2021 IEEE PES Super Session Topics at a Glance

Late Breaking News - Texas Energy Crisis (super session)
Tuesday, July 27, 2021 8:00 AM-10:00 AM - Live

Session Chair: Farnoosh Rahmatian, NuGrid Power Corp., BC
Session Chair: Jessica Bian, Grid-X Partners

In February 2021, severe winter storms and record low temperatures in Texas left 4.4 million homes without power for long durations due to multiple day blackouts. The electricity demand and shortage of generating resources due to freezing temperatures exceeded extreme-case estimations. The Texas crisis has initiated a nationwide debate among policymakers and industry experts on the main causes of the crisis and how it could be avoided, resilience implications, and operation of the Texas grid. This panel of diverse industry leaders will discuss the realities of the situation and provide balanced perspective on mechanisms through which the effects could be mitigated in the future.


Keep Rotating Outage as Planned Outage
W-J LEE, University of Texas at Arlington

Texas Energy Crisis
T. PIERPOINT, Austin Energy

A Regulatory Point of View on Power Disruptions
D. ORTIZ, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

Ensuring Energy Adequacy with Energy-Constrained Resources
M. LAUBY, North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC)

One Texas T&D Perspective of Winter Storm Uri

Late Breaking News - Resilience Framework, Methods, and Metrics for the Electricity Sector (super session)

Tuesday, July 27, 2021 10:00 AM-12:00 PM -Live
Session Chair: Shay Bahramirad, Quanta Technology

Resilience of the electric grid is critical more than ever under the evolving impacts of climate change. The resulting effects of severe and abnormal weather events are already emerging across the world. Record low temperatures observed in Texas in the winter of 2021 have caused massive outages, leaving homes amid freezing conditions. An industry-wide holistic framework for resilience planning and investment prioritization is strongly needed to both mitigate and adapt to the impacts of potential major events on the electric grid. A consistent definition of resiliency and set of robust metrics to quantify it is the enabler of resiliency planning frameworks across the electricity sector. IEEE Industry Technical Support Leadership Committee (ITS LC) has worked with industry experts to develop documents addressing various resilience aspects, as well as COVID-19 impact on electrical grid and energy storage. This panel will bring leaders from the industry and regulatory and government agencies to address resilience related issues, including providing concrete examples and solutions.



B. CHIU, Southern California Edison

M. VAIMAN, V&R Energy Systems Research, Inc.

B. CHALAMALA, Sandia National Laboratories


Grid Resilience (super session)
Tuesday, July 27, 2021 1:00 PM-5:00 PM - Live
Session Chair: Jay Liu, PJM Interconnection LLC
Session Chair: Alex Stankovic, Tufts University

Grid Resilience is centered in today's energy industry infrastructure planning and operation, especially with increased extreme events and cyber/physical threats. At this supersession, both industry and academia leaders will address a series of strategic topics on resilience modeling, data analysis and operation methods, from technical, economic, social and regulatory aspects.  Operation experiences from US and Europe will be reported; resilience related strategies and recommendations will be discussed; and innovative solutions, from infrastructure planning, large scale data analytics, decision support tools, utilizing smart grid technology, distributed energy resources and renewable resources to improve grid resilience will be highlighted in this session.


Key Success Factors for Green, Resilient, and Affordable Electrical Energy Delivery
D. NOVOSEL, Quanta-Technology

The Brave New World of Resilience

Toward distributed interactive operations in support of resilient services
M. ILIC, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Grid Resilience at PJM

Large scale data analytics for resilient energy infrastructure and services
C. JI, Georgia Tech

Resilience of the French Power system: from historical defense plans to future needs

A Decision Analysis Approach to Grid Resilience Metrics
J. KAVICKY, Argonne National Laboratory

Processing utility outage data to get resilience metrics
I. DOBSON, Iowa State University

Probabilistic Modeling and Risk Assessment in Grid Resilience
v. LEVI, University of Manchester

Grid Edge - Devices, Control, Applications, and System Operation (super session)
Wednesday, July 28, 2021 8:00 AM-12:00 PM - Live

Session Chair: Federico Milano, University College Dublin
Session Chair: Andrey Bernstein, NREL

This supersession will provide a state-of-art discussion on the emerging Grid Edge concept with leading experts from both industry and academia. The presentations will provide insights on various aspects of Grid Edge technologies and open question. These include integrated and distributed real-time control; modelling and optimization; and communication and measurements of multi-scale granular power systems. The presentations will also discuss specific devices such as distributed energy resources, hydrogen and smart energy storage, and data centers, all of which are expected to play an important role in the grid of the future and increase their flexibility and resilience.


