ADMS & DERMS Conference
How to Successfully Assess, Procure, Implement and Operate
May 1-2, 2018
Houston, TX

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Overview

Distribution operators face a formidable challenge in the coming years.  They need to keep the lights on, and increase reliability to suit a more demanding customer base.  ADMS and DERMS offer technological solutions to integrate:

  • Increasing penetration of distributed energy resources (DER), including distributed generation, distributed storage, demand response, and microgrids
  • New regulatory regimes
  • Heightened physical and cyber security threats
  • Aging utility infrastructure and workforce
  • Potential and actual structural changes to the distribution business model
  • Prepare to integrate ever higher levels of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) effectively and without disruption into the system

This conference is meant for utility distribution management practitioners who have identified the need for upgrading their distribution management systems, outage management systems and how to manage the distributed resources coming their way.

The conference will provide useful and actionable information from a variety of utility case study type presentations, plus a unique Vendor Panel and presentations from the most advanced technology providers in the industry.

Case studies are from these utilities implementing ADMS and DERMS technologies:

  • CenterPoint Energy
  • Consolidated Edison
  • Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Learning Outcomes

  • Address the fundamentals of ADMS (Advanced Distribution Management System), DMS (Distribution Management System) and provide a glossary of terminology specific to them
  • Explain what is a DMS and ADMS system and how it functions and their purpose within a utility
  • Discover how one utility was able to create a business case, procure, implement and then successfully operate an ADMS under extreme conditions of floods and substation malfunction
  • Review how a large municipal utility is implementing an ADMS to improve the management and control of the distribution system, enhance distribution planning function, optimize the distribution system and improve forecasting accuracy
  • Explore how a utility is implementing IT solutions including ADMS as part of an major AMI (Advanced Metering Infrastructure) project across two operating utilities
  • Hear from the most qualified Vendors providing ADMS technology and guidance to assist a utility in making specific choices to procure, implement and make successful an ADMS
  • Gain a background and better insight into DER interconnection and how DERMS technology will be developed, standardized and regulated for better control over higher penetration of DER
  • Review a current utility who is going through a DERMS technology implementation and hear of others who are doing pilot programs
  • Hear from a Panel of DERMS technology vendors what their strategies are, their approach to DERMS, about their product & services and how they forsee DERMS implementation into the future

Credits

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EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.9 CEUs for this conference and 0.6 CEUs for the workshop.

 

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case Studies, Panel Discussions and PowerPoint presentations

Agenda

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

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

8:30 – 8:45 a.m. :: EUCI Safety and Agenda Overview

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Welcome by Conference Chair


9:00 – 9:30 a.m. :: Opening Remarks, Glossary of Terms and Intro to ADMS

A presentation on industry trends including distributed energy resources, analytics, and grid edge devices and how they are driving ADMS and DERMS markets. This will highlight some of the freshest questions facing the industry today that are being addressed by the industry leading experts sharing their knowledge in this conference. And finally, it will define important terminology and concepts that will be used extensively during the conference. 

Terry Nielsen, Executive Vice President, GridBright

Tom Servas, Executive Vice President, GridBright


9:30 – 10:30 a.m. :: CenterPoint Energy: ADMS Procurement, Implementation and Usage, Success During Duress

CenterPoint Energy procured an ADMS system and it was fully implemented in 2016 just as the flood of the century hit Houston that Spring.  This Case Study will overview the entire process and provide up to the minute stats and the industry leading results of its use during an extreme stress periods in the past two years to include a substation fire and Hurricane Irene

Getting Started

  • The internal business case
  • The RFP process and making procurement decisions
  • Project startup

Implementation Phase

  • Major tracks and phases of project
  • Expected and unexpected challenges encountered
  • Change management
  • Risk management
  • Personnel and project management

Project Completion and Post Mortem

  • Go-live
  • Reaching a steady state
  • The use of the new ADMS during the historic floods of 2016
  • Present actual statistics from that flood, plus a loss of a 300 MW substation

Rick Morton, Operations Manager for Distribution Control, CenterPoint Energy

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. :: Networking Break


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Case Study: Sacramento Municipal Utility District

SMUD is procuring an Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS) software and working with an associated system integrator services in the design, configuration, integration, testing, training, and deployment of ADMS.  The solution must be a fully functional, state-of-the-art ADMS to improve the management and control of the distribution system, enhance distribution planning functions, optimize the distribution system, and improve forecasting accuracy.

