Evolving Grid Operations

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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.

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
Advancements in artificial Intelligence (AI) and Energy IoT are reshaping utility operations and management solutions. This session focuses on current programs and the future application of AI to support operational improvements.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Microgrids: Grid Operation Impacts Both Now and in the Future
Speakers: Darren Murtaugh, Engineering Lead – Grid solutions group, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Michael Diedesch, Lead Smart City Engineer, Avista Utilities
Microgrids are increasing in popularity in both the utility-owned and customer-owned space due to their offerings of resilience during outages, alternative support for critical facilities, and potential cleaner and cheaper generation over typical backup generators. With the growing rate of these installations, however, 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? This session will involve a panel discussion to address these topics as well as a couple of presentations on recently implemented Microgrids.

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
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.