IEEE PES GM 2015 Tutorial Descriptions, Schedule, Pricing and Instructors




Half-Day Tutorials


Energy Storage: An introduction to Technologies, Applications and Best Practices

Date: Sunday July 26, 8:00 am-12:00 pm

Price: Early Bird $195, Regular $240. Student Early Bird $50, Student Regular $75.

Instructors: Hamidreza Zareipour, University of Calgary; Kintner-Meyer, Michael CW, PNNL; Sudipta Lahairi

Energy storage is becoming an attracting solution for today’s smart grid, either being operated independently as asset or interacting with other resources like wind/solar generation or demand response. This tutorial is a half-day course to provide participants a solid understanding on the basics and the state-of-the-art energy storage application, its implications on the grid’s reliability and the system’s economics and how-to on evaluating its performance and cost-benefit. Instructors with diverse background on this subject will bring the field deployment experience of energy storage applications and the real-world example to demonstrate the analytic tools in assisting the utility planning and operation decisions. The course is suitable for non-technical, as well as technical audiences, including regulatory, legislative, and utility staff members. Topics include:

  • Basics of Energy Storage and Potential Applications for Power System.
  • Energy Storage Application: Operation and planning.
  • Energy Storage Application: market and economics
  • Tools to Evaluate Energy Storage Performance.
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Intelligent Systems Support for Transactive Energy Systems: The Fundamentals

Date: Sunday July 26, 8:00 am-12:00 pm

Price: Early Bird $195, Regular $240. Student Early Bird $50, Student Regular $75.

Instructors: Dr. Koen Kok, TNO, The Netherlands; Steve Widergren, PNNL; Leigh Tesfatsion, Iowa State University

Recently, Transactive Energy (TE) Systems have gained great interest in the Power and Energy community. TE approaches optimize the operation of distributed energy resources through market-based transactions between participants. TE systems have shown to improve the match between (local) electricity consumption and the (local) production and, by doing so, (i) improve the integration of renewable energy generation and (ii) solve local overloading in distribution networks. As we move to integrate thousands and millions of distributed energy resources, de-centralized, transactive approaches are becoming increasingly important because of their scalability and robustness. Further, the ability to encourage fair compensation for services rendered is an important aspect. Distributed multi-objective optimization, e.g. using multi-agent systems (MAS) technology, is key to building scalable transactive systems as past experiences have shown. In this tutorial, pioneering transactive energy researchers from both sides of the Atlantic give an overview of the principles and concepts behind transactive energy and give insight in the most important transactive energy implementations available. Topics include:

  • Drivers and fundamentals.
  • Implementations, Field Experiences and Developmental Guidelines.
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Fault Current Contributions from Wind Plants

Date: Sunday July 26, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm

Price: Early Bird $195, Regular $240. Student Early Bird $50, Student Regular $75.

Instructors: Dean Miller, PacifiCorp; Sukumar Brahma, New Mexico State University; Wayne Dilling, Mortenson; Ashok Gopalakrishnan, Quanta Services; Charles Henville, Henville Consulting; Jim Niemira, S&C Electric; Reigh Walling, Walling Energy Systems Consulting

The safe, reliable operation of electrical power systems requires the ability to predict and model the sources of fault current, including contributions from wind powered generating plants, in order to select equipment properly rated, and to design and develop settings for the protection systems. Groups of wind turbine generators are clustered and networked to form wind plants. Several characteristics are unique to wind plants, but the most significant characteristic to the topic of this tutorial is the response of the wind turbine generators to faults on the power system. Wind turbine generators (WTG) must be able to tolerate rapid fluctuations in wind speed (turbulence and gusting). The traditional rigid mechanical and electrical coupling of the prime mover and a synchronous generator will not tolerate these fluctuations. There are WTGs of five basic types that can, in some cases with supplemental equipment, tolerate the fluctuations in the wind speed and deliver electrical power in the form that meets the requirements of the transmission system.

The tutorial and the report that it is based on covers the electrical design of wind plant, the theoretical and experimental performance during faults of the WTGs, the issues in specifying fault interrupting devices and designing protective relay systems for wind plants, the data necessary to model wind plants, and the results from the analysis of faults on wind plant interconnections.

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GHG Emissions Standards for the Power & Energy Sector: Design and Application

Date: Sunday July 26, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm

Price: Early Bird $195, Regular $240. Student Early Bird $50, Student Regular $75.

Instructors: Jim McConnach, Independent Energy Consultant; Richard W Vesel, US-ABB; Dick Doyle

There are a number of ISO and IEC standards for the quantification and recording of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions. Adapting these for specific uses by the electrical power and energy sector is desirable. The title of the IEEE-SA Standards Project P1595 is: "Standards for Designating and Quantifying Green Energy Projects in the Electricity Sector". This standard will cover and define the rules for designation and quantification of electrical energy from "Green Technology" projects such as Wind and Solar.

The Tutorial will review existing ISO and IEC Standards to raise awareness of the design principles and application of these standards and how they can form the basis for developing P1595.

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Smart Grid 204: Introduction to Smart Grid Data and Analytics

Date: Thursday July 30, 8:00 am-12:00 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.

