About the Presenters
Mark Siira is the Director of Utility Compliance and Solutions for ComRent International, a leader in load testing solutions for utility-scale systems. Mark is the Chair of IEEE SCC 21. In this role, he leads the development of all interconnection and interoperability standards for Photovoltaics, Dispersed Generation, and Energy Storage. Vice-Chair for IEEE P1547 Revision. He is also a member of the UL Standards Technical Panels 1741 (Inverters), UL2200 (Generators) and 6171 (Wind farms interconnection).
Mark has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Degree from GMI Engineering and Management Institute (now Kettering University), and an MBA from Harvard University.
Wayne Stec is Principal at Distregen LLC, Carmel, Indiana which he founded in 1999. He previously worked for General Electric and ABB. Wayne’s consulting roles include providing guidance for the interconnection of renewable energy, battery storage, and other DER to the electric power system. He also has a background in electric power system protection and automation. Wayne is currently active in the development of standards in several organizations including SCC21, IEEE PSRC, IEEE P1547, IEEE P1547.1 and IEEE P1547.2.
Babak Enayati received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY in 2009. He is currently a Lead Research Development and Demonstration Engineer at National Grid, Waltham, MA. During the past ten years, Babak has worked on Distributed Energy Resources interconnections, power system protection, control of microgrids, and Smart Grid. He joined Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 2006 and currently is a Senior IEEE Member. Babak currently serves as the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) Governing Board Member-at-Large. Babak is also the Vice Chair of the IEEE Standards Coordinating Committee 21 (SCC21) and IEEE P1547, Standard for Interconnecting Distributed Energy Resources with Electric Power Systems. Babak is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in the state of Massachusetts.
Jens Boemer, Ph.D., is a Senior Technical Leader in the Grid Operations and Planning group of the Power Delivery and Utilization Sector at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). In his current position, he leads projects on the grid integration of renewable and distributed energy resources with a focus on power system stability issues. His areas of expertise include interconnection guidelines, aggregated modeling of wind generation and distributed solar photovoltaics for bulk power system reliability studies, and consulting on strategic planning for integration of renewables. Boemer is contributing to timely revisions of IEEE Standard P1547, particularly on the frequency and voltage ride-through sections and was lead author of an EPRI white paper that gives recommendations for the minimum ride-through requirements from a bulk system perspective.
David Narang is a Principal Engineer in the Power Systems Engineering Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). A main focus area for David is to support the development and adoption of interconnection and interoperability standards for distributed energy systems and he is currently serving as the Working Group Chair for the full revision of IEEE P1547. Prior to joining NREL in June, 2015, David spent 14 years as an engineer focusing on distributed energy integration at an electric utility in the Southwestern U.S.