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January 30, 2018 | NGN Webinar Slides | Webinar Audio
CIGRE Next Generation Network Webinar – Distributed Energy Resource (DER) Selection for Microgrid Applications
Presenter: Michael Higginson | Project Engineer, Power Systems Solutions, S&C Electric Company...More

Michael Higginson is a Project Engineer in the Power Systems Solutions business unit of S&C Electric Company with over six years of experience in the electric power industry. Michael’s primary responsibilities include power system analysis for utility, commercial, and industrial customers. He has been involved in more than 100 projects involving power system analysis, commonly including short-circuit, protection coordination, arc flash, load flow, flicker, and generator interconnection studies. He has focused on power system protection, including fault analysis and relaying. Notable work includes power system analysis and protective relaying for two innovative and award-winning microgrids: the Oncor microgrid in Lancaster, Texas and the Ameren microgrid in Champaign, Illinois.Michael holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and a M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois.


Microgrid systems include local generation. Often, this generation is from distributed energy resources (DERs). When selecting DERs for microgrid applications, several factors need to be considered.

This presentation will discuss many technical considerations and challenges of DER selection based on real-world microgrid experience. Some of these challenges include the resource power and energy delivery capabilities, steady-state performance, response to system events such as load swings and faults, paralleling limitations, and power system grounding. In summary, this presentation will discuss challenges that must be considered when selecting DERs for integration in microgrid systems.

August 29, 2017 | WebEx Link
CIGRE Next Generation Network Webinar – Key Insights to Career Management
Presenter: Christopher Root | COO, Vermont Electric Power Company ...More

Mr. Root has over 30 years of utility operations and engineering leadership experience. He is currently the Chief Operating Officer for Vermont Electric Power Company in Rutland, VT. He is responsible for the engineering, construction and operation of the transmission system in the state of Vermont.Previously, he was the Senior Vice President of Network Strategy at National Grid USA responsible for engineering and asset management of the electric and gas networks in the US. He was a Senior VP for 17 years in various roles in Transmission and Distribution Operations, Engineering and Construction for operations in MA, RI, NH and NY. He oversaw several operational mergers and was Emergency Director for over 70 significant events through the years.Mr. Root has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University and a MEng in Electric Power Engineering from Rensselear Polytechnic Institute. He attended the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School. Mr. Root is a registered Professional Engineer in the states of MA and RI.Mr. Root is currently the elected Treasurer of the IEEE Power and Energy Society. He has been on the Governing Board since 2007, serving as a Member at Large and as Secretary (4 years). He is member of the North American Transmission Forum Board of Directors and is on the Executive Committee of the US National CIGRE Committee. He is on the Editorial Board of the Power and Energy Magazine. He was awarded the 2009 Outstanding Engineering Award by the Boston Chapter of the Power and Energy Society. He has given many technical presentations throughout the world on various utility topics.

This webinar is designed to discuss managing your career. There are 10 important things to keep in mind when living and managing your career to achieve your goals. These will be explained and explored with examples based on my over 30 years as an engineer, manager and executive managing people’s careers.

Your career is your career, and understanding your priorities (which can change) and your company’s objectives can help you have a rewarding and fulfilling career.

February 17, 2017 | NGN Webinar Slides
“Overview of IEEE 1547: Standard for Interconnection and Interoperability of Distributed Energy Resources with Associated Electric Power Systems Interfaces” – Babak Enayati

September 22, 2016 | NGN Webinar Slides
“Grid and Regulatory Modernization and the Utility of the Future” – Dr. Julio Romero Agüero (Quanta Technology)

November 9, 2015 | NGN Webinar Slides
“Power Industry Crossroads Includes Smart Grid Technologies, Renewables and Storage” – Wanda Reder (S&C Electric)

October 11, 2015
Webinar series “Building Capacity for Leading Change” – Stewart Ramsay (Vanry & Associates)

August 25, 2015 | NGN Webinar Slides | Download Webinar Audio
Webinar series “An Orientation to Leadership for New Leaders” – Stewart Ramsay (Vanry & Associates)

March 19, 2015 | NGN Webinar Slides | Download Webinar Audio | View Q&A
“How to Write a Technical Synopsis/Paper and Get it Accepted by CIGRE” – John D. McDonald (GE Energy Management)