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By - Jon Brown

Distribution System Planning & Optimization
August 10-12, 2020 | Online :: Central Time

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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

Monday, August 10, 2020 – Central time

8:45 – 9:00 am :: Log In

9:00 am – 4:30 pm :: Course Timing

12:30 – 1:00 pm :: Lunch Break


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

Justifying Capital Projects

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

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 – Central time

8:45 – 9:00 am :: Log In

9:00 am – 4:30 pm :: Course Timing

12:30 – 1:00 pm :: Lunch Break


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

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

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

8:45 – 9:00 am :: Log In

9:00 am – 12:30 pm :: Course Timing

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

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

Instructors

David Farmer, PE, Director of System Planning Y Grid Technologies, Pike Engineering

David Farmer, PE, is the Director of System Planning & Grid Technologies for Pike Engineering.  He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from West Virginia University Institute of Technology and is a registered professional engineer in multiple states. Since 1983, Mr. Farmer has worked with electric utilities in power delivery planning, load forecasting, reliability analysis, engineering and operations, construction and design, training, and project management. David has worked for both investor owned utilities and electric cooperatives.


Jerry Josken, Senior Consultant, Pike Engineering

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 Pike Engineering Professional Development Programs.

Online Delivery

Our courses are designed to be the best possible use of your valuable time – get the information you need to improve your position in the market in an interactive, dynamic format.

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.

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