ISGT NA 2020 Schedule

The schedule for the overall program consists of the tutorials, plenary and panel sessions as well as technical paper and poster presentations.

 Pre-Conference: Monday, February 17, 2020
8:00-12:00Smart Grid and OT/IT
Doug Houseman
1:00-5:00Demand Response: Overview, Applications, and Field Experiments
Farrokh Rahimi; Ning Lu; Jianming (Jamie) Lian; Haiwang Zhong
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
7:00-8:00Breakfast (provided)
8:00-8:30Opening Session
8:30-9:00Keynote Speaker: Dave Velazquez, CEO of Pepco Holdings
9:00-10:30Plenary Panel Session: Distribution and Transmission Operations for the Grid of the Future
Track 1
Customer Analytics and Behind the Meter Technologies
Track 2
Distribution and Transmission Operation for the Grid of the Future
Track 3
Distribution and Transmission Planning for the Grid of the Future
10:30-12:00Building Modeling Techniques in a Smart Grid Environment Cost-Effective Provision Grid Services from Demand-side AssetsPhysical and Cyber Security of Power Electronics based Power Systems
12:00-1:00Lunch (on your own)
1:00-2:30Researching Solutions to Valuation, Control, and Cyber Security Barriers to Distributed Wind IntegrationMulti-Timescale Operation and Optimization of Power Grid with High Renewable PenetrationsEmerging Applications of IoT Technologies for Transactive Energy and Grid Services
3:00-5:00Transactive Energy Market Design and Platform RequirementsDisaster Awareness, Restoration and Stability Enhancement of Resilient Distribution Grids with
Increasing Penetration of Inverter-based Resources
Definition, Planning and Operations of Resilient Electric Grids
5:00-7:00Poster Session and Demonstrations (Complimentary Food)
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
7:00-8:00Breakfast (provided)
8:00-8:30Keynote Speaker: Patricia Vincent-Collawn, CEO of PNM Resources
8:30-10:00Plenary Panel Session: Distribution and Transmission Planning for the Grid of the Future
Track 1
Customer Analytics and Behind the Meter Technologies
Track 2
Distribution and Transmission Operation for the Grid of the Future
Track 3
Distribution and Transmission Planning for the Grid of the Future
10:30-12:00Technical Aspects of Energy DLT/Blockchain: Standardization and Considerations for Transactive Energy ApplicationsManaging Electric Vehicle Charging at Scale: Effective EV Charging Facility Integration Using Energy Service InterfaceEnergy Storage Evaluation and Planning for Grid of the Future
12:00-1:00Lunch (on your own)
1:00-2:30Blockchain in Energy Technology
Industry Adoption: Regulation and Policies
Lessons Learned, Practice, and Methodologies for Renewables Integration and Grid Resilience using DERs and Networked MicrogridsRenewable Energy Integration as the Catalyst for Distributed Grid Resilience
3:00-5:00Smart Cities/Smart Communities – The Bridge to Build "The Grid of the Future"Advanced Technologies for Reliable and Resilient Distribution and Transmission Grid OperationArchitectures to Harness the Power of DER for Grid Services
5:00-7:30Attendee Reception (Complimentary Food and Beverages)
Thursday, February 20, 2020
7:00-8:00Breakfast (provided)
8:00-8:30Keynote Speaker: M. Michelle Blaise, Senior Vice President, Technical Services, ComEd
8:30-10:00Plenary Panel Session: Success Factors on the Path to the Smart Grid
Track 1
Customer Analytics and Behind the Meter Technologies
Track 2
Distribution and Transmission Operation for the Grid of the Future
Track 3
Distribution and Transmission Planning for the Grid of the Future
10:30-12:00Economic, Reliability and Resilience Considerations for Transactive Energy SystemsRobust Distribution Grid Operation in the Presence
of Fast Charging Electric Vehicles
NWA Operationalization; Effective valuation, procurement and operation of NWAs
12:00-1:00Lunch (on your own)
1:00-2:15Application of AI in Optimizing the Performance of Behind-the-Meter ResourcesBuilding Next Generation Synchrophasor Systems for Future Grid OperationsEnergy Storage for Resilience Applications
2:15-3:30Machine Learning-Based Decision Making for Power System OperationPlanning and Investing for a Resilient GridEnergy Storage – Batteries vs. Alternatives
End of Conference


Call for Panel Sessions

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The eleventh Conference on Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT 2020), sponsored by the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES), will be held on February 17-20, 2020 at the Grand Hyatt Washington, Washington DC with the theme “Enabling Intelligent and Resilient Communities”.

ISGT 2020 is a forum to discuss the latest issues, trends, and emerging and innovative technologies for grid modernization in the face of challenges of a rapidly changing environment resulting from the dramatic increase in deployments of renewable and Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) and the emergence of new business and operating concepts and services. The elements of interest include prosumers, microgrids, aggregators, distribution markets, and platforms in the generation, commercialization, and management of electricity. The Conference will feature plenary sessions, panels, technical papers presented in poster sessions, and tutorials by experts on grid modernization, transmission and distribution systems planning and operations, DER integration, smart grid technologies and applications, system integration, and customer-centric technologies and services. A key focus of ISGT is to facilitate in-depth discussions among the participants – sharing experiences and lessons learned, and raising the awareness and understanding of the latest concepts, applications, and technologies. The theme for ISGT 2020 is “Enabling Intelligent and Resilient Communities” with three tracks: 1) Customer Analytics and Behind the Meter Technologies, 2) Distribution and Transmission Operation for the Grid of the Future, and 3) Distribution and Transmission Planning for the Grid of the Future.

