Plenary Sessions

Day 1: Tuesday July 9th / Johnson Great Room

0800 – 0820 Greetings and Opening Remarks

  • Mostafa Kaveh, Dean, College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota
  • Matthew Schuerger, Commissioner, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
  • David Forfia, Chairman, GridWise Architecture Council
0820 – 0905 Opening Keynote

  • Nick Wagner, President of NARUC & Member, Iowa Utilities Board
0905 – 1000 GridWise Architecture Council Foundational Panel

This panel will provide an overview of the GridWise Architecture Council’s update to the GridWise Transactive Energy Framework.

Moderator:  David Forfia

Speakers: Leonard Tillman, Chris Villarreal, Lorenzo Kristov, Farrokh Rahimi, Ron Ambrosio, Gerald R. Gray, and Doug Houseman

Day 2: Wednesday, July 10th / Johnson Great Room

Day 2 features a plenary panel discussing the current changes taking place in the electric power system that set the context for application of transactive energy systems in the United States, a talk featuring the view from Australia where distributed energy resource penetration is motivating new approaches to managing the grid, and a plenary session featuring the presentations of the paper selected for the conference.

0800 – 0805  Welcome to day 2 of the conference

  • David Forfia, Chairman, GridWise Architecture Council
0805 – 0915 Panel – A Framework for What Future?

  • Moderator: Ellen Anderson, University of Minnesota
  • Panelists
    • Lorenzo Kristov – Architecture considerations from a regulatory and market perspective
    • Rob Pratt – Use cases and implementation
    • Tanya Barham – Practical steps & challenges vis-a-vis the GridWise TE Roadmap
    • Farrokh Rahimi – Architecture considerations from a technical and cyber physical systems perspective

Understanding how lower carbon, increasingly democratised electricity systems will function must come from a vision of how the future will unfold.  Most subject matter experts agree that the electrical utility as we know it is in a process of slow disruption.  Even the utility model the US has embraced for the past century took nearly three decades to evolve from Edison’s DC Pearl Street Station in 1882 to the proliferation of three phase AC power, high voltage transmission and the triumph of electrical monopolies in the early 20th century.

What clues can we gather about what pathways a slowly disrupting electricity system might take? This panel brings together four different vantage points of an evolving future in order to stimulate attendees’ thinking on Transactive Energy’s role in integrating diverse facets of the changing electrical system into a functioning whole.

0915 – 1000 Keynote Talk: Australia: Land of Virtual Power Plants

Speaker: Mark Paterson

Australia has the world’s highest levels of rooftop solar on the planet. By 2022, whole regions of Australia’s electricity system must be capable of operating securely, reliably and efficiently with 100% or more of instantaneous demand met from DERs. In this context, the need for DER orchestration and transactive platforms is fast becoming a focus for the nation and Mark will provide an update on how Australia is becoming VPP central.

1000 – 1030 Networking Break
1030 – 1130 Papers Plenary – Farrokh Rahimi, Moderator
TESC2019-011 Donald Hammerstrom A Transactive network Template for Decentralized Coordination of Electricity Provision and Value
TESC2019-023 Eugene Pingyuan Ma Evaluating Various Battery Behaviours to Maximise Consumer Value Across the Electricity Supply Chain
TESC2019-037 Kiyoshi Nakayama Decentralized Transactive Energy Auctions with Bandit Learning
TESC2019-040 Umit Cali Transactive Energy Blockchain Use Cases Segmentation and Standardization Framework

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