Planning and Operation in High-Penetration Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Environments

Presented by: Jens Schoene, Director of Research Studies, EnerNex

Thursday, April 26, 2018 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET

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The penetration of small-scale Distributed Generation (DG) such as photovoltaics (PVs) has increased dramatically in recent years and is expected to increase further in the future. Small numbers of DG cause few or no problems to the grid, but as the percentage of DG grows, power quality, protection, and safety concerns need to be evaluated. A number of software tools are available to perform a distribution system analysis with varying degrees of complexities – ranging from relatively simple screening analysis to sophisticated transient simulations. This presentation will review the type of planning tools that are available and inform which ones are suitable for the investigation of a particular DG impact. Furthermore, the presentation will discuss how Distribution System State Estimation in combination with sensor data collected on distribution circuits can be used in an operational environment to (1) improve distribution system models and (2) inform control decisions of Grid Management Systems.


WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Distribution Engineers (Planning and Operation), Junior Engineers, Grid Modernization Architects


Jens Schoene

About the Speaker:

Jens Schoene, Ph.D., Director of Research Studies, joined EnerNex in February 2007. In his capacity as a director, Jens has led and participated in a large variety of projects, including studies on (1) modernization of the electric power grid, (2) transients, harmonics, and TOVs in wind plants and other power systems, (3) integration of renewable generation in distribution systems, (4) power quality measurements, (5) inductive coupling in transmission and distribution systems, (6) arc flash hazards, and (7) shock hazard mitigation. Jens is the Vice Chair of the IEEE PES Lightning Performance of Overhead Lines Working Group and is actively involved in the other IEEE/PES Working Groups. Jens is the main- or co-author of over 40 peer-reviewed papers and conference proceedings.

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