Grid of the Future

  Reston, VA | October 28–31

Registration Tutorials Call for Papers NGN Paper Competition Schedule Sponsorship

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 Dominion Energy in Reston, Virginia. 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.

2018 Registration and Booking Information

Click here to register for the symposium, and don’t forget to your hotel before October 5, 2018 at the Hyatt Reston for GOTF 2018 here.

Registration Prices

Before 9/30                                  After 9/30

Member                                                    $650                                                  $700

Non-member                                         $800                                                  $850

Student                                                     $275                                                   $275

One Day (Member)                              $300                                                  $300

One Day (Non-member)                   $425                                                  $425

Tours and tutorials held on Wednesday are $50 each. Additionally, on Monday we’re offering a Tour of Mt Vernon spouse activity for $60.


NGN Tutorial Session: Sunday, October 28

Fundamentals of Grounding
Proper grounding methods play an integral role in many facets of power delivery – from personnel safety to system performance. Attend the NGN tutorial to learn the fundamentals and study grounding best practices.

General Tutorial + Tour Sessions: Wednesday, October 31

GIS and GIL Applications for the Future Grid
Gas-insulated systems save space, increase reliability, and reduce maintenance. Learn more on the design and application of these cutting-edge solutions from industry experts to understand how they are becoming important building blocks for resiliency, and then join us for a first-hand look at the equipment in Dominion Energy’s Brambleton Substation. Attendees will see Dominion Energy’s resiliency improvements including the use of RIP bushings.

FACTS: Flexible AC Transmission System
A modern grid requires modern operating techniques and technologies; power electronics are changing the way we deliver energy. After gaining knowledge on the design and application of these cutting-edge solutions from industry experts, join us for a first-hand look at Dominion Energy’s static VAR compensator (SVC) at Mosby Substation. Attendees will see Dominion Energy’s resiliency improvements including the use of RIP bushings.

Planning for the Grid of the Future
The grid of the future challenges the way we integrate and model new devices and technologies.  System planning studies now need to consider additional criteria in studies when considering significant amounts distribution energy resources such as wind, solar, and energy storage.  Attend this 6-hour tutorial to more get details on device level characteristics, plant level representation, and more.

Call for Papers and Participation (PDF)

The Symposium scope covers the following general topics:

Generation: Developments of Rotating Electrical Machines, Life Management of Generators, Rotating Machines for Dispersed Generation

Transmission and System Operations: Wide Area Protection and Control, Synchrophasors and Wide Area Measurement Systems, SCADA/EMS of the Future, Integration of Large Scale Renewables, Physical and Cyber Security

Distribution: Advanced DA/DMS Applications, Impact of Distributed Energy Resources (electric transportation, demand response, distributed generation, storage), Integration of Distribution Management with System Control and Markets

Smart Grid: Advanced Sensors, Communications Infrastructure, Smart Grid Systems Architecture, Interoperability Standards, Cyber Security and Privacy Issues, Integration of Demand Response and Distributed Resources, Role of Microgrids

Innovation: Advanced Modeling Approaches, OT/IT Convergence, Analytics
for Asset Management, Performance Optimization, Reliability Assessment and Management, Characterization and Modeling of Geomagnetically Induced Currents, New Regulatory Models

Important Dates

July 27, 2018:  Complete manuscripts must be submitted by this date. The paper should be formatted in accordance with the CIGRE Publications Guide. The papers will be submitted via email to

August 24, 2018: Notification of acceptance.

September 7, 2018: Deadline for submission of final paper with required changes.


The conference has reserved space for smart grid tutorials and panel sessions.If you are interested in organizing a tutorial or panel session, please contact John McDonald, Technical Program Chair at

NGN Paper Competition

The NGN is excited to announce a 2018 Paper competition! After a few elimination rounds, five participants will have the opportunity to present their papers at the 2018 Grid of the Future Conference where one winner will be awarded the grand prize!

Program Overview (PDF)

Thanks to our Sponsors

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