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2013 Agenda

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Wednesday February 27th: DAY 1 CONFERENCE PROGRAM
9:00-9:15 Chairman’s welcome
Kristoffer Torvik, Senior Research Analyst, Pike Research
9:15–9:45 Keynote:  Demand Response Enablement in the Tennessee Valley
  • Learn how technology roadmaps are implemented at various stages of completion across the TVA service territory and why numerous vendor solutions are applied
  • Exploring the robust communications between TVA and local power companies needed for improved demand side visibility and forecasting
  • Lessons from the development of distribution optimization strategies focusing on interfacing key internal and external systems
Karlton Fredebeil, Senior Project Manager – Metering Infrastructure, TVA
9:45-10:15 Keynote:   TVA’s Conservation Voltage Regulation, CVR Program
  • TVA’s Conservation Voltage Regulation program expected to deliver 3.7 TWh hours of energy savings and 140 megawatts of peak reduction, from roughly 900 distribution feeder circuits
  • Since TVA owns few distribution circuits, it’s relying on its 155 local power companies to deliver savings through use of CVR.  This arrangement is unique in the power industry.  This session will explore voltage optimization in general, TVA’s CVR program, the measurement and verification
  • This program is open and does not require the local power companies to use a single vendor for CVR equipment.  This gives the local power companies the freedom to create a solution that is best for them.  TVA only requires that the voltage optimization system is not model based and employs end-of-line voltage feedback to optimize voltage
Robert Frye, Senior Project Manager, TVA
10:15-10:45 The Evolution of Demand Response – Can Customer Load Flexibility be used as an Alternative to Generation for Ancillary Services?
  • Discuss flexibility of load as a cost effective energy storage technology today
  • Understand how can the use of load side resources make generation more efficient and reliable
  • Explore case studies where load is being used for Regulation Services and as a solution to Renewable intermittency today
Scott Henneberry, VP, Smart Grid Strategy, Schneider Electric
11:15-11:45 Network Management 2.0: How Integrated Communications & Grid Applications Management Can Optimize Distribution Automation (Case Study)
  • Hear illustrations on the architecture that supports a comprehensive network management platform and cover key challenges around integration of legacy and new communications networks
  • Discuss how a manager-of-managers is being deployed to provide an end-to-end visibility across the AMI and DA enterprises and their associated PLC, cellular & fiber networks
  • Explore the utility benefits including improved grid reliability, reduced operational costs, and streamlined grid operations
Raiford Smith, Director Smart Grid Emerging Technologies, Duke Energy
Paul Moon, VP, GridMaven Utility Solutions
11:45-12:15 Control Systems and Control Software: The Brains of Distribution Automation (Case Study)
  • Determining whether to go DMS or ADMS (Advanced Data Management Systems)
  • Analyzing Duke Energy’s lessons learned from implementing a DMS and changes required
  • Understand the expectation and benefits for using a DMS for optimization and operation problem solving
Steve Russell, Manager, Central Operations, Duke Energy
12:15-12:45 Examining Microgrids: A Clear Definition, How to Make Your Case and Get Started
  • Exploring a definition of a Microgrid – There are 30+ know and published definitions of a Microgrid, with some concepts that appear in every definition.  This session will start with a definition that blends the similarities of all of them and downplays the differences
  • Understanding what Microgrids are and what they aren’t.  Eliminating the misconceptions and misinterpretations through examples of systems that clearly meet the definition
