The following sessions have been added on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 from 8:00 AM-12:00 PM in OC-Portland Ballroom 255:


Regulatory Update - 8:00AM to 9:50 AM

Chair: Marianna Vaiman

IEEE PES is working with several government, regulatory, and industry bodies in the power and energy sector. This session “Resilience through Grid Modernization” will include discussions on the ongoing work with IEEE USA, DOE, NERC, and ESIG among others. As new technologies evolve and new regulations take effect, it is important for the industry to work together to bring about consensus in many arenas. The following speakers will discuss technical and policy aspects of grid modernization to improve grid resilience and reliability:

  • Dr. Damir Novosel, President of Quanta Technology, Chair of IEEE PES Industry Technical Support Task Force, and Past President of PES;
  • Dr. Shay Bahramirad, Vice President - Engineering and Smart Grid at ComEd, and Vice President of New Initiatives and Outreach at IEEE PES;
  • Dr. Veronika Rabl, Principal at Vision and Results, and Past Chair of IEEE-USA Energy Policy Committee;
  • Mr. Michael Pesin, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Advanced Grid Engineering Research and Development Division at the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability;
  • Dr. Mark O’Malley, Chief Scientist, Energy Systems Integration and Senior Research Fellow at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Chair of the Research and Education Working Group of the Energy Systems Integration Group;
  • Mr. Tony Thomas, Senior Principal Engineer, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association;
  • Mr. Robert Cummings, Senior Director of Engineering and Reliability Initiatives at NERC.

Disaster/Emergency Response - 10:05 AM to 12:00 PM

Chair: Miriam P Sanders

Catastrophic events in the past year have destroyed homes, threatened lives and affected the whole way of life in some areas. We will explore the impact of several of these recent events. What lessons can we learn from these to mitigate the impact in future events? The following speakers are currently confirmed:

  • Mr. Carlos D. Torres, consultant for the Edison Electric Institute and Power Restoration Coordinator (appointed by Puerto Rico’s Governor Rossello), will speak on the devastation and recovery effort in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 that left the whole island without power and subsequently without the basic life requirements.
  • Mr. T.W. Gwaltney, Senior Director of Emergency Preparedness at FPL will discuss the effects of Hurricane Irma’s impact on Florida, following the hardening efforts undertaken after Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma.
  • Mr. Kevin Dasso, Vice President of Electric Asset Management at Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), will describe PG&E’s plans for addressing electric system resilience and the safety of the communities it serves in the face of changing conditions in Northern and Central California that increase the risk of wildfires.
  • Mr. David Gomez, Coordinator Team Management Lines at Intercolombia, in South America will address about how the utility mitigates terrorism attacks to the power grid. Since 1999, there have been over 2,500 terrorist attacks on transmission line towers and substations in Colombia. He will describe some methods used by terrorist groups to tear down the towers. Also, he will share the response plan implemented to minimized the impacts in the electrical system.