November 3–6, 2019 | OMNI Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center, Atlanta, GA

  • Program
  • Technology for the 21st Century Utility

    The Grid of the Future™ symposium is sponsored by the CIGRE US National Committee (USNC) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), and this year’s symposium is hosted by Southern Company in Atlanta, Georgia. The GOTF symposium provides participants with the opportunity to network with their peers in the generation, transmission, distribution, markets, and smart grid technologies industries, and provides a variety of seminars and workshops in addition to educational speakers and tutorial sessions. Contributions from the Next Generation Network (NGN), the CIGRE USNC young professionals organization, are encouraged. To view our sponsors, click here.

    2019 Keynote Speakers
    Mark Lauby, NERC (Monday, November 4th)
    Nicole Faulk, Georgia Power Co. (Tuesday, November 5th)

    Read CIGRE President Dr. Rob Stephen’s official welcome message and introduction to 2019 Grid of the Future here.

    A Special thanks to our host:    


    Registration and Booking Information

    Register   Book Your Hotel: Before October 3rd (5 pm Eastern Time)

    Registration Prices

      Early Regular One Day
    CIGRE Member $650 $700 $300
    Non-member $800 $850 $425


    Tutorials

    Sunday, November 3 | 1:00PM–4:00PM

    NGN Tutorial: Power Quality Impacts of Inverter-Based Generation Resources on Utility Systems

    Speaker: Harish Sharma, Southern Company Services

    With an ever-increasing penetration of renewable generation such as wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) power, also referred as inverter-based resources (IBR), it is very important to improve our understanding of their system impacts including on Power Quality (PQ). Utilities and IBR developers alike continue to make investments in these resources, and this tutorial focuses on some of the key PQ issues that system operators ought to proactively evaluate prior to connecting to the grid. Topics covered in the session include potential of these resources to degrade PQ of the supply by introducing excessive voltage variations and harmonic distortion. Adequate background information (causes, adverse system impacts, relevant industry standards, study methodologies etc.) are provided for each topic and the effectiveness of various mitigation solutions are demonstrated using real world case studies.
    Click here to view the agenda.

    Wednesday, November 6 | 8:00AM–2:00PM

    Planning for the Grid of the Future

    Hosted by Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc.

    Part I of this session was held during the 2018 Grid of the Future conference. This session will review the key points of the integration of wind generation, including off-shore wind, solar generation, and energy storage, where such resources are often characterized as Inverter-Based Resources (IBRs). Part II will further explore the systems impacts of IBRs and roles of energy storage, FACTS, HVDC, and synchronous condensers in systems with increasing penetration of IBRs.
    From 11:00AM–2:00PM (boxed lunches will be provided).
    Click here to view the agenda.

    Wednesday, November 6 | 8:00AM–11:00AM

    Connecting with our Communities: Smart City, Smart Neighborhood, and Electric Transportation

    Hosted by Georgia Power Company

    Advancements in electric grid technology also enhance interactions between utilities and end-use customers, allowing utilities to connect more directly with customers in the communities they serve. Southern Company has implemented projects within two of its electric company subsidiaries, Alabama Power Company and Georgia Power Company (GPC), to increase its understanding of the technology and the benefits it can provide. This tutorial will provide an overview of some topics within this evolving field: Smart Neighborhoods, Smart Cities, and Electric Transportation.
    The Smart Cities tutorial will be immediately followed by a tour of a Georgia Power Company Smart City Neighborhood. The tour will take place from 11:00AM–2:00PM (boxed lunches will be provided).
    Click here to view the agenda.

    Wednesday, November 6 | 8:00AM–11:00AM

    Strong, Smart, and Sustainable Grid Infrastructure

    Hosted by Burns & McDonnell

    While grid modernization programs will vary among utilities and regulatory environments, there are fundamental components that should be considered for every project. Planning that focuses on making the grid strong, smart and sustainable will help achieve a modern grid that is reliable, resilient and easier to operate and maintain.
    The Strong, Smart, and Sustainable Grid Infrastructure tutorial will be immediately followed by a tour of the Georgia Tech National Electric Energy Testing Research and Applications Center (NEETRAC). The tour will take place from 11:00AM-2:00PM and requires closed-toe shoes and safety glasses (boxed lunches provided).
    Click here to view the agenda.


    Panel Sessions (PDF)

    Monday November 4, 2019 | 6:45AM-7:40AM | Sponsored by MEPPI
    Women in CIGRE Breakfast Panel: A Conversation Between Men & Women in CIGRE
    Moderators:
    Adrianne Collins – Southern Company Services, Senior Vice President Power Delivery
    Chris Mertz, Dominion Energy Electric Transmission Planning & Strategic Initiatives Engineer & CIGRE NGN Chair (US Chapter)
    Panelists:
    Tricia Breeger – Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc. General Manager UPSD
    Chris Root – Vermont Electric Power Company, Chief Operating Officer
    Elizabeth Chu – GE Renewable Energy, Analytics Engineer

    Agenda:
    6:45 – Breakfast & Networking
    7:05 – Welcome & Introductions
    7:10 – Panel Session
    7:40 – Adjourn

    Monday November 4, 2019 | 8:15 AM–9:15AM
    Preparing for and Operating through the Super Bowl
    Moderator: Jason Manley, Georgia Power

    Tuesday November 5, 2019| 8:30 AM–9:45AM
    Challenges with Integrating Renewables
    Moderator: Chris Root, VELCO

    Tuesday Novmeber 5, 2019 | 10:00AM–11:15AM
    Drones, Robotics, and Data Requirements
    Moderator: Dexter Lewis, EPRI

    Tuesday November 5, 2019 | 3:30PM–5:00PM
    Connectivity in the Digital Age
    Moderator: Arnab Ghosal


    NGN Paper Competition

    The NGN is excited to announce a 2019 Paper competition! After a few elimination rounds, five participants will have the opportunity to present their papers at the 2019 Grid of the Future Conference where one winner will be awarded the grand prize! Submit synopsis to CIGRE-NGN@burnsmcd.com by April 15.


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