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Smart Distribution Systems

Date: Sunday July 26, 8:00 am-5:00 pm

Price: Early Bird $295, Regular $395. Student Early Bird $100, Student Regular $150

Instructors: Larry Clark, Alabama Power Company; Anil Pahwa, Kansas State University; Georges Simard, S.I.M.A.R.D.SG Inc.; Robert Uluski, UISOL; Sal Martino, EPRI; Ethan Boardman, Alstom GRID; Julio Romero Aguero, Quanta Technology; Grant Gilchrist, Enernex; Terry Saxton, Xtensible Solutions

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. Topics Include:

  • 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
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Energy Forecasting in the Smart Grid Era

Date: Sunday July 26, 8:00 am-5:00 pm

Price: Early Bird $295, Regular $395. Student Early Bird $100, Student Regular $150

Instructors: Tao Hong, University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Shu Fan, Monash University; Hamidreza Zareipour, University of Calgary; 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. Topics include:

  • Fundamentals of energy forecasting
  • Short-term and long-term electricity demand forecasting
  • Price forecasting in competitive electricity markets
  • Wind power forecasting in theory and practice
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Renewable Energy Systems Modeling and Dynamic Performance

Date: Tuesday July 28, 8:00 am-5:00 pm

Price: Early Bird $295, Regular $395. Student Early Bird $100, Student Regular $150

Instructors: Pouyan Pourbeik, EPRI; Nicholas Miller, GE; Eduard Muljadi, NREL; Robert Nelson, Siemens; Yuriy Kazachkov, Siemens PTI; Jason McDowell, GE; Istvan Erlich, University Duisburg Essen; Jens Fortmann, HTW-Berlin

This tutorial is on the dynamic performance and modeling of renewable energy systems, with a focus on wind and PV generation, as it pertains to bulk electric power system analysis.

Topics that will be covered include the latest generic public models developed and now deployed in major commercial software platforms for positive sequence stability analysis of wind and PV generation, the modeling of wind and PV plants in powerflow analyses, calculating the short circuit contributions from inverter based generation and the types of models and methods needed for studying special cases such as subsynchronous torsional interactions between wind turbine and series compensation. Also, there will be discussions on modeling needs for studying wind and PV integration into systems with very low short circuit levels. The tutorial will be of interest to system planner, operators, wind and PV plant developers, research entities and other stakeholders in the power and energy industry.

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Distribution System Modeling, Automation, Management and Advanced Applications

Date: Tuesday July 28, 8:00 am-5:00 pm

Price: Early Bird $295, Regular $395. Student Early Bird $100, Student Regular $150

Instructors: Jiyuan Fan, Southern States LLC; John D McDonald, P.E, Digital Energy, GE

This course introduces the intuitive concepts, fundamental theories, practical technologies on system modeling, automation management, including the core functionalities and real use cases of the integrated Distribution Automation/Distribution Management Systems (DA/DMS) and the advanced applications in Smart Distribution. The potential audience would include power system planning/operation engineers, project/product managers, business leaders in power utilities, smart grid solution providers, system developers, research institutes, as well as individual researchers, college students and other individuals working on or interested in the Smart Distribution Solutions.

The course will cover the following break-down topics: Overall Framework and Architecture of DA/DMS Systems in Smart Distribution, Distribution System Modeling for automation and management, Static and Dynamic Data for DA/DMS, Advanced Real-time and Analytic Applications for Distribution System Operation, Analysis and Optimization, Distributed and Renewable Energy Resource (DER) Management and Optimization, Consumer Participation and the Impacts to the Distribution System Operation, DMS system integration with other systems in Smart Distribution and New Trend in DA/DMS Development.

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

Date: Tuesday July 28, 8:00 am-5:00 pm

Price: Early Bird $295, Regular $395. Student Early Bird $100, Student Regular $150

Instructors: David Boroughs, Quanta Technology; Eric Udren, Quanta Technology

Which substation protection, control, and communications designs lead to integration that serves users across the utility enterprise? Modern protective relays, switchyard data acquisition units, data concentrators, and other intelligent electronic devices (IEDs) are the essential eyes and ears of smart

substations. They collect information, protect and control apparatus, monitor equipment condition, and aggregate data for mission‐critical and Smart Grid functions via serial or Ethernet communications networks. The data streams include synchrophasors for wide area monitoring, protection, automation, and control (WAMPAC). All of the substation measurements and communications comprise a platform for Smart Grid functions – the utility must plan how to use this platform effectively to realize operational and economic benefits.

The course explains the most recent advances in measurement technology, intelligent relays and IEDs, data communications, and substation integration design. Attendees get an overview of specific functions and implementations, plus practical guidance on how to take advantage of potential benefits. Topics include:

  • Transmission versus Distribution Smart Grid Functions
  • Trends in System Wide communications
  • Wiring to LAN Evolution I- Ethernet & 61850
  • Communications transport Architectures
  • Wiring to LAN II- GOOSE & Process Bus
  • Communications Technologies & Applications
  • Wide Area Protection Evolution
  • Planning & optimizing Communications Networks
  • Relaying Function Evolution – Line, Bus, Transformer, Circuit Breaker Protection
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Understanding Cascading Phenomenon: Methodologies and Industry Practice for Analysis of Cascading Failures

Date: Wednesday July 29, 8:00 am-5:00 pm

Price: Early Bird $295, Regular $395. Student Early Bird $100, Student Regular $150 (Note: Free registration to this tutorial for first 20 students courtesy of V&R Energy.)

