Modern Grid Design Standards Driving Smart Grid Implementation

Presented by: Doug Houseman, Lucas McIntosh, Joey Nichols, Brad Jensen, Kory Sandven, Meghan Calabro & Francisco Neto

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Registration for the live event will be completed on the IEEE Smart Grid Resource Center. WebEx invites will be sent shortly after registration. 

Session prices vary based on IEEE membership. Each 80-minute session will be available for streaming for 1 year from purchase date. In addition, CEUs/PDHs will be available for purchase. After the presentation date, tutorials and corresponding slides will be available on the IEEE Smart Grid Resource Center’s ->Education tab.

Tutorial Overview:

In the 1980s the Utility industry in North American made a great effort to create design and construction standards that could be used by everyone. Today, in many utilities if you open the construction standards books, the copyright date on the design standards is still from that era. Much has changed since the 1980s from renewables and DER to electric vehicles, and reliability requirements.  
 

This course is aimed at practitioners in the industry, regulators, and contractors who want to understand the impact on grid modernization of electrification, renewables, and other changes happening to the environment that the electric grid supports. With higher penetration of renewables and electric vehicles, lower voltage distribution circuits using small wire sizes are not adequate to the future. IEEE has completed updates to a number of international standards that also impacts grid design. The last major industry effort to update grid design standards and drawings was undertaken in the 1980s, prior to the existence of many of the issues that we face today. Discussion will include the history of how the current design standards (and drawings) were arrived at, the changes in issues and their direct impact on design standards, and recommendations for updating those standards will be discussed.  

 

This online tutorial will cover the following topics in each session:

Session 1 
  • This session will discuss history of design standards and how the changes to the environment the grid operates in/demands. Impact and new requirements in areas such as larger storms, renewables, increased electrifications and sensitive equipment.This session will discuss history of design standards and how the changes to the environment the grid operates in/demands. Impact and new requirements in areas such as larger storms, renewables, increased electrifications and sensitive equipment..

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Session 2 

  • Discussion will include the impact of factors such as reverse power flow on mechanical tap chargers and protection impacts existing equipment. Also, changes in various technologies such as microgrids, protection, and control systems, and some examples of IEEE Standards that have significantly changed will be covered

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Session 3 

  • This session will cover compatible units including areas such as drawings, costs and time of study. The 1980-1983 effort will be reviewed, and the needed effort to move to modern standards will be discussed.

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Session 4 

  • The final session will cover impact of changes of the grid, modular substations, and impact on work process. The discussion will include the importance of changing current ways of planning, and the importance of this effort. 

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ABOUT THE PRESENTERS:

Mark SiiraDoug Houseman - Grid Modernization Lead, Burns & McDonnell: Doug has extensive experience in the energy and utility industry and has been involved in projects in more than 70 countries. Doug is a leader in grid modernization thinking, he was asked to author significant portions of the IEEE’s GridVision 2050, DOE’s QER and to revise CEATI’s Distribution Utility Technology Roadmap. Doug is a NIST fellow and member of the GridWise Architecture Council (GWAC) where he had a hand in both the Smart Grid Interoperability Maturity Model and Transactive Energy. He has led the IEEE Power and Energy Society’s Intelligent Grid Coordinating Committee and Emerging Technology Committee for the last five years. He has developed more than 20 tutorials for grid modernization for IEEE and others

Mark SiiraLucas McIntosh - PE, LEED® AP, MBA, Grid Modernization & Distribution Planning Lead, Burns & McDonnell & McDonnell: Lucas leads Burns & McDonnell’s distribution planning services and specializes in technical and economic evaluation of utility modernization projects and programs. Lucas has over 18 years of engineering experience with most of his career focused on serving electric distribution utilities. He has worked with utility clients across the country and participated in industry groups such as SGIP, AESP, SEPA and others

Mark SiiraJoey Nichols - Distribution Planning & Protection: Joey has vast utility operations and engineering experience including project development, project management, transmission and distribution system planning and studies, capital budgeting, data analytics, resource planning and electrical distribution engineering. His career has spanned working for large IOUs, COOPs and as a consultant. He has gained expertise in numerous planning tools and software and has applied them to grid modernization, grid hardening and renewables integration planning projects
Brad JensenBrad Jensen, PE, ENV SP, Grid Modernization & Distribution Planning, Burns & McDonnell: Brad specializes in distribution automation & planning, with a focus on DER integration. He has operated as lead engineer on volt-var optimization and capacity analysis projects for utility clients. He also serves as a transformer specialist for numerous clients, conducting transformer specification review, field testing of wind turbine generator & inverter transformers, as well as factory transformer testing. Brad has experience in distribution modelling, interconnection studies, and process development for a wide range of distribution infrastructure projects.
KoryKory Sandven, MSRE, ENV SP, EIT, Power Generation Development and Resource Analysis, Burns & McDonnell:Kory specializes in power generation development and resource analysis for both fossil fuel and alternative energy projects. He has extensive experience in project development, fuel supply evaluations, due diligence reviews, technology assessments, asset life assessments, site retirement studies, pro forma analyses, and strategic site selection studies as well as power distribution studies, interconnection evaluation studies, stead-state analysis, short-circuit analysis, contingency analysis, FERC compliance evaluations and NERC compliance evaluations for a wide range of power and renewable projects.
Meghan CalabroMeghan Calabro, PE, Distribution Modernization, Burns & McDonnell: Meghan leads distribution modernization, a multi-discipline group. She oversees teams that will provide engineering, construction and project management services in addition to data analytics tools, technologies and predictive modeling for utilities and others in the power delivery industry. Meghan is experienced at working with a variety of utility stakeholders to solve problems and create intelligent, efficient systems.
Francisco NetoFrancisco Neto, P.E. (KS): Mr. Neto is a staff electrical engineer specializing in distribution feeder model analysis. His 5+ years of experience includes telecommunication network design and legacy equipment replacement, substation audits, meter data management, and a variety of distribution model studies in CYME (hosting capacity analysis, volt/VAR optimization, conservation voltage reduction, effects of smart inverter control and Python scripts for task automation). He has worked for a variety of clients, ranging from small to large public utilities. Francisco understands the importance of building relationships, meeting deadlines and achieving the highest levels of accuracy in his work.

Session prices vary based on IEEE membership. Each 80-minute session will be available for streaming for 1 year from purchase date. In addition, CEUs/PDHs will be available for purchase. To see all recorded tutorials and corresponding slides, please visit the IEEE Smart Grid Resource Center’s Education tab.