Live Webinar Events

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.


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

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. Read more.
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Blockchain in Smart Grid
Presented by: Claudio Lima, Ph.D. Co-Founder, Blockchain Engineering Council - BC
Thursday, May 17, 2018 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET

Blockchain is considered to be a foundational technology that will create a new decentralized Internet layer. Most of today's Blockchain development has been focused on Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency. However, the vertical markets, particularly the Energy sector, will benefit from the adoption of Blockchain as a potential disruptive technology that complements the insertion of Internet of Things (ioT) that improves grid device-system management, cybersecurity, and also enabling a new layer of energy trading. Read more.
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Maximizing the Cost Savings for Utility Customers Using Behind-the-Meter Energy Storage
Presented by: Tu Nguyen, Sandia National Laboratories
Thursday, May 31, 2018 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET

The transformation of today’s grid toward smart grid has given the energy storage systems (ESSs) the opportunity to provide more services to the electric grid, as well as the end customers. On the grid’s side, ESSs can generate revenue streams participating in electricity markets by providing services such as energy arbitrage, frequency regulation or spinning reserves. On the customers’ side, ESSs can provide a wide range of applications from on-site back-up power, storage for off-grid renewable systems to solutions for load shifting and peak shaving for commercial/industrial businesses. Read more.
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Real-Time System Loss Analysis – 15 Months to 15 Minutes
Presented by: Jason Iacobucci, President, PowerRunner, LLC Keith P. Hock Director Transmission Technical Services and Operations Planning, Ameren Services
Thursday, June 7, 2018 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET

Leveraging recent investments in AMI, Ameren Illinois began aggregating hourly service point load forecast data by voltage (loss) class vs. the hourly system load to determine the loss factors per voltage class for every hour of the day. Not only does this innovative approach reduce the time it takes to perform a loss study from more than a year to seconds, but it more accurately accounts for real losses across the system. This innovative approach to system loss studies will be essential to utility planning efforts, particularly in the siting and integrating DER on the distribution grid. Read more.
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