Local Interest Technical Panel Sessions

2015 IEEE PES General Meeting


Title New Advanced Distribution System Architectures and Control for Distributed Generation and Storage Management
Sponsored By Local Organizing Committee
Session Chair M. Baggu, NREL
Description New advanced distribution system architectures and controls are of primary focus to the research communities in the era of high penetration of Distributed Energy Resources (DER). To address this need, the panel intends to present the latest technical developments in the broad spectrum of distributed generation and storage management. The panel includes all aspects of distributed generation, storage, and interconnection technologies as well as electric power system simulation studies as applied to real-world electric distribution system. Panelists will focus on one of the following topics.
  • Value addition through management systems like Distribution Management System (DMS), Distributed Energy Resource Management System (DERMS), Microgrid Management System (MGMS), etc.
  • Software simulation models and methods to evaluate the distribution grid with high penetration of DER.
  • Role of storage in control and management of distribution systems
  • Market models and disruptive market shifts leading to new services at the distribution level.

S. Marozumi; B. Beihoff, Wisconsin Energy Institute; S. Grijalva, NREL; E. Gomez-Lazaro, University of Castilla-La Mancha; H. Rosentrater, Avista; M. Miller, Duke Energy; H. Kley, Spirae; J. Gantz, Alstom Grid

Title Collaborative Centers on Renewable Energy at Colorado Universities
Sponsored By Local Organizing Committee
Session Chair S. Suryanarayanan, Colorado State University

The State of Colorado and its universities have embarked on an ambitious trajectory of promoting research, education, technology transfer, and economic development around renewable energy in the region. The effort is spearheaded by the Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory (CERC), which is a research consortium of the four leading research institutions located in the state—the Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the University of Colorado at Boulder. This initiative brings together stakeholders such as industry partners, public agencies, and other universities and colleges to: create and accelerate the commercialization of renewable energy technologies, energy management systems, and energy efficiency; support economic growth in Colorado and the nation with renewable energy industries; and supply well-prepared energy researchers and technicians to the workforce. The collaboratory consists of four research centers:

  • Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuels
  • Center for Revolutionary Solar Photoconversion
  • Center for Research and Education in Wind
  • Carbon Management Center

D. Hiller, Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory; D. Zimmerle, Colorado State University; P. C. Taylor, Colorado School of Mines; B. Hannegan, NREL; F. Barnes, University of Colorado

Title Energy Systems Integration
Sponsored By Local Organizing Committee
Session Chair B. Kroposki, NREL and M. O’Malley, University College

Energy Systems Integration (ESI) seeks to optimize the energy system and other large scale infrastructures, in particular water and transport, by leveraging the synergies across all scales and pathways (i.e. electricity, fuels, heat). ESI is a multidisciplinary area ranging from science, engineering and technology to policy, economics, regulation and human behavior. The research scope is potentially vast, however, ESI research is most valuable at the interfaces where the coupling and interactions are strong and represent a challenge and an opportunity. This panel will explore the benefits and limitation of connecting electric power systems with other energy infrastructures to create a modern grid that provides flexibility for the integration of clean energy systems and optimizes the overall energy system efficiency.



M. O'Malley, University College; G. Anderson, ETH; L. Schmitt, Alstom Grid; A. Ott, PJM; Y. Zhang, NREL; M. Ruth, NREL; H. Madsen, Danish Technical University; J. McCalley, Iowa State University

Title Workforce Development for Renewable Energy and Power Systems
Sponsored By Local Organizing Committee
Session Chair B. O'Neill

As solar and wind industries expand nationwide, they need qualified employees to respond to the growing market’s staffing needs. Universities are promoting research, education, and training around clean energy’s dramatic expansion. The associated economic development can be win-win for the community, especially considering the wide array of technical skills called for, such as system design, physical equipment components, project implementation, and integration into electrical systems, both in transmission and distribution. A supportive public policy is key to meeting the anticipated trajectory for Workforce Development for Renewable Energy and Power Systems. This panel will focus on what workforce skills, training and experience are needed to enable continued widespread deployment of wind and solar technologies and how best we can build a workforce with the required capabilities. Speakers will share their perspectives on the tangible benefits of past investment and potential future support for sustainable economics and knowledge longevity.


Panelists B. Ritter, Colorado State University; W. Reder, S&C; S. Tegen, NREL; T. Kurowski, Xcel Energy; J. Ventre, IREC; L. Nelson, Vestas American Wind Technology, Inc.