Evolving Grid Operations

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April 15, 2020

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
What to do with a DER?
Speaker: Paul De Martini, Managing Partner, Newport Consulting Group, LLC
There are many operational challenges and benefits associated with the high volume of mixed renewables being connected to the grid. This session will look at some of these DER operational use cases and how operations can interact with these vast mixes of resources being installed on the grid.

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
DER/DERMS – The race to manage DERs before they create operational havoc
Speaker: Omar Dickenson, Associate Director Energy, Guidehouse
Moein Lak, Senior Advisor, Technology Integration, Southern California Edison
DER’s are all the rage – from DG, storage, EV’s, and other emerging customer technologies, and the growth of DER on the grid is exploding. Utilities need new tools and technologies to operate DER’s, and DER interoperability needs to be managed. This session will explore the emerging DERMS landscape and utility case studies in DER interoperability and operation.

April 16, 2020

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Achieving Situational Awareness in the Electric Grid: Why should enhanced situation awareness be a priority for your utility?
An interactive panel discussing how various utility grid operators monitor the grid effectively by establishing robust situational awareness. They will shed light on what makes situational awareness in the electric grid important, how utilities are leveraging situational awareness today, the challenges of achieving effective situational awareness in an evolving grid, and the exciting developments that are leading to improve situational awareness. Panelists will be sharing their experiences and lessons learned based on real examples to address all the aforementioned topics.

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1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
System Operator of the Future
Thomas Baer, Senior Instructional Designer, Puget Sound Energy
Fernando Pena, Distribution Engineer, Southern California Edison
Rich Cummings, Mosaic
With the ongoing evolution of the grid, the system operator role is changing due to the impacts of new technologies, tool enhancements, program overlap, and risk management. This session will explore the shift in knowledge and skillsets needed for this role, and how utilities are equipping system operators to do their jobs safely and reliably amidst all of this change.