20-25 May 2022
DISTRIBUTECH 2022

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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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Startup Corporate Mixer, powered by Plug and Play Tech Center
The Initiate Hub (booth #3755) will host an invite-only mixer on Monday, May 23rd, from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm. This exclusive mixer will bring together startup companies and utility innovation managers for an informal hour of networking and connecting.
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Opening Reception
Kick-off DISTRIBUTECH International® by joining us at the opening reception on the exhibition floor! 
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Breakfast Roundtables
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These roundtable discussions provide excellent opportunities to network with peers while engaging with industry experts. Roundtables focused on specific industry topics are moderated by leading professionals in each field. The roundtables sell out quickly—don’t delay reserving your seat! These roundtable discussions provide excellent opportunities to network with peers while engaging with industry experts. Roundtables focused on specific industry topics are moderated by leading professionals in each field. The roundtables sell out quickly—don’t delay reserving your seat!
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Funding the New Energy Paradigm: Innovative Financing Mechanisms & Clever Capital Structures
This session will explore the different financing mechanisms and capital structures that will be critical to enabling a more sustainable energy future and what actors will be key to making this a success. Alternative financing for medium sized players: Reconciliation, direct-pay tax credits What's next for Project Finance? CPPAs, VPPAs, and what about other options?
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Conference
Customer DER to the Rescue! Responding to Grid Events Through a Modern DRMS
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query_builder 10:00am - 10:30am
place C141, First Level
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Customer DER to the Rescue! Responding to Grid Events Through a Modern DRMS
In this presentation, we will discuss the recent implementation of a new DRMS solution at Con Edison in New York City. The new system has been designed to enable all 3.5 million electric customers to participate in Demand Response programs through enrollment of Curtailment, Distributed Generation, and Energy Storage System assets. Each asset is individually modeled and monitored to the meter level for each distribution network or feeder. The system is capable of dispatching all forms of events, from system-wide down to individual service points. The presentation will provide an overview of new business models enabled by the platform, a business-led development approach, an intense focus on customer experience, and the IT integration challenges faced to build this highly configurable off-premise solution.
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Utility Digital Transformation & The Energy Transition
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Moderated by AWS Energy & Utilities business development leader Rolf Gibbels, this panel of utility chief information officers (CIOs) and energy security experts explores current utility digital transformation programs and their role in meeting the decarbonization and decentralization challenges posed by the energy transition. Hear updates from Duke Energy and Sempra Energy, and learn about an AWS energy and utilities global research study. Key Takeaways: Examples and lessons learned from current utility digital transformation programs and plans. Summary review of top utility cloud solution use cases. Review of AWS cloud security resources to support customers.
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Conference
PGEs Real-time ADMS/DERMS Strategy
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query_builder 10:30am - 11:00am
place C141, First Level
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PGEs Real-time ADMS/DERMS Strategy
Portland General Electric (PGE) is Oregon’s largest electric utility serving more than 862,000 residential and 105,000 commercial customers over 4,000 square miles. PGE is an Investor-owned utility managing electric generation, transmission and distribution with the goal of providing 50% of energy from renewable resources by 2040 up from ~16% in 2016. In order to address the increasing operational challenges and enable a clean energy future while ensuring reliable service and exceptional customer service, PGE is in the process of deploying a real-time, comprehensive ADMS and DERMS on a single OT platform that seamlessly integrates with the existing Transmission Energy Management System. Working collaboratively with Open Systems International Inc. (OSI), PGE is implementing an ADMS/DERMS to increase operational efficiencies, reduce system loss, reduce peak demand, improve SAIDI/SAIFI, enable new customer services and maximize DER utilization. The DERMS functionality will enable real-time visibility, forecasting and control of DER’s, including PV, vehicles, battery, wind, microgrids, and more. The OSI DERMS is interfacing via OpenADR with Enbala, PGE’s existing Demand Response provider to enable real-time dispatch of DER to reduce periods of peak load. In the future, PGE will explore how DER can participate in CAISO Western Energy Imbalance Market. This presentation will explain the utility’s ADMS/DERMS strategy, share design decisions and lessons learned."Arial",sans-serif;
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Leadership Summit
Utility Communication Infrastructure: Mission Critical Private Networks – The Catalyst for Utilities’ Digital Transformation
Utility Communication Infrastructure: Mission Critical Private Networks – The Catalyst for Utilities’ Digital Transformation
A fireside chat with the executive leadership from two major IOUs – Southern Co. and Exelon Corp. We will hear their perspectives on the role that capital investments in private networks play toward grid modernization strategies, and how Private-LTE networks can help accelerate a utility’s digital transformation journey. This session will have plenty of opportunities for the audience to engage in a dialog with the panel.
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Conference
When Renewable Generation Exceeds Peak Demand: High Penetration DER Management for Safe and Reliable Grid Operations
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query_builder 11:00am - 11:30am
place C141, First Level
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When Renewable Generation Exceeds Peak Demand: High Penetration DER Management for Safe and Reliable Grid Operations
For a growing number of utilities, renewable and DER penetration has reached a point where grid operators require additional operational flexibility to maintain high levels of power reliability and service quality. As the owner of all of Northern Ireland’s 45,000 km of electric transmission and distribution infrastructure serving about 880,000 customers, Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) Networks is investing in DER management technologies to mitigate grid congestion, infrastructure overload and global system challenges from having more renewable generation capacity (just over 2,000 MW) than system minimum demand (about 1,500 MW). In this presentation, NIE Networks will describe its grid management challenges, outline its approach to DER management technologies, and share preliminary findings from its explorations and DERMS pilot that led to the decision in early 2021 to deploy DERMS systemwide. The session will give an overview of the current Strategic Energy Framework for Northern Ireland until 2030, how this aligns with the progress of the DERMS implementation and how these could evolve into the management aspects of NIE Networks' DER strategy. This example will be informative for North American utilities and others who are working with ISOs on a scalable DER market model through either FERC 2222 or another regulatory framework.
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