20-25 May 2022
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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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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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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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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
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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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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The Benefits of Smart Lateral and Feeder Switches and Deployment Considerations
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query_builder 11:00am - 11:30am
place C146, First Level
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mic English
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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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?
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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
Distribution Automation Fireside Chat with Ameren and UScellular
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query_builder 1:00pm - 1:30pm
place C146, First Level
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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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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
Demonstration of Novel Hybrid Control Scheme for DMS Controlling DER
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query_builder 1:30pm - 2:00pm
place C146, First Level
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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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Conference
An Overview of a Successful Distribution Automation Program
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query_builder 2:00pm - 2:30pm
place C146, First Level
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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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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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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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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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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
Deploying A Closed-Loop Distribution Automation and SCADA System In A Critical Infrastructure Application
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query_builder 10:00am - 10:30am
place C146, First Level
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Deploying A Closed-Loop Distribution Automation and SCADA System In A Critical Infrastructure Application
A case study of how a closed-loop distribution automation system helped a military application achieve the highest level of power reliability.  Deployment of a SCADA system aided in providing monitoring and control of the entire distribution network.  This presentation will examine why a closed-loop system was chosen, detail the system testing approach, and summarize the field commissioning and challenges faced.
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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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Applications of Synchrophasor Measurements at ComEd Distribution Network
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query_builder 10:30am - 11:00am
place C146, First Level
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Applications of Synchrophasor Measurements at ComEd Distribution Network
This presentation will review the installations of PMU and micro PMUs in the Bronzeville Community Microgrid and various ComEd distribution substations. It will also briefly touch on Distribution Linear State Estimation (DLSE) platform which will gather data from these PMUs and provide monitoring capability to enhance situational awareness.
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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
High-speed IEC 61850-based Distribution Automation System Testing with RTDS and Cellular Network
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query_builder 11:00am - 11:30am
place C146, First Level
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High-speed IEC 61850-based Distribution Automation System Testing with RTDS and Cellular Network
Southern California Edison is evaluating a new switch automation technology, referred to as the Remote Integrated Switch (RIS). The RIS includes a new control and communication scheme forming a distribution automation application with advanced functionality. The RIS system is designed to work on a grid with increased penetration of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs). DERs require advanced protection and control algorithms that can rapidly account for dynamic changes in load flow and energy resource availability while performing fault localization, isolation, and load restoration to maintain stability and reliability of the grid. The RIS is a decentralized system, where field automation controllers work together as a team to resolve fault scenarios, governing circuit switching responses in pre-defined geographical areas. Each participating controller or team member employs its system logic based on a Neural Network while incorporating local measurements and information received from other team members into its decision process. The previous RIS system development phase was successfully accomplished with a field deployment utilizing slow communication infrastructure and DNP3 communication protocol. Due to the inherent latency of the 900MHz legacy communication infrastructure, the average system response and reconfiguration after a fault event was approximately 2 minutes. This presentation focuses on a new phase of the project, where the system employs the IEC 61850 protocol with GOOSE messaging. Utilizing the LTE communication infrastructure for the technology demonstration, authors plan to demonstrate a sub-second system response time. The communication infrastructure includes 23 LTE modems connected over VPN to a cellular carrier. In order to test the system under different fault conditions, simultaneous secondary injection for 22 RIS devices using real time digital simulation (RTDS) equipment was performed. The digital RTDS model is compiled based on data from the real circuits to ensure high fidelity of the system response and testing results. This presentation will discuss the system’s governing rules, design concept, test results from various fault events and lessons learned during this development phase of the RIS project.10.0pt;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;
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Leadership Summit
Decarbonization - Getting to 2035: Technology Interdependencies and Options - the View from DC
Decarbonization - Getting to 2035: Technology Interdependencies and Options - the View from DC
Industry leaders will discuss the roles that different technologies can play in decarbonizing the economy and helping the U.S. reach its goals as well as the main technical, economic, and policy barriers slowing down their commercialization, adoption, and optimal integration and operation.
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Powered by Diversity Luncheon
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Workplace diversity is becoming a more common conversation in the business world and placing a focus on diversity and inclusion should extend farther than the hiring department. Diversity is a range of human differences, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religious or ethical values, national origin, veteran status, and political beliefs. Join us for a networking lunch to hear industry leaders speak on the topic of diversity in the workplace and share the best practices they have experienced in this space.
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Making The Most Of A Utility Accelerator Program
Dominion Energy Innovation Center's DEIC Accelerate program introduced 15 startups to dozens of business units across Dominion Energy in its first two years. In this session, Adam Sledd of DEIC and Michael Beiro of Linebird will discuss how the program creates value for both the utility and the startups.  They will cover how a startup can maximize its opportunity to quickly build customer relationships, and how the utility benefits from creating a formal framework to engage startup companies.
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On the Future of Work + Working
Whether we have more jobs or less is a debate only time will settle, but there is no doubt 100% of jobs will be reskilled. How we work and Why is being recalibrated, and society overall will take a radical shift as we head into what has been described as the Fourth Industrial Revolution. How can we build the new capacities necessary? How will new tools shape new behaviors and drive new expectations? Which old practices to manage risk are actually now putting us at risk? And how will we measure we are doing it right?
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InnovationForce Pitch
Dominion Energy Innovation Center's DEIC Accelerate program introduced 15 startups to dozens of business units across Dominion Energy in its first two years. In this session, Adam Sledd of DEIC and Michael Beiro of Linebird will discuss how the program creates value for both the utility and the startups.  They will cover how a startup can maximize its opportunity to quickly build customer relationships, and how the utility benefits from creating a formal framework to engage startup companies.
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Conference
Wrangling Unlimited Control Options in an Everchanging Environment
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query_builder 1:30pm - 2:00pm
place C146, First Level
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Wrangling Unlimited Control Options in an Everchanging Environment
The Distribution System is evolving at a rate not seen since the inception of the power system itself. This session will examine an ongoing effort at Xcel Energy to utilize flexible control equipment that can function in a wide variety of roles and cover a wide variety of use cases, from complex decentralized protective arrangements to multi-layered automation schemes governed by central intelligence.font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;
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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
Burns & McDonnell 2941
Black & Veatch 2115

