IEEE PES GM 2017 Tutorial Descriptions, Schedule, Pricing, Instructors


Awards Workshop

Date Monday, July 17, 2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Price Free
Instructor Vahid Madani, PGE

This free workshop is being given to introduce the PES Members to the new on-line nomination process for submission and processing of the PES Awards. The on-line submission starts in mid-September 2017, for the class of 2018, and will be aligned closely with the IEEE process. At this Workshop, attendees will have opportunity for hands on step-by-step (using personal computers) learning or listen to the presenters and participate in the Q & A. Bring your computer of choice if you like to follow along during the workshop. There will be ample opportunity to review timeline updates for nominating a colleague, ask some of the administrative questions related to the entire Awards nomination such as qualifications, references, endorsements, or to provide feedback as the instructors step through the new nomination process. Your participation also helps PES staff to make it easier for recognizing colleagues.

Surge Protection of Power Systems According to IEEE C62.22

Date Sunday July 16, 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Price Early Bird $295, Regular $395; Student Early Bird $100, Student Regular $150
Chair & Instructor Jonathan Woodworth, ArresterWorks

This tutorial focuses on the application of surge arresters to AC power systems above 1000 volts. It introduces the subject with examples of best practices in Distribution, Transmission, and Substations applications. It also covers the basic AC system fundamentals as they apply to arresters and basic Arrester Fundamentals as they apply to applications.

A detailed overview of how to select the proper arrester rating is covered and includes real world examples. The tutorial is targeted toward engineers with some power systems knowledge, but even the novice can understand the selection method.

Energy Storage: An introduction to Technologies, Applications and Best Practices

Date Sunday July 16, 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Price Early Bird $295, Regular $395; Student Early Bird $100, Student Regular $150
Chair Dr. Hamid Zareipour, University of Calgary
Instructors Dr. Sudipta Lahiri, Distributed Energy Resources, DNV GL Energy; Dr. Michael Klinberg, Senior Consultant – Energy Advisory, DNV GL – Energy; Dr. Ramteen Sioshansi, the Ohio State University

Energy storage is becoming an attractive solution for today's smart grid, either being operated independently as asset or interacting with other resources like wind/solar generation or demand response. This tutorial is a full-day course which will provide participants a solid understanding of the basics and the state-of-the-art energy storage application, its implications on the grid's reliability and the system's economics and how-to on evaluating its performance and cost-benefit. Instructors with diverse backgrounds on this subject will bring the field deployment experience of energy storage applications and real-world examples to demonstrate the analytic tools used in assisting utility planning and operation decisions. The course is suitable for non-technical, as well as technical audiences, including regulatory, legislative, and utility staff members.

Shunt Compensation for Transmission – Principles, Planning, Operational Experience & Future Trend

Date Sunday July 16, 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Price Early Bird $295, Regular $395; Student Early Bird $100, Student Regular $150
Chair Ben Mehraban, AEP
Instructors David Langne, Siemen; Geza Joos, McGill; Anders Bostrom, ABB; Paul Marken, GE; Sep Boshoff, PSD Consulting; Joe Warner, ABB; Mikael Halone, ABB

AC transmission systems make use of shunt compensation to maximize transmission capacity and ensure power system stability. The retirement of older generation, changes in configuration of existing transmission and the integration of distributed energy resources pose challenges that require new planning approaches and compensation equipment. This tutorial presents principles of available technology, planning approaches for deployment and a comparative evaluation of existing and newly available solutions. Both steady-state and dynamic operation are presented. Uses and specifications of shunt devices for existing and newer applications are also illustrated. These include static var compensators, voltage sourced converters, mechanically switched shunts, hybrid solutions of the above, and synchronous condensers.

Smart Inverters for Distributed Generators

Date Sunday July 16, 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Price Early Bird $295, Regular $395; Student Early Bird $100, Student Regular $150
Chair Rajiv K. Varma, The University of Western Ontario
Instructors Babak Enayati,National Grid; Tom Key,EPRI; Michael Coddington, NREL; Richard Bravo, Southern California Edison (SCE)

Different countries are setting up ambitious targets of PV solar based Distributed Generators (DGs) installations. However, the integration of PV based DGs has led to several challenges, mitigation of which typically require expensive compensating and protection equipment, as well as complex network management strategies.

