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Keeping the electrical power system reliable, technologically current, safe, and secure

January 19 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

WEBINAR – 3.0 PDHs

Annual Conference, Hosted by Great River Energy – ONLINE

Join us on Zoom for this annual half-day program. Great River Energy is continuing to host this annual event – online! There will be a panel Q&A and open discussion session following the three presentations below.

I. Monitoring electrical substations, networks, and assets for malicious activity

Presented by Jordan Krueger, Senior Substation Communications Engineer, Xcel Energy Transmission

As Electrical Substations modernize, blending IT and OT technologies in embedded devices, the need for more sophisticated monitoring solutions for malicious activity is needed to secure the electrical grid. This presentation will provide an overview of the different technologies currently available, design considerations for deployment, and challenges with integrating malicious activity monitoring solutions into IT focused cybersecurity organizations processes and systems.

Specifically, this program will cover:

  • Why implementing malicious activity monitoring solutions for Electrical Substation networks and assets is critical to securing and ensuring reliable operation of the electrical grid.
  • Design considerations for the implementation of malicious activity monitoring solutions for Electrical Substation environments.
  • Challenges with integrating malicious activity monitoring solutions into IT focused cybersecurity organizations processes and systems.

 

II. Maintaining electric reliability while de-carbonizing the generation fleet

Presented by Gordon Pietsch, Director Transmission Planning and Compliance, Great River Energy – Transmission

The electric transmission grid is complex with dependencies on other industries. If you like renewables, transmission is part of that future. Operating the grid of the future brings many challenges that the industry is addressing today. During this program we will discuss how the electric utility industry has changed and the pace of change that is occurring today. As an industry we continue to learn from each other in preparing for the generation fleet transition. While planning the transmission grid of the future, the industry is also looking at how we will operate the grid.

III. Grid-forming Inverters in Future Power Systems

Presented by Sairaj Dhople Associate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Minnesota

This presentation will provide an overview of grid-forming inverters; what they are, how they are different from conventional inverters, and why they will be critical in addressing renewable-energy targets. In addition to overviewing challenges and opportunities, the talk will also deep dive into how partnerships and collaboration across academia, industry (system operators, utilities, manufacturers), and national labs will be critical to facilitate large-scale integration with performance guarantees.

COST:

  • Free for MnSPE members (membership must be current on the date of the program)
  • $180 for non-members

To the best of our knowledge, this program meets the requirements for continuing education as outlined by the Minnesota Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience and Interior Design.

Details

Date:
January 19
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm