Late-Breaking News

Tuesday, July 19 2022 at 8am to 12pm/Noon MDT | Room: Governor’s Square 15

Chairs: Chris Root, Aleksi Paaso & Damir Novosel

The electric industry is undergoing one of its most dramatic transformations driven by the need to reduce dependence on fossil fuels for generation, integrate clean energy technologies, and adapt to the realities of climate change. The grid is also being increasingly tested by weather events with greater frequency and intensity, as well as by human-made threats like physical and cyber-attacks. To achieve aggressive decarbonization goals, the electric power sector will need to re-think how to plan, design, regulate, and operate the electric grid. This super-session discusses the latest news related to resilience and reliability in the context of energy solutions to mitigate and adapt to climate change. It helps to frame, inform, and support the industry’s activities and investment priorities to pursue the decarbonization of the electric power sector. It also addresses the importance of grid resilience and reliability to achieve targets.

Part 1 | 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Where are the Engineers Coming From?

Speakers:

  • Julio Romero Aguero, Quanta Technology
  • Amanda Olson,  Burns & McDonnell
  • Babak Enyati, Borrego Solar
  • Sukumar Kamalasadan, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
  • Matthew Gardner, Dominion Energy
  • Chris Root, Vermont Electric Power Company

Part 2 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM:  Resilient Energy Solutions to Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change

Speakers:

  • Shay Bahramirad, LUMA Energy
  • Mark Lauby, National American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC)
  • Andrew Groom, Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)
  • Rafael Silva Ozaki, SIEMENS
  • Erik Takayesu, Southern California Edison (SCE)

Extreme Events and Their Impact on Power Systems

Tuesday, July 19 2022 at 1pm to 5pm MDT | Room: Governor’s Square 15

Chairs: Jay Liu & Babak Enayati

Speakers:

  • Anurag Srivastava, West Virginia University
  • David Ortiz, Foener Energía
  • S R Narasimhan, Power System Operation Corporation Limited (POSOCO)
  • Shay Bahramirad, LUMA Energy
  • Dean Sharafi, Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)
  • Anjan Bose, Washington State University
  • Durgesh Manjure, Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO)
  • Zhaoyu Wang, Iowa State University
  • Srijib Mukherjee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Mark Lauby, North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC)
  • Michael Pesin, US Department of Energy

Energy Sustainability 

Wednesday, July 20 2022 at 8am to 12pm/Noon MDT | Room: Plaza Ballroom E

Chairs: Manuel Avendaño & Lina Bertling Tjernberg

The climate continues to change, and the reported socioeconomic impacts demonstrate the vulnerability of populations to current weather and climate events. Crucial to tackling this crisis is to decarbonize the world’s energy system and shift the global energy demand from fossil fuels to a low carbon supply. This Super Session will address the challenges around net-zero GHG emissions goals, the pathways to decarbonizing the electric sector, and the present and future role of engineering in energy sustainability. Panelists from around the world and multiple sectors will converge to outline the critical actions needed to accelerate and smooth the clean energy transition.

Speakers:

  • Lina Bertling Tjernberg, The Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Ruomei Li, Tsinghua University
  • Shinjini Menon, Southern California Edison (SCE)
  • Benjamin Kroposki, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
  • Debra Lew, Energy Systems Integration Group (ESIG)
  • Digaunto Chatterjee, Eversource Energy
  • Luis(Nando) Ochoa, The University of Melbourne

Artificial Intelligence in Power Systems

Wednesday, July 20 2022 at 1pm to 5pm MDT | Room: Plaza Ballroom E

Chairs: Fangxing Li & Anurag Srivastava

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been one of the emerging areas in the community of electric power systems in recent years. In this supersession, leading experts from research, government, and industrial organizations will discuss past achievements and future directions of AI or machine learning (ML) for power systems applications.

Speakers:

  • Dimitri Kusnezov, US Department of Energy
  • Fangxing Li, The University of Tennessee
  • Nanpeng Yu, University of California, Riverside
  • Laura Crowley, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
  • Anurag Srivastava, West Virginia University
  • Qiuhua Huang, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
  • Yousu Chen, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
  • Yilu Liu, University of Tennessee
  • Jochen Cremer, Delft AI Energy Lab

Impact of Power Electronics on Electrical Infrastructure – Bulk Systems Operations

Thursday, July 21 2022 at 1pm to 3pm MDT | Room: Plaza Ballroom E

Chairs: Babu Chalamala & Le Xie

The power system is rapidly evolving with a large amount of power electronic converters becoming pervasive through the electrical infrastructure. The role of inverter-based resources (IBRs) on the generation side is increasing rapidly. The grid edge is changing rapidly with power electronics already widespread in low voltage applications. With IBRs getting connected at the transmission and sub-transmission level, the role of power electronics in the bulk power system is poised to take off. The industry is beginning to focus greater attention on the challenges of grid operation with high levels of inverter-based resources and the role of IBRs in the reliability and operational performance of the bulk power system. With an increasing global commitment for deeper decarbonization of the electric power system, maintaining the stability and reliability of the bulk power system would become more complex. The reliability implications of IBR-dominated power systems are not fully analyzed. Ensuring the stability of the bulk grid requires a greater understanding of failure modes, how to mitigate system-level failures, system operations, and associated infrastructure challenges. This panel with speakers from utilities, manufacturers, and manufacturers will discuss the impact of power electronics on the bulk system operation.

Speakers:

  • Zhenyu (Henry) Huang, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Nilesh Modi, Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)
  • Raymond Byrne, Sandia National Laboratories
  • Noriko Kawakami, Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corporation

Impact of Power Electronics on Electrical Infrastructure – Distribution System and The Grid Edge

Thursday, July 21 2022 at 3pm to 5pm MDT | Room: Plaza Ballroom E

Chairs: Babu Chalamala & Le XieThe power system is rapidly evolving with a large amount of power electronic converters becoming pervasive through the electrical infrastructure. The role of inverter-based resources on the generation side are increasing rapidly. The grid edge is changing rapidly with power electronics already widespread in low voltage applications. With IBRs getting connected at the transmission and sub-transmission level, the role of power electronics in the bulk power system is poised to take off. The distribution is poised to change dramatically. Electrification of transportation is expected to increase loads and require large-scale to upgrades to distribution infrastructure including fast charging and improved load management methods. The grid has been evolving rapidly including rooftop solar, battery storage, electric vehicles, demand management, dc loads, and microgrids. The grid edge is also increasingly becoming communications and computing-intensive with distributed sensing, control, and advanced demand management functionalities. This panel will discuss the evolution of distribution systems including BTM technologies, infrastructure upgrades to enable electrification, and the need to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Speakers include representatives from academia, national labs, utilities, and manufacturers

Speakers:

  • Deepak Divan, Georgia Tech
  • Ralph Masiello, Quanta Technology
  • Brian Johnson, Pinnacle Engineering Group