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Digital Grid Summer Webinars

The Digital Grid is the next frontier of electric grid modernization, integrating technologies in embedded sensing, advanced intelligence, data analytics and cloud computing to leverage customer-sited distributed energy resources (DERs) to enhance grid flexibility and thereby ensure reliable, safe, affordable, and sustainable electric service for customers. By acquiring and analyzing data from customer devices, the Digital Grid would also enable utilities and their affiliates to provide such value-added services to customers as home automation, monitoring and security, energy management, and equipment diagnostics.

Actualizing the Digital Grid entails an enabling data platform that standardizes how data from customer DERs interface with the grid. This includes defining data interchange requirements among diverse stakeholders and developing supporting systems integration, data security, and data analytics tools, all under the auspices of data governance policies that advance customer choice and control. Developing an enabling data platform is a multifaceted pursuit that will require extensive collaboration between the utility industry and the ecosystem of technology partners and academic thought leaders.

To this end Bits & Watts and affiliate partner Electric Power Research Insitute (EPRI) co-hosted a virtual workshop series in the Summer of 2020. The Digital Grid Virtual Workshops brought together utility and information technology leaders to discuss the development of enabling technologies and data platforms to realize the Digital Grid vision. The dialogue continued with the Digital Grid Summer Webinar Series, featuring experts from diverse backgrounds - academic, technology companies, entrepreneurs, utilities and government - in interactive panel sessions on the latest advances, emerging policies, and breakthrough research on customer DER integration.

Videos of the series are below.  Click here EPRI's brief from the series. 

6/9/20 | Integrating Customer Resources | U.S. Utilities Panel

John Hughes with Ameren, Lara Pierpont with Exelon, Larry Bekkedahl with Portland General Electric.

6/10/20 | Integrating Customer Resources | European Utilities Panel

Miguel Ponce de Leon with TSSG, Etienne Gehain with Engie, Peter Söderström with Vattenfall Distribution

6/11/20 | Integrating Customer Resources | Technology Panel

OP Ravi with Microsoft, Prithpal Khajuria with Intel, Raiford Smith with Google, David Tennenhouse with VMware, Arun Majumdar with Stanford

Lessons Learned from Utility and IT Companies

Nicola Peill-Moelter with VMware, Maher Chebbo with GE Digital, Rish Ghatikar with EPRI

Technology Innovation Panel | DG Summer Series

Astrid Atkinson with Camus Energy , Bill Burke with Virtual Peaker , Tim Schaaff with Intertrust Technologies

University Research Panel | DG Summer Series

Ram Rajagopal with Stanford University, Amro Farid with Dartmouth

State and Federal Agencies Panel | DG Summer Series

Chris Irwin with US DOE , John Lochner with NYSERDA, Erik Stokes with CEC

Corporate Research Panel | DG Summer Series

Milli Gurung with Hitachi Vantara, Michael Regelski with Eaton, Ulrich Muenz with Siemens Corporate Technology

Value to Grid Resilience of Customer DERs | DG Summer Series

Phil Markham with Southern Company, Sara Mullen-Trento with EPRI, Stephen Walls with US DOE

Customer DERs in Wholesale Markets | DG Summer Series

Jill Powers with CAISO, John Goodin with CAISO, Tongxin Zheng with ISO NE

Open Standards Data Platform | DG Summer Series

Shuli Goodman with LF Energy, Jesse Morris with Energy Web Foundation, Michael Rossol with NREL

Transactive Energy Panel | DG Summer Series

Edward Cazalet, CEO and Founder Temix, Ron Melton with PNNL