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October

Wednesday/Conference Presentations


  • 7:00 am - 8:00 am

    Breakfast

    Madison Ballroom, 1st Floor

  • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Registration Open

    Foyer/Art Gallery, 1st Floor

  • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

    HelpDesk Open

    Liberty Room, 1st Floor

  • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Exhibitor Showcase Open

    Madison Ballroom, 1st Floor

  • 8:00 am - 8:30 am

    Welcome & Opening Remarks

    Kevin Sullivan, ACS
    Leonardo Benitez, Minsait

    Sapelo/Cumberland Ballrooms, 1st Floor

  • 8:30 am - 9:30 am

    Keynote Presentation: Real Heroes Don’t Wear Spandex

    How to positively impact the lives of others without wearing a costume. In real life, heroes aren’t rock stars, movie stars, or sports figures. Real-life heroes are people who make a difference by believing in, and investing in, the lives of those around them. In this thoroughly inspiring and uplifting program, Charles publicly honors people in your group for their contributions and recognizes them as examples of what real heroes are. Learn how to engage the Power of Belief to revolutionize your organization!

    Charles Marshall, Motivational Keynote

    Sapelo/Cumberland Ballrooms, 1st Floor

  • 9:40 am - 10:00 am

    Patterns Exposed: Designing for the Cloud

    Over the last few years, the concepts of next generation application development have finally started to crystallize into concrete practices that have been adopted across the industry as we move applications from traditional three-tier and service-oriented architectures into more flexible and elastic ones. In this talk, we’ll be walking through everything Cloud Native, from with those 12 famous factors to the concepts of Agile Integration patterns. We’ll focus on new declarative practices for application deployment, underlying infrastructure concerns, and the persistent problem of state.

    We’ll also talk about the importance of focusing on work-flows and we’ll look at a few examples of how organizational structure can constrain the adoption of these new patterns. Most importantly, we’ll be talking about the largest problem that most of us face - what to do with the vast estate of our workloads that are not Cloud Native or next generation applications. We’ll look at a few different strategies for modernizing the applications that we already have or leveraging new infrastructure patterns to gain the benefits of Cloud without having to rewrite everything.

    Michael Solberg, Red Hat

    Sapelo/Cumberland Ballrooms, 1st Floor

  • 10:00 am - 10:20 am

    Morning Break

    Madison Ballroom, 1st Floor

  • 10:20 am - 11:00 am

    ACS/Minsait Company Roadmap

    The Company Roadmap will detail the direction of ACS/Minsait products and services and how we intend to get there. We will review current and short term development to augment our products, cover the UX refresh and discuss the work being done to integrate product lines into an improved solution offering.

    Jim Sutterfield, ACS
    Eloy Gonzalez, Minsait

    Sapelo/Cumberland Ballrooms, 1st Floor

  • 11:10 am - 11:40 am

    Business Monitor – GRID Intelligence

    Onesait Utilities GRID Intelligence provides knowledge on the performance of key utility grid processes by means of machine learning techniques, intelligent data analysis and open tools for end user data discovery, and data exploitation. This module is being built on top of minsait new generation Big Data platform with data discovery and advanced analytical capabilities, that allow the usage of sophisticated machine learning, data science and artificial intelligence techniques. We will describe how this powerful tool will provide business monitoring capabilities on grid processes by adding an intelligent layer that will anticipate abnormal situations, identify alerts and offer meaningful insights.

    Eloy Gonzalez, Minsait

    Sapelo/Cumberland Ballrooms, 1st Floor

  • 11:50 am - 12:10 pm

    The Modern Utility’s Data Dilemma: New Challenges, New Approaches

    There is a global evolution in progress where tried and true methods of utility operations are being taxed by a myriad of new influences, including new and numerous (and often intermittent) forms of energy sources/generation, evolving goals and regulations, and increasing demands from tech-savvy consumers. These factors and more are influencing and entering control rooms at an ever increasing frequency.

    New technologies and applications that address these demands are stretching the traditional methodologies of operational data gathering involving second+ scanning on legacy equipment. The future operational “edge” offers autonomous, optimized environments which cannot wait for seconds to pass for direction on how to proceed.

    This session will address a new way to address the secure, real-time data requirements of modern utility operations, based on the standards-based connectivity framework published the Industrial Internet Consortium.

    Erik Felt, Real-Time Innovations, Inc.

