2020 IEEE PES General Meeting

Tutorial Descriptions, Schedule, Pricing, & Instructors


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Grid Energy Storage Technology and Applications

Date Sunday, August 2, 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Price Early Bird $295, Regular $395; Student Early Bird $100, Student Regular $150
Lead Instructor Dr. Babu Chalamala, Sandia National Laboratories, ESSB vice-chair
Instructors Curtis Ashton, Ampowersys, Ray Byrne, Sandia National Labs, Bill Cantor, TPI Engineering, Jim McDowall, SAFT Batteries, Tu Nguyen, Sandia National Laboratories, Yuliya Preger, Sandia National Labs, Chris Searles, BAE Batteries, Vince Sprenkle, PNNL, Charlie Vartanian, PNNL

This multi-presenter tutorial covers the basics of electrical energy storage (primarily for the grid), including the factors driving the need for electrical energy storage; the various energy storage applications; various present and potential future battery energy storage technologies (BESS), e.g., Li-based, advanced lead-acid, flow batteries, sodium-based batteries, metal-air batteries, and zinc-based rechargeable batteries; commissioning of energy storage systems; engineering of energy storage systems, interconnection with the grid (e.g., IEEE 1547); energy management systems, commissioning, system safety and reliability, and finally, code compliance.


High Renewable Energy Penetration in Remote and Isolated Power Systems

Date Sunday, August 2, 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Price Early Bird $295, Regular $395; Student Early Bird $100, Student Regular $150
Lead Instructor Professor Michael Negnevitsky Chair in Power Engineering and Computational Intelligence Director of the Centre for Renewable Energy and Power Systems University of Tasmania
Instructors Professor Nikos Hatziargyriou Chairman and CEO Hellenic Distribution Network Operator, Professor Richard Rocheleau Director, Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, Gwen Holdmann, Director, Alaska Centre for Energy and Power

The proposed IEEE tutorial will include a 4-hour professional development course on the implementation of renewable and energy storage technologies within remote and isolated power systems. The course will provide the opportunity for participants to build capacity across the core capabilities required to design, assess and successfully implement renewable integration. While every island power system project is unique, the proposed tutorial identifies common skills required across projects, building capability and knowledge via a range of interactive exercises. The tutorial will use the extensive knowledge and experience to bring a pragmatic approach to integration of new technologies within remote and isolated systems. Participants will gain insights into issues specific to these technologies via interactive exercises and will have an opportunity to discuss a range of international case studies in detail.


Advancements in Protection, Automation, Control and Communication (PACC)

Date Sunday, August 2, 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Price Early Bird $295, Regular $395; Student Early Bird $100, Student Regular $150
Lead instructor Dr. Mohindar S. Sachdev, Professor Emeritus, Department of Electrical Engineering 
University of Saskatchewan
Instructors Dr. Mohindar S. Sachdev Professor Emeritus, University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Ratan Das Principal Engineer, GE Energy Consulting, Mr. Mark Adamiak Independent Consultant, Adamiak Consulting LLC, Dr. Alex Apostolov, Principal Engineer, OMICRON electronics, Dr. Sukumar Brahma, Dominion Energy Distinguished Professor in Power Engineering, Clemson University, Dr. Ramakrishna Gokaraju, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Saskatchewan

Integration of renewable energy sources are changing the characteristics of power systems at a time when utilities are focusing on improving customer service and resiliency of the grid, by using advanced monitoring and control technologies including the use of synchrophasors. Invertor based resources and microgrids are challenging protection engineers. Communication technologies are also advancing, and related international standards are maturing for deployment in substations. Renewed attention is required on protection and control strategies that build on the available and emerging technologies. This tutorial discusses the advancements of protection, automation, control and communication technologies to addresses the challenges posed by the changing grid.

The tutorial will update the knowledge base of practicing protection engineers as well as other young engineers. They will learn about the recently developed approaches that they can leverage to enhance the operation of power systems and improve the quality of service provided to customers.



Machine Learning and Big Data Analytics in Smart Grid

Date Sunday, August 2, 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Price Early Bird $295, Regular $395; Student Early Bird $100, Student Regular $150
Lead Instructor Nanpeng Yu, Associate Professor, University of California
Instructors Lang Tong, Cornell University, Ram Rajagopal, Stanford University, Le Xie, Texas A&M University, Yingchen Zhang, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Hao Zhu, The University of Texas at Austin, Yang Weng, Arizona State University, Ning Zhou, Binghamton University

This course provides background information, real-world development experience, and in-depth discussions of big data analytics and machine learning in smart grid. The value, velocity, volume, and variety of big data in the smart grid will be discussed. The basics of machine learning algorithms such as unsupervised learning, supervised learning, and reinforcement learning algorithms will be delivered in good depth for working professionals. Important real-world applications of big data analytics and machine learning in the transmission system, distribution system, and electricity market will be presented.

