Opening Session: "The Electric Utility of the Future"

Speaker: Frank C. Lambert, IEEE PES President 2020
Short Bio: Frank Lambert is a Principal Research Engineer and the Associate Director of the National Electric Energy Testing, Research and Applications Center (NEETRAC) at Georgia Tech. He has more than 43 years of experience in transmission / distribution system design, construction, operation, maintenance, automation, and R&D and is responsible for interfacing with NEETRAC's members to develop and conduct research projects dealing with transmission and distribution issues. Frank was part of NEETRAC's management team at its launch in 1996. Previously, he was Distribution Manager at Georgia Power Company responsible for AM/FM/GIS, Distribution Automation, and Construction Management Systems. During his career with Georgia Power, he served as a field Distribution Engineer, field Transmission Engineer, Research Engineer, Network Underground Test Supervisor, Research Manager, and Manager of Network Underground. Frank received his BEE and MSEE degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology and is a registered Professional Engineer in Georgia.

KEYNOTE  K1:  "Voltage Stability Support by Wind Farms"

Speaker: IEEE Fellow Dr. Engineer Constantine Costas Vournas, Chairman of the PES Power Systems Dynamic Performance Committee 
Short Bio: Constantine (Costas) Vournas received the Diploma of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in 1975, the MSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada in 1978, and the NTUA Doctor of Engineering degree in 1986. He was Professor until 2019 and is currently Professor Emeritus in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of NTUA. He has published 190 papers in International Journals and Conferences and has co-authored the book “Voltage Stability of Electric Power Systems”. His research interests are in the area of power system dynamics, stability and control and include voltage stability and security analysis, wind generator integration in power systems, novel control applications in the distribution and transmission grid, as well as the effect of deregulation on power system operation and control. He is Fellow of IEEE since 2005, Life Fellow since 2019, member of CIGRE, Editor of Electric Power System Research International Journal. He was Chair of the IEEE/PES Power Tech Steering Committee (2007-2019), Region 8 Representative on the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) Governing Board (2011-2014) and serves currently as Chair of the IEEE/PES Power Systems Dynamic Performance Committee.

Abstract: This presentation focuses on harnessing reactive support from distributed resources and in particular from Wind Farms connected to Medium Voltage distribution feeders, in order to increase the maximum power transfer to a weak area, and thus the Voltage Stability margin of the power system. The method used is based on an emergency control signal issued when the transmission voltage falls below a specified threshold. The model used incorporates distributed resources, such as variable speed wind farms, as well as existing distribution feeder controls such as Load Tap Changer on the HV/MV transformer, and switched capacitors. Case studies using the Hellenic Interconnected System to assess the reactive support WFs can provide will be discussed.

KEYNOTE K2: “US Utility Experiences on Distributed Energy Resources (DER) and Energy Storage”

Speaker: Babak Enayati

Short Bio: Babak Enayati received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University, USA in 2009. He joined National Grid, USA in 2009 and is currently the Manager of the Technology Deployment team, which is responsible for the implementation of the new technologies to meet National Grid’s Intelligent Transmission Network objectives. Since Babak joined National Grid, he has held engineering positions in the Protection Engineering, Retail Connections Engineering, and New Energy Solutions departments.

He joined Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 2006 and currently is a Senior IEEE Member. Babak currently serves as the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) Governing Board Member-at-Large. Babak serves as the Vice Chair of the IEEE Standards Coordinating Committee 21 (SCC21), IEEE 1547-Standard for Interconnecting Distributed Energy Resources with Electric Power Systems, and IEEE P2800- Standard for Interconnection and Interoperability of Inverter-Based Resources Interconnecting with Associated Transmission Electric Power Systems. Babak is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in the state of Massachusetts.

Abstract: Many countries have implemented renewables portfolio standards (RPSs) to accelerate the pace of deployment of renewables generation, which are distributed across the distribution and transmission power system. As the penetration of renewable power generation increases, electricity grids are beginning to experience challenges, which are often caused by intermittent nature of some renewable generation types, sudden changes of the output power due to grid disturbances, low short circuit duty of the inverter based generators, and impact on the transmission and distribution system protection. Energy storage is being considered as a tool in the toolbox to resolve some grid reliability issues that are caused either by intermittent distributed energy resources or grid disturbances. This presentation will give an overview of the distributed energy resources and energy storage integration targets and challenges in the US. A brief overview of the IEEE 1547 standard will also be presented.

KEYNOTE K3: "The return of the Jedi: parallel processing revisited with GPUs in power system computation"

Speaker: Dr. Ing. Vladimiro Miranda
Short Bio: Vladimiro Miranda was born in Porto, Portugal. He graduated in Electrical Engineering in 1977 and received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from FEUP, the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Portugal, in 1982. He joined FEUP in 1981 and joined INESC in 1985, a top R&D institute in Portugal where he came to be coordinator of the area of Power Systems during the 90’s. Prof. Miranda is an IEEE Fellow and member of the IEEE Distinguished Lecturer Program. He was a member of the Board of directors of INESC TEC Portugal an R&D private non-profit organization recognized by the Ministry of Science and with the University of Porto as the main associate for 18 years until June 2018. He has been responsible for many research projects at international level, in the European Union, United States and Brazil, and has authored or co-authored over 200 publications, especially in areas related with Power Systems and the application of Computational Intelligence to Power Systems. He is the recipient in 2013 of the IEEE Power Engineering Society Ramakumar family Renewable Energy Excellence Award.

