Twelve tutorials will be presented during the meeting. Classes are taught by top professionals in the field. Earn PDHs/ CEUs for your attendance (see below for an explanation of PDHs and CEUs). Full or one-day conference registration plus an additional fee is required to attend any of these courses. For complete information about the tutorials including pricing, information about the instructors and schedule, see below. Tickets may be purchased at the Registration desk if seats remain. The tutorials are: 

  • CyberStrike STORMCLOUD: Hands on Cybersecurity Training for Renewable Energy
  • Grid-Forming Power Converters: Bridging Concepts to Analysis and Practical Implementation
  • Applying PDC standard (C37.247-2019) for a large-scale WAMS
  • IEEE 1547 Overview: the DER Interconnection & Interoperability Standard
  • IEEE 2800 Tutorial – Understanding origin and specifications of technical minimum capability and performance requirements
  • Data-Driven Based Control Approaches and Real Time Simulation Technology for Power Electronics Based IBRs
  • Power Systems Integration Data and Algorithms Platform for Steady-state and Transients Analysis
  • EMT Modeling and Studies for Renewable Energy Integration
  • Harmonics Modeling and Assessment for Interconnection Studies of Inverter-Based Resource (IBR) Plants
  • Power System T&D Planning & Operations – Transformations Through DER Integration, PMU Data Analytics, and Edge Device Interoperability
  • Fundamentals of Resource Adequacy for Modern Power Systems
  • Understanding Voltage Stability: Theory to Industry Practice considering Inverter Based Resources

IEEE PES PLAIN TALK courses for the power industry professional will help you to understand technical aspects of the electric power industry, even if you do not have an engineering background. You will gain insights into the concerns of engineers, the demands of regulators and consumer groups, and the factors and trends that impact the operation of today’s electric power systems. These courses are also appropriate for new engineers to the industry, or for engineers in other fields who are transitioning to the electric power industry. These courses aim to increase your understanding of the electric power system by providing you with practical knowledge that you can use as you work in or with this important industry. 

IEEE PES PLAIN TALK
Early Bird and Group Discounts Group Apply. Course fees cover instructional material, CEU certificate and meals. Each day’s course is eligible for 0.8 CEUs / 8 PDHs. Each course is scheduled to run 8:00AM – 5PM ET. See the Plain Talk web page noted below for specifics.

Information and Registration can be found at: https://cvent.me/qaZbKy?locale=en

IEEE PES GM 2024 Tutorial Descriptions, Schedule, Pricing, Instructors

Power System Basics – Understanding How the Bulk Electric Power System Works

Date: Tuesday, 23 July 2024      8:00 AM – 5:00 PM 
Instructor: Brent Olsen 

The focus of this course is to provide a fundamental foundation in electric power systems, from basic formulas to the planning, operations, and equipment involved in generating, transmitting, and distributing electric power. Basic electrical terminology will be explained in simple to understand language with regard to design, construction, operation and maintenance of power plants, substations and transmission and distribution lines. Topics covered in the course include an introduction to the fundamentals and basic formulas of electricity as well as the equipment involved in the electric power system. An overview of generation, substations, transmission, distribution, and utilization is provided. Protection, reliable operation, and safety are among the topics covered.

Distribution System – Delivering Power to the Customer

Date: Wednesday, 24 July 2024      8:00 AM – 12:00 PM  
Instructor: Douglas Houseman 

(Prerequisite for this course is Power System Basics or a familiarity with basic formulas and power system equipment.)

The focus of this course is to provide attendees with an overview of the issues associated with the planning, engineering, design, operation, and automation of electrical distribution systems. Types of distribution systems and network circuits, as well as engineering issues related to distribution systems will be explored. New concepts in the design, challenges, and operation of smart grid will be addressed. This course is intended for those who are not familiar with the delivery of electricity to the end user.

Topics covered in the course include an introduction to the types of distribution systems, issues associated with distribution planning such as outages and reliability, distribution engineering considerations relating to radial and secondary networks, and distribution automation. The course also provides an overview of electrical distribution operations, including the roles of utility personnel, construction and maintenance considerations, and trends in the industry. Smart grid and its impact on the distribution system will be explored.

