Integrated Distribution Planning: Bridging Traditional Capacity Planning and DER Planning

Presented by: Gerhard Walker, Hisham Omara, and Ashkan Rahimi-Kian

Thursday, November 2, 2017 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET 

Integrated Distribution Planning tools are integrating traditional capacity planning methods with distributed energy resource planning. These tools are becoming increasingly important as utilities plan, account for, and manage higher penetrations of grid scale renewables. This webinar intends to share insights including best practices, pitfalls, problems, and results of deploying an enterprise level roll-out.

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About the Speakers:


Hisham Omara

Hisham Omara

Hisham Omara is the Director of Engineering and Consulting at Opus One Solutions with 10 years experience in the utilities sector in Canada, United Kingdom, Europe, and the Middle East. He engaged in a wide variety of business and strategic planning projects for firms competing in the electric power business. These projects are in response to changing or evolving conditions in the industry, the emergence of new entrants and technologies, or structural and regulatory changes. Furthermore, he has 7 years of experience in the design, development and deployment of smart grid, and energy efficiency solutions. Most recently, he was an Associate Director at Navigant, he established Navigant’s Energy presence in Qatar. Hisham holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Manchester.


Gerhard Walker

Gerhard Walker

Gerhard Walker is the Director of Grid Evolution at Opus One Solutions. Prior to his engagement with Opus One he was the Director of Grid Solutions at GE’s Current and started his career in the utility business at the EnBW AG’s DSO Netze BW in Stuttgart, Germany as project manager and leader of a Smart Grid Competence Center. He studied electrical engineering at the University of Stuttgart and Tokyo Tech, and holds a BS and MS degrees in electric and power systems engineering and defending his PhD in Electrical Engineering October of this year.



Ashkan Rahimi-Kian

Ashkan Rahimi-Kian, PhD, is Chief Data Scientist at Opus One Solutions with more than 20 years of professional R&D and consulting experiences in power systems optimal planning, operation and control; energy markets design, simulation and analysis. Prior to joining Opus One, Ashkan was V.P. of Engineering at Genscape Inc. and Senior Research Associate at Cornell University.


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