    Sapelo/Cumberland Ballrooms, 1st Floor

  • 11:50 am - 12:10 pm

    Verizon Connected Utilities Solution

    Verizon is changing the narrative in the utility industry. The Verizon believes that Utilities should have the flexibility to deploy the best solution for their applications regardless of how the device is connected. The presentation will provide a technology  road map to making smart grid devices smarter and simplifying asset deployment for utilities.

    Al Mahesh & Bred Esnard, Verizon

    Pulaski Room, 1st Floor

  • 12:10 pm - 1:10 pm

    Lunch

    Madison Ballroom, 1st Floor

  • 1:20 pm - 1:50 pm

    City of Fort Collins Operational Technology Roadmap

    Fort Collins Utilities embarked on their Strategic Technology Roadmap to develop a plan for implementing technologies and functions within a rapidly changing utility environment that integrates its investment in operational technology systems with information technology. Some of the business drivers identified in the roadmap project charter were: distribution planning, outage management, graphical work design, system planning and asset management.

    Now in the second year of implementing the six-year roadmap, join us as we share our experiences on this journey, from project justification and funding, to the roadmap development, to procurement and systems implementation. Plus, we’ll discuss what’s ahead.

    Mike Margenau & Adam Bromley, City of Fort Collins

    Sapelo/Cumberland Ballrooms, 1st Floor

  • 1:20 pm - 1:50 pm

    The Internet of Things (Iot) and their impact on Control Systems, is the risk worth the benefit?

    It is anticipated that the IoT market will become a dominant internet data user. As more and more sensors are connected to the grid and as the extension of these sensors go beyond and behind the meter, there is a possible tsunami of data that will available to support situational awareness, inform decision management systems with actionable information and unlock the ability of a control system to execute commands at a very discrete level. Traditional Industrial Control Systems (ICS) may become overwhelmed with the imbalance of inputs and outputs.

    Taking a linearized analysis of data input actors, inbound communications networks, data treatment systems, decision support systems, command and control systems outbound communications networks and action target actors is one way of identifying requirements, defining interdependencies and establishing relationships. Using a template developed for a leading utility a use case for voltage optimization will be presented and will include not only assets in front of the meter (grid connected, e.g. line regulators) and behind the meter assets (customer side, such as loads and inverters.)

    Ronald Chebra, EnerNex

    Pulaski Room, 1st Floor

  • 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

    Distribution Automation, A Rural Cooperatives Journey

    Learn how Amicalola EMC approached the plan for system reliability improvement. This started by a decision to invest in Distribution Automation, followed by putting together a plan. Once the plan was in place, vendor and system selection took place. Through the following months, the vendors worked to deliver the components, and then the onsite installation, setup, and testing began. A couple more months were involved with focus on setup, integration, and testing of all the various components, which involved several iterations until the systems worked together as desired. Once there was a working system, it was time to train the employees, which was accomplished via a fully functional demo yard consisting of 5 poles, each with a recloser installed, and constructed to mirror the live field conditions. With training complete, the rollout began. This presentation will cover the rollout progress to date, and plan to completion. **Desire to present at the conference next year with a follow up presentation on the rollout year to date, the remaining rollout, the % improvement in reliability over the past year, lessons learned, etc..

    Cody McFarland & Barry Satterfield, Amicalola + Sam Mullinax, Southern States

    Sapelo/Cumberland Ballrooms, 1st Floor

  • 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

    What is New Energy and Infrastructure Master Planning and How To Get There?

    This session will explain the new trends that some of the most progressive utilities in the U.S. are taking to develop a tactical competitive position to address the game changing events impacting utilities. The energy ecosystem is changing and what can utilities proactively do to address these changes such as: Distributed, clean energy, competition from new technologies and service providers, the expectations of customers, and opportunities for serving those customers are quickly evolving. As the traditional business model evolves, utilities are seeking new opportunities for revenue as they establish themselves as the preferred energy partner. What are these New Energy offerings for residential, commercial and large industrial customers? How does a utility decide to take a defensive versus offensive tactical plan or both? What are some of the new innovative services in the portfolio of offering? Where do smart city/smart utility and microgrids fit into the plan? How does a utility evaluate the business cases for New Energy? The presenter will share the state of the industry, actual utility case studies lessons learned to date in this new emerging area. In closing, the presenter will explain the process for infrastructure master planning to address both traditional energy, water and gas technology planning and New Energy infrastructure master planning.

