Half-Day Tutorials


Microgrids-Designing Their Role in Smart Grid

Date: Sunday July 27, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Price: Early Bird $195, Regular $240. Student Early Bird $50, Student Regular $75.
Instructor: Steve Pullins, Horizon Energy Group

The tutorial introduces the concept and role that Microgrids will play in the evolution of the smart grid. The course material is based on the ongoing implementation of a utility Microgrid and a planned customer-owned Microgrid. Students will be introduced to Microgrid concepts, drivers that influence the Microgrid, as well the projected market for Microgrids. The course will address Microgrid design aspects, engineering considerations, and architectures based on developed used cases. The attendee will leave with an understanding of the key aspects pertaining to designing and implementing a Microgrid. Topics include:

  • The case for microgrids
  • Considerations
  • Use cases and technical architecture
  • Technical Architecture
  • Microgrid design
  • Microgrid marketplace
  • Overview of a customer-owned Microgrid


Electric Vehicle Charging Integration in Distribution Grids

Date: Thursday July 31, 8:00 am-12:00 pm
Price: Early Bird $195, Regular $240. Student Early Bird $50, Student Regular $75.
Instructor: Johan Driesen, KU Leuven

This tutorial starts with an overview of the main charging principles that are in use for powering up battery electric vehicles and plug-in electric vehicles. After a short introduction on e-mobility, the main standardized systems (AC, DC, different modes) and advanced principles such as wireless charging are discussed, referring to practical cases where vehicles have to be charged in different environments and different use cases or business models. The link with power system integration is made by addressing the impact of this new type of power consumption on the power flow and stability. “Smart” solutions are proposed, such as droop control and demand side management implementation. Modeling techniques and hardware implementations are briefly discussed. Examples from on-going research and living –lab trials are given. This tutorial intends to make a bridge between developments in smart grids, e-mobility and intelligent hard- and software solutions enabling the deployment of electric vehicles.


Introduction to Smart Grid Data and Analytics

Date: Thursday July 31, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Price: Early Bird $195, Regular $240. Student Early Bird $50, Student Regular $75.
Instructor: Doug Houseman, EnerNex

This is an introductory level course to look at smart grid data and analytics, the focus is on the distribution and customer domains of the NIST model. The course covers the following key topics:

  • What data is available from which devices, from the in home controller to meters to relays and substation automation.
  • What applications can be done with the data, with a heavy focus on AMI and line devices.
  • What is the value of each of the applications to the various stakeholders that are associated with the grid, using the Illinois Collaborative definitions of stakeholders.

The course will look at the process of collecting and verifying data, including all of the pitfalls that may occur and provide a 20 step process to go from no data to running analytics. The course is suitable for non-technical, as well as technical audiences, including regulatory, legislative, and utility staff members. The course will also compare and contrast the two major privacy contenders and the impact each would have on the ability to perform the analytic applications based on the principles of each contender. Included in the course will be a summary of the ARRA analytics that have been highlighted by the EPRI and DOE reports.


Full-day Tutorials


Power Quality-From Lightning and Harmonics to Variable Energy Resources

Date: Sunday July 27, 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Price: Early Bird $295, Regular $395. Student Early Bird $100, Student Regular $150
Instructors: Surya Santoso, University of Texas at Austin; Roger Dugan; EPRI, Mark McGranahan, 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.


Energy Forecasting in the Smart Grid Era

Date: Sunday July 27, 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Price: Early Bird $295, Regular $395. Student Early Bird $100, Student Regular $150
Instructors: Dr. Tao Hong, SAS Institute; Dr. Shu Fan, Monash University; Dr. Hamidreza (Hamid) Zareipour, University of Calgary; Dr. Pierre Pinson, Technical University of Denmark

Wide range deployment of smart grid technologies enables utilities to monitor the power systems and gather data on a much more granular level than ever before. While the utilities can potentially better understand the customers, design the demand response programs, forecast and control the loads, integrate renewable energy and plan the systems, etc., they are facing analytic issues with making sense and taking advantage of the “big data”. This tutorial developed by IEEE Working Group on Energy Forecasting offers a comprehensive overview of energy forecasting to utility forecasters, analysts, planners, operators and their managers. The participants will learn the fundamentals and the state-of-the-art of load, price and wind forecasting through real world examples and case studies.


Voltage Sourced Converters

Date: Sunday July 27, 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Price: Early Bird $295, Regular $395. Student Early Bird $100, Student Regular $150
Instructors: Ben Mehraban, AEP (Chair); Geza Joos, McGill University (Vice-Chair); Hubert Bilodeau, Hydro-Quebec; George Karady (Arizona State University); Chris Horwill, Areva T&D; Anthony Ho, BC Hydro; Shreyas Zingre, ALSTOM  Grid

This tutorial provides an overview of the principles of the implementation and the applications of the Voltage Sourced Converter (VSC) in transmission system functions such as Static VAR Compensators (STATCOM), VSC-HVDC, and Unified Power Flow Controllers (UPFC). It provides the power utility industry with the justifications for using VSC technology in different applications in transmission systems, and the information required for developing requirements for the use of VSC-based systems. It addresses the general characteristics of power electronic converters, and the special requirements for dc capacitors, valve assemblies, cooling systems, reactors, magnetic interface, protective features and control modes of operation. It discusses safety measures, design and production tests, equipment ratings, control and protection, installation, maintenance, field commissioning, testing and operations. It presents typical implementations and installations, including the newer applications to wind energy systems.