Crystal Group

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DNV GI -Usa Inc 2341
Twistarp Twistool 3811
Sentient 829
Exelon Clearsight 1247
Nokia of America Corporation 4311
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Practical Experience with High-impedance Fault Detection in Distribution Systems
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query_builder 2:00pm - 2:30pm
place C146, First Level
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Practical Experience with High-impedance Fault Detection in Distribution Systems
High-impedance faults (HIFs) on distribution systems, such as those caused by downed conductors, are difficult to detect using traditional protective relaying because low fault currents are often masked by load. HIFs are of public safety concern if left undetected. In this presentation, we document PPL’s motivation and approach for improving HIF detection on its distribution system using substation-based feeder protective relays and recloser controls that include an HIF detection algorithm. The presenters will provide a brief explanation of the HIF detection algorithm and its application and explain the early challenges in developing HIF alarm logic and include an analysis of false HIF detections in an initial pilot. Attendees will hear how PPL learned from initial field data and the path it took to improve user experience and field performance. Presenters will show findings from live downed conductor detection testing and explain how PPL introduced improvements to the HIF algorithm logic to reduce false assertions. Finally they will provide event analysis from real-world HIF fault conditions and discuss HIF algorithm and logic performance.
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AWS Start Ups & Culture of Innovation
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Conference
How to Optimize the Asset Booking Process with Digital Construction Management Tools
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query_builder 2:30pm - 3:00pm
place C146, First Level
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How to Optimize the Asset Booking Process with Digital Construction Management Tools
Sponsored by Locusview

Collecting and processing high-fidelity data from the field into downstream data-hungry applications like ADMS, WAM and GIS have always been problematic for utilities. This session will review a new crew-friendly Digital Construction Management solution that optimizes the entire construction-to-asset booking process.  It allows for rapid reporting of as-built data, decreases the time needed to book assets, reduces CWIP levels in accounting systems, limits AFUDC costs while awaiting project close-out, and ultimately provides superior data to ADMS and GIS.
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Powerful Young Professionals Happy Hour
The fostering and nurturing of young talent is a central pillar of Initiate, whether an undergraduate or postgraduate student or a young professional at the beginning of their career.
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It's 5 O'clock Somewhere!
Located on the exhibit floor at sponsored booths—enjoy one of the most productive hours at DISTRIBUTECH International® as you mix, mingle and enhance your networking game

Networking Bar Locations:
Company  Booth Number
Scott Engineering 1441
ABB 2323
ELM Fieldsight LLC 4215
Open Systems International 2008
Landis + Gyr 2602
Clevest/IFS 723
Locusview Solutions 729
Hdr Engineering Inc 434
Veritone Inc. 2753
Urbint 3353
Conseillers Cgi Inc. 1815
Irth Solutions 515
Power Engineers 2435
Dominion Resources Services, Inc. 856
HITACHI 2123
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Power Play
Join us for the POWERGEN & DISTRIBUTECH Joint Networking Party, Power Play. Network with your industry peers at our sports-themed event.
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Conference
Impact of Autonomous DER Functions on Centralized Voltage Optimization
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query_builder 8:30am - 9:15am
place C146, First Level
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Impact of Autonomous DER Functions on Centralized Voltage Optimization
Distributed energy resources (DER) can alter feeder power flows in ways that challenge traditional engineering. Interconnection rules and standards like IEEE 1547-2018 require DER to have autonomous grid support control capabilities, such as volt-var and volt-watt. While these functions can potentially improve DER integration, it is not well understood how they impact distribution voltage optimization (VO) schemes. This presentation evaluates the impact of autonomous DER functions on a feeder VO scheme. Static load flow and quasi-static time-series (QSTS) simulations are performed for a range of feeder load and PV penetration scenarios to assess the impact of widely-adopted DER grid support functions - constant power factor, volt-var, watt-var and volt-watt - on a VO scheme, which is set to flatten the feeder voltage profile. Feeder steady-state voltages, reactive power consumption, and other key metrics are assessed to compare feeder autonomous voltage regulation to an active VO scheme, both with and without smart inverter functions activated. The VO scheme is further evaluated with and without visibility to the operation of DER grid support functions. This research assesses the value of VO schemes on high penetration feeders. It also describes VO scheme requirements to monitor DER operation and to consider specific DER grid support function operation. Utilities will be better informed to select effective VO and DER settings to coordinate for desired feeder operating voltages.
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How Smart Meters Can Be Used for Automation of Load Shedding During Emergency Weather Events, Load and DER Management and Beyond
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query_builder 9:15am - 10:00am
place C146, First Level
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How Smart Meters Can Be Used for Automation of Load Shedding During Emergency Weather Events, Load and DER Management and Beyond
During emergency events, such as the Texas 2021 February cold weather event, roll out of load shedding becomes necessary to avoid otherwise total system blackout. This can be extremely challenging with feeders that host critical loads, which results in uneven rollout execution where customers on other feeders may experience longer outages. It is feasible however to use smart meters to execute efficient and evenly distributed load shedding while excluding critical customers, but not without some improvements which this presentation addresses. The presenters also take us on a journey of enablement of utility-scale load and DER management initiatives.
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Initiate Awards
Join us for the Initiate awards, where Clarion Events will announce 3 winners and Duke Energy will announce one 1-to 3 winners from the startup pitch competition.
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