The Conference Organizing Committee invites practitioners and researchers worldwide to submit proposals for panel sessions for review and possible presentation. The format of panel sessions typically consists of three to four speakers and a moderator. Proposals including presentations of electric utility experiences and practical implementations of novel concepts and solutions are encouraged. Proposals are due on September 15, 2019 and the final decision will be communicated by November 15, 2019.

The Conference scope covers the three tracks and could include the following general topics:

Track 1: Customer Analytics and Behind the Meter Technologies

  • Technologies and methodologies addressing grid integration of Distributed Energy resources (DER):
    • PV distributed generation
    • Distributed wind generation
    • Small natural gas unitsEnergy storage
    • Combined distributed generation-energy storage
    • Energy management technologies
    • Smart homes and buildings
    • Electric vehicles, and other DER
  • Distribution markets and system platforms (DSP, DSO, etc.)
  • Smart Transportation that integrates electrification and digitization including automated and electric vehicles (EVs) and EV charging infrastructure
  • Smart Buildings including measuring energy use, pinpointing operations and maintenance problems, automating lighting and thermostats, and tracking building performance.
  • Transactive Energy Systems and related topics such as emerging grid services, tradable products, and incentive-compatible market design
  • Possibilities and limitations of emerging hardware/software technologies (Internet of Things-IoT, Blockchain, etc.) in facilitating distributed transactive exchanges
  • Applications of big data analytics
  • Applications of artificial intelligence techniques (machine learning, etc.)
  • Demand response
  • Smart invertersInterface with customer’s EMS

Track 2: Distribution and Transmission Operation for the Grid of the Future

  • Emerging practices and methodologies for transmission and distribution grid operation, including provision of grid services from DER and dynamic grid control.
  • Operational experience with microgrid and advanced technologies
  • Distributed and optimization methods, e.g., for use in DER Management Systems (DERMS) and microgrid controllers
  • Advanced Distribution Management Systems (ADMS) and future grid operating systems, platforms, and applications
  • Sensing, communications and control
  • Next generation AMI
  • Next generation synchrophasors
  • Advanced technologies for managing grid dynamics
  • Advanced technologies and methodologies for wide area operations and awareness
  • Edge computing, control and analytics
  • Smart controls and sensors in end-use devices
  • Applications of cloud computing in electric power systems
  • Applications of “Big Data” and advanced analytics
  • Employing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)
  • Utilizing smart robotics for asset monitoring, grid service and maintenance
  • Use of data-driven methods, FACTs, and synchrophasors for wide-area control
  • Synthetic inertia from inverter-based generation
  • Converged infrastructures, including Smart Cities
  • Smart Street Lighting
  • Data Analytics that analyze data generated by sensors and monitors to monitor and manage energy use, pedestrian safety, traffic flows, air quality
  • Substation and distribution automation (FLISR, Volt-VAR Optimization, outage management, restoration, etc.)
  • Wide-area monitoring, protection, automation and control
  • Smart communities
  • State estimation
  • Grid optimization
  • Operations planning

Track 3: Distribution and Transmission Planning for the Grid of the Future

  • Emerging practices for integrated Transmission and Distribution systems planning considering DER and grid-edge actors, including approaches for:
    • Scenario and forecasting analysis
    • Hosting capacity analysis
    • Interconnection processes
    • Locational value analysis
    • DER sourcing
    • Transmission-distribution coordination.
    • Assessing impacts of renewable generation
  • Impacts of sensor data quality, accuracy, communications, and storage on applications
  • Methods and tools that can evaluate technological and policy options.
  • Operational and regulatory coordination challenges and possibilities at the transmission and distribution seams
  • Application of “Big Data” and advanced analytics to grid planning
  • Development of models, algorithms, and analytical tools
  • Technologies and methodologies for advancing physical and cybersecurity
  • Application of grid architecture to address requirements and design considerations for coordination, information management, interoperability, and communications and control systems.
  • Applications of augmented reality in the power industry
  • Non-wires alternatives
  • Spatial load forecasting
  • Resiliency and reliability assessment
  • ​Joint T&D planning
  • New utility business models and regulatory framework

Panel Session Proposal Submission

Panel session proposals are to be submitted by September 15, 2019 (no later than 11:59 PT EST) to

Required Information

Name, Affiliation and Contact Information:
Please provide your name, title, affiliation, and contact information (e-mail address and mailing address).

Conference Track:
Please provide the Conference Track for which the panel session is proposed.

Title of Panel Session:
Please provide the title of the panel session.

Scope of Panel Session:
Please provide a discussion of the content and format of the panel session.  The discussion on content should be sufficiently detailed to understand how it addresses one or more themes of the conference topics stated under the Conference Track of interest, and to enable reviewers to assess the proposal’s merit against the conference noted above.  Panel sessions typically range between 1.5 to 2 hours in duration and consist of presentations by three or four speakers and a moderator with an opportunity for discussion (questions and answers), however, other approaches may be proposed, including those that more effectively engage the audience.

Proposed Panelists:
Please provide the names, email addresses, titles and affiliations of the proposed panelists with descriptions of what they intend to cover.

The above discussion can range from 300 to 2000 words, approximately.

Conference Registration and Accommodation

Information on hotel and conference registration will be available on the ISGT 2020 website.

Conference Organizing Committee

  • Conference Chair: Julio Romero-Aguero
  • Technical Program Chair: Gerald FitzPatrick
  • Technical Vice chair: Farrokh Rahimi

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline for Panel Session Proposals: September 15, 2019 (at 11:59 PM EST)
  • Notification of Panel Session Acceptance: November 15, 2019


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