Electric Grid Modernization

Wednesday, April 19

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Grid Modernization Perspectives Panel
Speakers: John Barnick, Industry Solution Executive, ABB
Paul Lau, Chief Grid Strategy & Operations Officer, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Brandon Tolentino, Principal Manager, Southern California Edison
This panel will provide perspectives on grid modernization drivers, challenges and successes from utility, customer, solar, and regulatory leaders.

New operating technologies and distributed generation are changing the way we plan, construct and operate our transmission and distribution systems.  Originally designed to deliver power from the utility to the customer, our distribution grids are now being used to deliver power from the customer to the utility and may soon be used to exchange power and related services between our customers.  The way we select and size distribution equipment, out protection and control schemes, our approach to worker and public safety and way in which we operate and optimize the distribution system will all have to change in this new paradigm.  Perspectives on where we are headed and how we manage the challenges and resulting changes vary widely among participants in the grid.  Our panel will share perspectives from utilities who are and are not embracing transactional grids; technology providers working to deliver the systems and applications that address the new grid; and regulators that are setting the policies that will ultimately shape the future of distribution systems.

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
From Situational Awareness to Situational Intelligence
Speaker: Robert Sherick, Southern California Edison
TJ Vargus, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Curt Kirkeby, Avista Utilities
You have data, now what? Grid modernization requires utilities to leverage data to provide situational intelligence and visibility.

As the grid becomes increasingly complex due to operating technologies and distributed energy resources, utilities must rely on data to provide situational awareness to effectively plan and operate the power grid. During this session, utilities will give various perspectives on how to leverage Data Analytics to provide actionable information to system operators.

Thursday, April 20

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Grid Management Systems & Software Systems Convergence
Speakers: Curt Kirkeby, Avista Utilities
Dean Craig, ENMAX Corporation
Thomas McDermott, PNNL
Utility grid modernization experts will discuss a roadmap for future software needs and convergence between separate disparate systems to a fully integrated grid management solutions (ADMS, DERMS, Forecasting, Analytics).

The number and type of management systems that support the electric system have grown in complexity and capability.  As a result, a new generation of challenges exist in converging these systems to continue to improve the way the electric system is operated.

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
The Transactional Grid: Making Markets with Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) Work
Speakers: Erik Takayesu, Director of Electric Systems Planning & Modernization, Southern California Edison
Sergej Mahnovski, Edison International
Naimish Patel, CEO, GridCo/Board Member, Advanced Energy Economy
We will discuss how the Distribution System Operator (DSO) model, New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) projects, and Organized Market Architecture requirements all help us understand the steps still necessary to integrate DERs into organized electric markets and signals.

How will the growing amount of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) coming onto the grid affect our concept of energy markets and the role of utilities? New York and California, and potentially others, are moving towards a new market model where the value of energy from DERs will be established, traded, and settled in some kind of a distributed market—very different than today’s central, wholesale-based energy markets, ISOs, and RTOs. How are investment projects, the role of the utility, the role of the balancing authority evolving and what may the future hold for the West? In this session, we will hear CA and NY views on the emerging “Distributed Systems Operator,” Grid Modernization Investment Projects, and the interplay between utilities and the ISO/RTO in order for this future DER market to work.