PSCE 2011, IEEE Power Systems Conference and Exposition, March 20-23, 2011, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A.
Host Utility
Arizona Public Service Salt River Project Tucson Electric Power City of Mesa Page Electric Utility Page Electric Utility
Navopache Electric Cooperative Southwest Transmission Cooperative Trico Unisource Energy Services


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Tutorial T1: FACTS Controllers and Their Modeling Techniques

Sunday, March 20, 08:00 - 17:00

Presenter: Dr. Kalyan K. Sen, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer

This tutorial is designed to introduce beginners to the world of modeling of FACTS controllers. Successful modeling techniques start with a clear understanding of the basics. The presentation will cover guidelines on how to conduct electromagnetic transient studies in traditional and power electronics-based FACTS controllers. Various modeling techniques of FACTS controllers are discussed in EMTP-like tools that can be easily translated into other circuit simulation packages, such as MATLAB SIMULINK. Some results from the simulation are compared with those from the field measurements. The tutorial is divided into two sessions of 1¾ hours each and two sessions of 2 hours each with follow-up questions and answers. The presentation will be of particular interest to all utility power engineering professionals. The required background is an equivalent of an electrical engineering degree with familiarity in power engineering terminology.


Tutorial T2: Understanding of Electrical Concepts in Wind Turbines and Photovoltaic Arrays

Sunday, March 20, 13:00 - 17:00

Presenter: Ned Mohan, Professor of ECE, University of Minnesota

This half-day tutorial will present basic concepts in understanding how electricity is generated by wind turbines and photovoltaic arrays. The primary audience is engineers (EE, ME, CE, etc) who are involved with developing these plants are not all that familiar with the electrical basics that they should know.

Topics include basics of power systems and power electronics, as well as of electric drives required in wind turbines. The interface between the source (wind turbines or PV arrays) and the grid needs to be controlled such as the overall system operates at the maximum power point under varying input conditions.


Tutorial T3: Microgrids – Designing Their Role in Smart Grid

Tuesday, March 22, 08:00 - 12:00

Presenter: John Westerman

Sponsored by Plain Talk

The Microgrid tutorial is based on real implementation of microgrids and the roles they will play in the evolution of smart grid. The course will cover:

  • The case for microgrids
  • Use cases and technical architecture
  • Design and engineering considerations
  • Microgrid marketplace
  • Where does the microgrid revolution lead?

The attendee will leave with an understanding of the key aspects pertaining to designing and implementing a microgrid.


Tutorial T4: Smart Grid Cybersecurity—Protecting the Smart Grid

Tuesday, March 22, 14:00 - 18:00

Presenter: Sandy Bacik

Sponsored by Plain Talk

This course introduces non-experts to the concepts, terminology and techniques of smart grid cyber security and cyber threats from malicious software and hackers. Students will be able to more easily interact with their own IT personnel and security experts by understanding the specialized concepts and vocabulary used by such personnel. In addition they will gain a basic knowledge of the types and sources of cyber threats in smart grid infrastructure as well as the technology and techniques used to provide security. For experts and non-experts alike, an overview of evolving best practices and industry standardization efforts will provide you with a toolkit to utilize immediately in your own organization.


Tutorial T5: Fundamentals of Wind Energy

Wednesday, March 23, 08:00 - 17:00

Presenters: Robert Zavadil; J. Charles Smith; Steve Saylors; Ernst Camm; Abraham Ellis; Jeff Lerner; Michael Milligan; Dale Osborn

This tutorial will provide an introduction to the basic considerations associated with planning and operating a power system with wind power plants. An introduction to the wind industry and its status and outlook will be provided, along with a basic understanding of the wind turbine technology and design considerations. The electrical performance of single machines and design considerations for large wind power plants will be addressed. Wind power plant performance, controls and grid codes will be covered in sufficient detail to motivate the discussion of modeling and simulation. Representation of wind power plants in large-scale power flow, transient stability and short circuit studies will be addressed. The increasingly important role of wind forecasting in power system planning and operations will be included, along with a basic understanding of the reliability aspects of system planning with wind plants. A summary of the state-of-the-art in utility wind integration will be provided, as well as the evolving methods for transmission planning with energy resources.


Tutorial T6: Emerging Smart Grid: Improved Distribution Management System incorporating Advanced Solutions

Wednesday, March 23, 08:00 - 17:00

Presenters: Dr. S. S. Venkata; Ethan Boardman; George Larry Clark

This tutorial will focus on the improvements in Distribution Management Systems incorporating advanced technological solutions for the emerging Smart Grid. The primary objective of this tutorial is to present the state of the art of the emerging smart grid from real-time operations point of view. The course will feature instructors representing the perspectives of academia, the distribution utility, and the DMS vendor. Topics will include: Introduction to the Emerging Distribution Grid, Utility’s Perspective for Goals and Requirements of the Smart Distribution Grid, Overview of Distribution Management Functions in the Emerging Smart Paradigm, Real Smart Grid Deployments, Advanced Function Demonstrations, Functional Integration of Systems, and Distribution Operations Training for New Environments. The participants will have an opportunity to engage in an active dialog of challenges and solutions for achieving smart grid goals.

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