Welcome and Plenary Speakers

Opening Plenary Talk

Mr. Frank C. Lambert, P. E.
Mr. Lambert, Principal Research Engineer at Center for Distributed Energy (CDE), Georgia Tech and National Electric Energy Testing Research and Applications Center (NEETRAC)

Title: Distribution Automation: Past, Present and Future

Abstract:The regulated utility model with a centralized grid where dispatched generation follows load has been very effective for over 100 years! The grid, however, is rapidly changing with Exponential Technologies (Computation, PV solar, wind, power semis, electric transportation, storage, microcontrollers, sensors, IoT, communication technologies, block-chain, cloud, autonomous control, deep learning) where traditional control paradigms are breaking down. Utilities would like to centrally control the smart edge devices on the grid, but this is not scalable to millions of nodes. A decentralized paradigm will be required for the future!

Biography:Lambert is a Principal Research Engineer at Center for Distributed Energy (CDE), Georgia Tech and National Electric Energy Testing Research and Applications Center (NEETRAC). He is responsible for interfacing with members to develop and conduct research projects dealing with transmission and distribution issues. Mr. Lambert previously worked at Georgia Power Company for 22 years in transmission / distribution system design, construction, operation, maintenance and automation. He is currently serving as the President of the IEEE Power and Energy Society. Mr. Lambert holds a bachelors and M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Mr. Sam Chanoski
Mr. Sam Chanoski, Director of Intelligence, Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center, NERC

Title: Intelligent Systems: Challenges and Opportunities for Reliability and Security

Abstract: Today's grid is changing at increasing rates as fuel mixes shift, policy objectives add additional constraints to planning and operation, technological capabilities enable new understanding of the system of systems, economic considerations continually seek to extract increased efficiencies from operations, and the industry finds itself on the front lines of an unending battle against nation-state adversaries in cyberspace that it is inadequately postured to fight. This presentation will highlight some of the most pressing challenges industry faces today, as well as some of the work underway to manage these risks, with a focus on how advances in computing and technology are supporting these efforts

Biography:Sam Chanoski is the Electricity ISAC's Director of Intelligence, where he works with government and private sector organizations to exchange and analyze all-source intelligence in the context of the electric sector, develop mitigation strategies for significant grid threats, and provide technical and business context to E-ISAC's activities. He is also the executive sponsor for NERC's Critical Infrastructure Protection Committee (CIPC).

Mr. Mark McGranaghan
Mr. Mark McGranaghan, Vice-President of Innovation, Electric Power Research Institute

Title: Accelerating Innovation for the Electric Power System

Abstract:The power system is going through dramatic changes as we integrate distributed resources and provide new opportunities for flexibility, resiliency and efficiency at the customer. There are new architectural approaches for making all this work and this includes digital solutions for more optimum planning and operation. New sensors everywhere and the availability of data will enable artificial intelligence applications. How do we accelerate the application and adoption of these innovations for the power system? Let's talk about faster approaches to evaluate and demonstrate new solutions and share in the knowledge so that the solutions can be adopted throughout the industry.

Biography:Mark McGranaghan is Vice President of Innovation at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). This involves coordinating across the EPRI research sectors in areas of Technology Innovation as well as developing and implementing strategy for international coordination around all areas of innovation. Important areas of focus include EPRI's public Thought Leadership presence, government research coordination and new technology demonstrations and challenges.

Dr. Benjamin Kroposki
Dr. Benjamin Kroposki, Director of the Power Systems Engineering Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Title: Integrating Ultra-High Levels of Variable Renewable Energy in Power Systems

Abstract:Variable renewable energy like wind and solar photovoltaics (PV) are being integrated into electric power systems at increasing rates. These technologies differ from conventional generation in that they use power electronic converters instead of synchronous generators to connect to electric power grids. At small levels, the power grid can easily handle the integration of variable renewable energy. At much higher levels, there are a number of technical concerns that must be addressed to ensure reliable and economic operations. This presentation will discuss the challenges and solutions to operating power system with high levels of variable renewables and how power electronic interfaces can be used to solve some of these challenges.

Biography:Dr. Benjamin Kroposki is the Director of the Power Systems Engineering Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) where he leads NREL's strategic research in the design, planning and operations of electrical power systems. As Center Director, he manages a staff of over 100 engineers and scientist conducting research on power system devices and systems, sensing, measurement, and forecasting, operations and control, power system design and planning studies, and security and resiliency. This work covers bulk-power systems, distribution systems, microgrids, and home energy management systems. He has over 25 years of experience in the design, testing, and integration of renewable and distributed power systems and has more than 140 publications in these areas. Dr. Kroposki received his BSEE and MSEE from Virginia Tech and Ph.D. from the Colorado School of Mines. As an IEEE Fellow, Dr. Kroposki was recognized for his leadership in renewable and distributed energy systems integration.

Mr. Ajay Madwesh
Mr. Ajay Madwesh, Senior Manager, Analytics and Cognitive, Deloitte Consulting

Title: TBA


Biography:Ajay is a Senior Manager at Deloitte with over 28 years with diverse experience across large multinational as well as technology start-up companies. His experience spans working with business to conceptualize, design and implement solutions that deliver large scale business value as asset intensive real time operations undergo a Digital Transformation driven by Technology, Analytics and Internet-of-Things.