The Challenges Facing Distribution Resiliency

The Challenges Facing Distribution Resiliency

August 30-31, 2021 | Online :: Central Time

Overview

Grid modernization and maintaining reliability are key factors pushing the development of new technology for the industry. In addition to these new technologies and Distributed Energy Resources (DER) with their regulatory challenges, the physical and cyber security of the grid’s components plays an important role in maintaining resiliency along with planning for and responding as quickly as possible to emergency events that threaten resiliency. The system is a complex web of devices, equipment, lines, and a growing number of energy sources which are susceptible to interruptions from natural and man-made causes which all need to be monitored and controlled to maintain resiliency and the operation of the grid.

By attending this virtual program, you will gain applicable lessons and information from the industry experts and utilities on topics that affect the grid’s resiliency, what has been done and learned and, what is still left to do. Case studies of improved network performance, outage restoration, distributed energy resource (DER) integration and use for improving resiliency, needed regulatory changes, tools for use in securing your cyber networks and what challenges there are as well as network physical security obstacles, new technology used to enhance resiliency, and finally methods for promoting grid innovation will be discussed giving you valuable take-aways from your time spent in this program.

Learning Outcomes

  • Expand on the current state of the grid, what challenges are faced today and what challenges the future may hold
  • Engage in an interactive panel discussion on Microgrid and DER integration into the grid and what challenges are faced
  • Discuss the impacts of DER’s and how to maximize their use for resiliency
  • Review the challenges to the grid’s physical security and methods for neutralizing them
  • List some of the cyber threats and vulnerabilities facing the grid and their impact
  • Discover some tools that utilities can use to minimize the impact of cyber threats
  • Listen to some methods and lessons learned in promoting innovation and new technologies in the grid
  • Engage in this interactive panel discussion on emergency events and the planning and response logistics that help to minimize any disruption to resiliency
  • Review how meter data analytics for understanding customer load can be used to improve grid resiliency

Agenda

Monday, August 30, 2021 :: Central Time

9:00 – 9:10 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:10 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Conference Timing

 

9:10 – 9:50 a.m. :: Distribution Grid Challenges – Overall State of the Grid

This presentation will discuss a vision for the future of energy delivery systems – cohesive, equitable, reliable, secure, resilient, blurring the boundaries, and clean energy. The current level will also be reviewed as well as the current state of the grid, the mixed set of priorities in distribution, role of transmission and operations, and stakeholder roles. The discussion will end with a summary of the challenges – recent events cyber and physical, interconnected infrastructure, workforce, technology transition and what barriers and opportunities lie ahead such as– what might we need to get to this future, and the building blocks in research and private industry.

Emma M. Stewart, Ph.D, Chief Scientist, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

9:50 – 11:15 a.m. :: Regulatory Changes Impacting Overall Grid Resiliency: Microgrid and DER Integration Changes

This panel discussion will start with slides shared by each of the panelists highlighting what the challenges and changes are, which will frame the Q&A discussion portion of the panel.

Commissioner Siva Gunda, California Energy Commission

Ahmed Mousa, Manager -Utility of the Future, PSE&G

Eddie S. Dehdashti, Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Power   Applications and Research Systems, Inc. (PARS)

David W. South, Senior Principal – Energy & Utilities Practice, West Monroe

11:15 – 11:30 a.m. :: Morning Break

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: Impacts of DER’s and How to Maximize Their Use for Resiliency

  • DERs’ candidates
  • DER T&D grid impact
  • DER role under the 100% clean and renewable energy systems
  • Resilient grids require resilient DERs
  • DERs role in the microgrid world
  • Advanced System Operations’ DER role
  • Smart DERs – challenges & mitigation

Ahmed Mousa, Manager -Utility of the Future, PSE&G 

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. :: Lunch Break

1:15 – 2:15 p.m. :: Protection, Resiliency, Recoverability – Physical Security Grid Challenges

  • Cost of security improvements vs. resiliency vs. recoverability
  • Longevity: Mapping R5 activities to R4 threats and vulnerabilities
  • Benefit of repeatable processes within your portfolio
  • Considering Control Centers and other defined terms
  • Identifying and mitigating new threats – building to scale

Blake Beale, ESEM Manager – Program & Project Delivery – Enterprise Security & Emergency Management, Xcel Energy

2:15 – 3:05 p.m. :: Cybersecurity and Impacts on Grid Resiliency        

Electric system operators have almost countless devices throughout their electric systems needed for today’s functionality levels which opens them up to increased cyber risk. This is nothing new as more technology has been introduced to the system for years, but as more devices are being used and connected to systems, the cyber risk grows. This presentation will review: cyber threat and vulnerabilities, federal incident response and cybersecurity school essential services.

