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PES Tutorials offered at the General Meeting cover a range of topics. Choose from:

  • Five half-day tutorials. These include a variety of topics including, Grid Architecture, Evolution of EMS Control Centers, and IEEE 1547 Interconnection Standard, HVDC Interconnections of Offshore Wind Farms, Electric Machine Design for Renewable Generation and Clean Energy, Off-Grid Systems in Developing Countries.
  • Seven full day tutorials encompassing a wide range of topics including, Integrated Modeling and Simulation of Transmission, Distribution, and Communication (TDC) Systems, Smart Inverters, Transmission System Planning, Power System Dynamic Monitoring, Cybersecurity, 21st Century Distribution Management and Operation, Energy Storage

Tutorials are part of the General Meeting. An additional registration fee is required in addition to the conference fee.

IEEE PES GM 2019 Tutorial Descriptions, Schedule, Pricing, Instructors


Integrated Modeling and Simulation of Transmission, Distribution, and Communication (TDC) Systems

Date Sunday, August 4, 8:00AM – 5:00PM

Price Early Bird $295, Regular $395; Student Early Bird $100, Student Regular $150

Lead Instructor Zhenyu (Henry) Huang, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Instructors Shrirang Abhyankar, Ph. D, Argonne National Laboratory, Trevor Hardy, Ph. D , Pacific

Northwest National Laboratory, Liang Min, Ph.D , Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Jason Fuller, Ph.D, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Bryan Palmintier, Ph.D, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Phil Top, Ph.D, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Anjan Bose, Ph.D , Washington State University, Shruti Rao, Ph.D , General Electric.

The power grids across the world are evolving on a path different than traditional generation and transmission expansion. Driven by economic and environmental factors, consumer engagement and participation fundamentally move the grid onto a path that all parts of the grid become active. The power system exhibits significant interactions between transmission and distribution system, with greater dependency on a variety of communication media. This leads to a revolution in how the power system should be planned and operated. Such revolution requires modeling and simulation capabilities to understand the interdependency of transmission, distribution, and communication (TDC) systems and build confidence in deploying systems that will meet, or improve upon, current reliability, security, efficiency, and cost-effective benchmarks. This full-day tutorial will provide participants a solid understanding of TDC interactions, the need for TDC integrated modeling, and possible solution methods with demonstrative examples. The cross-domain nature of this topic calls for technical leadership by the IEEE PES to bring diverse sets of experts together to further advance such integrated modeling capabilities.


Smart Inverters for Distributed Generators – Utility Applications and Experiences

Date Sunday, August 4, 8:00AM – 5:00PM

Price Early Bird $295, Regular $395; Student Early Bird $100, Student Regular $150

Lead Instructor Dr. Rajiv K. Varma, Senior Member IEEE , Professor, The University of Western Ontario

Instructors Tom Key, EPRI, Dr. Babak Enayati, National Grid, Dr. Aminul Huque, EPRI, Dr. Andy Hoke, NREL, Dr. Mahesh Morjaria, First Solar

Smart inverters for Distributed Generators (DGs) provide simultaneous real and reactive power control both autonomously and in response to utility command signals. Various systems studies, demonstration projects and initial deployments of smart inverters in different countries have amply proven that smart inverters have the potential to help countries (and States/provinces within countries) realize their ambitious targets of renewable energy integration. Smart Inverters are not only capable of effectively minimizing several grid integration challenges of DGs, but also offer several grid support functions related to system voltage and frequency stabilization.

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 different features of smart inverters to be implemented. This proposed IEEE Tutorial on Smart Inverters holds special significance as the revised IEEE Standard 1547-2018 has just been approved, which will hugely accelerate the growth of smart inverters.


Transmission System Planning- A Fundamentals Course for Electric Power Engineers, Non-electrical Engineers, and Others Working in the Electric Power Industry

Date Sunday, August 4, 8:00AM – 5:00PM

Price Early Bird $295, Regular $395; Student Early Bird $100, Student Regular $150

Lead Instructor James Feltes, Siemens Power Technologies International

Instructors Michael Henderson, ISO New England, Sundar Venkataraman, GE Energy Consulting, Rafael Ferreira, Brazilian Electricity Market Operator

The need for expansion of the electric power transmission system is driven by public policy, the development of remote resources, and the retirement of old generating facilities located near load centers. National reliability standards must be respected, and the economic performance of the system improved through the judicious development of new transmission facilities. The student will understand transmission system needs and the proper application of new equipment to address those needs.

  • Know the why, what, where, and when of developing new transmission lines and applying technologies that improve the use of existing rights-of-way
  • Learn how to determine and relieve thermal, voltage, and stability constraints through major system improvements and application of special controls and other techniques that better utilize existing infrastructure
  • Use analytical concepts that facilitate decisions for new line expansion, utilization of phase-angle-regulators, and use of transformer taps and both static and shunt elements to provide voltage control.
  • Gain basic understanding of how applying system technologies affect the overall operation and planning of the system.

