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.

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Analytics in the Smart Grid

Arnie de Castro By Arnie de Castro, Product Manager, SAS

On February 17-20, 2019, IEEE will hold its tenth Conference on Innovative Smart Grid Technologies. One of the outstanding features of this conference are the sessions and papers dedicated to analytics. There are panel sessions on data analytics for resilience, and artificial intelligence applications in power operations and planning.

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Distribution System and Grid Edge Hot Topics


by Farrokh Rahimi, Ph.D., Senior VP, OATI

The electric industry landscape is undergoing significant changes due to increased use of renewable resources at both the bulk power and distribution levels and increased participation of demand-side agents in energy transactions. The salient features of the emerging electricity system and energy markets include bidirectional flow of energy, information, and money to and from the consumer/prosumer premises.

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ISGT 2019 – Shaping your Career

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

Are you new to working on the electric power system? Or perhaps you’ve been working on “the grid” for 40 years. In either case, how are you shaping your career and giving back to the industry? How are you staying up-to-date?

Wherever you are in your career and whether you are a hard-core power systems engineer or someone who is bringing experience from related areas, ISGT is the conference for you.

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ISGT NA 2019 features Papers, Panels and Demos on Grid Resilience

Masood Parvania By Masood Parvania, Director of Utah Smart Energy Lab and Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Utah

As increasing number of natural disasters (e.g., hurricanes) is causing prolonged power outage for millions of customers around the world, grid resilience against these large-scale events is becoming more and more important for the power industry. In the United States, two major hurricanes in the past few weeks, Florence and Michael, caused devastating damage to coastal communities and urban power infrastructure.

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Smart Grid of Things

by Farrokh Rahimi, Ph.D., Senior VP, OATI

In its decade long existence, the IEEE Innovative Smart Grid Technology (ISGT) conference has spread in geographical scope and expanded in topical coverage. ISGT conferences are now held in different parts of the globe (North America, Asia, Europe, and Latin America) at different times of the year annually or biannually. The ISGT conferences in 2019 are schedules are as follows:

  • ISGT North America (ISGT NA); February 17- 20, 2019; Washington D.C.
  • ISGT Asia: May 21 – 24, 2019; Chengdu, China
  • ISGT Latin America: September 15-18, 2019; Gramado City, Brazil
  • ISGT Europe: September 29 – October 2, 2019; Bucharest, Romania

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10 Years of ISGT!

Gerald J. FitzPatrick By Gerald J. FitzPatrick, Leader, Applied Electrical Metrology Group, NIST, Quantum Electrical Measurement Division

Can it really be that this is the 10th ISGT NA? So much has changed in the power industry since the first ISGT, which was hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland in January, 2010. The first ISGT was intended to be “a forum for the participants to discuss the state‐of‐the‐art innovations in smart grid technologies” that “will offer practical applications and near-term solutions”, and that goal for the conference has not changed.

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