQ's vision.
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How to Make Your Utility Analytics Program a Juggernaut: Lessons Learned from Con Edison
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query_builder 2:30pm - 3:00pm
place 143, Exhibit Floor
card_travel Presentation
mic English
How to Make Your Utility Analytics Program a Juggernaut: Lessons Learned from Con Edison
Con Edison’s analytics journey started in response to NY’s Reforming Energy Vision initiative and alongside the company’s AMI deployment. The Enterprise Data Analytics Platform was designed to provide its internal users with insights from the newly deployed meter functionality and has expanded over time to include additional data sources across different business units in the company. With the data platform, Con Edison launched a vehicle to democratize information. As the organization started to recognize the potential value the platform could provide, the culture of the analytics program shifted from a focus on platform capabilities to the business value enabled by the access to and analysis of centralized data. This shift is supported by strong collaboration across multiple business units together with IT. Today, the Analytics Center of Excellence administers the analytics program with active direction, funding, and support from several business units spanning operations, engineering, and customer experience. The business value-first approach created enormous interest and engagement across the enterprise, yielding several benefits. This presentation will explain Con Edison’s analytics journey and report on the benefits it is now realizing.
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Marvel Fusion Pitch
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query_builder 2:35pm - 2:50pm
place 3755, Exhibit Floor
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Marvel Fusion Pitch
Initiate is the hub at DISTRIBUTECH to hear about new technology, innovation, and up and coming talent in the energy sector. There will be 25 amazing startup companies pitching for a chance to win an award from Duke Energy and Clarion Energy Events. Stop by booth #3755 on the POWERGEN side to hear pitches and content centered around energy innovation.
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ClearTrace Pitch
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query_builder 2:50pm - 3:05pm
place 3755, Exhibit Floor
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ClearTrace Pitch
Initiate is the hub at DISTRIBUTECH to hear about new technology, innovation, and up and coming talent in the energy sector. There will be 25 amazing startup companies pitching for a chance to win an award from Duke Energy and Clarion Energy Events. Stop by booth #3755 on the POWERGEN side to hear pitches and content centered around energy innovation.
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Quantum Information Science to Protect the Smart Grid
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query_builder 3:00pm - 4:00pm
place 1509, Exhibit Floor
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Quantum Information Science to Protect the Smart Grid
This presentation will explain a DOE-funded initiative that uses a test site at a utility in Tennessee to demonstrate how quantum technologies can protect the electric grid from cyber-attack. The utility and Internet Service Provider (ISP) was selected as the test site because of its citywide fiber-optic network and is currently the only utility in the nation that is field testing quantum technology with national researchers to protect America’s electric grid from cyber-attacks. font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;
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Accelerating Decarbonization with 24/7 Energy Tracking
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query_builder 3:00pm - 3:30pm
place 143, Exhibit Floor
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Accelerating Decarbonization with 24/7 Energy Tracking
Cities, utilities, and corporations are all facing enormous pressure to decarbonize rapidly, cost-effectively, and equitably. While many entities are still struggling with how to calculate baseline emissions and create strategies for meeting voluntary or mandated goals based on GHG Protocol guidance some forward-leaning utilities and cities are writing their own voluntary market rules by pursuing “24/7 clean energy.”  There are many options when it comes to decarbonization. One thing is clear—everyone involved needs better data relating to their energy consumption and the associated emissions. Join XYZ utility and Itron Idea Labs in this interactive session where you will learn about the latest trends in carbon markets and how 24/7 generation and consumption data are being used to help utilities and cities decarbonize more efficiently with new tools like enhanced ESG reporting. Speakers will share experiences, challenges, and successes in creating actionable emissions reductions plans as they work together to identify core challenges and data-driven solutions to efficiently achieve decarbonization goals.
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Gain a Competitive Edge by Selecting and Deploying Antennas for Smart Cities
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query_builder 3:00pm - 3:30pm
place 101, Exhibit Floor
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Gain a Competitive Edge by Selecting and Deploying Antennas for Smart Cities
Sponsored by Skywve Antennas

Many times, the antenna is not taken into consideration in the early stages of a systems deployment.  However, no piece of equipment has a more significant effect on the performance of a radio installation than the right antenna system. Whether your system needs, ISM, IOT, LTE, Ultra-Wide Band, 4G, and/or 5G radio systems, we will discuss the process in selecting and evaluating the proper antenna system required in today’s ever-increasing radio networks.  We will cover everything concerning your antenna system in a clear technical format. Learn about different antenna configurations and how they fit into your design. Discover how the efficiency, VSWR, and Return Loss is important. We will also discuss antenna patterns, Gain Measurements and much more.
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Cantina Reception
Take 5 for a drink and a quick chat at our cantina receptions located throughout the exhibit hall