Instructors: Marianna Vaiman, V&R Energy; Bob Cummings, NERC; Ian Dobson, Iowa State University; Michael Forte, Con Edison of New York; Paul Hines, University of Vermont; Mladen Kezunovic, Texas A&M University; Eugene Litvinov, ISO New England; Vahid Madani, Pacific Gas & Electric; Damir Novosel, Quanta Technology; Milorad Papic, Idaho Power Company; Ryan Quint, Dominion Virginia Power; Dede Subakti, California ISO; Vladimir Terzija, University of Manchester; Vijay Vittal, Arizona State University; Brett Wangen, Peak Reliability

Cascading failures present severe threats to power grid reliability and security, and thus reducing their likelihood, and timely detection, mitigation and prevention of cascades are of significant importance, and believed to be one of the greatest challenges in power grids today. This tutorial developed by the IEEE Cascading Failure Working Group provides an overview of the cascading phenomenon and explains methods, technologies, and tools that are currently being used to predict, detect, mitigate and restore from cascading failures. This is the first PES GM tutorial dedicated solely to the subject of cascading outages.

This full day tutorial covers the power system cascading concepts, models, relevant standards and existing industry practices for analysis of cascading failures in planning and operating environments. Close attention is given to the new technologies, such as synchrophasor technology, for better detection and mitigation of cascading outages. The tutorial also explains the root causes and mechanisms of propagation of the past blackouts, and discusses the lessons learned. The tutorial, taught by well recognized experts from industry and academia, is intended for power system engineers, regulators, transmission owners, power engineering students and academics. Topics include:

  • Overview of Cascading Outages Phenomenon
  • Framework for Analysis of Cascading Outages
  • Current Tools and Emerging Technologies for Prediction and Detection of Cascading Outages
  • Current Tools and Emerging Technologies for Prevention and Mitigation of Cascading Outages
  • Industry Experience in the Analysis of Cascading Outages
  • Restoration from Cascading Failures
  • Analysis of Past Blackouts Caused by Cascading Outages: Lessons Learned
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Distribution Volt-var control and Optimization

Date: Wednesday July 29, 8:00 am-5:00 pm

Price: Early Bird $295, Regular $395. Student Early Bird $100, Student Regular $150

Instructors: Murty V.V.S. Yalla, Beckwith Electric Co Inc; Bob Uluski, Utility Integration Solutions; Mike Simms, Duke Energy; Valentina Dabic, B.C. Hydro; Larry Conrad, Conrad Technical Services; Mesut Baran, North Carolina State University; Barry Stephens, Georgia Power; Phil Powell, Dominion Voltage Inc; Borka Milosevic, GE Energy

The concept of Volt-var control is essential to electric power companies’ ability to deliver power within appropriate voltage limits (regulated by Public Utility Commissions) so that consumers’ equipment operates properly, and to deliver power at an optimal power factor to minimize distribution losses. The relationship between voltage and vars vary depending on the type of load (constant power, constant current, constant impedance), and the type, size, and location of distributed energy resources (photovoltaic, distributed wind, various storage technologies, etc.); among others. The complexity and dynamic nature of these characteristics make the task of managing electrical distribution networks challenging.

The smart grid concept has dramatically changed the design and operation of modern Volt-var control systems. The objectives for Volt-var Control have expanded considerably beyond simply maintaining acceptable voltage and power factor. "Volt-var Control" has become "Volt-var Optimization", which has the expanded objectives to increase overall efficiency, reduce electrical demand using conservation voltage reduction (CVR), promote energy conservation, and improve power quality.

Volt-var Optimization (VVO) systems must accommodate distributed energy resources (DERs), and must respond automatically when the status or output level of DERs changes. In addition, VVO systems must operate effectively following feeder reconfiguration, which will happen more frequently in a smart distribution grid due to optimal network reconfiguration, automatic service restoration, and other applications involving "smart" switching.

This tutorial will cover Volt-var control basic principles, terms and definitions, approaches, issues and challenges, and results observed. This course also presents case studies from GA power, BC Hydro and Duke Energy. This course will benefit engineers in operations, planning, smart grid, SCADA groups. It will be especially useful for utilities who are contemplating implementing Volt-var Optimization. Topics include:

  • Introduction and Basics
  • Volt-var control technologies and tradeoffs
  • Volt-var control coordination – potential issues and solutions
  • Volt-var Optimization (VVO)/Conservation Voltage Reduction (CVR) Techniques
  • Impact of high penetration of Distributed Generation (DG) on the Volt Var Control
  • Verification, Assessment and Monitoring Requirements for CVR
  • Cost - benefit analysis of VVO
  • Implementation of Volt-var Control – Case Studies from Utilities
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