    Rick Schmidt, Black & Veatch

    Pulaski Room, 1st Floor

  • 2:40 pm - 3:10 pm

    Empowering Utilities of the Future

    It is the vision to become the “Utility of the Future” that drives today’s community and regional energy sector. However, the Utility industry today faces an unprecedented level of disruption being caused by new technology and cash-rich competitors. Renewables prices continue to see a downward trend. Introduction of new energy-storage technologies is becoming a more viable option to deliver an Integrated distributed energy resources capability. Edge computing is enabling capture and analysis of data at the point of generation. Local grid management, weather forecasting, data-driven demand-response strategies, efficient energy storage, and dynamic pricing are shaping the future of utilities and their consumers alike.

    Hence, these Utility players can’t just continue to just be selling locally generated power directly to residents. Intelligent automation, with the ability to scale-up their initiatives, has to be the way forward.

    HCL and INDRA have combined innovations to offers a 'utility-in-a-box' platform which promises to connect prosumers to the Utility, distributed energy resources directly with energy consumers, also enabling precise billing. We see this becoming a catalyst to the becoming of the Utility of the Future

    We have been helping utilities develop the most adapted solutions to fit their unique requirements. The key is a human-centered approach to technology coupled with an Outcome Based Engagement model.

    This combination helps Utilities -

    •  Become a customer-centric digital business
    •  Leverage IoT, machine learning, and edge computing
    •  Identify, develop, and implement new business models
    •  Control costs and demonstrate value to customers and regulators
    •  Transforming to a future Utility Model Today

    Prakash Menon, HCL

    Pulaski Room, 1st Floor

     

  • 2:40 pm - 3:10 pm

    Advanced Distribution Management (ADMS): Why, How and a Technology Road Map

    The power industry is changing, from an analog, one directional grid to a mix of DER and digital technology. This new paradigm is challenging utilities that must manage and control an ever more complex system. Advanced software solutions are increasingly required for utilities to adjust to this change. Advanced Distribution Management Systems (ADMSs) and DER Management Systems (DERMS) provide technology platforms for utilities to control, manage and optimize the distribution grid. This presentation will provide a guideline for evolving your existing Distribution SCADA system to adapt to the digital requirements of the present and the needs of the future.

    William Rambo & Ivette Sanchez, POWER Engineers

    Sapelo/Cumberland Ballrooms, 1st Floor

     

  • 3:10 pm - 3:30 pm

    Afternoon Break

    Madison Ballroom, 1st Floor

  • 3:30 pm - 3:50 pm

    Increasing Value of an MDM System

    This presentation will describe what and MDM is, why utilities are moving to have them and the added benefits of an MDM from data warehousing and Asset tracking to enterprise interfacing to systems like OMS, SCADA, CIS etc.

    Edward Kobeszka, ACS

    Pulaski Room, 1st Floor

  • 3:40 pm - 4:10 pm

    Minsait Digital Solutions

    We will present Minsait’s digital energy solutions and how they cover the business processes in a utility. A modular, open platform approach meant to enhance and extend the scope and reach of any existing system and to enable new functions with the objective to provide a better service to customers.

    Giovanni Polizzi, ACS

    Sapelo/Cumberland Ballrooms, 1st Floor

  • 4:10 pm - 4:40 pm

    IGEA, in the Cloud?

    1) In applications like the GIS, the integration with the network operational systems and with customer service systems is a critical element
    2) The correct sizing of the network links (including the capacity of the switches) is a key element in this type of projects
    3) An industry oriented GIS could give the impression of having shortcomings when compared with a general GIS however fast and easy implementation and integration into our type of business can change your mindset.

    Now in the second year of implementing the six-year roadmap, join us as we share our experiences on this journey, from project justification and funding, to the roadmap development, to procurement and systems implementation. Plus, we’ll discuss what’s ahead.

    Rafael Cueto Stéfani, CDEEE

    Pulaski Rooom, 1st Floor

  • 4:20 pm - 4:50 pm

    Active Grid Management & Automation Trends

    Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) are changing the way utilities control and operate the power system. A growing trend to accommodate the challenges with DER proliferation is to utilize more automation for distribution operations. This presentation will take a closer look at Distribution Automation (DA) like Fault Location Isolation Service Restoration (FLISR), Volt-VAR Optimization (VVO) and system reconfiguration to show how these are being leveraged to assist with increase DERs.

