The Smart Grid describes a next-generation electrical power system that is typified by the increased use of communications and information technology in the generation, delivery, and consumption of electrical energy worldwide.
IEEE Smart Grid hosts a series of complimentary webinars on varying aspects of grid modernization globally.

NERC PRC-027 Compliance – Impact on Utilities’ Short-Circuit Modeling and Protective Relay Coordination Studies
Presented by: Ashok Gopalakrishnan, Principal Advisor, Quanta Technology, LLC

Thursday, June 29, 2017 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET

PRC-027-1, “Coordination of Protection Systems for Performance during Faults,” is an upcoming NERC compliance standard that will require electric utilities to perform periodic reviews of their Bulk Electric System (BES) relay settings to ensure proper coordination between protection relays, including relays that are applied on tie lines with neighboring utilities.
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Why an Active Grid Demands Greater Collaboration
Presented by: David (Dave) Daly, Product Director in Distribution & Grid Modernization

Thursday, July 13, 2017 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET

Utilities have been on a digitization journey for many years, but it’s now time for a transformational step change. Namely, an evolution to a decentralized, collaborative model over traditional, centralized command and control models—where edge, mobile and cloud solutions are used to redesign utility business processes and operational practices. Distributed generation, renewables, smart grids, storage and prosumers are accelerating the rate of change as well as creating a new level of complexity to manage—traditional command and control operational models can only get utilities so far. It’s time to move away from the operational models of the past—it’s time for a paradigm shift to meet the new level of change and complexity required to manage the active grid. The active grid of today and tomorrow demands greater collaboration—from the control room out to the field and the grid edge—for utilities to successfully meet the challenges of grid modernization and digital transformation.
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Demystifying Blockchain for Energy & Utilities
Presented by: Marc Peters, IBM Distinguished Engineer and CTO for E&U Europe, IBM; Jos Roling, Senior Architect for Global Center of Competency Energy & Utilities, IBM

Thursday, July 27, 2017 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET

Blockchain for E&U - is it hype or reality? Blockchain is a new pattern in IT that dramatically changes the support of transactions between market participants that form an eco-system or business network. This particularly of importance for the energy & utility industry that is undergoing major transformation. This transformation leads to more frequent transactions and additional challenges linked to growth of distributed energy resources and number of market participants.
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SMART Power Flow Controllers for Smart Grid Applications
Presented by: Kalyan K. Sen, Chief Technology Officer - Sen Engineering Solutions, Inc.

Friday, August 4, 2017 | 1:00 – 2:00pm ET

Increasing transmission capacity is essential to meet an increased demand of electricity, integration of renewable generation and so on. The power industry’s pressing need for the most economical ways to transfer bulk power along a desired path may be met by building new transmission lines, which is a long and costly process. Alternately, it may be quicker and cheaper to increase the available transfer capacity of the existing transmission lines with a power flow controller.
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HVDC … Intelligent Transmission
Presented by: Neil Kirby, Business Development Manager – HVDC GE Grid Solutions

Thursday, September 14, 2017 | 1:00 – 2:00pm ET

Creating smarter, more resilient power networks requires the introduction of technologies that can efficiently and reliably transfer large amounts of power over long distances, can adapt to changing conditions, especially with the increasing variability with increasing use of renewable generation sources. This requires management of power flows, stabilizing of voltage and frequency, and making informed decisions in response to normal switching or fault events.
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Forecasting, Optimization and Control of Distributed Flexible Resources
Presented by: Khaled Bahei-eldin, Technical Operations Leader - Electric Power, at GE Global Research; Yan Pan, Senior Electric Power Engineer, GE Global Research Center; Reza Ghaemi, Senior Control Systems Engineer, General Electric Research Center

Thursday, October 19, 2017 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET

The availability of flexible resources is becoming increasingly important with increasing renewable generation. As part of the ARPA-E NODES project, a group of researchers are working on aggregating distributed flexible loads and DERs to provide grid services while maintaining customer quality-of-service. The presentation will cover the development of flexibility forecasts that use weather forecasts and other data to estimate the reserve potential of aggregate loads and DERs. An optimization framework that enables aggregation of a large numbers of flexible loads and DERs and determines the optimal day-ahead schedule for these resources will be discussed. Finally, a scalable control architecture for coordinating and controlling the resources in real-time with low latency will be presented.
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