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Tuesday, August 6, 2019
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Grand Ballroom-East Ballroom-Ballroom B

Regulatory Update – 8:00 AM to 9:45 AM

Chair: Dr. Shay Bahramirad; IEEE/PES Vice President of New Initiative and Outreach

Technological advancements to manage modern electrical grids

The requirements for the electric power grid are evolving with customer expectations, challenges stemming from climate changes, and transition to renewable and distributed forms of generation. New and emerging technology can help to respond to these evolving requirements, while maintaining and improving the reliability and resiliency of the grid. For example, higher penetration of DER is requiring visibility and dynamic control at levels not seen before.

This panel seeks to understand how electric utilities and technology providers are proposing new technologies and implement initiatives to the evolving grid. The panelist will discuss on a number of advanced technologies to increase observability and controllability of the system, including digital sensors, synchrophasors, communications and data management tools. Along with specific focus on software tools such as Advanced Distribution Management System, Distributed Energy Resource Management System, Microgrid Controls, and State Estimation.

The panelists will also discuss how to manage risk and cost in deploying advanced technology; and how each of them is approaching the challenges and opportunities on grid management both through technical and non-technical paths


Michelle Blaise, Commonwealth Edison, Senior Vice President

David Geier, San Diego Gas &Electric, Senior Vice President

Dr. Damir Novosel, Quanta Technology, President

Erik Takayesu; SCE, Vice President

Dave Whitehead SEL Chief Operating Officer



Managing today's grid for reliability, resiliency and sustainability - 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Chair: Miriam P Sanders

Grid Safety and Resiliency

Bill Chiu, SCE, Managing Director- Grid Modernization & Resiliency

Implementing harden infrastructure, vegetation management, automatic circuit isolation and situational awareness to mitigate wildfire impact to the power system and human safety, Southern California Edison is committed to reducing the risk of wildfires in its territory. At SCE, the safety of the public, customers, communities and employees and contractors is always the first priority. Through the use of “big data” (i.e. machine learning and analytics), SCE will look at data such as wind speed, conductor type, equipment and other factors to drive improvements in safety and reliability across the electric grid.


Resiliency and Reliability of the North American Bulk Power System

Mark Lauby, NERC VP and Director of Standards

The electric sector is in the midst of unprecedented evolution in both the pace and magnitude of change. This evolution is driven by a number of factors, including economics, new technology, public policy priorities, and customer expectations. As the electric sector continues to evolve, it must ensure that sufficient levels of resilience is available for the reliable operation of the bulk power system. Recognizing that the bulk power system cannot withstand all potential events, an adequate level of reliability must be provided so that the system can be reliably operated even with degradation in reliability due to an event. Further the system must have the ability to rebound or recover when repairs are made, or system conditions are alleviated.


Hurricane Michael Restoration - Formulate, educate, locate, and eliminate

Blake Thompson, Southern Company

How do wireless operations groups prepare, set expectations, prioritize the most pressing issues, and clear alarms before, during, and after natural events? What are the business impacts of failing to deliver?


Costa Rica: Experiences operating with high renewable energy sources

Juan Carlos Montero Quirós, National Energy Control Center, Costa Rican Institute of Electricity - ICE

Costa Rica´s brand “No Artificial Ingredients” is almost real regarding its electricity as the country has surpassed the fourth consecutive year producing 98% of the annual energy from renewable sources. With high levels of renewable energy sources, low geographic dispersion and limited tie lines, the power system requires operational strategies in order to prepare it for weather changes and network contingencies.


Success Factors for Sustainable Electrical Energy Delivery

Update by IEEE-USA (Veronika Rabl) and Industry Technical Support Leadership Committee (Marianna Vaiman)

Electric power industry throughout the world is experiencing unprecedented changes affecting all elements of grid operation and regulatory structures. New techniques, technologies, and worldwide cooperation are essential to ensure sustainable electricity delivery. Responding to some of these needs, IEEE PES Industry Technical Support Leadership Committee (ITS LC) has been established to coordinate multiple industry efforts directed at improving resilience, reliability, security, and safety of the transmission and distribution grids.

ITS LC works closely with other IEEE Societies in accomplishing its goals. One of these is IEEE-USA, which helps achieve success by delivering proactive energy policy recommendations to policy makers. This includes “translating” technical issues into readily understandable and actionable policy statements. Some recent recommendations include reconciling adoption of new technologies with the energy market structure and options to increase efficiency and reduce emissions in the electricity supply and delivery system.

The presentation focuses on lessons learned and effective strategies for planning, operating and maintaining a sustainable, flexible and resilient grid.