Grid of the Future Symposium

  October 22-25

| Cleveland, Ohio

Don’t Miss the NGN Tutorial and CIGRE Welcoming Reception

Plan on arriving to the symposium Sunday afternoon to attend a Next Generation Network Tutorial from 3:00pm – 5:00pm!

The CIGRE Welcoming Reception is from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown.

Check back here for hotel booking information. We look forward to seeing you at the 2017 Grid of the Future™ symposium!

Call for Papers

We are now accepting paper submissions for the 2017 Grid of the Future™ symposium!

The paper should be a maximum of six pages, and be formatted in accordance with the CIGRE Publications Guide. Email your paper submissions to

  • July 28, 2017 |
  • August 25, 2017 |
  • September 8, 2017 |
  • completed manuscripts due
  • notification of acceptance
  • final submissions of revised papers due

Technology for the 21st Century Electric Utility

The Grid of the Future™ symposium is sponsored by the CIGRE US National Committee (USNC) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), and is hosted by FirstEnergy.

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 Next Generation Network (NGN) young engineers are encouraged.


Thanks to our Grid of the Future 2017 Sponsors!

Find out how to become a 2017 Grid of the Future sponsor

2017 Conference Topics



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.


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.


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.

What People Are Saying

2017 Conference Program Overview

(this program will be modified as the date of conference nears)

Previous Year’s Panel Session Topics

  • 1) Benefit/Cost Assessment for the Integrated Grid
  • 2) Integration and Operation Challenges in Modernizing the Grid
    Grid Safety and Integrity of Service
  • 3) Smart Substations: Benefits of “The Digital World”
  • 4) GOTF Regulatory Framework and Policy Panel


Previous Year’s Paper Session Tracks

(3-5 presenters per track, tracks: A, B, C, D)
    • Distribution Technical Track

      Microgrid Design and Impact on the Grid Session
      Microgrids and Distributed Generation Session
      Analysis of Distribution System Markets and Benefits Session
      New Distribution Coordination and Control Schemes Session


  • Advanced Technologies and Asset Management Technical Track

    Advanced Technologies and Asset Health and Management Session
    Distributed Energy Resources – Energy Storage Systems Session
    Substation Automation and Protection Session

  • System Analysis, Grid Control, and Reliability Technical Track

    Advanced System Control, Modeling, and Analytics Session
    Synchrophasor Applications Session
    System Analysis and Reliability Session
    Grid Flexibility and Market Impacts Session
    Cyber Security, Privacy of Information, and Device and System Management Session
    Grid Simulation and Analysis Session
    Line Design and Performance Considerations Session
    Transformer Technology Issues Session
    System Technical Performance Session
    Synchrophasors and the Future of Protection, Automation and Control Systems Session
    Application of Sensors and Advanced Monitoring Session
    HVDC and Power Electronics Session
    Distribution Systems, Distributed Generation and the Internet of Things Session