DG inverters primarily produce real power at unity power factor. However, power electronics has now made it possible for inverters to perform multiple functions for grid support, in addition to real power generation. Such inverters are termed Smart Inverters as they are capable of effectively minimizing several grid integration challenges of DGs without additional equipment. Recognizing the significant potential of smart inverter technology, utilities across the globe are actively considering implementation of smart inverters.

The technology of smart inverters is i) new, ii) rapidly evolving, and iii) has outpaced the technical regulations and standards which are needed to allow its implementation. Different PV interconnection and testing standards around the world are being revised to allow the different features of smart inverters to be implemented. US DOE, EPRI, NREL are testing and demonstrating the smart inverter technologies on several pilot projects.

This IEEE Tutorial on Smart Inverters is being proposed to present a comprehensive and structured knowledge on the need, functions, operation and protection, integration and testing standards, system studies of benefits, demonstration projects and actual installations of this new technology. This Tutorial will be very helpful for academics, utilities, practicing engineers, consultants, system operators and planners, DG developers, and inverter manufacturers for understanding the various facets of this technology and to fully exploit its vast capabilities in their T&D grids.

Planning and Integration of Flexible HVDC Into Today's Grid

Date Sunday July 16, 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Price Early Bird $295, Regular $395; Student Early Bird $100, Student Regular $150
Chair Prof. dr. Dirk Van Hertem, KU Leuven
Instructors Michael I. Henderson, NE ISO; dr. Simon Teeuwsen, Siemens PTI; Prof. dr. Rajiv Varma, UWO; dr. Stefanie Kuenzel, Imperial College London; dr. Tarek Adel-Galil, SNC Lavalin; dr. Bernd Klöckl, Tennet; Dale Osborn, MISO; Prof dr Kyeon Hur, Yonsei University

The evolving planning process requires competitively solicited projects that efficiently and creatively use limited rights-of-way. In addition, renewable resources from remote locations must be successfully integrated with the system. High voltage direct current (HVDC) provides a viable option to transfer large amounts of power across long distances in an environmentally friendly manner.

This tutorial provides system planners with an understanding of how HVDC applications can reliably and economically improve the system. The tutorial reviews the planning process and discusses the studies necessary for considering HVDC technologies. Attendees will understand: the role of HVDC in the grid of the future; a planner's perspective of basic HVDC technologies; and the technical issues that must be properly considered and addressed to successfully plan, implement, and operate an HVDC project. System interactions of new HVDC assets with the existing AC transmission system are specifically addressed. Case studies of HVDC plans providing reliable and economic service are presented as well as the how and why HVDC overlay networks can be successfully planned. The advantages and disadvantages of state-of-the-art HVDC technologies are discussed.

The focus lies on HVDC for grid development, rather than HVDC technology.

Synchrophasors Estimation and Control of Power System Dynamics

Date Sunday July 16, 8:00 am-12:00 pm
Price Early Bird $195, Regular $240; Student Early Bird $50, Student Regular $75
Chair Prof. Bikash C. Pal, Imperial College London
Instructors Dr. Esmaeil Ghahremani, Institut de recherche d'Hydro-Québec (IREQ); Prof. Innocent Kamwa, Institut de recherche d'Hydro-Québec (IREQ); Dr. Abhinav Kumar Singh, Imperial College London

Power system operates under quasi stationary states. Any random disturbance in a power system (such as a fault) triggers dynamic response of the system. Most of the times response settle to a stable equilibrium, sometimes experiences oscillations which are electromechanical in nature. These oscillations in the past grew in magnitude within few seconds when were not controlled in time, resulted in wide-scale blackouts in many instances. These oscillations are global in nature and in order to control them dynamically and adaptively, the operating state of the whole system needs to be estimated in real-time, with estimation update rates which are in time scales of 100 milliseconds or less. This fast estimation of operating state is known as dynamic state estimation (DSE), and the control methods based on dynamic estimation are referred to as estimation-based control methods. In the literature research efforts are appearing employing various techniques such as various approaches of Kalman filtering. In the absence of any books, IEEE report, standard, there is growing need from the community to understand these methods. This tutorial will demonstrate the necessity and applicability of such methods and algorithms of estimation and control, and would explain the theory used in the development of these methods/algorithms.

