Grid of the Future

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.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2023

10:00 AM – 11:15 AM
Adapt or Get Run Over By EV
Speakers: Steve Seewald, Manager, Risk & Performance, EPCOR Distribution and Transmission Inc.
Sean Hillier, Account Director, Grid Operations, Mosaic
Christopher Faretta, Clean Transportation Programs Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric Company
Electric Vehicles, Solar (PV), Microgrids etc. are entering the electric distribution system at rates never seen before.  Utilities that fail to adapt their systems are likely to get “run over”!  In this session industry leaders will share their tools and strategies to manage risks to the distribution system while still supporting this important shift in consumer technology.

3:00 PM – 4:15 PM
Who Should Bear the Cost of Grid Transformation?
Jurisdictions across North America have taken steps to enable and incentivize investments that support electrification and the energy transition. Those incentives come in many forms: mandates and targets to drive action, grants and rebates to incentivize adoption, and regulatory reform that enables new kinds of utility investment. The debate around which approach is best comes down to the question: who should bear the cost of the energy transition? This session will investigate what approaches are working around the world today, and how our existing regulatory structures can adapt to enable innovation and pilot projects to better meet our evolving energy needs.

Thursday, April 27, 2023

11:15 AM – 12:30 PM
Investing in ADMS and DERMS Beyond Technology
ADMS and DERMS are foundational technologies to transform the Distribution Grid operations. Utilities who successfully have implemented these technologies learned that ADMS and/or DERMS program is a journey that requires the full commitment from both the business and IT to bring it all together. Challenges in data management, GIS maturity, design to as-built data management process, operational readiness and change management, control center staff skills and training, mobility technology ease of use, etc. are just examples of areas that may present surprises to the program. In this session and associate panel, two utilities will share their lesson learned from implementation of ADMS and DERMS.