20-25 May 2022
DISTRIBUTECH 2022

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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
PAID EVENT- Reach out to info@distributech.com to add this to your registration

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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Conference
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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query_builder 10:30am - 11:00am
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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Conference
Ameren’s Digital Data Platform
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query_builder 10:30am - 11:00am
place C147, First Level
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mic English
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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Knowledge Hub
Distributed Intelligence: How Real-time Edge Computing Is a Game-Changer for Grid Modernization & Consumer Engagement
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query_builder 10:30am - 11:30am
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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Knowledge Hub
Long-term Planning for Distribution System Transformation
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query_builder 10:30am - 11:00am
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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Conference
Lessons Learned from a Large Distribution Automation Deployment
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query_builder 10:30am - 11:00am
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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query_builder 10:30am - 11:00am
place C142, First Level
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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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