Smart Grid 308 – Distributed Energy Resources

Date Sunday July 16, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Price Early Bird $195, Regular $240; Student Early Bird $50, Student Regular $75
Chair & Instructor Doug Houseman, Burns & McDonnell

This tutorial will cover the following topics:

  • Overview of DER and its components
  • Understanding variable generation issues
  • Limits to DER implementation in a conventional distribution grid
  • Interconnect and other standards for DER
  • Engineering considerations for DER planning and approval
  • Issues in customer owned DER (e.g. maintenance, overrides, etc)

Who should attend:

  • Anyone who is interested in Distribution level DER, its impact on the grid and limits in the distribution grid today.

IEEE 1547 Standard for Interconnecting Distributed Energy Resources with Electric Power Systems

Date Monday July 17, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Price Early Bird $195, Regular $240; Student Early Bird $50, Student Regular $75
Chair Babak Enayati, National Grid
Instructors David Narang, NREL; Jens Boemer, EPRI; Leo Casey, Google; Mark Siira, Comrent; Sudipta Chakraborty, NREL; Charlie Vartanian, MEPPI

This tutorial will introduce the IEEE 1547 “Standard for Interconnecting Distributed Energy Resources with Electric Power Systems.”

Due to the increasing amount of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) interconnections with the Electric Power System, the IEEE 1547 standard is going through a major revision to address some of the technical issues associated with high penetration of DERs i.e. grid support functionalities, etc.

The participants will learn about the major changes to the IEEE 1547 i. e. voltage regulation, response to abnormal system conditions (including voltage and frequency ride through), power quality, islanding, interoperability, etc.

The participants will also learn about the utility concerns/solutions to adopt the revised IEEE 1547 standard.

Design and Implementation of Microgrids in Modern Power Systems

Date Wednesday July 19, 8:00 am-12:00 pm
Price Early Bird $195, Regular $240; Student Early Bird $50, Student Regular $75
Chair Michael Higginson, P.E., S&C Electric Company
Instructors Saeed Kamalinia, Ph.D., S&C; Paul Pabst, P.E., S&C

This tutorial introduces the concepts, fundamental theories, practical design process, and applications of various types of microgrids. The course is intended for engineers, researchers, and industry managers who want to learn more about latest developments of microgrid technologies as well as the design and implementation of microgrid systems. Participants will learn several aspects of the engineering design and analytical studies required for successful integration of modern microgrids. Initial discussion will cover the definition and objectives of microgrids, the current market, challenges and barriers of microgrid development, and real world experiences with microgrid projects will be presented. Engineering challenges will be discussed, including selection and integration of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), microgrid protection, communication systems, and control hierarchy.

The workshop will also include an overview of actual industrial-scale microgrids commissioned by S&C engineers and group exercises for better understanding of the concepts and processes. One project is the recipient of 2015 Smart Grid Project of the Year award from Power magazine.

Industry Best Practices, Needs, and Challenges in Cascading Analysis: Tutorial and Training

Date Wednesday July 19, 8:00 am-12:00 pm
Price Early Bird $195, Regular $240; Student Early Bird $50, Student Regular $75
(Note: Free registration to this tutorial for first 20 students courtesy of V&R Energy.)
Chair Marianna Vaiman; V&R Energy
Instructors Emanuel Bernabeu, PJM Interconnection; Doug Bowman, Southwest Power Pool; Robert Cummings, NERC; Charles Lawrence, American Transmission Co.; Milorad Papic, Idaho Power Company

Security and safety of a power system network are fundamental aspects of electric utility operation. As the security issues related to the power industry become more critical, the challenge of maintaining secure operation of bulk power systems is growing. The utilities and regional organizations should be able to assess quickly an outcome of a larger impact on the transmission network. Major blackouts are frequently caused by cascading outages. Since cascading outages may have such a wide-spread effect, NERC, under its transmission planning standards requires analyses of cascading events. This tutorial developed by the IEEE Cascading Failure Working Group addresses industry best practices in assessment of cascading outages as a part of NERC compliance studies. This half-day tutorial pioneers hands-on training as a part of the tutorial. It includes training on performing cascading studies to comply with NERC TPL-001-4 and CIP-014-2 standards. The attendees are encouraged to bring their laptops with them to run the studies, or they will be able to observe computations performed by instructors. The tutorial covers industry experience in preparing to the NERC audit and NERC perspective on performing cascading analysis under transmission planning standards. This tutorial, taught by a team of experts from industry, is intended for power system engineers, regulators, transmission owners, power engineering students, and academics.

Managing Uncertainties in the Future Grid: Evolution of EMS Control Centers - Synchrophasor Solution

Date Wednesday July 19, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Price Early Bird $195, Regular $240; Student Early Bird $50, Student Regular $75
Chair & Instructor Jay Giri, GE Grid Solutions

Managing the future grid will require creative, innovative solutions. This is because of uncertainties being introduced by the growth of less predictable & reliable renewable generation resources, demand response programs, distributed generation, microgrids, potential cyber-security issues and the aging infrastructure. Energy Management Systems (EMS) have been deployed for decades at utility control centers to manage the electricity grid in real-time. Today these EMS capabilities are poised to be enhanced quite dramatically with growth of synchrophasor PMU measurements. Solutions to decentralize management of the grid are also being introduced – these include Distribution Management Systems, Substation Automation and advances in grid control devices. These new solutions will help us manage the uncertainties and challenges of the future smart grid.

This presentation will describe:

  • The history and evolution of the EMS from its digital genesis in the 1970's.
  • The primary functions of a modern EMS
  • Emerging new industry drivers & emerging new technology trends
  • Impact of growth of microgrids, renewables and distributed generation on the EMS
  • Growth of Phasor Measurement Units (PMUs) and synchrophasor measurements worldwide
  • Wide area monitoring (WAMS) and wide area control (WAMPAC) solutions
  • Modern advanced fast-acting grid control devices

Concluding thoughts on the challenges and opportunities to manage the future grid

Distribution Automation/Management Systems and Integration with DERs and Microgrids

Date Thursday July 20, 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Price Early Bird $295, Regular $395; Student Early Bird $100, Student Regular $150
Chair Dr. Jiyuan Fan, Southern States LLC
Instructors John D. McDonald, P.E, GE Energy Connections – Grid Solutions

This course introduces the intuitive concepts, fundamental theories, practical technologies on distribution system modeling, automation management, including the core functionalities and real use cases of the Distribution Automation and Management Systems (DA/DMS) and the advanced applications in Smart Distribution, as well as the integration with Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) and Microgrids. The potential audience would include power system planning/operation engineers, project/product managers, business leaders in power utilities, smart grid solution providers, system developers, research institutes, as well as individual researchers, college students and other individuals working on or interested in the Smart Distribution Solutions. The course will cover the following break-down topics: Overall Framework and Architecture of DA/DMS Systems in Smart Distribution, Distribution System Modeling for automation and management, Static and Dynamic Data for DA/DMS, Advanced Real-time and Analytic Applications in DMS, DMS integration with other systems (OMS, AMI, DRM) in Smart Distribution, Advanced DMS in integration with DERs through DERMS (Distributed Energy Resource Management) and integration with Microgrids, including DERs/Microgrids connection and disconnection to/from the Distribution Grid; and New Trends in ADMS Development.

Cybersecurity of the Electric Power Transmission and Distribution System

Date Thursday July 20, 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Price Early Bird $295, Regular $395; Student Early Bird $100, Student Regular $150
Chair Dr. Murty V.V.S. Yalla, Beckwith Electric Co., Inc.
Instructors Steven A. Kunsman, ABB; Dr. Nathan Wallace, Ampirical; Scott R. Mix, NERC; J. Matt Cole, Sargent and Lundy

Cyber-attack on an Electric Power T&D communications system can have a devastating impact and cause widespread power outages as evident from the Dec 2015 cyber-attack on a Ukrainian Electric Power Distribution System. Securing Electric Power System from cyber-attacks is of national importance and in North America NERC is spearheading the effort in developing and enforcing Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Standards for Bulk Electric System (BES). Local and state regulating agencies are also looking at cybersecurity of the Electric Power Distribution Systems. Substation protection, automation and control systems along with distribution field devices have changed significantly in the past decade. These systems have become more interconnected and provide end users with much more information to allow for higher reliability and greater levels of control. Interoperability between different vendor products and systems has been achieved using open standards. This change in technology has not only brought huge benefits from an operational point of view, it also permits to address cyber security issues similar to other traditional, enterprise systems which have been facing the same industry challenges for years.

The tutorial discusses cybersecurity basics including passwords & access management, authentication, encryption, network security monitoring, techniques in cyber alarming, logging, and auditing. The tutorial also covers NERC CIP requirements applicable to T&D systems along with brief overview of IEEE and IEC standards. Cybersecurity implementation examples of substation protection, automation and controls systems including devices inside as well as outside the substations are also discussed. Utility perspective on Cybersecurity and NERC CIP compliance will be included.