Lora Anguay, Director, Distribution Operations, SMUD

Katarina Miletijev, Manager, Distribution Operations Engineering, SMUD

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


1:00 – 1:45 p.m. :: Consolidated Edison and Orange & Rockland (Case Study)

We at Con Edison have embarked on an initiative to further enhance our world-class customer support by establishing a new level of customer communication and coordination with our NYC transit project. To better support NYCT’s information needs, Con Edison has installed AMI smart meters and communication infrastructure to over 2,000 of NYCT’s locations and have designed and built a system to detect and address problems before they become delay-causing outages. As part of this we have also developed a mechanism to allow NYCT unparalleled visibility into their own electric service status and we have enacted communications protocols to ensure that our operators and their operators are always on the same wavelength. Next steps include further improving operator visibility by providing real-time transit system events in the outage management system and a longer term ADMS solution. Through this initiative, we expect to reduce delays and improve quality of life to NYCT’s 5.7 million daily riders.

Kevin Wasserman, Senior Specialist, ConEdison


1:45 – 2:30 p.m. :: A Data Readiness Approach to Advanced Distribution Management (ADMS) Systems

The data that feeds your ADMS can be the most intense piece of the implementation puzzle. It is also the most underrated as far as quality is concerned. An IT/OT project, like an ADMS, requires breaking down the pieces of data for collection, calculation, and quality assurance into some semblance of order. This presentation covers the trials and tribulations through the methods and findings that were encountered during the collection and validation of the various systems of record that provide data for an ADMS. The presentation will also describe a simple phased approach breakdown and lessons learned.

Ivette Sanchez, Project Manager, POWER Engineers

Larry Wilke, Senior Consultant, POWER Engineers

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. :: Networking Break


3:00 – 5:00 p.m. :: Vendor Presentations + Panel Discussion

Four of the most qualified companies will present on their ADMS and DERMS solutions and systems, each will have a 15 minute session including Q&A and then will sit on a Panel for questions from the attendees.

Moderator:

Tom Servas, Executive Vice President, GridBright

Panelists:

Hormoz Kazemzadeh, Vice President of Distribution and Smart Grid, OSI

Gary Ockwell, Chief Technical Officer, Advanced Control Systems

John Barnick, Director, Business Development, Network Control, Enterprise Software, ABB

Scott Koehler, VP Global Strategy, Smart Grid IT, Schneider Electric

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. :: Networking Reception


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

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

8:30 – 8:45 a.m. :: Welcome and Review of Previous Day


8:45 – 9:30 a.m. :: Impact of DER on Utility Distribution Systems, a DERMS Background

Decades ago, interconnection rules for distributed energy resources (DER) on utility distribution systems were designed based on a vertically integrated utility with central generation providing power on radial distribution systems with very little expectation of large numbers of DER being deployed. Today with regulatory renewable energy goals, more economical solar PV DER, and rising utility rates, there has been a rapid growth in PV deployment causing various technical and financial challenges for utilities. Although smart inverters are being developed to address some of the issues, they present new challenges for utilities. This presentation will discuss the challenges with higher penetration PV, inverter standards trends, why ADMS and DERMS are being considered, and potential new utility business models around transactive energy. 

John Barnick, Industry Solutions Executive, ABB


9:30 – 10:15 a.m. :: An Overview of DERMS Pilot Project from the Industry Viewpoint

DERMS projects are soon going to transition from the pilot stage to the full deployment stage. Currently, these projects include functionality to manage solar, demand response and energy storage, however rarely all three at this stage. Those that cover all three tend to be very limited geographically and the rest are not integrated in the other utility control systems and are closer to being treated as virtual power plants. We will review an illustrative sampling of these projects and their scope.

Sacha Fontaine, Energy Solutions Director, Siemens

10:15 – 10:45 a.m. :: Networking Break


10:45 a.m.  – 12:15 p.m. :: DERMS Vendor Panel

This panel discussion will have qualified DERMS providers provide their views on the development of the DERMS marketplace and how utilities will be utilizing such software integration into the future.

