The 6th Annual Smart Grid Conference is a broad industrial event that will assist electric utilities in identifying the best practices and processes essential for modernized operation of the grid. Engineers and specialists working in the smart grid space are constantly being challenged as the demands of the power system evolve. Some of the biggest drivers of such change are the proliferation of DERs and EV connected onto the network. In addition, integrating emerging technologies such as ADMS, OMS, DERMS, SCADA, field sensors, and enterprise IT systems that tie these devices/systems together are constantly evolving and impose various challenges.
This conference was organized to include all utility distribution groups. It is a platform for gaining knowledge by sharing experiences and lessons learned, and keeping abreast of new technologies and innovative applications. Supported by many participating utilities, the Smart Grid Conference brings together leading subject-matter experts from around the world, while providing an exceptional opportunity for networking with consultants, manufacturers, and representatives from electric utilities.
Some of the specific objectives of this conference are to:
- Learn how utilities are preparing for widespread transformation, from gasoline cars and diesel powered transportation to electric vehicles and electrified transportation
- Learn how utilities are preparing for the connection of widespread renewable energy DERs
- Discover innovation in load forecasting and load management due to the growth in electrification of vehicles and transportation
- Learn about utility organizational and job skills transformations to support modernized operation of the grid
- Examine the use of AMI and metering data analytics for informed distribution system operation and decision making
- Learn from others who have already adopted or investigated the use of DERs as a non-wires alternative
- Examine the use of energy storage as a means to improve distribution system reliability
- Identify opportunities to use faulted circuit indicators and line sensors to improve distribution system reliability
- Provide information on innovative techniques and technologies employed in distribution system outage management
- Preparation for Widespread Charging of Electric Vehicles and Electrified Transportation
- Organizational and Job Skill Transformation to Support Modernized Operation of the Grid
- Preparation for High Penetration DER/Integration of DER as a Non-Wires Alternative
- Outage Management in the Modern Grid
The 6th Annual Smart Grid Conference will be hosted online and mirror our in-person event with seamless transitions between activities, including:
- The main stage, with technical presentations
- Breakout rooms for interactive sessions
- Event-wide and room-based live chat with presenters and other attendees
- Impromptu one-on-one video calls with other attendees
- Side discussions with up to four other attendees
- Exhibition booths
We have selected Hopin (hopin.com) as our browser-based platform. Attendees will be invited and required to set up a free Hopin account to complete their registration for this event.
Hopin system requirements:
- Minimum Internet speeds of 5mbps for download and 2mbps for upload are recommended
- Use of Chrome or Firefox is recommended – make sure your browser is up-to-date
- Webcam and microphone (to participate in breakout sessions and one-on-one video calls)
- Disabling use of any VPN, as VPNs can cause internet instability and negatively impact user experience
This conference is an industry open event, with registration available to:
- Directors and Managers of Utility Distribution System Operations
- Directors and Managers of Utility Distribution Engineering and Planning
- Utility Distribution Operations Supervisors
- Utility Distribution Engineering Supervisors
- Utility Distribution Engineers
- Utility IT/OT Managers and Professionals
- R&D Portfolio Managers and Supervisors
- Asset Managers
- Consultants, Service Providers, and Contractors
- Equipment Manufacturers and Vendors
- Research Facilities and Laboratory Personnel
CEATI Program Participants
This event is organized in coordination with the following program participants:
Call for Abstracts
We are pleased to announce a call for abstracts for the 2021 Smart Grid Conference. Experts are invited to submit presentation abstracts on one of the four themes described below.
IMPORTANT – Abstracts are due by 4:00pm ET on May 11, 2021. A notification of acceptance will be provided no later than June 22, 2021. Abstracts shall be evaluated based on their applicability to the subject matter and their technical merits. Proponents are encouraged to emphasize work conducted for electric utility clients.
The conference organizers are seeking presentations on the conference themes based on utility case studies, real-world utility examples, and lessons learned. Presentations should be relevant to project design and implementation, change management, data governance, and business transformation.
Industry experts are invited to submit presentation abstracts on one of the themes described below (note that a precedence will be placed on those presentations that include utility participation):
Preparation for Widespread Charging of Electric Vehicles and Electrified Transportation – issues include:
- How are utilities adapting to changes to load forecasting and load management?
- What do utilities require for visibility and monitoring?
Organizational and Job Skill Transformation to Support Modernized Operation of the Grid – issues include:
- Are utilities taking a project-based or organizational change approach?
- What changes to staffing, etc., are companies taking to modernize?
- What will future skill sets include? What will a Distribution Operation job description look like in the future?
Preparation for High Penetration DER/Integration of DER and Energy Storage as Non-Wires Alternatives – issues include:
- Insignificant penetration of DERs can be challenging without the proper processes – what has the utility experience been?
- What are utility best practices for high penetration of DERs and how can we automate or work toward a touchless vision of DER connection and integration?
- What have utility use cases and experiences been with the integration of DER as a non-wires alternative? Do utilities require these cases to be controllable or do they rely on local controller settings?
- What do utilities require for visibility and monitoring of DERs?
Outage Management in the Modern Grid – issues include:
- What are the innovative techniques and technologies employed in distribution system outage management?
- What are the use cases?
- What are the requirements for outage management in terms of line sensors and fault indicators?
- What utility use cases for AMI support outage management?
|11 May 2021||Abstracts due|
|22 June 2021||Presenter award/regret notifications|
|6 July 2021||Presenter acceptance of opportunity due|
|3 August 2021||Deadline for presenter registration|
|21 September 2021||Deadline for draft presentations|
|26 October 2021||Deadline for final presentations|
Presentations should adhere to the guidelines set forth by CEATI International.
Presentation Guidelines Include:
- Presentations must be submitted in PowerPoint (PPT) format using a 16:9 aspect ratio
- Presentations will be distributed to attendees in secure electronic (PDF) format
- Page numbers must be displayed in the lower right hand corner of each slide
- Each presenter will be allocated 25-30 minutes of presentation time, including 5-10 minutes for Q&A
- Presenters may be asked to participate as panelists in an open discussion concerning the session topic as well as their specific presentation
- Please note that all participants, including presenters, are required to register to attend
Subsequent to submission, presenters may continue to revise presentations but must submit their revised files on flash drive at a minimum of one (1) day in advance of their scheduled presentation time.
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