Transmission System – The Interconnected Bulk Electric System

Date: Thursday, 25 July 2024      8:00 AM – 5:00 PM 
Instructor: Douglas A. Bowman

(Prerequisite for this course is Power System Basics or a familiarity with basic formulas and power system equipment.)

The focus of this course is to provide participants with knowledge of how electric power is transferred from generation sources to distribution systems via the interconnected electric bulk power system known as “the grid.” Basic physical laws governing the grid will be introduced, as well as the regulatory agencies involved in its governance. The great blackouts will be explored. This course is intended to increase participant’s understanding of the electric grid and how it functions in the electric power system. Topics covered in the course include an introduction to the fundamental concepts of power, energy, and power system stability as they relate to the grid. The grid is explored in terms of its interconnections, power flow, North American interconnections, and governing bodies such as NERC/ERO, ISOs, and RTOs. Reliability standards and contingency analysis are addressed. Issues related to the planning and operation of the grid, such as transmission and economic constraints, determining transmission transfer capability, and dealing with congestion are reviewed. The course also discusses the great blackouts, their root causes, and lessons learned.

IEEE PES GM 2024 Tutorial Descriptions, Schedule, Pricing, Instructors

IEEE PES PLAIN TALK courses for the power industry professional will help you to understand technical aspects of the electric power industry, even if you do not have an engineering background. You will gain insights into the concerns of engineers, the demands of regulators and consumer groups, and the factors and trends that impact the operation of today’s electric power systems. These courses are also appropriate for new engineers to the industry, or for engineers in other fields who are transitioning to the electric power industry. These courses aim to increase your understanding of the electric power system by providing you with practical knowledge that you can use as you work in or with this important industry. 

IEEE PES PLAIN TALK Early Bird and Group Discounts Group Apply. Course fees cover instructional material, CEU certificate and meals. Each day’s course is eligible for 0.8 CEUs / 8 PDHs. Each course is scheduled to run 8:00AM- 5PM ET. See the Plain Talk web page noted below for specifics

Information and Registration can be found at: https://cvent.me/qaZbKy?locale=en

CyberStrike STORMCLOUD: Hands on Cybersecurity Training for Renewable Energy 

Date: Sunday, 21 July 2024      8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Price: Early Bird $295, Regular $395; Student Early Bird $100, Student Regular $150
Instructors: Megan Culler (Idaho National Laboratory), Daniel Noyes (Idaho National Laboratory), William Vining (Sandia National Laboratory), Georgios Fragkos (Sandia National Laboratory)

As renewable energy penetration grows, these systems become both more critical to the reliability of the grid and a larger target for cyberattacks. These systems were not all designed and deployed for today’s threats, and adversaries are capable of changing their tactics swiftly. Hacking organizations around the world have already proven that they can turn off electricity to hundreds of thousands of homes by remotely accessing and changing the command settings of operational technology, and events in recent years have demonstrated both intentional and unintentional targeting of renewable energy providers and equipment. To train the renewable energy workforce to proactively think about the cyber risks and apply mitigations at their own organizations, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Offices of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER) and Solar Energy Technology Office (SETO), in collaboration with Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) have developed the CyberStrike STORMCLOUD training program. Curriculum covers specific renewable energy cybersecurity incidents and emerging threats, and hands-on exercises mimic real-world adversarial and defensive scenarios for students.

Grid-Forming Power Converters: Bridging Concepts to Analysis and Practical Implementation

Date: Sunday, 21 July 2024      8:00 AM – 12:00 PM  
Price: Early Bird $195 USD, Regular $240 USD; Student Early Bird $50 USD, Student Regular $75 USD
Instructors: Pedro Rodriguez (LIST), Xiongfei Wang (KTH), Heng Wu (Aalborg University), Rolando Burgos (Virginia Tech)

The learning objectives of this tutorial are: Review the impact of power converters on grid performance. Introduce the operating principles of grid-forming converters. Discuss the implementation mechanisms and specifications of these converters. Examine the performance of GFM converters under adverse grid conditions. Present the small-signal modeling of GFM converters. Analyze the impact of GFM converters on grid stability. Discuss the effect of GFM converters on transient stability. Analyze the influence of GFM converters on the grid’s transient performance.

