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Late Breaking News


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

Late Breaking News: Managing today's grid for reliability, resiliency and sustainability

Managing today's grid for reliability, resiliency and sustainability - 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Chair: Miriam P Sanders, Schweitzer Engineering Labs; and Shay Bahramirad, ComEd


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.


Regulatory Update – 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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


Tuesday, August 6, 2019
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Grand Ballroom-East Ballroom-Ballroom B



Chair: Alex Stankovic, Tufts University; and Martin Braun, IEEE

Wednesday, August 7, 2019
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grand Ballroom-East Ballroom-Ballroom B

Impact of High Penetration of Renewable Resources

Chair: Jovica Milanovic, The University of Manchester; and Debra Lew; GE


  • Bruce Rew; SPP
  • Aidan Tuohy; EPRI
  • Shun Hsien (Fred) Huang; ERCOT
  • Goran Strbac; Imperial College London
  • Claudio Canizares; University of Waterloo
  • Sam Baldwin; DOE
  • Debra Lew; GE


Wednesday, August 7, 2019
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Grand Ballroom-East Ballroom-Ballroom B


Chair: Babu Chalamala, Sandia National Labs; Don Hall, PEPCO Holdings; and Ralph Masiello, Quanta Technology

The session will be split into 3 panels organized by themes:

  • Business Models and Analytics, Chair: R. Masiello, Quanta Technology
  • Engineering and Siting Storage, Chair: B. Chalamala, Sandia National Labs
  • State of the Art Projects, Chair: D. Hall, PEPCO Holdings


  • Mohsen Jafari; Rutgers University
  • Bill Ackers; NY-BEST
  • Jessica Harrison; MISO Energy
  • Yoichiro Tashiro; Tokyo Electric Power Co
  • Susan Mora; Pepco Holdings / Exelon
  • Ken Seiler; PJM
  • Bill Cantor; TPI Engineering / Penn State
  • Akira Kashiwakura; National Institute of Technology and Evaluation
  • Wei-Jen Lee; The University of Texas at Arlington
  • Jim McDowall; SAFT Batteries
  • Babak Enayati; National Grid
  • Michael Hoff; NEC Energy Solutions
  • Richard Baxter; Mustang Prairie
  • Jan Ahlen; NRECA
  • Tashiro Yoichiro; TEPCO
  • Steve Steffel; PEPCO Holdings


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

Risk-Based System Planning and Operation

Chair: Hong Chen, PJM; and Luiz Barroso; EPE

Risks have always existed in power systems due to uncertainties in all elements of the system. With increased penetration level of intermittent resources, and increased sever weather events, power systems today are facing higher level of uncertainties than before. Risk-based security assessment becomes an important tool in both power system planning and operation. This supersession will bring experts from academia and industry to discuss the applications and challenges of risk-based security assessment, integrated generation and transmission planning, historical Data Collection, determine Probability of Occurrence of Specific Events, Quantify Severity of Impact, as well as developing Standards using Risk-Based Approaches. International experiences will be shared and discussed.

  • Benjamin Hobbs; Johns Hopkins University
  • Rafael Ferreira; IRENA
  • Howard Gugel; NERC
  • Aftab Alam; California Independent System Operator
  • Patrick Panciatici; RTE France
  • Louis Wehenkel; ULG
  • Marianna Vaiman; V&R
  • Yuri Makarov; PNNL
  • Qiuhua Huang
  • Yiming Wang; SGCC