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
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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Conference
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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