  • Discussing the benefits of Microgrids – touching on security, flexibility, reliability and profitability
  • Learn how to implement a Microgrid.  How you can do it in phases and why this is truly a situation where the sum of the parts is greater than the whole
David Chiesa, Manager – PSS Business Development, S&C Electric Company
12:45-1:45 LUNCH
1:45-2:15 How the Distribution Network will become a Microgrid:  Enhancing Distribution, Increasing Reliability, Accelerating Improvement and Generating Revenue
  • Strategies to utilize microgrids to support data center energy consumption
  • How to diversify energy sources and harness energy efficiency – from renewables incorporation to reducing the carbon footprint
  • Learn how to integrate practical information on how to generate, distribute and regulate flow in a localized manner
Kevin Meagher, CTO, Power Analytics
2:15-2:45 Lifecycle Outage Management: Utilizing Information Technology and Automation to Improve Reliability (Panel)
  • Discover how to integrate a number of systems across operations, engineering, customer service and billing to get utility visibility out into the distribution grid
  • Understand why FLISR will become the heart of the distribution automation system
  • Identify how the convergence of the DA hardware and AMI, already in place, seamlessly integrate FLISR as an application that’s more accurate and decreases restoration times
Ben Kellison, Smart Grid Analyst, GTM Research
Bennie Fussell, Smart Grid IT Solutions Manager, Schneider Electric
2:45- 3:15 Georgia Power's Implementation of Fault Location Analysis
  • Utilizes their existing OMS/ ADMS system that has an extensive storm-proven history
  • Describes how Georgia Power extended their existing OMS by implementing Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS) capabilities
  • Leverages a common distribution impedance model, fault current data from relays and line sensors in order to pin-point line faults
David B. Lyons, Distribution Support Manager, Georgia Power
3:13-3:45 SMART GRID DEVELOPMENT: Step 1 – CVR; Step 2 – Distributed Generation/ Storage/ MicroGrid Compatibility
  • How to first apply a critical application, CVR as an app on the SmartGrid platform
  • Making the distribution grid compatible with the distributed generation and storage such as PV and Wind using the concept of the MicroGrid control
  • Understanding the natural evolution of the distribution grid is the next step in the SmartGrid platform applications – what’s under development with Dominion’s partnership with Virginia Commonweath University’s Engineering Complex
Phillip Powell, Director of Grid Innovation, Dominion Virginia Power
4:15-4:45 Using Volt/ VAR to Target Energy Efficiency (CASE STUDY)
  • Lessons learned from an integrated Volt/Var pilot on feeders in two locations – North Phoenix and Payson, Arizona
  • Expert tips on implementing Volt/ Var optimization that supports industry protocols and standards so that it can easily integrate into external systems
  • Find out how to verify expected operation (power factor and voltage management) and to determine the demand and energy impacts
Tony Tewelis, Director, Technology Innovation, Arizona Public Service
4:45-5:15 The DOE’s Current and Future Role in DA
  • Apprising an overview of the current smart grid projects underway that  have been funded by the DOE
  • Discovering how the future funding for on-going projects is being projected
  • Prepare for how national and local regulations are taking shape ­­­­­and what benchmarks need to be in place now to be in compliance with continued industry wide standardizations
Joe Paladino, Senior Advisor, DOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability
5:15-5:45 PG&E Smart Grid Testing Capability
  • Creation of a Distribution Test Yard for SG applications and equipment testing
  • Energized and Simulation testing capabilities – from 480v to 21kV.
  • 2013 and near term testing proposals and priorities.
David Bradley, P.E., Manager, Applied Technology Services, PG&E