Applying PDC Standard (C37.247.2019) for a Large-Scale WAMS

Date: Sunday, 21 July 2024      1:00 PM – 5:00 PM  
Price: Early Bird $195 USD, Regular $240 USD; Student Early Bird $50 USD, Student Regular $75 USD
Instructors: Dr. Vasudev Gharpure (Quanta Technology), Dr. Mital Kanabar (GE Grid Solutions)

This tutorial will introduce the new Phasor Data Concentrator (PDC) standard, IEEE C37.247-2019, with application details on functional & performance requirements. Furthermore, the audience will gain an understanding of the inclusions/exclusions made during PDC standard development and how to apply these PDC standard specifications to successfully design a wide area synchrophasor system. Advanced PDC functions and PDC testing, and industrial experience with lessons learned, will also be presented.

IEEE Overview: The DER Interconnection & Interoperability Standard

Date: Sunday, 21 July 2024      8:00 AM – 5:00 PM 
Price: Early Bird $295 USD, Regular $395 USD; Student Early Bird $100 USD, Student Regular $150 USD
Instructors: Jens Boemer (EPRI), Janette Sandberg (Portland General Electric), Michael Ropp (Sandia National Lab), Ben Ealey (EPRI), Jaime Kolln (Pacific Northwest National Lab), Abrez Mondal (EPRI)

The intent of the tutorial is to introduce IEEE 1547-2018. The student will not leave the tutorial with a ‘working knowledge’ of IEEE 1547, but rather will have better understanding of where to follow-up and continue learning to meet specific work needs.

IEEE 2800 Tutorial – Understanding Origin and Specifications of Technical Minimum Capability and Performance Requirements

Date: Sunday, 21 July 2024      8:00 AM – 12:00 PM 
Price: Early Bird $195 USD, Regular $240 USD; Student Early Bird $50 USD, Student Regular $75 USD
Instructors: Manish Patel (Southern Company Services), W. Wes Baker (Southern Company Services)

The IEEE Std 2800 was published in April of 2022. Since then, the industry is working on the adoption of this standard and may have questions regarding the origination, details, and interpretation of some of the included requirements. The objective of this tutorial is to inform the target audience with details and the origination of specified requirements and help answer their questions. This may further help in the faster adoption of this standard.

Data-Driven Based Control Approaches and Real Time Simulation Technology for Pwoer Electronics Based IBRS

Date: Sunday, 21 July 2024      1:00 AM – 5:00 PM 
Price: Early Bird $195 USD, Regular $240 USD; Student Early Bird $50 USD, Student Regular $75 USD
Instructor: Prof. Osama Mohammed (Florida International University), Prof. Fei Gao (University of Technology of Belfort-Montbéliard), Mr. Ahmed Soliman (Florida International University)

Define the suitable data-driven model needed for each application. Know constraints governing hardware implementations. Get familiar with dSPACE applications for rapid control prototyping. Get familiar with real-time simulations and HIL technology for power electronics. Advantages and disadvantages of these approaches with commercial solution examples. Learn how to implement a simple example for hardware implementation.

Power Systems Integration Data and Algorithms Platform for Steady-State and Transients Analysis

Date: Sunday, 21 July 2024      8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Price: Early Bird $195 USD, Regular $240 USD; Student Early Bird $50 USD, Student Regular $75 USD
Instructors: Dr. M. Kemal Çelik (ANL), Dr. Karthikeyan Balasubramaniam (ANL), Dr. Bilal Ahmad Bhatti (PNNL), Dr. Rui Yang (NREL), Dr. Lingling Fan (University of South Florida), Dr. Jin Dong (ORNL), Dr. Suman Debnath (ORNL)

Learn how to use the OEDI SI platform to duplicate and extend the data and algorithms for power systems integration on OEDI SI. Learn the most recent approaches to steady-state and transients problems in electric power systems planning and operations. Learn how to integrate various input data from multiple utility operational technologies into a single input data set for different system analysis algorithms, including steady-state single snapshot, quasi-static time series and transient analysis.

