What do Blockchain, Resilience, Demand Response and DER have in common?

Ron Melton By Dr. Ron Melton, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Electricity Infrastructure Systems

Blockchain, Resilience, Demand Response, DER – keywords for a recent research paper? Could be, but in this case, these are the topics of the four tutorials offered on Sunday, February 17th as a part of the 2019 ISGT North America.

IEEE PES tutorials are a great bargain. Each has been proposed by a single instructor or a team of instructors, reviewed by the IEEE PES education committee, and then offered to the conference organizing committee for their conference. In this case the ISGT organizing committee selected these four tutorials because we think they are contemporary topics that will be of interest to attendees either new to the industry or attendees wanting to get some depth of exposure to one of these topics.

The blockchain tutorial will cover basics of this technology and discuss what value it offers from the perspective of a variety of stakeholders including regulators, policy makers, markets, utilities, emerging third-party service providers and customers.

The power system resilience tutorial will cover fundamentals, analytical and planning tools, and industry practices. With a focus on the impact of extreme weather events, a team of instructors from academia, labs, DOE and a utility will cover fundamental concepts, impact of extreme weather events, strategies to enhance resilience, U.S. DOE resilience policies, and industry practices.

Demand response tutorial instructors are also a diverse team from industry, academia and labs who will provide an updated view of the role of demand response in today’s electric power systems. This includes considering the changing utility business and operations landscape, DR programs, enabling technologies, and current thinking about market coordination of demand-side assets.

Distributed energy resources is the topic of the fourth tutorial. This tutorial will provide basic information about DER, impacts and limits of DER in a conventional distribution grid, interconnection and other DER related standards, known issues with distributed generation, and considerations when creating a DER program.

Each of the tutorials relates to one or more of the panel sessions that take place during the conference on Monday through Wednesday. With the information from a tutorial freshly in mind you are well prepared to actively participate in the related panel sessions. Please consider attending a tutorial of interest. You can find more information at: http://ieee-isgt.org/education/