Application of Microgrids and Distributed Generation

Presented by: John McDonald, Director, Technical Strategy & Policy Development - GE Grid Solutions

Thursday, May 12, 2016 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET

The purpose of this webinar is to familiarize participants with a vision for the future of microgrids and distributed generation.

The webinar begins with a discussion of key industry/societal trends. The “smarter grid” highlights the intelligence that has already been implemented, and the new intelligence being added to the grid today. The Smart Grid technology roadmap provides examples of six Smart Grid solutions being deployed today. The importance of integration of technology components is emphasized, and its impact on grid resiliency.

The 16 Smart Grid foundational industry standards are critical for effective integration of technology components and successful interoperability. Interoperability requires communications between technology components (i.e., utilizing communications protocols) and effective exchange of information between technology components. Emerging technologies in microgrids and distributed generation include voltage regulation equipment, grid edge controllers and smart inverters. One impact of high penetration of rooftop solar PV on the distribution system is three new applications of power electronics.

Lessons learned in microgrids and distributed generation are discussed, which include impediments to be addressed and enablers for success. The IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) input to the DOE for the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) on the vision for microgrids and distribution generation is summarized, including technology, standards, policy and the business case.


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About the Speaker:

John D. McDonald, P.E., is Director, Technical Strategy and Policy Development for GE Energy Connections’ Grid Solutions business. John has 42 years of experience in the electric utility transmission and distribution industry. John received his B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. (Power Engineering) degrees from Purdue University, and an M.B.A. (Finance) degree from the University of California-Berkeley. John is a Fellow of IEEE, and was awarded the IEEE Millennium Medal in 2000, the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Excellence in Power Distribution Engineering Award in 2002, the IEEE PES Substations Committee Distinguished Service Award in 2003, and the IEEE PES Meritorious Service Award in 2015. John is Past President of the IEEE PES, Past Chair of the IEEE PES Substations Committee, IEEE Division VII Past Director, IEEE-SA Past Board Member, and IEEE Smart Grid Steering Committee member. John received the 2009 Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Award from Purdue University. John has published 80 papers and articles and co-authored four books.


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