These applications include: 1) behind-the-meter solar estimation, 2) load modeling & monitoring, 3) PMU data analytics, 4) high impedance fault identification, 5) topology identification, 6) distribution system state estimation, 7) oscillation detection and analysis, 8) data-driven distribution system management, and 9) topology identification.


Distributed Energy Resource (DER) Interconnection Studies Considering IEEE 1547-2018 Standard

Date Sunday, August 2, 8:00 am-12:00 pm
Price Early Bird $195, Regular $240; Student Early Bird $50, Student Regular $75
Lead Instructor Sridhar Chouhan, PhD, P.E., Sr. Engineer, Leidos Engineering, LLC
Instructors Trishia Swayne, P.E., Director System Planning, Diwakar Tewari, P.E., Director, Transmission Planning

Distributed Energy Resource (DER) interconnection studies determine potential issues and identify mitigation strategies that allow for successful integration. This tutorial will provide an overview of different approaches used by electric utilities across the U.S. and Caribbean to perform DER interconnection studies at distribution and transmission level. The Solar plus Storage Hybrid projects have been increasing rapidly due to their technical merits over isolated Solar projects. A case study will be presented specific to a distribution level Solar plus Storage interconnection studied using the new IEEE 1547-2018 standard to show study steps, mitigation strategies, and lessons learned. The transmission level interconnection study process will be demonstrated through a case study of a Solar interconnection following applicable standards and NERC guidelines.

With increased DER penetration levels in certain areas of the country, more transient level analysis is required to determine impacts and mitigations. The tutorial will cover how to perform transient analysis for DER interconnections on heavily penetrated systems to evaluate transient overvoltage (TOV) and risk of islanding (ROI) issues given the criteria changes in IEEE 1547-2018 standard. Some overarching conclusions from a series of recent studies will be presented regarding the technical parameters that influence higher levels of TOV.


Distribution System Optimization

Date Sunday, August 2, 8:00 am-12:00 pm
Price Early Bird $195, Regular $240; Student Early Bird $50, Student Regular $75
Lead Instructor Jose Luis Rueda Torres, PhD, Associate Professor, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Instructors Ahmed Y. Saber, PhD, Principal Power Engineer (R&D), Manager of Smart Power System Optimization Group (T&D), ETAP Global Research

Power system is the most complex network in the world. After increasing computational power and available sensory data, users want to model their power systems in detail using GIS. A distribution system is an example. Distribution system is unbalance. Moreover, new discrete and non-linear complex elements are being added every day, e.g., renewables, smart inverters, storages, electric vehicles and so on. Those intelligent devices and bi-directional power flows make the distribution network more complex. Thus distribution systems cannot be handled efficiently without using proper intelligence and optimization. Modern utilities are putting priories on distribution system optimization for operations and planning. Industries are looking for fast non-linear optimization tools. This tutorial mainly covers available distribution system optimization studies, methods and tools with practical examples. Distribution system optimization studies include Volt-Var Optimization, Feeder PV/EV Hosting Capacity, Switching Optimization, Optimum Capacitor-Regulator Placement, Battery Modeling-Optimization-Sizing, etc.


PV Hosting Capacity of Distribution Systems: From Accommodation to Integration using Customer and Grid-side Solutions

Date Sunday, August 2, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Price Early Bird $195, Regular $240; Student Early Bird $50, Student Regular $75
Lead Instructor Prof Luis (Nando) Ochoa, The University of Melbourne, Australia and The University of Manchester, UK
Instructors Matthew Rylander Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Dr Andreas T. Procopiou, The University of Melbourne

Distribution companies in many countries are finding it challenging to allow residential and commercial customers to continue to install photovoltaic (PV) systems due to the potential technical impacts resulting from high penetrations. To remove these barriers, speed up connection times, and reduce costs, distribution companies are being asked by regulators to increase the PV hosting capacity of their low and medium voltage feeders. Adequately exploiting the capabilities of customer and grid-side solutions will be key.

This half-day tutorial will present and discuss different aspects required to assess the PV hosting capacity of distribution feeders. Furthermore, it will explain and demonstrate the benefits but also the potential challenges from exploiting the capabilities of customer and grid-side solutions to move from an analysis that determines what can be accommodated by the grid to what can be integrated to the grid. Customer-side solutions include smart inverters (Volt-Watt, Volt-var, export limits) and storage systems. Real case studies from Australia, France, and the USA will be used to demonstrate the quantification of hosting capacity considering potential strategies to make the most of customer and grid-side solutions.