    Jon Grooters, ACS

    Sapelo/Cumberland Ballrooms, 1st Floor

  • 4:50 pm - 5:20 pm

    SCADA Integrated Thermal Asset Monitoring

    Infrared technology is widely used by utilities to find hotspots in the electrical system that could be indications of potential problems. Portable infrared cameras have been typically used by thermographers to periodically inspect substations and other key areas of the grid. Periodic scanning is useful but may be subject to ambient temperature, wind and humidity and may not account for changing load conditions. Advancements in technology and the communications around it make thermal imaging more widely available through reduced cost, ease of use and accessibility to the data. Automating thermal inspections can greatly reduce the cost of travel while increasing employee safety and the amount and quality of data that is collected. Furthermore, the data can be made available to SCADA and asset management applications as part of a condition-based maintenance program to increase the utility’s bottom line through improved asset life, efficiency and reduced outages.

    Edgar Sotter, Systems With Intelligence

    Pulaski Room, 1st Floor

  • 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

    IIoT for Utilities

    Internet of Things and the associated technological solutions, can enrich the information a utility manages about their grid. From forecasting events, to analyzing and improving the performance of the grid itself, IoT can provide a thorough visibility of the grid in sections where the traditional SCADA systems would not reach and at a fraction of the price. We will present how IoT integrates with more traditional system approach such as SCADA, OMS, GIS and DMS and how this improves the grid operations.

    Giovanni Polizzi, ACS

    Sapelo/Cumberland Ballrooms, 1st Floor

  • 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Riverboat Dinner Cruise

    Sponsored by Intel

    This two-hour dinner cruise is a great way to see Savannah. Sit back and relax on board in a beautifully appointed ballroom while the Riverboat glides down the Savannah River. Complete with a specially prepared buffet style dinner made with the freshest, local ingredients and a cash bar (drink tickets also provided). Guests of attendee are welcome.

    Boarding Time: 6:00 pm
    Sailing Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Savannah Riverboat Cruises
    9 E. River Street, Savannah, GA 31401
    (15 min. walk or 5 min. drive)

03

October

Thursday/Conference Presentations


  • 7:00 am - 8:00 am

    Breakfast

    Madison Ballroom, 1st Floor

  • 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Registration Open

    Foyer/Art Gallery, 1st Floor

  • 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

    HelpDesk Open

    Liberty Room, 1st Floor

  • 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Exhibitor Showcase Open

    Madison Ballroom, 1st Floor

  • 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Manufacturer Reps Meeting

    Join us for a half day training session covering ACS & Minsait products, solutions and roadmap. This session is for manufacturer reps only.
    Monterey Suite, 2nd Floor

  • 8:00 am - 8:20 am

    Opening Remarks, Recap & Update

    Kevin Sullivan, ACS

    Sapelo/Cumberland Ballrooms, 1st Floor

  • 8:20 am - 9:00 am

    Keynote Presentation: Eco-District Innovation for Future Utility Business Model

    The eco-district centralized control strategy will balance the certification requirements of net-zero, carbon free developments against optimizing grid system performance to reduce shared investment by other rate payers in grid infrastructure. A project strategy we are branding Grid Two Green (G2G).

    John Gibson & Curtis Kirkeby, Avista Utilities

    Sapelo/Cumberland Ballrooms, 1st Floor

  • 9:10 am - 9:40 am

    PRISM UX Refresh

    The PRISM User Interface is based on UI design paradigms from the late 90´s and is slowly becoming obsolete. Newer satellite PRISM modules, such as Designer, GridVu or POWR, are based in newer technologies and UI design criteria, making the need to update the core PRISM UI even more evident. In this sense, learn what the company is doing to totally revamp the PRISM User Interface in the next coming months, taking into consideration the latest trends in UX (User Experience) for mission-critical applications and also making sure that the PRISM current UI performance, reliability and ease of implementation will not be compromised.

