PES Women in Power Webinar Series- Planning & Operation of the Utility of the Future
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 1:00 pm eastern
The electric grid is undergoing transformations enabled by the integration of new technologies, such as advanced communication and power electronic devices, and the increasing penetration of distributed generation. There is a declining electric load growth due to, e.g., increased energy efficiency, customer self-generation, and low natural gas prices. Small and utility-scale renewable resources, such as solar and wind distributed energy resources, batteries, plug-in electric vehicles (EV), have begun to complement large coal, gas, and oil-fired power plants. Customers require increased reliability and power quality, more energy management capabilities, and decreased electricity costs. Such changes introduce a new paradigm in the cultural infrastructure of power systems, which requires a great deal of cooperation between utilities, power generation companies, consumers, governments, and regulators. In this webinar, the process of developing transformational grid control algorithms and architectures that optimize the usage of flexible load and distributed energy resources as well as the leveraging of physical assets and communications network infrastructure to develop the utility of the future will be discussed.
Dr. Shay Bahramirad, IEEE Senior Member, the Director of Smart Grid and Technology, serves as a strategic business leader in Commonwealth Edison, the electric Utility in Illinois, working on the transformation to the 21st century power grid and the new energy economy. Her major responsibilities include leading Smart Grid organization across ComEd to develop the vision, business models, and investment strategy of the grid of the future initiatives such as merging technologies, microgrids and smart city deployments. She is an Adjunct Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, teaching Microgrids, Elements of Sustainable Energy, and Smart Grid.
Dr. Bahramirad holds multiple advanced degrees, including a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. She is the Chair of the board of IEEE PES Women in Power, Technical Chair of the 2016 IEEE PES T&D Conference, Advisory Committee Member of the Great Lakes Symposium on Smart Grid and the New Energy Economy, Guest Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, and Guest Editor-in-Chief of the Electricity Journal, special issue on Energy of the Future - Applications to Illinois