Building the Next Generation of Synchrophasor Systems

Date Sunday, August 2, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Price Early Bird $195, Regular $240; Student Early Bird $50, Student Regular $75
Lead Instructor Yi Hu, Quanta Technology LLC
Instructors Damir Novosel, Quanta Technology LLC, Yi Hu, Quanta Technology LLC, Tariq Rahman, San Diego Gas & Electric, David Schooley, ComEd/Exelon

Deployment of synchrophasor systems are driven by major challenges of reliably operating the future power system, and the benefits of the synchrophasor technology have been well recognized by the industry. Many synchrophasor systems have been deployed for data analysis as well as for control room real-time operational use. However, integrating the synchrophasor technology into real-time control room operations, and expanded its application to various protection, automation, and control applications and to distribution systems, would require next generation of synchrophasor systems to be deployed to overcome the limitations of the currently deployed synchrophasor systems. This tutorial will provide an overview of the success and the benefits of synchrophasor technology application to date, review the main limitations of the currently deployed synchrophasor systems, and discuss the drivers for and the main requirements and characteristics of the next generation synchrophasor systems. Case studies and best practices will also be presented and discussed.


Surge and Lightning Protection for Wind Turbines: A Comprehensive Approach

Date Monday August 3, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Price Early Bird $195, Regular $240; Student Early Bird $50, Student Regular $75
Instructor Sam Salem, Ph.D., MBA, S R Salem & Associates LLC

Wind Energy has become an integral part of the Energy portfolio.  Wind facilities are exposed to harsh conditions that require a comprehensive approach for surge and lightning protection. Offshore wind farms have introduced new engineering challenges. Expansion in offshore wind installation led to introducing the concept of winter lighting for the first time in IEC standards in 2018.  Changes in Electrical Industry standards are being made to keep up with the fast pace of renewable energy development.   The tutorial gives a review of engineering fundamentals for grounding system design and test requirements (IEEE and NFPA70).  Electrical transients and techniques for surge suppression will be explained.   The IEC code for lightning protection will be reviewed and the considerations for offshore lightning protection will be addressed.  At the end of the tutorial, a case study will be discussed as a review of the comprehensive protection strategy approach.



Managing Uncertainties in the Future Grid- Evolution of EMS Control Centers – Synchrophasor Solutions - Keeping the Lights On – Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

Date Monday August 3, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Price Early Bird $195, Regular $240; Student Early Bird $50, Student Regular $75

Lead Instructor Jay Giri, Former Director, GE Grid Solutions, Independent Consultant - GGM Consulting Instructor Mark Adamiak, Former Director, GE Energy Connection, Independent Consultant 

Managing the future grid will require creative, innovative solutions. This is because of uncertainties being introduced by the growth of less predictable & reliable renewable generation resources, demand response programs, distributed generation, microgrids, potential cyber-security issues and the aging infrastructure. Energy Management Systems (EMS) have been deployed for decades at utility control centers to manage the electricity grid in real-time. Today these EMS capabilities are poised to be enhanced quite dramatically with growth of synchrophasor PMU measurements. Solutions to decentralize management of the grid are also being introduced – these include Distribution Management Systems, Substation Automation and advances in grid control devices. These new solutions will help us manage the uncertainties and challenges of the future smart grid.



Cybersecurity of the Electric Power Transmission and Distribution System

Date Thursday August 6, 8:00 am-12:00 pm
Price Early Bird $195, Regular $240; Student Early Bird $50, Student Regular $75
Lead Instructor Dr. Murty V.V.S. Yalla, President, Beckwith Electric Co., Inc.
Instructors Dr. Nathan Wallace, Director of Cyber Operations, Ampirical, Steven A. Kunsman, Director Product Management and Applications, ABB

The Future is Now for the 21st Century Distribution Management and Operation systems. The 21st Century smart grid systems involve the complete chain of energy delivery from generation to transmission to distribution 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. Smart grid applications such as VVO and FLISR will incorporate Distributed Energy Resources (DER) to improve the functionalities. Distributed Energy Resources Management systems (DERMs) with the growing use of storage are advancing the 21st Century smart grid systems. New emerging technologies include electric vehicles and EV Management to supplement the improved system efficiencies. The modern power system organizations will exploit these technologies in concert with the impact of microgrids and potential TSO/DSO interactions.



Grid Architecture: Methods and Concepts for Modernizing Electric Power Systems

Date Thursday August 6, 8:00 am-12:00 pm
Price Early Bird $195, Regular $240; Student Early Bird $50, Student Regular $75
Lead Instructor Ron Melton, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Instructor Jeffrey Taft, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,

Grid Architecture is the application of system architecture, network theory, and control theory to the electric power grid. A grid architecture is the highest-level description of the complete grid and is a key tool to help understand and define the many complex interactions that exist in present and future grids.  Grid architecture can be used to: help manage complexity (and therefore risk); assist communication among stakeholders around a shared vision of the future grid; identify and remove barriers and define essential limits; define interfaces and platforms, identify gaps in theory, technology, organization, regulation; and provide a framework for complex grid-related development activities.

The discipline of grid architecture provides a modern set of methods to assist in thinking about grid complexities, to aid in understanding interactions and technical gaps, to enable new capabilities and remove old unnecessary limits, and to support communication among stakeholders.  This is increasingly important as we modernize the electric power system moving to an increasingly distributed system most usefully viewed as a network of structures.  This tutorial will introduce the basic tools of grid architecture with examples of how to apply them, and a discussion of advanced grid architecture concepts.