Electric Distribution

The Electric Distribution track focuses on sharing experiences, solutions and current best practices in workforce development, emerging technology and its implementation, aging infrastructure, and connecting with customers to meet their developing and ever-changing needs.

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April 15, 2020

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Cool Tools
Speakers: Brady Kinsella, Business Delivery Manager, Operations Solutions, Puget Sound Energy
Shannon Jacobs, Regional Construction Manager, Southern California Edison
Zach Wassenberg, Augmented Technologies\Transmission & Distribution Services, Burns & McDonnell
This session will have three presentations:
Augmented Reality – join us for this real-world introduction to innovative augmented reality technology. Our speaker is a leader in finding and implementing augmented technologies, and other cutting-edge field tools for utilities.
Going Paperless – come see how two large utilities have moved away from paper. Learn some lessons from their experiences and see some of the best practices they’ve now developed. They’ll focus on work orders and T&D processes.

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2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
T-Connectors Failure Mitigation and COVID-19 Roundtable

Speakers: Tom Bialek, Chief Engineer, San Diego Gas & Electric Company
Gregg Edeson, Partner, PA Consulting
This session will have a presentation and a roundtable discussion.

T Connector Failure Mitigation
Hear San Diego Gas & Electric Chief Engineer Tom Bialek discusses SDG&E’s use of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning algorithms to sift through the Power Quality data to help classify “normal” vs. “incidents.” SDG&E uses the information to address the “incidents” before they become “failures.”

COVID-19 Electric Distribution Facilitated Roundtable Discussion
This session will have attendees share their experiences reacting to the COVID-19 pandemic. What has gone well, what they were surprised by, what modifications they have made, what they are anticipating for the next month, and what they hope they have learned that will help with the next 6 months.

April 16, 2020

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Reliability + Aging Infrastructure
Moderator: Ralph Granja, Senior Principal Consultant, Intelligent Grid Operations, Accenture Inc
Panelist: Abdur Rehman, Supervisor, Relay Operations, Puget Sound Energy
Dave Worth, Director, Division Chief Information Officer, Portland General Electric
Teresa Preciado-Ortega, Senior Project Manager, Southern California Edison
This session consists of two topics of interest. First up is a debate of the inherent conflict between Information Technology and Operational Technology. These two functions typically reside in different management organizations, and they often have different outcome objectives. This lively debate will provide insight into how the application of new technology from corporate can either enable operations to succeed or result in inefficiencies and frustration for those building, maintaining and operating the grid. The second presentation will encompass innovations southern California utilities have made in Reliability.

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2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Managing Emerging Customer Connections
Speakers: Luke Whittemore, Transportation Electrification Engineer, Portland General Electric
Alex Nassif, Specialist Engineer, ATCO Electric
John Nowostawski, Manager, Grid Innovation, ENMAX Corporation
This session will cover how evolving customer connections are requiring expansion of data requirement needs, forecasting mythologies and system behavior knowledge to successfully plan, control day-to-day operations and manage the distribution system.

Interactive Capacity Planning: A Customer-Centric Approach to New Load and DER Integration
As DER adoption and load development continue to grow in Alberta, ENMAX has been working with their customers to understand their informational needs and streamline the interconnection process for DER and new loads. ENMAX will present on their “Load & Hosting Capacity Map” project which allows customers to understand where it is easiest to connect to the utility’s urban grid. This talk aims to inspire utilities to develop the expertise to understand the impact of DERs and loads on their systems with customers in mind.

Portland General Electric’s EV Charging Projects
Portland General Electric is seeing the growth of electric vehicles in the region and working to address pain points in new service requests for EV charging projects. PGE will share how they’re supporting customers with technical assistance and programs to make it easy to build charging infrastructure and using that high touch approach to gather data for distribution planning.

Increasing DER Hosting Capacity by Leveraging Smart Inverters Features and Advanced Islanding Detection Algorithms
This presentation addresses topics covering utilities new practices to reduce economic barriers to the expansion of renewable DERs. Increasing DER Hosting Capacity not only can enable more market participants but primarily improves the economic feasibility of many projects. Traditional utility practices are very restrictive on how DERs are allowed to operate. Forms of operational control that were not allowed in Canadian jurisdictions, such as DER voltage control, have recently been considered and accepted by utilities to fulfill modern societal mandates to increase the penetration of distribution-connected renewable DERs. Another essential feature in the interconnection of DERs is the ability to detect operation under islanded condition. Currently, international standards have strict requirements for detection and extinction of islanding conditions, resulting in requirements that may preclude renewable DER projects to become financially viable. The acceptance of inverter native active anti-islanding schemes is a potential low-cost solution but represents a new paradigm for electric utilities and warrants research to properly configure. Similarly, the adoption of autonomous passive anti-islanding schemes for synchronous generations, which have technical limitations, has become imperative and utilities have developed careful designs and guidelines on how these methods must be applied.

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