Evolving Grid Operations

Are you looking for ways to aid in evolving the grid and landscape of the operating room? Whether it is through leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) and Energy loT platforms to reshape operational solutions, overcoming the hurdles that come with customer-owned microgrids, or how to do all this from afar, you will walk away with some great information. Join us as we tackle these issues and learn from each other during roundtable discussions.

Meet the Evolving Grid Operations Program Development Team. For questions or more information on this track, please contact Traci Pepper at 971.303.1004.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Evolution of the Control Room: ADMS Impacts to Technology and Personnel
Panelist: Robert Ousley, ADMS Program Manager, Arizona Public Service Company
Ever wonder how the deployment of the ADMS will aid in evolving the grid and landscape of the operating room? Join us as utilities demonstrates new ADMS capabilities that better help manage and control the grid. They will also discuss new skill sets needed in the operating room and address evolving personal needs.

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2:45 PM – 4:00 PM
Artificial Intelligence in Utility Operations – Here Today and into the Future
Speakers: Jason Pfaff, Vice President, Innovation, POWER Engineers, Inc.
Tom Bialek, Chief Engineer, San Diego Gas & Electric Company
Utilities are increasingly leveraging artificial Intelligence (AI) and Energy IoT platforms in reshaping their operational solutions to provide more visibility, control and flexibility in grid management. How exactly to accomplish this has stymied many utilities as significantly increased data needs, enhanced date models and a new operational paradigm are needed to successfully implement these solutions. This session focuses on one current program in AI and a forward-looking perspective on a key component of IoT solutions. Tom Bialek, Chief Engineer at SDG&E will discuss their successful iPredict application, the world’s first artificially intelligent system to prevent power outages by predicting potential asset failures in time for the utility to proactively replace. Jason Pfaff, Vice President of Innovation and  Director of Applied Technology at POWER Engineers, Inc will provide a view of the future through a discussion of the role of Digital Twins in the emerging Energy IoT platforms.

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Thursday, April 22, 2021

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Microgrids: Grid Operation Impacts Both Now and in the Future
Speakers: Eric Putnam, Burns & McDonnell
Darren Murtaugh, Engineering Lead – Grid solutions group, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Michael Diedesch, Lead Smart City Engineer, Avista Utilities
With the growing rate of microgrid installations, how will the utility’s operations procedures change with respect to safety, cybersecurity, and line-work/sub work practices? What are the greatest hurdles to overcome with customer-owned microgrids from the utility perspective? What will be some of the challenges with regulatory requirements and ownership models as microgrids become more prevalent? Join us as we address these topics with 3-short presentations and a roundtable panel discussion.

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2:15 PM – 3:30 PM
Effective from Afar: Overcoming Challenges to People, Processes, and Technology Involved in Keeping the Lights on in the New Normal
Speaker: Angie Schuler, VP Power Systems Solutions, S&C Electric Company
Gabe Mika, Digital Strategy and Innovation Leader, San Diego Gas & Electric Company
Nathan Marr, Supervisor Performance Development of Operations Training, Arizona Public Service Company
The grid is evolving. Our operations are evolving. As our business adapts to remote operations and changing work environments, we must ask, how can we still be effective from afar? Throughout this session we will explore three case studies on how the utility industry is innovating its approach to traditional operations.

• People: We will see how a utility is managing the logistics of best-in-class training and operations efforts during sequestration of Operations personnel.
• Process: We will see how collaborating in the design effort and field equipment construction practices are adapting to a remote workforce.
• Technology: We will see how leveraging technology such as virtual reality can reshape a utility’s approach to training its employees. Join us as we explore how to be effective from afar.