Dynamic State Estimation for Power System Dynamic Monitoring, Protection and Control: Motivations, Tools and Experiences

Date Sunday, August 4, 8:00AM – 5:00PM

Price Early Bird $295, Regular $395; Student Early Bird $100, Student Regular $150

Lead Instructor Lamine Mili, Virginia Tech

Instructors Antonio G. Exposito, University of Seville, Ali Abur, Northeastern University, Lamine Mili, Virginia Tech, Junbo Zhao, Virginia Tech, Zhenyu Huang, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Innocent Kamwa, Hydro-Quebec Research Institute, A P Meliopoulos, Georgia Tech

With the increasing penetration of intermittent renewable energy, responsive loads, and microgrids, the power system has been subject to different types of dynamics. Consequently, the quasi-steady-state assumption becomes invalid and the static state estimation (SSE) is unable to capture these dynamics in an operational environment. As a result, the SSE used in today’s energy management systems (EMS) should be reassessed and reinforced with new monitoring tools, such as dynamic state estimation (DSE). The capability of DSE to accurately capture rapid dynamic changes in system states is critical to power system control and protection. Thanks to the widespread deployment of phasor measurement units, the development of a fast and robust DSE becomes possible. This tutorial will present a comprehensive view of the DSE, in terms of its motivations, concepts, implementation and utilization. The similarities and differences between DSE and other existing estimation methods will be clarified as well. The tutorial is intended for practicing engineers whose work involves control center applications, for graduate students who wish to have a quick but thorough review of the subject and for developers who maintain and upgrade control center network applications.


Cybersecurity of the Electric Power Transmission and Distribution System

Date Sunday, August 4, 8:00AM – 5:00PM

Price Early Bird $295, Regular $395; Student Early Bird $100, Student Regular $150

Lead Instructor Dr. Murty V.V.S. Yalla, Beckwith Electric Co., Inc

Instructors Steven A. Kunsman, ABB, Dr. Nathan Wallace, Cybirical, J. Matt Cole, 3 Phase Associates

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.


21st Century Distribution Management and Operation: The Future is Now!

Date Sunday, August 4, 8:00AM – 5:00PM

Price Early Bird $295, Regular $395; Student Early Bird $100, Student Regular $150

Lead Instructor Larry Clark, Alabama Power Company, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Instructors Anil Pahwa, Kansas State University, Chad Abbey, Smarter Grid Solutions, Robert Uluski, UISOL, Ethan Boardman, GE Grid Solutions, Julio Romero Aguero, Quanta Technology, Grant Gilchrist, Enernex

The Future is Now for the 21st Century Distribution Management and Operation systems. The 21st Century smart grid systems involve the complete chain of energy delivery from generation to transmission to distribution to the customers. Many of the smart grid applications will occur at the distribution level since this is where new communication infrastructure will enable new automation schemes, integration of distributed generation, and integration of customer systems with the operation of the power delivery system. Smart grid applications such as VVO and FLISR will incorporate Distributed Energy Resources (DER) to improve the functionalities. Distributed Energy Resources Management systems (DERMs) with the growing use of storage are advancing the 21st Century smart grid systems. New emerging technologies include electric vehicles and EV Management to supplement the improved system efficiencies. The modern power system organizations will exploit these technologies in concert with the impact of microgrids and potential TSO/DSO interactions.


Energy Storage Applications and Best Practices

Date Sunday, August 4, 8:00AM – 5:00PM

Price Early Bird $295, Regular $395; Student Early Bird $100, Student Regular $150

Lead Instructor Dr. Hamid Zareipour, University of Calgary

Instructors Dr. Sudipta Lahiri, DNV GL, Dr. Michael Kleinberg, DNV GL, Dr. Ramteen Sioshansi, the Ohio State University

Energy storage is emerging as an increasingly cost-effective and flexible solution to resolve both traditional and emerging challenges to modern power systems. Energy storage is being deployed as utility grid assets, independently operated merchant facilities, and at customer facilities. These projects include both stand-alone storage and storage co-located with wind or solar generation. This full-day tutorial will provide participants with a up-to-date understanding of today’s energy storage applications, grid integration issues, regulatory developments, and cost-effectiveness as compared to conventional or alternative solutions. Instructors with diverse background on the subject will present multiple real-world case studies for storage applications on the transmission and distribution network, as well as behind-the-meter applications. These case studies will demonstrate current analytical methods and project evaluation processes for assessing the viability of stand-alone and hybrid energy storage projects. The course is suitable for non-technical, as well as technical audiences, including regulatory, legislative, and utility staff members.


Electric Machine Design for Renewable Generation and Clean Energy

Date Sunday, August 4, 8:00AM – 12:00PM

Price Early Bird $195, Regular $240; Student Early Bird $50, Student Regular $75

Lead Instructor Eduard Muljadi, Ph.D., Auburn University

Instructors Prof. Eduard Muljadi, Auburn University, Prof. James Kirtley, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Haran Karmaker, Teco Westinghouse, Dr. David Torrey, General Electric, Prof. Kiruba Haran, University of Illinois, Prof. Akira Chiba, Tokyo Institute of Technology

This tutorial offers a basic electric machine design starting from basic electromagnetic design, the stator/rotor lamination, iron loss characteristics, dimensioning electric machines. Several instructors will present different topics related to both electric machine design and renewable energy or clean energy applications. The topics covered include: a technical comparison between doubly fed induction generator (DFIG) and direct drive permanent magnet synchronous generators (DD-PMSG with Full Converter) for variable speed wind or hydropower; manufacturing aspects of large synchronous machines; economic/cost comparison between the choice of using DFIG and DD-PMSG; reluctance machines for electric transportation; and, superconducting synchronous generators.


Distributed Energy Resource (DER) Interconnection Studies Considering IEEE 1547-2018 Standard

Date Sunday, August 4, 1:00PM – 5:00PM

Price Early Bird $195, Regular $240; Student Early Bird $50, Student Regular $75

Lead Instructor Dr. Sridhar Chouhan, Sr. Engineer, Leidos Engineering

Instructors Trishia Swayne, P.E., Director System Planning, Diwakar Tewari, P.E., Director, Transmission Planning, Leidos Engineering

Distributed Energy Resource (DER) interconnection studies determine potential issues and identify mitigation strategies that allow for successful integration. This tutorial will provide an overview of different approaches used by electric utilities across the U.S. and Caribbean to perform DER interconnection studies at distribution and transmission level. The Solar plus Storage Hybrid projects have been increasing rapidly due to their technical merits over isolated Solar projects. A case study will be presented specific to a distribution level Solar plus Storage interconnection studied using the new IEEE 1547-2018 standard to show study steps, mitigation strategies, and lessons learned. The transmission level interconnection study process will be demonstrated through a case study of a Solar interconnection following applicable standards and NERC guidelines.

With increased DER penetration levels in certain areas of the country, more transient level analysis is required to determine impacts and mitigations. The tutorial will cover how to perform transient analysis for DER interconnections on heavily penetrated systems to evaluate transient overvoltage (TOV) and risk of islanding (ROI) issues given the criteria changes in IEEE 1547-2018 standard. Some overarching conclusions from a series of recent studies will be presented regarding the technical parameters that influence higher levels of TOV.


Off-Grid Systems in Developing Countries

Date Sunday, August 4, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Price Early Bird $195, Regular $240; Student Early Bird $50, Student Regular $75

Lead Instructor Henry Louie, Seattle University/KiloWatts for Humanity

Instructor Peter Dauenhauer, Snohomish County PUD/ University of Strathclyde

This tutorial covers the contextual, technical, social, economic and practical implementation aspects of off-grid electrical systems in developing countries. These off-grid systems include mini-grids, micro-grids, energy kiosks, solar home systems and solar lanterns. System architectures and components, including small-scale solar, wind, hydro, biomass and conventional generation sets, batteries and converters are covered. The mini/micro-grid design process is discussed. Pre-implementation best practices, including site assessment and business model development are discussed. The instructors draw upon their firsthand experience and contemporary research to provide attendees with the foundational knowledge needed to implement or study off-grid systems. At the end of this tutorial, the attendee should be able to:

  • Articulate the context and need of off-grid systems in developing countries;
  • Describe the various architectures and components of mini-grids;
  • Understand the operating principles of small-scale energy conversion technologies;
  • Produce a high-level design of an off-grid system for a given location;
  • Understand the key socio-economic factors affecting the sustainability of off-grid systems in developing countries.


Managing Uncertainties in the Future Grid

Date Monday, August 5, 1:00PM – 5:00PM

Price Early Bird $195, Regular $240; Student Early Bird $50, Student Regular $75

Lead Instructor Jay Giri, Independent Consultant - GGM Consulting

Instructor Mark Adamiak, Adamiak Consulting

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

Planning, Developing, and Operating of HVDC Interconnections of Offshore Wind Farms

Date Thursday, August 8, 8:00AM – 12:00PM

Price Early Bird $195, Regular $240; Student Early Bird $50, Student Regular $75

Lead Instructor Michael Henderson, ISO-NE

Instructors Neil Kirby, GE, Dr. Anne-Katrin Marten, 50 hertz, Girish Behal, SNC-Lavalin

This tutorial will discuss the operations and economics of Offshore HVDC installations, which are becoming increasingly prevalent with the widespread expansion of Offshore Wind projects. Recognized experts from across the globe will share their extensive experience. The tutorial will introduce Offshore HVDC technology to attendees through discussions of: introduction to offshore HVDC, design challenges resulting from offshore construction, drivers and analysis for selecting between AC and DC interconnections, and operational issues of the equipment and DC cables. This tutorial will enable learning by PES members interested in this increasingly important area of offshore HVDC installations.