GENERAL MEETING TUTORIALS
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Note: Earn CEUs and PDHs for your attendance. Meeting registration plus an additional fee is required to attend any of these courses. Additional details will be added as they become available. Seats are limited. CEU / PDH details.

Operation of Electricity Markets – Technical and Economic Aspects

Sunday, July 24, 2011 - 8:00am - 5:00pm (Full day)  Pricing

The focus of this course is to provide attendees with an overview of the issues associated with operation of electricity markets from a broad perspective. Market design and structure, price settlement processes, and transmission system issues will be discussed and the fundamental concepts of market auctions will be explored. The course will encompass both the technical and economic aspects of the operation of electricity markets for a multi-disciplinary audience. The topics included are, markets design, types of market auctions and electricity price formation, role of the Independent System Operators in different markets, transmission pricing paradigms, congestion management, firm transmission rights and ancillary services management. Various operational practices adopted by electricity markets in North America are discussed in the context of the above topics.

Abstract: The focus of this course is to provide attendees with an overview of the issues associated with operation of electricity markets from a broad perspective. Market design and structure, price settlement processes, and transmission system issues will be discussed and the fundamental concepts of market auctions will be explored. The course will encompass both the technical and economic aspects of the operation of electricity markets for a multi-disciplinary audience. Various operational practices adopted by electricity markets in North America are discussed in the context of the above topics.

Power Quality – From Lightning to Harmonics: Problems and Solutions
Sunday, July 24, 2011 - 8:00am - 5:00pm (Full day) Pricing

The aging power grid infrastructure and the incompatibility between today's load characteristics and the electric power supply environment frequently give rise to poor electric power quality. This results in significant economic losses in a wide range of industries, including financial, services, health care, high tech, and process manufacturing. As an example, a decrease in the supply voltage for a fraction of a second can trip a microprocessor-based controller offline, disrupting an entire manufacturing process. This course provides a solid foundation in understanding common power quality phenomena, root causes of power quality disturbances, power quality solutions, power quality monitoring, and technical standards.

Course participants will gain a fundamental understanding of the concepts, phenomena, and root causes of electric power quality, as well as insight into power quality improvements and solutions.

Abstract: The aging power grid infrastructure and the incompatibility between today's load characteristics and the electric power supply environment frequently give rise to poor electric power quality, causing significant economic losses to a wide range of industries. This course provides a solid foundation in understanding common power quality phenomena, root causes of power quality disturbances, power quality solutions, power quality monitoring, and technical standards.

Smart Grid 101 – The Basics of Smart Grid (Organizer: Erich Gunther, EnerNex)
Sunday, July 24, 2011 - 8:00am - 12:00pm (Half day) Pricing

This tutorial is the introduction to the smart grid and its technology. The session covers:

• What is smart grid and who benefits from it

• Key definitions of smart grid terms

• Introduction to the smart grid interoperability model

• Smart grid building blocks

• Why is smart grid important

• Key example projects

• Who should attend: Anyone with an interest in smart grid who wants to gain a basic background in smart grid.

Smart Grid 201 – A Deeper View of Smart Grid (Organizer: Doug Houseman, EnerNex)
Sunday, July 24, 2011 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm (Half day) Pricing

This tutorial will cover the following topics:

• What is the business case for smart grid

• Who are the stakeholders for smart grid

• What is the requirement for customer involvement in smart grid

• Why is smart grid required

• Integration of new technologies into the smart grid (e.g. PHEV, DER, etc)

• Who should attend: People who are interested in smart grid from a business standpoint and who have a basic understanding of what smart grid is.

 

Smart Grid 301 –Security (Organizer: Bobby Brown, EnerNex)
Monday, July 25, 2011 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm (Half day) Pricing

This tutorial will cover the basics of smart grid security including:

• Regulations for grid security

• Vulnerabilities and risks in smart grid systems

• A systematic approach to smart grid security

• Lessons learned in smart grid security

• Key standards for smart grid security

• Who should attend: Security Specialists who want an understanding of cyber security for smart grid.

 

Smart Grid 302 - Roadmap Creation (Organizer: Rick Wornat, EnerNex)
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 8:00am - 12:00pm (Half day) Pricing

This tutorial will cover the development of a smart grid roadmap and what is typically included. Topics covered include:

• Introduction to smart grid roadmaps

• Introduction to the library of smart grid use cases

• Utilizing use cases to develop roadmaps

• Developing specific requirements for a project from the use cases

• Introduction to using The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) for smart grid architecture

• Who should attend: People who are interested in developing a smart grid roadmap or vision and then utilizing that roadmap to further develop a smart grid architecture.

Smart Grid 401: Operations (Organizer: Doug Houseman, EnerNex)
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm (Half day) Pricing

This tutorial will cover topics in smart grid operations including:

· What is smart grid operations and how does that differ from what utilities do today

· What are the requirements for operations

· What would a smart grid operations center and team look like

· What kinds of operations will this team perform

· What are the benefits and concerns regarding smart grid operations

· What impact does operating the smart grid have on equipment deployment

· What are the impacts on jobs and training for utility personnel

· Who should attend: Individuals who are interested in developing a smart grid operations capability in order to manage deployed equipment in the grid.

 

Smart Grid 404: Smart Metering Lessons Learned (Organizer: Doug Houseman, EnerNex)
Wednesday July 27, 2011 - 8:00am - 12:00pm (Half day) Pricing

This tutorial will cover topics in smart grid metering including:

• What are the key smart meter projects and what has been accomplished

• What are projects that should be considered as stepping stones in a smart meter implementation

• What has gone wrong in smart meter implementation and what one should avoid

• Key lessons learned for smart meter implementers

• Who should attend: Smart meter practitioners and those who intend to be practitioners who need to understand real smart meter projects and the real-life lessons learned.

 

Pricing information for the above Plain Talk tutorials:

Full Day Tutorial Regular Rate (Early Bird) $375 USD
Full Day Tutorial Regular Rate (Regular) $450 USD
Full Day Student Rate (Early Bird) $150 USD
Full Day Student Rate (Regular) $200 USD

Half Day Tutorial Regular Rate (Early Bird) $195 USD
Half Day Tutorial Regular Rate (Regular) $230 USD
Half Day Student Rate (Early Bird) $75 USD 
Half Day Student Rate (Regular) $100 USD