Evolving Grid Operations

Meet the Program Development Team

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Driving Grid Innovation Through DER’s
Speakers: Juan Cardona, Senior Engineer, Salt River Project
John Gibson, Chief R&D Engineer, Manager of Distribution Services, Avista Utilities
Our Grid is being re-engineered to handle distributed resources and deliver maximum efficiency while maintaining reliability. Our industry has seen a proliferation of small projects focusing on testing emerging technologies before rolling out larger programs. The objectives of these innovative projects include enhanced grid utilization and reliability as well as interoperability of DERs. This session explores examples of projects that drive innovation as well as the successes and challenges utilities had to overcome.

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Customer Expectations – Who’s in the Driver’s Seat?
Speakers: Brady Kinsella, Puget Sound Energy
Lora Anguay, Director, Distribution Operations & Maintenance, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Steven Lopez, Sr. Director of Customer Strategy, Salt River Project
Customer expectations are changing, which means the expectations placed on utility Operations have moved beyond keeping the lights on. The intersection of customer expectations and grid operations has utilities focused on responding to the needs of our Customers by expanding the information they receive in real-time, giving them more control of their future, and enabling their energy choices. In this session, utilities will share their stories of how they are reaching out to get to know their customers and translating that into operational improvements across business units.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Moving Beyond the Pilot
Speakers: Scott Hines, Lead Operator, Puget Sound
Eric Nunnally, Manager of Grid Technology Integration, Southern California Edison
Everything is a pilot now that DERs have arrived. Along with adoption of DERs, new processes and uses of technology & information are changing utility grid operations. How do utilities transform these pilots into its normal business? This session explores examples of pilot projects & processes that have grown into larger deployments, and examines the impacts/lessons learned along the way.

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Forced Innovation – Regulation and Industry Drivers
Speakers: Nate Hill, Manager of Regulatory Policy, Puget Sound Energy
Shasta Culp, Vice President of Engineering, DHS Consulting, Inc.
Jon Jamieson, Transmission System Operator, Southern California Edison
Regulation and industry drivers challenge utilities to innovate and change while still maintaining operations. Recently these drivers are challenging utilities at a more accelerated rate than ever before. This session explores regulation and its unintended consequences in meeting regulation through innovation. It takes perspectives from regulatory, engineering, and operations to focus on not only challenges but also successes and lessons learned.