EMT Modeling and Studies for Renewable Energy Integration

Date: Sunday, 21 July 2024      1:00 PM – 5:00 PM 
Price: Early Bird $195 USD, Regular $240 USD; Student Early Bird $50 USD, Student Regular $75 USD
Instructors: Ryan Quint (NERC), Aung Thant (NERC), Andrew Isaacs (Electranix Corporation), Andy Hoke (NREL), Deepak Ramasubramanian (EPRI)

Attendees will learn tools and techniques used to conduct EMT studies for interconnecting renewable energy projects. Attendees will also gain an understanding of real-world experience studying high inverter-based resource systems using EMT studies. Lastly, attendees will gain useful knowledge related to NERC activities in this area, and the changing regulatory requirements around EMT modeling/studies, model quality, and model verification activities.

Harmonics Modeling and Assessment for Interconnection Studies of Inverter-Based Resource (IBR) Plants

Date: Sunday, 21 July 2024      8:00 AM – 5:00 PM 
Price: Early Bird $295 USD, Regular $395 USD; Student Early Bird $100 USD, Student Regular $150 USD
Instructors: Roberto Langella (University of Campania), Wilsun Xu (University of Alberta), Canada, Gary Chang (National Chung Cheng University), Dave Mueller (EnerNex United States)

Get familiar with the fundamentals of harmonic modeling of Inverter Based Resources based on voltage source inverters, unique challenges and differences compared to those based on line commutated inverters, and related aspects of computational complexity. Learn how to perform harmonic assessment of IBRs connected to transmission and distribution systems for interconnection studies and how to design passive harmonic filters. Learn through the detailed analyses of practical use cases taken from industry practice. At the end of this tutorial the attendee will understand harmonic assessment of IBRs according to the IEEE Standard P2800.

Power System T&D Planning & Operations – Transformations Through DER Integration, PMU Data Analytics, and Edge Device Interoperability

Date: Sunday, 21 July 2024      8:00 AM – 5:00 PM 
Price: Early Bird $295 USD, Regular $395 USD; Student Early Bird $100 USD, Student Regular $150 USD
Instructors: Rajarshi Roychowdhury (AES US Utilities), Xuan Wu (AES US Utilities), Hui Zhang, (AES Corp), Sean Murphy (PingThings), Wade Malcom (OES), Zhaoyu Wang (Iowa State University), Dr. Ramteen Sioshansi, (Ohio State University)

Get familiar with Steady State, Dynamics and Transient Analysis of power systems and why utilities run these studies. Be familiar with T&D operations and how Grid Enhancing Technologies might play a role in T&D operations. Get insights on advanced PMU data analytics with machine learning with practical use cases. Learn about the OpenFMB architecture and the need for data interoperability. Get insights about power industry’s practices and activities on VVO and learn technology developments of VVO. Learn how vertically integrated utilities might use optimization aspects to plan for renewable generation.

Understanding Voltage Stability: Theory to Industry Practice Considering Inverter Based Resources

Date: Sunday, 21 July 2024      8:00 AM – 12:00 PM  
Price: Early Bird $195 USD, Regular $240 USD; Student Early Bird $50 USD, Student Regular $75 USD
Instructors: Costas Vournas (NTUA), Venkataramana Ajjarapu (Iowa State), Udaya Annakkage, (U of Manitoba), Katelynn Vance (Dominion Energy), Anurag Srivastava (West Virginia University)

The objective of this tutorial is to get basic understanding of voltage stability with evolving power grid, especially with inverter-based resources and active distribution systems. Experience from industry analyzing need and integration into grid operations will also be shared.

Fundamentals of Resource Adequacy for Modern Power Systems

Date: Sunday, 21 July 2024      8:00 AM – 5:00 PM 
Price: Early Bird $295 USD, Regular $395 USD; Student Early Bird $100 USD, Student Regular $150 USD
Instructors: Gord Stephen (NREL), Genevieve de Mijolla (EPRI), Simon Tindemans (TU Delft)

This tutorial describes the aims and objectives of resource adequacy assessment. Compare the modelling assumptions underlying common approaches to resource adequacy assessment; Interpret and critically evaluate a variety of resource adequacy metrics. Discuss current challenges and recent developments in the field of resource adequacy.

After The Tutorial: