Presented by: Sarah Truitt & Przemyslaw Koralewicz - National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Thursday, March 23, 2017 | 1:00 – 2:00pm ET

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), partnered with MIT Lincoln Laboratory, will host a competition to spark innovation in microgrid controller technologies where contestants will have access to controller-hardware-in-the-loop (CHIL) and power-hardware-in-the-loop (PHIL) test beds to improve their technologies and compete for prizes.

Join this webinar to learn about the details and ask questions about the competition.

The Challenge is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity and the Lab-Bridge pilot. The Lab Bridge pilot is part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Technology-to-Market Program. Lab-Bridge enables the national laboratories to explore new solutions addressing the barriers they face when collaborating with outside partners and moving lab-developed technologies to market. Through small-scale projects, participating labs will implement and test new tools and approaches for increasing access to national laboratory resources and pushing lab innovations further toward market readiness.

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Presenters: Jesse Gantz & Ethan Boardman from GE Grid Solutions and Alex Portilla from Pacific Gas & Electric

Thursday, March 9, 2017 | 1:00 – 2:00pm ET

Distributed Energy Resource Management (DERM) solutions lie at the intersection of operations and economics. Properly orchestrated, the inherent operational flexibility of DER can be leveraged by utilities to mitigate or prevent operational challenges, increase hosting capacity, defer network related capital upgrades and establish new revenue streams. But what does it mean to “put DERM on the desk”? Why and how should utilities incorporate DER management in day-to-day Grid Operations?

This webinar will address these questions as well as introduce the integrated DERM solution that is currently being deployed at Pacific Gas & Electric for a DERM pilot project. Topics will include project motivations and use cases, application of standards, solution architecture and sub-systems, DER control functions enabled by advanced inverters, as well as the DERMS user interface and a product demonstration.

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Presented by: Michael I. Henderson, Director Regional Planning and Coordination - ISO New England

Thursday, December 15, 2016 | 1:00 – 2:00pm ET

New England presents an interesting case study to IEEE members interested in the system effects of energy efficiency, photovoltaics, wind expansion, and imports from neighboring systems. The current development and projections of these types of resources will be discussed along with some of the key policy drivers encouraging the development of renewable resources. The speaker will also discuss regional scenario analyses being performed to inform the region on key issues that must be addressed.

• Overview of New England

• Leader in - EE, PV, Potential for wind development (First offshore plant in US), Onshore HVDC and FACTS

• Policies continue encouraging development - RPS, MA – including storage

• Scenario Analysis Informing the region - Brief description of project, key findings, next steps

• Issue summary

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Presented by: Tom Stanton - National Regulatory Research Institute &
Michael Coddington - National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Thursday, December 1, 2016 | 1:00 – 2:00pm ET

Distributed generation (DG) interconnection rules are already adopted by at least 32 states, detailing the procedures that applicants and utilities use to process applications expeditiously and ensure the DG systems will cause no harm to the utility system or any other interconnected equipment.

This Webinar briefly summarizes the current status of interconnection processes, and reviews the many updates that are now being developed within the IEEE 1547 and 2030 standards working groups. Those updated standards, along with rapid progress in modeling software used to evaluate proposed DG on utility distribution systems, offer the promises of: higher levels of grid hosting capacity for DG; vastly improved processing timelines for utilities; and reduced risks of DG negatively impacting electric reliability and overall safety. The webinar reviews best practices that are already facilitating safe and reliable interconnections in several jurisdictions, and explores additional improvements that could be adopted in the future.

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Presented by: Dr. Santi Martínez Farrero and Mr. Ramon Gallart Fernández - Estabanell Energia, S.A.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 | 1:00 – 2:00pm ET

The management of packets of electricity will change the way the electricity is distributed.

The outcome of the SRG project will allow utilities to interconnect energy between a variety of actors, including prosumers, consumers, distributed generators and energy storages, to enable multi-directional power flows. Such power flows are managed by an innovative hierarchical management tool, enabling the optimization of the operation of the rural grid while both isolated and connected to the main distribution grid. In the power plane of the architecture, power flows are controlled by exploiting the flexibility provided by a variety of wired and wireless communication technologies that helps to cope with geographical restrictions, along with an innovative so called Intelligent Distribution Power Router (IDPR) device. This device, which is based on power electronics and secondary batteries, permits to actually route power between each of the phases of the three-phase distribution system

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Presented by: Rafael de Sá Ferreira & Luiz Augusto Barroso- PSR

Thursday, November 3, 2016 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET


This webinar will provide an overview of the current state of development of Smart Grids (SG) in Latin America (LatAm), and future perspectives for the region.

Focus will be given to some of the largest power systems in LatAm, which have been attracting a significant parcel of investments in the region: Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru.

The webinar will cover the following topics:

  • Drivers for SG in LatAm: The particular characteristics of Latin American economies and power systems often result in drivers for SG development that differ substantially from these verified in the US or Europe. These drivers will be examined.
  • Technological focus of SG development in LatAm: In light of the discussion on drivers, the SG technologies and solutions typically considered as priorities in the countries will be reviewed, as well as the technological mix that is likely to be in the spotlight in the future.
  • SG investment framework: The agents taking the lead in deployment of SG technologies and solutions will be identified, their business models will be assessed, and the main financing mechanism for SG projects in LatAm will be examined.
  • Regulatory and policy frameworks for SG in LatAm: The regulatory incentives and barriers for deployment of SG technologies and solutions will be assessed, and likely future developments will be discussed.

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Presented by: John F. Kelly, PEER Program Specialist - Green Business Certification Institute

Thursday, October 27, 2016 | 1:00 – 2:00pm EDT

The electricity sector faces game-changing conditions driven by higher expectations from local governments and electricity customers, technology advances, and new policies that emphasis performance and customer participation. What if utilities chose to leverage microgrids and a more distributed framework; taking advantage of customer investment and new utility services to make the system better while increasing returns? This presentation will introduce a utility microgrid approach and standard as a means for addressing these industry forces.

The Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal (PEER) standard and rating system can serve as a standard, guide, specification, and education tool. This microgrid approach begins by dividing vast utility territories into a network of manageable customer centric nodes (i.e. utility microgrids) that leverage nested private microgrids and customer distributed resources. The PEER standard is then utilized to optimize each utility and private microgrid for the benefit of the customer, utility and ratepayer.

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Presented by: Professor Laurent El Ghaoui, EECS and IEOR Departments, UC Berkeley

Thursday, September 15, 2016 | 4 – 5:00pm ET

This webinar, by IEEE Smart Grid Experts, Laurent El Ghaoui and Stephanie Jumel, will provide an overview of data science, including machine learning and optimization, and present a few applications in the context of Smart Grid. It will describe work done in collaboration with different units at EDF and with support from the Siebel Energy Institute. Some of the topics reviewed include a) text analytics for business intelligence on smart grid applications; b) advanced machine learning and optimization for co-generation intra-day plant management, and c) optimal design of complex smart grid systems using surrogate models.

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Presented by: Izham Zainal Abidin, Associate Professor - Centre for Power System Research, Universiti Tenaga Nasional

Thursday, August 25, 2016 | 9:00am – 10:00am ET

Smart Grid is the current technology adaptation that combines Communication, Network and Power System components with the target to ensure a Resilient, Robust and Secure Power System Network. This presentation will focus more on Smart Grid Technologies implementation and its issues from the Malaysian perspective.

This webinar will also cover the way forward from Malaysian researchers and research institution into Smart Grid. It is hoped that by the end of this presentation, audience will have an appreciation on Smart Grid, Roll-Out issues and how this will impact the utility and its customers.

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Presented by: Yenhaw Chen, Deputy Director - Taiwan Institute of Economic Research

Thursday, August 4, 2016 | 9:00am – 10:00am ET

In Taiwan, in corresponding to the policy of reducing CO2 emission, reforming current energy structure, and saving energy, the National Energy Program (NEP)- Smart Grid General Project Phase 1 was implemented. The objectives of this project are meant to enhance the robustness of the power grid, reduce greenhouse gas emission, increase the penetration rate of renewable energy and develop smart grid industry in Taiwan.

This webinar will introduce the positioning of the Smart Grid General Project among overall smart grid development, the results of Phase 1, the smart grid technology commercialization process of Phase 2, and the promotion model with collaboration between industry, universities and research units.

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