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Thursday June 28th: DAY 2 CONFERENCE PROGRAM
9:00-10:00 KEYNOTE: Smart Grid Distribution Automation Using Model-Centric Control with Proven Cost/ Benefit Analysis
Smart Grid relies on Distribution Automation (DA) for robust, rapid recovery after outage events.
The model-centric approach uses a single integrated system model (ISM) that is highly detailed and maintained of the physical and electrical system as it relates to the geospatial location of system components.
The path to creating Smarter Grid is to prove “hard dollar” savings of planned DA improvements through
  • simulation
  • proof of concepts
  • pilots and demos
The panel will describe this path and show how DOE and NYSERDA funding supported the path. Future steps continue to increase returns from these investments.

Stephanie Hamilton, Smart Grid Research & Development Manager, Brookhaven National Laboratory
Robert Broadwater, CTO, Electrical Distribution Design, Inc.
Jeffrey Roark, Sr. Project Manager - Smart Grid Economics, EPRI
10:00-10:30 “Divide and Conquer” Utilizing Technology to Divide and Conquer Storm Restoration
  • A discussion on operating procedures utilized by Alabama Power Company to minimize restoration time after major events
  • Outlines the features and benefits of a decentralized command and control capability
  • Describes the integrated set of tools being deployed by Alabama Power to provide further restoration improvements
Brian Lindsay, GIS Manager, Alabama Power
John Sell, IDMS Product Marketing Manager, Alstom Grid
11:00-11:30 GIS Accuracy Required for Smart Grid Success
  • Hear the successful processes used by Alabama Power for the reconciliation of their GIS distribution network and the establishment of a single source of accurate data
  • Understand how they included a complete field inventory and the reconciliation and life update of the distributed assets in their GIS distribution model – including simultaneous updates to the GIS data to improve the locational accuracy of the assets
Shrikant Mate, Director, EGIS, Rolta  International, Inc.
Brian Lindsay, GIS Manager, Alabama Power
11:30-12:00 Control & Data: How to Effectively Manage Control and Data Flow
  • Evaluate services in SCADA vs. distributed data management
  • Understand the criticality of data by service type
  • Explore the integration of data and physical signals in operational real-time decision making
  • Discuss how to create interoperable systems for integrated data management and analysis
  • Survey security and privacy issues in the emerging smart grid
Bruce McMillin, Director of Center for Information Assurance, Missouri University of Science & Technology
12:00-12:30 Regulatory Policy, Grid Reliability, and Grid Resiliency
Derechos, superstorms, human error and deliberate cyber-attacks can disable vast swaths of our electrical grid and expose communities to crippling economic and social impacts. We have a number of technologies and business models that can help address grid weaknesses, but are our federal and state policies prepared to help or hinder these innovations? This session will cover the regulatory ecosystem and point out gaps, challenges, and opportunities for innovations in achieving the objectives of making the grid reliable AND resilient.

Larisa Dobriansky, SVP, Legal, Regulatory and Energy Policy, General MicroGrids
Christine Hertzog, Managing Director, Smart Grid Library
Chris Kotting, Executive Director, Energy Information Standards Alliance
12:30-1:30 LUNCH
1:30-2:00 Values of a Distributed Energy Resource Management System
  • Find out how advanced distribution modelling capability allows for accurate simulation of real or near real time smart grid operations
  • Management, forecasting and control of DER
  • Integration of network, market, and renewable resource models for next-generation DMS
Melanie Miller, Senior Project Manager, Duke Energy
2:00-2:30 How to Integrate Renewable Energy into the Distribution Network
  • Hear about APS’s Community Power Project, the nation’s most comprehensive distributed energy project. The U.S. DOE funded pilot is testing the effects of a high-penetration of distributed solar and other technologies on the grid in order to optimize it for a solar future
  • APS also is testing self-healing/self-isolating devices, automated sensors and switches and Distribution Fault Anticipation technology. A 1.5 MW battery storage device is being tested at a substation and soon will be integrated with the solar project
Tony Tewelis, Director, Technology Innovation, Arizona Public Service
2:30-3:00 Determining Communications Systems to Support Microgrids
  • Discuss the benefits of having a smart communications network
  • Understand where, when and how benefits occur
Mel Gehrs, Technical Sales Engineer/ DA Specialist, Silver Spring Networks
3:30-4:00  Industry Standards to Impact and Facilitate a Successful DA Implementation
This presentation will touch on communications, operations, safety and performance evaluation of a DA program.
  • Explore the standards that are in place today, and those which are in the process and are expected to have an influence on DA installations in the next 1-2 years
  • Understand the various standards development organizations (SDOs) which are influencing/ affecting DA and expectation on the direction these SDOs will pursue in DA standards in the immediate and short term timeframes
Sam Sciacca, President, SCS Consulting, LLC speaking on behalf of IEEE-SA
4:00-4:30 Large Scale Energy Storage System in the Smart Power Grid
  • Reliability aspect of storage systems
  • Energy Storage Resource - modelling parameters
  • Operational challenge
  • Practical case studies
Dr. Shay Bahramirad, Systems Integration Engineer Power Systems Services, S&C Electric Company

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