Welcome to ISGT 2018

The Ninth Conference on Innovative Smart Grid Technology (ISGT 2018), sponsored by the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES), will be held on February 19-22, 2018 at the Washington Hilton, in Washington, DC.

The Conference will feature plenary sessions, panel sessions, technical papers, and tutorials by experts representing the electric utilities, regulators, technology providers, academia, the national laboratories, and both federal and state governments. This year’s theme is “Grid Transformation”. The Conference will focus on the advancements and applications of both technologies and practices as applied to grid planning, operations, markets and policies to address the effective integration of variable and distributed energy resources, as well as the growing importance of participation of customers and third parties in the generation and management of electricity. The conference is organized along three tracks: 1) emerging methods and approaches for transmission and distribution system planning and analysis, 2) the application of technology and supporting tools for transmission and distribution system operations, and 3) market and policy considerations associated with grid transformation.

Track Information

Track 1 – Grid Planning and Analysis
The task of determining prudent technology investment strategies has become significantly complicated with the advent of distributed resources and evolving customer preferences. We are challenged with the prospect of integrating and extracting value from many disparate elements (including grid components and distributed energy resources that now have embedded intelligence), and that exhibit variable and particular behaviors within electricity delivery systems. Planning and analysis practices will need to address this uncertainty and complexity while ensuring coordination amongst all participants and enabling affordable outcomes. In so doing, planning approaches will need to consider the effective deployment of information management, communication and control functions as core enablers in combination with the physical system and evolving market/industry structures. This track will focus on emerging planning practices and tools, as well as remaining challenges, associated with the effective deployment of complex grid systems. Associated topics include:

  • Application of grid architecture to address requirements and design considerations for coordination frameworks, information management, communications and control systems.
  • Methods and tools that can evaluate technological and policy options.
  • Emerging practices for integrated planning, including approaches for scenario and forecasting analysis, hosting capacity analysis, interconnection processes, locational value analysis, Distributed Energy Resource (DER) sourcing, and transmission-distribution coordination.

Track 2 – Distribution System Operations, Functions, and Tools
The electric power grid is going through fundamental changes as a result of a multitude of drivers including:

  • Proliferation of distributed energy resources and their cost reductions trend
  • Government Clean Air policies and Renewable Portfolio standards (RPS)
  • Technology advancements and penetrations
  • Customer expectations for flexibility, lower cost, participation, and information
  • Markets and competitive forces

The future grid will face many technical operational challenges and provide many opportunities. This track will examine the changes required in the utility functions and processes dealing with distribution and transmission systems, remedial actions to mitigate the challenges and technology solutions to enable and facilitate the functions. The areas covered include:

  • Utility functional changes and processes required to manage the future grid operation
    1. Grid architecture and coordination frameworks
    2. Grid codes
  • Operational challenges and benefits of the future grid
    1. Electric vehicles
    2. Phase imbalance and voltage issues
  • Technology solutions required to enable utility functional objectives
    1. Distribution Management Systems (DMSs)
    2. Distributed Energy Resource Management Systems (DERMs)
    3. Microgrids, DERs, and Smart Buildings
    4. Sensing, communications and control
    5. Smart transmission technologies such as grid services provisioning and synchrophasor measurements
    6. Grid Edge Devices and secure communication of the data
    7. Data and information management
    8. Cloud computing
    9. Cybersecurity
    10. Customer enablement solutions
  • Practical experience with technology adoption and functional changes

Track 3 – Markets and Policy Track
With the increasing levels of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) the electric industry is witnessing the extension of the more than two-decade old Transmission Open Access paradigm (TOA) to Distribution Open Access (DOA). Within this context, regulators and utilities are examining approaches to effectively value the contribution of DERs and determine the appropriate business, utility and market models that can effectively utilize them. Regulatory provisions can play a significant role in shaping market mechanisms and in determining the frameworks in which all participants can effectively interact. Within the U.S., the seams between transmission, distribution and other participants involve not only operational and business model considerations, but also Federal/State jurisdictional issues. This track will examine current efforts associated with federal/state policies and the development of market and business structures that can effectively enable the integration and utilization of DERs. Specific topics include:

  • The valuation of DERs with respect to delivering grid services
  • Evolving utility, business and market models
  • Policies that can effectively utilize DERs and incent market innovation
  • Transactive Energy Systems
  • Emerging grid services and tradable products
  • Incentive-compatible market design
  • Operational and Regulatory coordination challenges and possibilities at the T&D seams


ISGT 2018 will be taking place Feb. 19-22, 2018 in Washington, DC.

Important Dates

Paper Submission Site Opened: July 26, 2017
Paper Submission Site Closed: September 30, 2017
Notification of Paper Acceptance: December 1, 2017

Panel Proposals were due on September 30, 2017

Final decision will be communicated by October 31, 2017


Contact information can be found on the Contact Us page.

Registration, Venue, & Accommodation


  • Registration will open the week of 10/22.


Washington Hilton
1919 Connecticut Ave, NW
Washington, District of Columbia, 20009, USA
Tel: +1-202-483-3000


A special single/double group rate of US$209 per night for IEEE ISGT attendees. This group rate is inclusive of service fees, but exclusive of taxes (currently at 14.5%).
Internet access is included in the group rate.

Reservations must be made by 5:00pm Eastern Time on Friday, 26 January 2018 in order to get the group rate. Once the room block is sold out, the hotel will offer rooms/rates based upon availability.

Online booking at the group rate coming soon.

Parking: Hotel offers valet & self parking.

Self and Valet parking rates are:

  • Self – Daily – $45.00
  • Valet – Daily – $53.00


United States citizens do not need a U.S. visa or passport for travel to Virginia. If you are not a US citizen, you may need a visa for entry into the US.
Once you register for the conference, you can download a letter indicating that you will be attending the conference.
For additional information regarding visas and/or passports, please visit: http://travel.state.gov/

Transportation/Local Information

Details can be found on this page.