By - Jon Brown

Distribution System Planning & Optimization
February 25-27, 2020 | Denver, CO

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Overview

Optimizing distribution system assets is a more difficult task as distributed energy resources become a bigger player on the distribution system. Analyzing load data is essential to developing an effective forecast. This course will take attendees through traditional distribution system planning practices and move quickly into modern and future trends to be considered. Practical examples and case studies will compare a variety of capacity planning solutions (short term planning). Long term planning topics include spatial analysis and the effects of higher distribution voltages.

The course dives deep into distributed generation, providing descriptions and categorizing them with respect to their dispatchability along with other qualities. Energy storage (including EVs) has an even greater set of issues, specifically whether these devices are a source or load. System modeling must take all these components into account to create a homogenous plan for the distribution system.

The course concludes with a discussion of capital project justification and the consideration of risks associated with alternatives.

Learning Objectives

  • Review the load data industry trend – history, present day, tomorrow
  • Discuss system growth – Existing customer vs. new business
  • Identify sources of load profile data
  • Review load forecasting rules of thumb and other assumptions
  • Assess calculating loss of life due to overload for critical equipment
  • Discuss the effect of system losses with regard to voltage profile and power quality
  • Review options to resolving capacity issues
  • Identify long term planning for substation location and capacity
  • Review distributed generation classifications
  • Discuss sustainability of solar generation
  • Review energy storage systems
  • Discuss integrating distributed energy resources
  • Define microgrid, characteristics and applications

Credits

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EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.9 CEUs for this event.

 

Agenda

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


System Loading

  • Load Diversity/Coincidence
  • Load Data
  • Industry Trends
    • Then vs. Now
    • EV’s, Blockchain, Grow Houses, Batteries
  • System Growth
    • Organic Growth (vertical – existing customers)
    • New Business (horizontal growth)
  • Load Profiles – Sources
    • Distribution Management Systems
    • Data Historians
  • Load Forecasting
    • Growth Assumptions and Rules of Thumb
    • Weather Impacts

Equipment Loading Practices

  • Calculating Load Factor
  • Normal Load Rating
  • Emergency Overloads
    • Calculating Loss of Life
    • Documenting Emergency Overload Events

Calculating System Losses

  • Effects System Losses on Voltage Profile

Short Term Planning – Resolving Capacity Issues

  • Comparing Options
    • Phase Balancing
    • Shifting Load to Adjacent Circuits
    • Volt/VAr Management & Options
    • Reconductoring
    • Non-Traditional/Innovative Options
      • Conservation Voltage Reduction
      • Distribution Automation

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


Long Term Planning

  • Spatial Planning
    • Substations
    • Size & Location
  • Effects of Higher Distribution Voltages
  • Demand Side Management
    • Demand Response
  • Energy Efficiencies
  • Considerations for Electrification
    • Summary of Study to Electrify American Indian Reservations

Distributed Energy Resources

  • Definitions
  • Distributed Generation Classifications
    • Utility/Commercial Scale vs. Consumer Scale
    • Renewable vs Non-Renewable
    • Dispatchable vs. Non-Dispatchable
    • Inertia vs. Non-Inertia Based
  • Sustainability of Solar Generation
  • Energy Storage Systems
    • Potential Energy
    • Battery Storage
    • EV Contributions

System Modeling

  • Model Assumptions
    • Seasonal, Daily and Hourly Profiles (ATILDA Software)
  • Modeling DER
    • DG – Inverters vs. Inertia Based DG
    • Batteries – EVs

Distributed Generation Integration Issues

  • Inverter Capabilities
  • Islanding
  • Load Profile vs. Photovoltaic (PV)
    • Output with the Effect of Batteries or EVs
  • High Penetration of PV on Distribution Circuits
  • Non-Technical Issues

Thursday, February 27, 2020

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Course Timing


Introduction to MicroGrids

  • Definitions & Characteristics
  • Industry Standards for MicroGrids
  • Applications
    • High Reliability Requirements
    • Remote Locations
    • Third World
    • Military Bases (resiliency requirements)
    • Case Study: The Brooklyn Microgrid
  • Blockchain Transactions

Justifying Capital Projects

  • Engineering Economics
    • Net Present Value
      • All Accumulated Costs
      • All Accumulated Benefits
    • Considering Risks
      • Qualitative vs. Quantitative

Instructors

Chris Sticht, Senior Consultant, Pike Engineering, LLC

 Mr. Sticht is a specialist in utility system planning, load analysis, planning software, underground, solar and Smart Grid. Chris has extensive background in planning, design, operations and protection. His background includes work on transmission systems, distribution systems, substations, and commercial building electrical systems. He has managed teams of engineers, designers and electricians. His experience includes consulting, contracting, work at two power flow software companies, and at several major utilities. He holds a MSEE from the University of Washington and a BSEE from Georgia Tech.


Jerry Josken, Senior Consultant, Pike Engineering, LLC 

Jerry holds a BS in Electrical Engineering Technology from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and a MBA from North Central College.  During his 30+ year career with Eaton’s Cooper Power Systems Jerry served in a variety of engineering capacities.   Past leadership positions include Chair of IEEE Rural Electric Power Conference (2012) and GLEMS Distribution Equipment /Controls (2013-2014). Presently, Jerry coordinates UCS Professional Development Programs.

Location

Plaza Tower One Conference Center

6400 S Fiddlers Green Cir.

Greenwood Village CO, 80111

The EUCI conference center is conveniently located adjacent to the Arapahoe at Village Center Light Rail Station, allowing easy access to and from DIA, Downtown, and Local Area Attractions.

Nearby Hotels

Each of these hotels offers a complimentary shuttle to and from the EUCI conference center.

Springhill Suites DTC
7900 East Peakview Ave
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Phone: 303-721-3321
0.3 miles away

Wingate by Wyndham
8000 East Peakview Ave
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Phone: 303-626-2641
0.3 miles away

Hyatt Place Denver Tech Center
8300 E.Crescent Parkway
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Phone: 1-303-804-7000
2.1 miles away

Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center
7800 East Tufts Ave
Denver, CO 80237
Phone: 1-303-779-1234
2.8 miles away

Denver Marriott Tech Center
4900 S Syracuse St
Denver, CO 80237
Phone: 303-779-1100
3.1 miles away

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Please Note: Confirmed speakers do not need to register and are encouraged to participate in all sessions of the event. If you are a speaker and have any questions please contact our offices at 1.303.770.8800

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Friday, February 07, 2020
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