Abstract: Parallel processing, and for a reason, twenty years ago, was a promising technique but the expectations were never fulfilled, the idea never delivered in industrial applications and environments. Yet, the idea of speeding up computing by having multiple processes computed in parallel, instead of in series, has undeniable merits. Theoretical or academic proposals on how to achieve parallelization of algorithms never found a feasible way into the market, because of costs, maintenance, specialized training of human resources, etc. However, the pressure to speed up calculations remained relentless - and became aggravated in recent times with the progressive decentralization of system operation and control and the enlarged share of responsibilities at the distribution level, the growing penetration of Artificial Intelligence tools, the increasing need to have real time assessment of the dynamic evolution of the power system and other reasons. A new option has been emerging in recent times, however: the application of Graphic Processing Units (GPU) to scientific calculation. In a way, with GPUs we witness parallel processing reborn from the ashes. The reasons for why GPU may be a game changer will be discussed in the keynote address, and examples of success will be discussed. One example will be on the application of Convolutional Neural Networks to power system problems, and how they can be trained and retrained in real time in a GPU environment - two cases will be visited, related to the classification of dynamic events in transmission networks and to the recognition of breaker statuses in distribution networks; a third significant example will be presented, the implementation in a GPU of sequential Monte Carlo power system reliability analysis, accelerated with Cross-Entropy, with remarkable speed-up gains. Finally, speculations will be advanced on further uses of GPUs in power system simulation and control, together on a discussion on why GPU is different from all previous attempts to speed up computing in power systems.

KEYNOTE K4: "Cybersecurity of the Grid – Intrusion Detection in IEC 61850 Based Peer-to-Peer Communications"

Speaker: Dr. Alexander Apostolov, OMICRON electronics, USA
Short Bio: Dr. Alexander Apostolov received MS Electrical Engineering, MS Applied Mathematics and PhD from the Technical University in Sofia, Bulgaria. He has 44 years’ experience in power systems protection, automation, control and communications. He is presently Principal Engineer for OMICRON electronics in Los Angeles, CA. He is IEEE Fellow and serves on many IEEE PES Working Groups. He is member of IEC TC57 working groups 10, 17, 18 and 19. He is Distinguished Member of CIGRE and IEEE Distinguished Lecturer. He holds four patents and has authored and presented more than 500 technical papers. He is Editor-in-Chief of PAC World.

Abstract: One of the main characteristics of the modern electric power systems is their digitization based on the IEC 61850 standard. High-speed peer-to-peer communications improve the protection and automation systems functionality and performance, but at the same time they expose it to cyber threats.

The presentation first gives an overview of the GOOSE and sampled values communications defined in IEC 61850 and their role in the digitization of the grid. It then analyzes the cyber security threats and identifies the ones with the highest potential impact on the stability of the electric power system. Methods for intrusion detection based on monitoring of the GOOSE and sampled values messages are later presented.

KEYNOTE K5: "Scientific advice for the Uruguayan response to the COVID-19 pandemic"

Speaker: Dr. Ing. Fernando Paganini, IEEE UY Fellow Member
Short Bio: Fernando Paganini received degrees in both Electrical Engineering and Mathematics from Universidad de la República, Uruguay (1990), and his MS (1992) and PhD (1996) degrees in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena. From 1996 to 1997 he was postdoctoral associate at MIT. Between 1997 and 2005 he was on the faculty of the Electrical Engineering Department at UCLA, reaching the rank of Associate Professor. Since 2005 he is Professor of Engineering at Universidad ORT Uruguay, and since 2019 Associate Dean of Research. Dr. Paganini has received the 1995 O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award, the 1999 Packard Fellowship, the 2004 George S. Axelby Best Paper Award, and the 2010 Elsevier Scopus Prize. He is a member of the Uruguayan National Academies, both in Science and in Engineering, and a member of the Latin American Academy of Sciences. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, and has served in the Editorial board of IEEE Transactions in his fields of interest: control and networks

Abstract: Uruguay has so far been successfully managing its coronavirus outbreak, an outlier in a region badly hit by the pandemic. The Uruguayan President summoned in this juncture an Honorary Scientific Advisory Group, one of whose members is Dr. Paganini, coordinating the efforts in modeling and data for the epidemic. The talk will provide an overview of the different aspects of Uruguay´s response: the timeliness and strength of the initial voluntary confinement, and the subsequent enhacement of testing, tracing and isolation capabilities. These actions, in the Uruguayan demographic, geographical, and sanitary context, have enabled a situation of relative control during the last six months. We will comment on the lessons and limitations of mathematical models for the epidemic, and remark on what lies ahead for the country.