2014 IEEE PES General Meeting Super Sessions


Late Breaking News: Energy Policy

Tuesday, 29 July, 2014 8:00 AM-12:00 PM     Potomac C
Sponsored By: PES Technical Council
Session Chair:  Jeffrey Nelson, TVA

Energy policy decisions can have significant impacts on the planning, design, operation and maintenance of the power system.  Aspects of energy policy may include legislation, regulatory requirements, international treaties, investment incentives, taxation or other public policy techniques.  All of these can have economic, reliability, social and/or environmental implications.  This session will provide various perspectives on energy policies, and the requirements and impacts they have on the power industry.  Attendees will have ample opportunity to pose questions to the panel of speakers at the end of the session.

William Hederman, Senior Advisor and Deputy Director, U.S. Department of Energy
"The Quadrennial Energy Review:  Its Scope, Goals and Implications for the Electric Grid"

Frank Princiotta, Director, Air Pollution Prevention & Control Division, USEPA
“Global Climate Change— The Quantifiable Sustainability Challenge”

Veronika Rabl, Chair of IEEE-USA Energy Policy Committee
“IEEE-USA 2014 National Energy Policy Recommendations”

Gordon van Wellie, CEO, ISO New England (USA)
“Reliability and Economic Challenges Resulting From an Electric Power Industry in Transition”

Ramon Alberto Leon Candela, Senior Executive, XM (Colombia)
“Electric Energy Policy Trends in Latin America”

Goran Strbac, Professor and Deputy Head of Control & Power Research Group, Imperial College London
“Choices for Future European Energy Policy”


Natural Disaster Preparedness, Planning and Response (super session - panel)

Tuesday, 29 July, 2014 1:00 PM-5:00 PM     Potomac C
Sponsored By: PES Technical Council 
Session Chair: Hong Chen, PJM

Natural disasters, such as hurricanes, storms, earthquakes, and the Polar Vortex this winter, caused massive power outages across countries and left millions of people out of power for an extended time.   Looking back, it is important to summarize the experiences and challenges and learn from them. How can we be better prepared in the future in terms of planning, response and recovery? How can new technologies come to help, so that in the future, the grid will be better prepared for the disasters, be less impacted, and recover faster?  This supersession will gather the experts from RTO/ISO, utilities, vendor/consulting companies and academia, to discuss the experiences on natural disaster planning and restoration, infrastructure hardening and system resiliency through strategic asset management, micro-grids, as well as new decision support technologies.



1. PJM’s Experiences on Natural Disaster Planning and Response, Mike Bryson, PJM
2. Energy Strong - PSE&G's Infrastructure Hardening and Resiliency Program in Response to Super Storm Sandy, Jorge L. Cardenas,  PSEG
3. Managing Asset to Achieve System Resiliency, Bill Snyder and Damir Novosel, Quanta Technology
4. Response and Recovery of the Distribution Grid During Extreme Events, Chen-Ching Liu, Washington State University
5. Resiliency Contributions from Microgrids, Steven W. Pullins, Green Energy Corp.
6. Storm Hardening Initiatives of Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc, Griffin Reilly, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.


Grid Operations: Practices and Challenges (super session - panel)

Wednesday, 30 July, 2014 8:00 AM-12:00 PM     Potomac C
Sponsored By: PES Technical Council
Session Chair: Michael Bryson, PJM

This supersession will bring together several panelists to share past experiences and challenges as well as new approaches to grid operations from the perspective of both market and non-market operations.  In addition to operators, the panel will feature vendor expertise in the area of energy management systems and power system analysis tools used in real time operations.  The panel will also include presenters with a perspective from the international community as well as the academic viewpoint on operating reliable power grids.  The real focus of the panel will be on the operations and control room side of running a power system, but will include some insight from various parts of the professional spectrum and will touch on many of the impacts that have both improved the operations of electric systems as well as challenged the way that system operators need to tackle grid operations going forward.

  1. Mr. Michael E. Bryson, System Operations, PJM – Session chair
  2. Mr. JuanMa Rodriguez, Red Electrica De Espana – Real-time diagnostics and situational awareness.
  3. Sam Holeman, Duke Energy – topic related to Grid Operations outside Markets and RTOs
  4. David Souder, PJM   – topic related to Grid Operations outside Markets and RTOs
  5. Nathan Halladay (or PowerGem speaker) - Real-time system modeling, simulation and analysis
  6. Lee Rosenberg (or Siemens Speaker) – topic TBD
  7. Tony McGrail, WPI Professor – topic TBD 

Implementation of Smart Grid Projects: Results and Lessons Learned (super session - panel)

Wednesday, 30 July, 2014 1:00 PM-5:00 PM     Potomac C
Sponsored By: PES Technical Council 
Session Chair: David Ortiz, U.S. Department of Energy 

This session will engage participants in a discussion of the results, lessons learned, and benefits of Smart Grid investments by industry and the U.S. Department of Energy, and what the future may bring.  Session panelists include representatives from leading utilities, equipment providers, national laboratories, and the U.S. Department of Energy.  The presentations and resulting discussion will set the stage for the future, laying out opportunities to drive further value and discovering key technical and policy needs. 

Topics that will be covered include:

  • Smart Grid investments in transmission and distribution made under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: program structure, results, and next steps.
  • Utility experiences with Smart Grid technologies and systems including challenges, solutions, and lessons learned.
  • Future needs for Smart Grid systems and integration, including architecture and consumer engagement.


The audience will be able to engage and provide input directly to the U.S. Department of Energy decision makers responsible for the past and future investment in the Smart Grid.

Introduction to the Smart Grid Super Session, David S. Ortiz, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, U.S. Department of Energy

Overview and results of the Smart Grid Investment Grant program under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act,  Joseph Paladino, Advanced Grid Integration Program, U.S. Department of Energy 

Intelligent, Self-Healing and Interactive: Chattanooga’s Smart Grid, Ryan Keel, Chattanooga Electric Power Board

The Pecan Street Project, Brewster McCracken, Pecan Street, Inc.

Large Scale Synchrophasor Deployment at PG&E, Vahid Madani, Pacific Gas and Electric; Jay Giri, Alstom Grid Large Scale Interoperability of the Smart Grid and Needs for Distribution System Architecture, Erich Gunther, Enernex

Peter Cappers, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Consumer Behavior and the Smart Grid: Results of Real-time Pricing Experiments


Cyber and Physical Security (super session - panel)

Potomac Thursday, 31 July, 2014 8:00 AM-12:00 PM     Potomac C
Sponsored By: PES Technical Council 
Session Chair: Doug Houseman, EnerNex

This panel of industry leaders and practitioners will cover a wide range of topics related to Cyber and Physical security on the grid. The panelists cover the whole grid from meters and in-home devices to generation facilities. This includes critical infrastructure protection – both cyber and physical and the identification of critical assets. The panel will also cover cyber threats and attacks, as well as cyber risk assessment and mitigation. Standards, industry best practice, key organizations and industry activities will also be covered during this panel.  With the recent discussions of physical security on the transmission grid and in substations, some additional focus will be put on that topic. 



Annabelle Lee, EPRI, NESCOR

Andy Bochman, Bochman Advisors

Jason Christopher, Cyber Security Capabilities & Risk Management US Department of Energy

Gerry W. Cauley, North American Electric Reliability Council

Jim Brenton, ERCOT