    Eloy Gonzalez, Minsait

    Sapelo/Cumberland Ballrooms, 1st Floor

  • 9:40 am - 10:00 am

    Morning Break

    Madison Ballroom, 1st Floor

  • 10:00 am - 10:20 am

    A Distribution Feeder Installed STATCOM for Renewable Integration, Conservation Voltage Reduction and Power Quality Improvement

    Over the past year, several US utilities have commissioned D-VAR VVO STATCOM’s on distribution feeders for the purpose of mitigating the impact of distributed connected renewable generation (1-5 MW wind and solar as well as areas of significant roof top solar penetration), implement Conservation Voltage Reduction (CVR) schemes, and improve power quality; all while avoiding excessive operations of existing voltage regulation equipment such as LTCs, mechanical voltage regulators, and switched capacitor banks. This presentation will discuss the application, installation, commissioning and performance of the STATCOM units for 2 or 3 of these installations, as well as provide a brief overview of this newly available technology.

    The D-VAR VVO STATCOM takes a reactive power / voltage regulation technology previously only available for transmission applications, and makes it available for distribution and power quality engineers to solve feeder level renewable integration and power quality issues, outside of substations. Utilities including Alliant Energy, Duke Energy and United Power (Colorado) have installed systems, and many other IOU, Coop and municipal utilities are investigating this relatively new solution option.

    Michael Ross, AMSC

    Pulaski Room, 1st Floor

  • 10:10 am - 10:40 am

    Taking SCADA to the Grid Edge: Leverage AMI to Optimize Voltage Where It Matters Most

    Voltage Management is a powerful tool, but its most important constraint is the potential impact on customers.  In this session, Morristown Utility Systems and Tantalus will describe how a fleet of AMI-connected meters were turned into a distributed network of intelligent voltage monitors for the grid edge.  This has been allowing Morristown to run the optimal level of voltage reduction dynamically in its ACS system while ensuring power quality for its customers.  This technique can be applied to any voltage management scenario, whether for peak management, conservation, or grid operations including the integration of renewables.

    Jody Wigington, Morristown Utility Commission + Rick Szijarto, Tantalus

    Sapelo/Cumberland Ballrooms, 1st Floor

  • 10:30 am - 11:00 am

    Operation Management and Its Impact on Customers

    - Market segmentation in Dominican Republic
    - Operation model before the system integration
    - Operation Model after the system integration
    - Impact over customers

    Rafael Medina & Felix Otto, Edeeste

    Pulaski Room, 1st Floor

  • 10:50 am - 11:20 am

    Joint Applications of DMS/SCADA and Advanced VVO Controllers

    The use of DMS/SCADA or VVO controllers for VVO applications is not a binary choice. Using Advanced Volt/VAR Optimization Controllers (ADVVOCs) in combination with DMS/SCADA can offer powerful benefits to the applying Utility. ADVVOCs employed are LTC Transformer, Line/Station Regulator and Line Capacitor Controls. This presentation explores several applications that improve the VVO implementation:

    - Asset Maintenance: Using ADVVOCs to detect anomalies on the voltage/VAR controlling element, then issuing an unsolicited alarm to the DMS through SCADA

    - Distributed Intelligence: Using distributed intelligence and memory, using ADVVOCs to record monthly power, voltage and current data, calculated maximums, and have the monthly maximum data made available to the DMS with a single poll from SCADA

    - Distributed Control: Using operating area decisions from the DMS, use of multiple setting profiles residing in the ADVVOCs to implement control for situations such as [1] DER Hosting through voltage reduction, [2] voltage high mode for revenue enhancement, [3] CVR mode for demand reduction, [4] over VARing for transmission voltage support and [5] normal system operation with unity power factor

    - System Monitoring: There is usable data outside the substation fence. Using ADVVOCs scattered throughout the distribution system, granular PQ data may be obtained and abnormalities flagged and investigated for root cause

    - Alarm, Limit and Runback Functions: To deal with latency in scanning and decision making in large point count DMS/SCADA systems, using ADVVOCs to provide real-time alarm (unsolicited), limit and runback functions for highly volatile distribution systems such as those with high PV DER penetration.

    Wayne Hartmann, Beckwith Electric

    Sapelo/Cumberland Ballrooms, 1st Floor

  • 11:10 am - 11:30 am

    Situational Awareness – See, Share, Respond

    Ideas and concepts that add situational awareness and collaboration to your operations.

    Mark Dunlap, Activu

    Pulaski Room, 1st Floor

  • 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

    Conference Summary & Closing Remarks

    Kevin Sullivan, ACS
    Leonardo Benitez, Minsait

    Sapelo/Cumberland Ballrooms, 1st Floor

  • 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Exhibitor Tear Down

    Madison Ballroom, 1st Floor

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