Topic Areas:

  • Wednesday
  • Thursday

Introduction to Communications for Distributed Energy Resources

7:30AM-8:30AM

Mesquite F

This will discuss some of the communications methods available for the management of DER sources and some of the methods of maintaining permissive control. Permissive Control, Latencies, Network Management, Security Protocols and Interfaces

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4RF USA, Inc

Community Solar at BARC Electric

8:35am-9:35am

Mesquite F

This session will showcase BARC Electric’s community solar project, which is the first and only solar project in Virginia. BARC is also building a 1.1MW solar array for bath county schools that will be the biggest school solar project in VA and provide 56% of their annual energy at a fixed price for 20 years.  And at zero premium to today’s electric rates. Come here the details.

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BARC Electric

The New Digital Utility

9:45am - 10:15am

Mesquite F

To thrive in the new era of DERs, utilities are fighting the headwinds of the industry’s infamous aging infrastructure and greying workforce.  Strategically-minded utilities are increasingly planning for a future based on IT and smart grid applications requiring advanced telecommunications systems. IP-based, packet-switched networks will form the backbone of these new systems, provide system interoperability, and enable a spectrum of new applications that improve grid security, control, and automation.

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Decentralized Energy, How to Connect It All and Ensure Reliability, Efficiency and Safety

10:15am-10:45am

Mesquite F

The Next Generation Utility will take making a complete transformation to a dynamic, integrated energy platform, connecting an ever-growing network of distributed energy resources.  What role does communications, automation and IT networks play in a new era of customer choice. How will the grid accommodate new DER growth, and create a digital grid so operators can see what is happening in real time, minimize disruptions and enhance system reliability and safety.

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Black & Veatch

Blockchain and the Future of Energy Exchange

10am-11am

Mesquite F

During this panel we will discuss several concepts of how the electric power industry might leverage blockchain and smart contracts to support energy-based regulatory and or market-based exchanges.  Blockchain technologies are in the right direction for what the industry will need in order to enable a more distributed and resilient energy future with greater participation and value-add services at the edge in ways that can enable greater customer-system and -societal net benefits through a more open and transparent grid system.  This panel will discuss how distributed ledgers and smart contracts combined with modern IoT protocols/ technologies, software defined power electronics, distributed and edge analytics are all on the pathway of innovation towards enabling our next generation intelligent grids and distributed energy ecosystems.

Edge Intelligence: Integrating Smart Metering and DERs

3:15pm - 4:15pm

Mesquite F

Successfully managing the operational and business challenges presented by increasing amounts of distributed energy resources will require analysis, decision making and action to take place more quickly and at the edge of the network.  With the computing power of a smart phone embedded in every meter, a new generation of smart metering technology is redefining what’s possible for both grid operations and customer service.

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DERs Lessons and Opportunities Panel

4:30pm - 5:30pm

Mesquite F

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