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Tutorials offered at PES General Meeting 2012

Half-day tutorials:

Smart Grid 101 – The Basics of Smart Grid
Date: Sunday July 22nd, 2012, 8:00am - 12:00pm.
Price: Early Bird $195, Regular $240. Student Early Bird $50, Student Regular $75.

Erich Gunther, EnerNex

The introduction to the smart grid and its technology, including:

  • 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
Date: Sunday July 22nd, 2012, 1:00pm - 5:00pm. 
Price: Early Bird $195, Regular $240. Student Early Bird $50, Student Regular $75.

Doug Houseman, EnerNex 

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 203 - Distribution Systems
Date: Tuesday July 24th, 2012, 8:00am - 12:00pm.
Price: Early Bird $195, Regular $240. Student Early Bird $50, Student Regular $75.

Doug Houseman, EnerNex

The distribution impacts of smart grid, including:

  • Smart Distribution Systems Fundamentals
  • Smart Distribution Systems Applications
  • Distribution Automation
  • Volt and Var Control
  • Distribution System Monitoring (Sensors, fault location, waveshape analysis)
  • Distribution Management System
  • Distributed Resource Integration
  • Telecommunication for Smart Distribution Systems
  • Distribution System Applications Integration
  • Who Should Attend: Smart Distribution System educators, developers, engineers and managers who are considering the deployment of Smart Distribution System technology. The participants will be involved in the complete chain of energy delivery from generation, transmission and distribution to the customers.

Smart Grid 301 –Security
Date: Monday July 23rd, 2012, 1:00pm - 5:00pm.
Price: Early Bird $195, Regular $240. Student Early Bird $50, Student Regular $75.

Slade Griffin, EnerNex

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 308 – Distributed Energy Resources
Date: Tuesday, July 24th 2012, 1:00pm - 5:00pm.
Price: Early Bird $195, Regular $240. Student Early Bird $50, Student Regular $75.

Doug Houseman, EnerNex

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.

Smart Grid 401: Operations
Date: Wednesday, July 25th, 2012, 1:00pm - 5:00pm.
Price: Early Bird $195, Regular $240. Student Early Bird $50, Student Regular $75.

Doug Houseman, EnerNex
Laurie Miller, EnerNex

 Smart grid operations topics, 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.


Full day tutorials:

Power Quality – From Lightning and Harmonics To Variable Energy Resources
Date: Sunday, July 22nd, 2012, 8:00am - 5:00pm.
Price: Early Bird $295, Regular $395. Student Early Bird $100, Student Regular $150

Surya Santoso, University of Texas at Austin
Roger C. Dugan, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
Mark McGranaghan, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

The aging power grid infrastructure coupled with the elements of nature and increasing penetration of variable energy sources such as wind and solar photovoltaic generation can give rise to poor electric power quality. Incompatibilities between the electrical characteristics of today’s power system and the expectations for loads are the root causes of nearly all power quality problems. A decrease in the supply voltage for a fraction of a second can trip a microprocessor-based motor controller offline, disrupting an entire manufacturing process. Another example may involve poor feeder voltage regulation due variable wind or solar power causing short term over- and undervoltages. This course provides a solid foundation in understanding common power quality phenomena, root causes of power quality disturbances, solutions, impacts of variable generation, monitoring, technical standards, and industry trends.

Operation of Electricity Markets – Technical and Economic Aspects
Date: Sunday, July 22nd, 2012, 8:00am - 5:00pm.
Price: Early Bird $295, Regular $395. Student Early Bird $100, Regular $150

Kankar Bhattacharya, University of Waterloo

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.

Static Var Compensators
Date: Sunday, July 22nd, 2012, 8:00am - 5:00pm.
Price: Early Bird $295, Regular $395. Student Early Bird $100, Regular $150

Hubert Bilodeau, TransÉnergie, Hydro-Québec
Mikael Halonen, Saudi Electricity Company, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Chris Horwill, Alstom Grid, UK
Daniel J. Sullivan, Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc.
Heinz Tyll, Siemens AG
Rajiv K. Varma, The University of Western Ontario (UWO), London, Canada

This tutorial is sponsored by the Substation Committee.

Fast control of reactive power by means of shunt-connected static devices is a proven technology. Working group I4 on Static Var Compensators of the High Voltage Power Electronics Stations Subcommittee has maintained a list of industrial and utility Static Var Compensator (SVC) installations around the world and found more than 500 of these installations still in service after 25 years of operation. SVCs are still considered today as a competitive solution to meet future needs of reactive power compensation.

Past tutorials offered on Static Var Compensators have focused mainly on power system aspects and on justifying the need for SVCs. This tutorial is focusing on equipment design and operations. A brief review of system aspects which justifies the need for fast reactive power compensation and a description of various applications are presented. It is intended to provide participants with a solid understanding of basic components and their integration in substation design, of control system and its dynamic performance and commissioning of SVCs.

This tutorial targets engineering personnel, plant and design engineers, and anyone responsible for: (1) validating the dynamic performance during the design stage and (2) ensuring reliable operations of Static Var Compensators.

Application of IEC CIM Standards in Power System Modeling, Smart Grid and Enterprise Integration
Date: Tuesday, July 24th, 2012, 8:00am - 5:00pm.
Price: Early Bird $295, Regular $395. Student Early Bird $100, Regular $150

Jay Britton, CIM Task Force member
Alan McMorran, CIM Task Force member
Margaret Goodrich, CIM Task Force Vice Chair
Enamul Haq, CIM Task Force Chair

This tutorial is organized by the CIM task force on power system information modeling under CAM subcommittee.

The common information model (CIM) is an established IEC standard for modeling power system data and information. Recently the CIM standard has been adopted by many utilities worldwide for exchanging power system network models and enterprise wide integration. It is necessary to educate the power system engineers, data modelers and IT integration personnel on the various aspects of this CIM standard so that more and more utilities worldwide can adopt this standard. This tutorial will provide the basic understanding of power system information modeling using CIM. It will provide in depth knowledge of power system model exchange between utilities and enterprise integration using CIM standard.

The attendees of this tutorial will become familiar with the use of the CIM standard as it relates to the various applications including smart grid. It is expected that the attendees will gain sufficient knowledge about the various aspects of CIM so that they can facilitate the adoption of the CIM standard in their respective enterprise.