Moderator

Terry Nielsen, Executive Vice President, GridBright

Panelists:

Hormoz Kazemzadeh, Vice President of Distribution and Smart Grid, OSI

Gary Ockwell, Chief Technical Officer, Advanced Control Systems

John Barnick, Director, Business Development, Network Control, Enterprise Software, ABB

Scott Koehler, VP Global Strategy, Smart Grid IT, Schneider Electric

12:15 p.m. :: Conference Wrap-up and Adjournment

Workshop

Advanced Distribution Management Systems and Distributed Energy Resource Management Systems: The Fundamentals, Past, Present and Future

Monday, April 30, 2018

8:00 – 8:30 am Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 am – 4:00 pm Workshop Timing

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss industry trends driving ADMS and DERMS
  • Identify key questions being answered by industry leaders today
  • Explain key terminology used throughout the industry

Agenda

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

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. :: Morning Break


8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: ADMS Fundamentals

  1. ADMS Fundamentals
  2. ADMS Modular Architecture
  3. DMS Functions
    1. Switching Management
    2. Permits, Clearances, and Tags
    3. Suggested Switching
    4. Operator’s Power Flow
    5. Load Modeling
    6. Distribution State Estimation
    7. Volt-VAR Optimization
    8. Conservation Voltage Reduction
    9. Demand Management
    10. Fault Locating and Restoration (FLISR)
    11. Impacts of Distributed Resources and Renewables

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. :: Afternoon Break


1:00 – 4:00 p.m. :: DERMS Fundamentals

  1. DERMS Solution categories
    1. Centralized vs Decentralized
    2. Network aware
    3. MW vs MW/MVAR
    4. Steady State vs Dynamic
    5. ADMS embedded vs DMS supplements
    6. Hosted vs license solutions
    7. DERMS commercial product offerings
    8. Communication protocols
    9. Solution fit for various utility types

Instructors

Travis Rouillard, Chief Technology Officer, GridBright

Travis Rouillard is the CTO of GridBright, where he is responsible for technology direction, innovation, and development. He has over twenty years of experience building and deploying utility software solutions. For the last decade, he has specialized in solutions for Distributed Energy Resources Management (DERMS). He was intimately involved with the development of DRBizNet at UISOL – an award winning platform for Demand Response Management (DRMS) – and its deployment at several North American RTOs and utilities before it was ultimately acquired by Alstom Grid. At Alstom (now GE), he was the global product manager for Demand Response (DR) and Distributed Energy Resources (DER) solutions, as well as Market Management Solutions (MMS) and Analytics. Travis has also held senior roles at PG&E, Ernst & Young, and Bank of America. He has extensive background in energy markets, settlements, risk management, data analytics, IT architecture, and systems integration.

Terry Nielsen, Executive Vice President, GridBright

Terry Nielsen is an Executive Vice President at GridBright. He has over 25 years of experience in defining and developing software solutions for the utility industry. His experience includes development, implementation and integration of Energy Management Systems (EMS), Market Management Systems (MMS), Network Model Management Systems, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, Distribution Management Systems (DMS) and Outage Management Systems (OMS).

He has assisted several utilities in developing multi-year strategies for deploying and integration of grid modernization technology including distribution and substation automation, transmission, distribution operations technology, and Distributed Energy Resource Management Systems (DERMS). He has assisted several utilities in the selection and procurement of ADMS, OMS and DMS technologies.

As an Executive Vice President of GridBright, Terry has the overall responsibility for consulting services deliver to the company’s utility clients. Prior to GridBright he has worked at UISOL (now a GE Grid Solutions Company), CES International, SPL Worldgroup (now Oracle), Alstom (now GE Grid Solutions) and Control Data (now Siemens).

Terry has a bachelors of science in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University.

Speakers

Lora Anguay, Director, Distribution Operations, SMUD

John Barnick, Director, Business Development, Network Control, Enterprise SoftwareABB

Sacha Fontaine, Energy Solutions Director, Siemens

Hormoz Kazemzadeh, Vice President of Distribution and Smart Grid, OSI

Scott Koehler, VP Global Strategy, Smart Grid IT, Schneider Electric

Katarina Miletijev, Manager, Distribution Operations Engineering, SMUD

Rick Morton, Operations Manager for Distribution Control, CenterPoint Energy

Terry Nielsen, Executive Vice President, GridBright

Gary Ockwell, Chief Technical Officer, Advanced Control Systems

Ivette Sanchez, Project Manager, POWER Engineers

Tom Servas, Executive Vice President, GridBright

Kevin Wasserman, Senior Specialist, ConEdison

Larry Wilke, Senior Consultant, POWER Engineers

Location

ABB Inc. Automation and Control Center
3700 West Sam Houston Parkway S
Houston, TX 77042

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