Networking Bar Locations:
Company Booth Number
Cleaveland Price 1322
Burns & McDonnell 2941
ABB 2323
Sensus 1723
Black & Veatch 2115
Urbint 3353
Generac Grid Services 3233
NV5 Geospatial 235
IFS/Clevest 723
Investissement Quebec 1015
Exelon Clearsight 1247
Utility Broadband Alliance 1026
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Delivering Immersive Field Training with XR
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query_builder 3:00pm - 3:30pm
place 1041, Exhibit Floor
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Delivering Immersive Field Training with XR
This session explores how SDG&E used its innovation framework to develop use cases for extended reality (XR). The utility is in the process of operationalizing this technology through an “XR Factory” where it will build out 10-15 future use cases per year to be used throughout the business, including emergency response, operations visualization, field maintenance, real-time simulations, and more. Immersive training with XR allows for rapid response to evolving challenges and helps to train teams while reducing their exposure to risk – improving their safety and overall operational efficiency, particularly during times of crisis.
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Energy Storage for the Grid as Used by Utilities – Case Studies & Lessons Learned
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query_builder 3:00pm - 3:30pm
place 3043, Exhibit Floor
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Energy Storage for the Grid as Used by Utilities – Case Studies & Lessons Learned
Decades ago, high energy prices created market entry points for Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS). Since then, market conditions have expanded coverage and evolved, and now battery energy storage is as inexpensive as it has ever been, and declining year over year, opening new markets as the cost of traditional solutions is more expensive than a BESS solution. Many different applications of BESS have been installed and operated: frequency regulation, frequency reserves; energy arbitrage; renewable energy smoothing, and time-shifting; to non-wires-alternatives that substitute for building out new transmission and distribution lines to customers. In this session, three case studies for three different customers will be discussed and lessons learned and recommendations to paths forward will be identified.
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Initiate
Rapid Water Technologies Pitch
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query_builder 3:05pm - 3:20pm
place 3755, Exhibit Floor
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Rapid Water Technologies Pitch
Initiate is the hub at DISTRIBUTECH to hear about new technology, innovation, and up and coming talent in the energy sector. There will be 25 amazing startup companies pitching for a chance to win an award from Duke Energy and Clarion Energy Events. Stop by booth #3755 on the POWERGEN side to hear pitches and content centered around energy innovation.
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Wonder Window Pitch
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query_builder 3:20pm - 3:35pm
place 3755, Exhibit Floor
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Wonder Window Pitch
Initiate is the hub at DISTRIBUTECH to hear about new technology, innovation, and up and coming talent in the energy sector. There will be 25 amazing startup companies pitching for a chance to win an award from Duke Energy and Clarion Energy Events. Stop by booth #3755 on the POWERGEN side to hear pitches and content centered around energy innovation.
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Meeting the Infrastructure Needs of the Net-Zero Future
The always complicated process forced upon developers and builders of new energy projects gets more challenging and problematic every year. Financial constraints, regulatory hurdles, political pressures, and, last but not least, environmental goals are not always in alignment, so utilities and their EPC partners have hard rows to hoe in bringing those together. This session will look at how both utilities, system operators, and contractors navigate the building of the road to Destination 2050. This session will look at how the IOUs, IPPS, EPCs, and public power planners are using new architectural goals and methods to create the path to net-zero.
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All Hands on Deck: Improving Renewable Energy Access for Low-income Communities
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query_builder 3:30pm - 4:00pm
place 3043, Exhibit Floor
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All Hands on Deck: Improving Renewable Energy Access for Low-income Communities
Climate change is an all-hands-on-deck challenge, and everyone should be able to participate in the low-carbon economy. But, despite the fact that low-income families are on the front lines of a warming climate, their clean energy adoption lags higher-income customers. Pecan Street will review the reasons for this discrepancy, examine efforts to address it, and preview the organization’s upcoming community-driven research with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
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The Journey to a Grid Digital Twin
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query_builder 3:30pm - 4:00pm
place 143, Exhibit Floor
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The Journey to a Grid Digital Twin
Sponsored by Bentley Systems

The energy transition is introducing new challenges for utilities that build and manage our electrical grid.  Imagine if you had a digital representation of the entire grid, and could use that to simulate and optimize the different design and operational alternatives?  How can you use that to dramatically improve the productivity of your teams, while at the same time improving the quality of their design and operational decisions?  In this presentation, we’ll talk about the importance of an open multi-vendor approach to digital twins, and about how it is not a product but rather a journey.  We’ll share some of the early lessons learned implementing digital twins, and the importance of delivering tangible results and continuously learning in every step of that journey.
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