Presented by: Vishalya Sooriarachchi

The entire world is facing the requirement of managing the energy consumption in order to ensure that the energy demand and supply are balanced accordingly to suffice the future requirements. Countries are adapting transformative methods from conventional energy sources to renewable energy sources, and the number of prosumers is increasing than the number of consumers. During times, considering that the energy is not provided constantly and effectively, the energy providers have been required to adapt planned blackouts, which is a major hindrance for development of the country. Adapting methods to provide constant power supply while limiting the energy consumption in the consumer side has been identified as one of the most productive approaches to sustain the development criteria. The suggested scheme is based on adapting a time-based payment plan which provides a calculated payment to the participants according to the amount of power the participants contribute to save.

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Presented by: Dr. Claudio Lima, Ph.D., Blockchain Engineering Council, BEC


Transactive Energy (TE) will be an important technology enabler that will change today’s utility business models towards the utility of the future. TE will also affect future energy markets, driven by new technologies, such as, energy automation, distributed solar photovoltaic, distributed energy storage systems (DESS), smart metering, distributed energy resources (DER), and so one. However, current TE models lack the “trusted transactive layer” needed to implement new energy market dynamics capabilities. New concepts of “Utility-Grade Blockchain-DLT” technologies will be introduced to meet these future TE requirements, introducing a new trusted, transparent and traceable transactive layer to register and authenticate TE grid assets, transactions and participants.
This webinar will introduce new TE-Blockchain concepts and applications, review some regulatory aspects of Blockchain-DLT TE, including the ongoing work of the IEEE P2418.5 Blockchain Energy Standards WG, transactive energy task force.

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Presented by: Dr. Raj Gopal, Smart Buildings and Smart Grid, Research Studies, Sustainable Energy and Smart Grid

To ensure meeting the reliability goals of the Smart Grid, Demand Response programs are offered by electric power utilities with incentives to participating customers in order to match power generation to demand and prevent network instability during peak demand periods. According to the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) 2012 commercial building energy consumption survey (CBECS), large office buildings in the USA with floor area > 9,000 m¬2 consume annually 180 billion kWh. This comprises of HVAC (cooling 17%, ventilation 25%), lighting (17%) and plug loads comprising of computers, monitors, printers, servers and other electrical loads associated with occupant productivity (17%) and the rest miscellaneous loads. These loads mostly occur, given the occupancy schedule, during the on-peak periods for a summer peaking utility. The need to address Automatic Fault Detection, Diagnosis and System Restoration (AFDDS) becomes important when implementing demand response (DR) strategies whether it is price responsive or resource responsive in office buildings. Should faults occur in the building HVAC system, the kWh energy consumption and KW demand will increase negating the objectives of the Demand Response program. This presentation will cover: definitions for Smart Building HVAC System; Smart Building Facility Management System (SBFMS) Architecture; development of algorithms for AFDDS for an example HVAC system with self-healing and resiliency feature and discuss the results of ‘Smart Voice Activated Speaker’ experiments with lighting and Plug loads and opportunities for its integration with SBFMS.

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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.

This webinar focuses on the benefits of behind-the-meter (BTM) ESSs to the utility customers and the method for optimizing these benefits. A nonlinear optimization problem is formulated to find the optimal operating scheme for ESSs to minimize the energy and demand charges of time-of-use (TOU) customers, or to minimize the energy charge of net-metering (NEM) customers. The problem is then transformed to a Linear Programming (LP) problem using Minmax technique. Case studies are conducted for residential and commercial customers in California and an industrial customer in New Mexico.

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Presented by: David Mueller, EnerNex

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET

Microgrid deployments can range from commercial buildings to campuses and up to utility distribution systems. Common use cases range from the need to provide essential services during emergency scenarios to business requirements to utilize green energy sources and to provide uninterruptible service to customers. Power quality considerations range from aspects of improved continuity of power to considerations of frequency management, short circuit capacity, and load shedding. The presenter will outline some of the most common use cases for the utilization of microgrids, and he will also provide insight into some of the important power quality considerations.

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Presented by: Shawn Chandler and Robby Simpson

Monday, January 29, 2018 | 1:00 – 2:00pm ET

This session will review active standards related to implementing smart grid functionality in the electric power system, specifically with regard to distributed energy resources and economic controls for customer systems, an important consideration for future management of DER and smart cities. We will review the portfolio of several smart grid standards, a brief history of developing smart energy networks, discuss the revision of IEEE P2030.5 – Smart Grid Home Area Network (HAN), and relationships with smart buildings and smart cities development covered under IEEE P825 – Transactive Energy.

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Presented by: Tim Yardley, Associate Director of Technology and a Senior Researcher at the Information Trust Institute at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Thursday, December 7, 2017 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET

This webinar will cover the basics of ethical assessment in the electric grid, detailing the what, why, and how in this domain. Benefits and drawbacks of engaging in an assessment and some guidance on tools that can be used to track progress and prioritize future efforts.

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Presented by: Doug Houseman, VP of Technical Innovation - Enernex, Sean Morash, Consultant - Enernex, Scott Fisher, Director of Market Development - EVgo

Thursday, January 26, 2017 | 1:00 – 2:00pm ET

High Speed chargers for electric vehicles are growing in public locations. They are the fastest growing segment of chargers. With the release of more than 20 new EV’s at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2017, the demand for public charging is going to grow. EVs finally cover most of the vehicle segments from motorcycles to semi-trucks. In many cases a single high speed charger can exceed the installed electric service in a small parking garage or highway rest area.

Looking at real data from public chargers, what are the impacts?

Does the typical solar cycle support the typical charger usage profile?

What are the other lessons learned.

Presentation is based on real world data.

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Presented by: Peter Cappers, Research Scientist - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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

Since 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the electric power industry have jointly invested over $7.9 billion in 99 cost-shared Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) projects. Ten electric utilities agreed to conduct consumer behavior studies (CBS) and produce comprehensive reports with the aim of evaluating customer responses to various types of time-based rate programs implemented in conjunction with information and control technologies.

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Presented by: Loi Lei Lai, Professor, Guangdong University of Technology, Guangzhou China
Friday, July 15, 2016 | 9:00am – 10:00am ET

The Customer Domain is one of the smart grid domains which deals with end-users and interacts with other domains such as distribution, markets, operations, and service provider domains. The Customer Domain is mainly divided into residential, commercial and industrial customers which support automation functions such as remote reading of meters and controlling of load obtained by communication between smart devices.

Demand Response (DR) is one of the typical methods for optimizing load characteristics in power systems. Utilities offer DR schemes to generate incentives toward consumers’ power consumption behavior for load optimization. In tariff planning, power consumption variation is an important issue which is difficult to be analyzed quantifiably.

This webinar presents a boundary model for analyzing consumers’ power consumption behaviors, with a particular focus on residential home appliances. Candidate tariffs are analyzed in this model for their load variation potentials. Practical applications of the model on pricing and smart meter deployment will be considered. Future direction for the Customer Domain will be discussed, and case studies based on industrial consumer, and a numerical case study on practical cement industry will be shared.

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