Plenary Speakers

Day 1 – Distribution and Transmission Operations for the Grid of the Future

Ebrahim Vaahedi

Ebrahim Vaahedi
ISGT 2020 Conference Panel Chair
Associate Vice President, OATI

Dr. Ebrahim Vaahedi is an Associate Vice President at OATI where he leads Smart Grid solution development. He has over 30 years of experience in different segments of Energy Industry specializing in the development and execution of technology strategies for utility industry. Dr. Vaahedi joined OATI following his prior position with a major Canadian utility as Chief Technology Officer where he was accountable for developing and executing a consolidated technology plan. Dr. Vaahedi is a Fellow of IEEE, has authored many publications including a recent book in modern power system operation entitled “Practical Power System Operation”. Presently he chairs IEEE Bulk Power System Operations Committee and IEEE Smart Grid Publications Committee.

Kash Nodehi

Kash Nodehi
ISGT 2020 Conference Panelist
Executive VP, Open Access Technology International

Dr. Kash Nodehi has over 31 years of experience in the energy industry. Dr. Nodehi is a Senior Executive Vice President at Open Access Technology International, Inc. (OATI). Dr. Nodehi has been in various OATI product life cycles from design and development to implementation.

As Senior Executive Vice President, Dr. Nodehi has been involved in: Design and development of OATI advanced architectures for Internet of Things (IoT) platform. Design and implementation of OATI GridMind, the OATI Microgrid Control System. Design and implementation of GridControl, the OATI end-to-end Smart Grid implementation. Design and deployment of OATI webAccounting product in energy accounting deployments, as well as settlement system solutions. Lead technical team in various OATI product deliveries, such as Midwest ISO ICCS, Midwest ISO Physical Scheduling System, Southwest Power Pool Scheduling System, TVA Transmission, Energy Scheduling, Southern Company Transmission Scheduling, and a number of other transmission management and reliability offerings. Design, development, and deployment of Mid-Continent Area Power Pool (MAPP) back-end Available Transfer Capability (ATC) calculation and automatic transmission request evaluation using a flow-based ATC calculation methodology developed at OATI. Initial design of system architecture and user interface for NERC IDC developed by OATI. Design and development of system architectures for various OATI products, such as webScheduler, webTrans, and webSmartOASIS. Design and development of system architectures for OATI service-related products such as OATI tagging system and Energy Trading System.

Dr. Nodehi has 5 patents, and earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering Power Systems from Iowa State University.

Audrey Lee

Audrey Lee
ISGT 2020 Conference Panelist
Vice President, Energy Services, SunRun

Audrey deploys and aggregates home solar, batteries, and other energy services to serve residential customers, utilities, and grid operators in creating a more affordable, clean, reliable electricity grid. She leads Grid Services, Advanced Product, and Data Science teams at SunRun. Audrey also serves on the NIST Smart Grid Advisory Committee. Previously, she built the analytics and operations platform at Advanced Microgrid Solutions to optimize a 50 MW fleet of customer-sited batteries as a virtual power plant in Southern California. Prior to that, Audrey led policy and analysis at the CA Public Utilities Commission President’s office, Harvard University, U.S. Department of Energy and the International Energy Agency. She holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton University.