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PSERC Webinar Series on the Future Grid Initiative Begins January 22, 2013

January 16, 2013 - 4:21pm


The Department has funded an effort at the Power Systems Engineering Research Center (PSERC) entitled The Future Grid to Enable Sustainable Energy Systems. The initiative investigates the requirements of an electric grid with high penetrations of sustainable energy systems and heavy reliance on cyber systems for sensing and communication.

PSERC is offering a free, public webinar series to present progress reports from the Future Grid Initiative. Two webinars are currently scheduled.

January 22, 2013 2–3 pm ET: Electric Energy Challenges of the Future
This webinar provides an overview of the accomplishments made on the following tasks:

  • Integrating Transmission and Distribution Engineering Eventualities (Gerald Heydt):  to bring together research and analysis of several energy transmission and distribution eventualities and examine ‘what if’ a given eventuality is implemented in the power system.
  • A National Transmission Overlay (Jim McCalley and Dionysios Aliprantis):  to design a US national transmission overlay and develop an associated design process to facilitate the growth of wind, solar, nuclear, geothermal, and clean-coal generation over the next 40 years.
  • Robust and Dynamic Reserve Requirements (Kory Hedman):  to investigate opportunities to greatly improve upon today’s methods of determining reserve levels and reserve zones.
  • Wide Area Control Systems (Mani Venkatasubramanian):  to formulate, design, and investigate voltage controllers, oscillatory controls, and coordinated wide-area angle stability controls.

February 5, 2013 2–3 pm ET: Control and Protection Paradigms of the Future
This webinar provides an overview of the accomplishments made on the following tasks:

  • Hierarchical Coordinated Control of Wind Energy Resources and Storage for Electromechanical Stability Enhancement of the Grid: To develop control methodologies and designs that address the problem of maintaining grid electromechanical stability as the percentage of power production from synchronous generators, the traditional grid stabilizing mechanism, decreases in the coming decade.
  • Requirements for Hierarchical Coordinated Control and Protection of the Smart Grid: To define the overall concept for hierarchical coordinated control and protection of the smart grid assuming that a hierarchical and distributed structure will be used in the future grid.
  • Hierarchical Coordinated Protection of the Smart Grid with High Penetration of Renewable Resources: To define the three hierarchical coordinated layers of predictive protection, inherently adaptive protection, and corrective protection in the future grid, using real-life systems scenarios with modeling and simulation to demonstrate findings.

More information is available on PSERC's website.