Smart Substations – Protection, Control, Communications, Wide Area Measurements, and Enterprise Applications

Date: Tuesday July 29, 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Price: Early Bird $295, Regular $395. Student Early Bird $100, Student Regular $150
Instructor: David Boroughs, Eric Udren, Quanta Technology

What substation and system-wide protection, control, and communications designs lead to reliability, efficiency, sustainability, and effective management information for the enterprise? Modern protective relays, switchyard data acquisition units, and intelligent electronic devices (IEDs) are the essential eyes and ears for smart substations. They collect information, control apparatus, monitor equipment condition, and protect power apparatus. The substation IEDs aggregate data for Smart Grid functions; serial or Ethernet communications networks exchange data with the utility enterprise. Modern IEDs can also stream synchrophasors for wide area monitoring (visualization), protection, automation, and control (WAMPAC). These measurements and communications are only a platform for Smart Grid functions – the utility must plan how to use this platform effectively.

This tutorial explains sea changes in measurement technology, intelligent relays and IEDs, data communications, substation integration design, and wide area measurement and control in the context of Smart Grid trends. Attendees get an extensive overview of rapidly advancing technology, specific functions and implementations, plus practical guidance on how to select designs and take advantage of the potential benefits.


Implementation of Synchrophasor Systems

Date: Wednesday July 30, 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Price: Early Bird $295, Regular $395. Student Early Bird $100, Student Regular $150
Instructors: Vahid Madani (Chair), Alexander Apostolov, Gerald FitzPatrick, Allen R. Goldstein, Roger Hedding, Mital Kanabar, Roger King, Harold Kirkham, Zhenyu Huang, Ken Martin, Sakis Meliopoulos, Thomas Morris, R. Jay Murphy, Damir Novosel, Manu Parashar, Ravi Subramaniam

The distinction of PMU technology comes from its unique ability to provide synchronized phasor measurements of voltage and current signal from widely dispersed locations in an electric power grid. From a system reliability standpoint, these real-time measurements allow early identification of potential problems both locally and regionally. From a broader perspective, synchrophasor technology offers means to solve a growing number of challenges and has lot of scope in future, thus attracting the industries and research communities throughout the world. Recent investments in the Synchrophasor technology have energized the industry to demonstrate the long range promises.

IEEE PES Power System Relaying Committee and the North American Sysnchrophasor Initiative (NASPI) Performance Standards Task Team (PSTT) have leveraged expertise to present a tutorial on Synchrophasor systems Implementation.

This tutorial is intended for power system practitioners considering investment in synchrophasor technology and supporting business case for large scale deployment. In addition to the benefits enabled by the technology, some of the topics covered include phasors, synchronization mechanisms, computation processing and accuracy, phasor data concentrators (PDCs), and interoperability.

Relevant industry standards and guides, phasor data communication and archival, approaches and architectures to build wide-area measurement systems, and applications using synchrophasor data such as situational awareness, advanced warning systems, adaptive protection, state estimation, and voltage stability monitoring will be presented. The tutorial will also include a review of the IEEE guides for installation and testing of PMUs and PDCs, and the need for conformance to the standards and calibration of the entire measurement chain.


Distribution Overcurrent Protection and Coordination

Date: Wednesday July 30, 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Price: Early Bird $295, Regular $395. Student Early Bird $100, Student Regular $150
Instructors: James K. Niemira,  PE, S&C Electric Company, and Ali Tatari, P.Eng, S&C Electric Canada, Ltd.

The tutorial describes the principles of selective coordination, in which removal of faulted equipment and line sections – followed by system restoration – occurs both quickly and reliably. The attendees learn how new technology protective devices can be applied to improve power quality. This full day tutorial instructs attendees on the selection and application of overcurrent protective devices for use in medium-voltage electric power distribution systems. Throughout the course, attendees are given assignments to reinforce the concepts and procedures covered. Also, a comprehensive system protection and coordination example is developed, connecting many of the tutorial topics.

  • System parameters
  • Overcurrent Protective devices : Circuit breakers and relays, fuses, pulse closers, sectionalizers
  • Coordination of overcurrent protective devices


Smart Distribution Systems

Date: Thursday July 31, 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Price: Early Bird $295, Regular $395. Student Early Bird $100, Student Regular $150
Instructor: Larry Clark, Alabama Power Company, Anil Pahwa – Kansas State University, Georges Simard – S.I.M.A.R.D.SG Inc., Brian Deaver – EPRI, Robert Uluski – UISOL, Grant Gilchrist – EnerNex, Ethan Boardman – Alstom GRID, Terry Saxton – Xtensible Solutions, Julio Romero Aguero - Quanta Technology

The concept of Smart Grid involves the complete chain of energy delivery from generation 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. This tutorial covers the most recent evolution of smart distribution applications and technologies involved in the smart distribution system.  Important applications include traditional distribution automation functions along with advancements in Volt and Var Control, System Monitoring, Distribution Management Systems and Distributed resource integration.  Telecommunication and Standards on Smart Distribution systems will also be part of the tutorial. A summary of topics and a brief description of what is covered by each topic:

  • Smart Distribution Systems Fundamentals
  • Smart Distribution Systems
  • Smart Distribution Circuit Automation
  • Volt/VAR Control
  • Smart Distribution Monitoring
  • Integrated Distribution Management Systems
  • Distributed Energy Resource Integration
  • Smart Communications
  • Smart Distribution Applications Integration