Franco Cappa, CISSP, Cybersecurity Advisor, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

3:05 – 3:20 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

3:20 – 4:00 p.m. :: ICS/OT Cybersecurity Tools for Power and Energy Utilities

In this presentation, Sri will show some free-to-use cybersecurity tools for the power and energy utilities. These tools are developed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory with support from U.S. Department of Energy. They are related to cybersecurity self-assessment, network defense, and workforce development.

Dr. Sri Nikhil Gupta Gourisetti, Energy Cybersecurity Researcher, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. :: Promoting Grid Innovation and New Technologies in ConEd’s Distribution System

  • Overview of Con Edison’s Underground Network System
  • Integration of Distributed Generation in the Network System
  • Use of Monitoring and Control (e.g. SCADA and AMI)
  • Near Future – Primary Interrupters in the Underground Network System

Christopher Jones, Chief Engineer/Distribution Engineering, ConEd

 

Tuesday, August 31, 2021 : Central Time

9:00 – 9:10 a.m.
Log In

9:10 a.m. – 11:55 p.m.
Conference Timing

 

9:10 – 10:25 a.m. :: Emergency Planning and Event Response to Grid Resiliency

This interactive panel discussion will start with each panelist sharing some slides covering what their companies are doing to minimize the response time before and after an emergency has occurred. In addition, there will be an open Q&A session that will delve into the planning that goes into minimizing impacts on resiliency when it comes to emergency events.

RuDon Showers, GM Emergency Preparedness-Customer Delivery, Duke Energy

Kevin W. Guimond, Manager – Operational Readiness, Emergency Preparedness, Avangrid

Jody Nemcek, Enterprise Preparedness Manager, Xcel Energy

10:25 – 10:40 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:40 -11:45 a.m. :: AI Applications on Meter Data for Load Analysis

Electric utility Portland General Electric (PGE) leveraged ML and analytic solutions for several grid resiliency initiatives. In this session, we will present how PGE applied “in-sourced” meter data analytics to understand customer load with behind-the-meter disaggregation, and as a result, how PGE is planning to improve Grid Resiliency.

Sung Jun Yoon, Sr. Data Scientist, Portland General Electric

Uma Venkatachalam, Principal Information Architect, Portland General Electric

Hema Sundaram, Data Strategy & Management, Portland General Electric

11:45 – 11:55 a.m. :: Final Review and Conference Concludes

Speakers

  • Blake Beale, ESEM Manager – Program & Project Delivery – Enterprise Security & Emergency Management, Xcel Energy

  • Franco Cappa, CISSP, Cybersecurity Advisor, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

  • Eddie S. Dehdashti, Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Power   Applications and Research Systems, Inc. (PARS)

  • Dr. Sri Nikhil Gupta Gourisetti, Energy Cybersecurity Researcher, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

  • Kevin W. Guimond, Manager – Operational Readiness, Emergency Preparedness, Avangrid

  • Commissioner Siva Gunda, California Energy Commission

  • Christopher Jones, Chief Engineer/Distribution Engineering, ConEd

  • Ahmed Mousa, Manager -Utility of the Future, PSE&G

  • Jody Nemcek, Enterprise Preparedness Manager, Xcel Energy

  • RuDon Showers, GM Emergency Preparedness-Customer Delivery, Duke Energy

  • David W. South, Senior Principal – Energy & Utilities Practice, West Monroe

  • Emma M. Stewart, Ph.D, Chief Scientist, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

  • Hema Sundaram, Data Strategy & Management, Portland General Electric

  • Uma Venkatachalam, Principal Information Architect, Portland General Electric

  • Sung Jun Yoon, Sr. Data Scientist, Portland General Electric

Online Delivery

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.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • 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.
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  • 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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