Distributed energy resources and energy storage are paving the way to grid modernization
B. ENAYATI, National Grid, US

Understanding the behind-the-meter resources
Y. ZHANG, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Hydrogen and smart energy storage in data centers
E. NASR, Microsoft, US

Exact Relaxation and No Spurious Local Optima in AC OPF
S. LOW, Cal Tech

Establishing credibility for load coordination at scale
J. MATHIEU, University of Michigan

Flexibility and distributed resources for power system security

Grid modernization and DER: Resilient, complex, and affordable, pick any three
R. BOYS, Oncor, US

Learning to optimize grid-edge devices in real time
E. DALL'ANESE, University of Colorado

Resource and Transmission Adequacy for Future Power System (panel session)

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 1:00 PM-5:00 PM - Live
Session Chair: Aidan Tuohy, Electric Power Research Institute
Session Chair: Rui Fan, University of Denver


Beyond expected values: deeper insights into resource adequacy shortfalls
D. STENCLIK, Telos Energy, Inc.

Recent Work from the IEEE Resource Adequacy Working Group
G. STEPHEN, University of Washington

Valuing Energy Storage for Resource and Transmission Adequacy
D. WU, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Considering extreme events, correlated outages and climate change in resource adequacy
K. CARDEN, Astrape Consulting

Modeling uncertainty and gas-electric interactions in adequacy studies
A. RUDKEVICH, Newton Energy Group, LLC

Adequacy Assessment at AEMO

HVDC Development for Transmission and Resource Adequacy

Impact of Climate Change on the Power Grid (super session)

Thursday, July 29, 2021 8:00 AM-12:00 PM - Live
Session Chair: Miaolei Shao, GE Research
Session Chair: Kory Hedman, Arizona State University

Extreme weather events are affecting every aspect of the grid – from generation, transmission, distribution, to demand. Grids will face extreme weather events that cause operational conditions that exceed the initial system design limitations, which leads to an ever-increasing risk of catastrophic failure. In this supersession, panelists made up of leaders from system operators, utilities, consultants, and researchers will share their experience on how to operate and prepare the grid under extreme weather events. Panelists will first present and then respond to audience questions and comments in a panel-session format. The supersession will be broken into two 2-hour parts. Part 1 will include K. Seiler (PJM), R. Tabors (TCR), M. O’Malley (ESIG), and B. Kroposki (NREL). Part 2 will include C. Arends (SDG&E), D. Diaz (EPRI), A. Silverstein (Alison Silverstein Consulting), J. Sharp (Sharply Focused), and A. Olson (E3).


8am-10am Eastern:

Decarbonization and the Grid of the Future
K. SEILER, PJM Interconnection LLC

Marginal Emission Rates: The needed metric of carbon displacement in an increasingly electrified world
Richard Tabors, TCR

Research needs for grid to adapt and mitigate climate change
M. O'MALLEY, Energy System Integration Group

Integrating Massive amounts of Variable Renewable Energy into Power Grids
B. KROPOSKI, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

10am-12pm eastern:

How Utility Companies Manage Wildfire Risk
C. ARENDS, San Diego Gas & Electric

Integrating Climate Impacts and Resiliency Research for the Electric Power System
D. DIAZ, Electric Power Research Institute

Climate Change, Reliability and Energy Efficiency
A. SILVERSTEIN, Alison Silverstein Consulting

Climate Change, Extreme Weather and the Evolving Grid: Separating Facts, Myths and Speculation
J. SHARP, Sharply Focused LLC

Scalable Markets for the Energy Transition: A Blueprint for Wholesale Electricity Market Reform
Arne Olson E3