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Webinar: Planning and Operating a System in Transition to IBR – Engineers Unite!
June 23, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Featured Speaker: Andrew Isaacs, Vice President, Electranix
About the Webinar: The transition to renewable energy is underway. This transition can be viewed through many lenses. General population lenses (Climate change is happening. We don’t know what we need to do exactly, but we’re doing it too slow!), Political lenses (How do we satisfy enough of our voters, how do we take credit for the good changes, and distance ourselves from the problems?), Commercial lenses (how can we profit from the transition?), Engineering lenses (How do we do this at all, considering safety, reliability, cost, and technical limitations?), and others.
The engineering lens is the one with the least visibility or understanding to the global population. But inside this engineering community, we have further diverse perspectives and cultures, including operators, planners, system designers, protection, construction folks, and others. Power systems engineers have historically also tended to fall on either side of an imaginary line of demarcation between transmission and distribution. Although these technical parties have tended to conflict with each other more often than we’d like, we are seeing a shift in the industry towards more understanding and commonality amongst the technical groups trying to keep up with the energy transition. But more is needed, and this collaboration should be encouraged and fostered!
This talk will focus on some of the challenges common to all those in the power systems engineering community. It will highlight the need in the coming years to achieve an unprecedented level of cooperation between these groups and common understanding if we are to solve them, and suggest some avenues to increase this collaboration.
About the Speaker: Andrew Isaacs has been with Electranix since 2003. He currently specializes in renewable interconnections, weak grid and SSR/SSCI issues, as well as large scale EMT system modelling. Additional current efforts include specification and support for FACTs, training for utility planners, study team leadership, and expert witness support. Andrew obtained his M.Sc.(EE) from the University of Manitoba, Canada. He is has been an active participant in NERC working groups, Cigre, and the IEEE.
Moderator: Charlie Smith, Executive Director, ESIG
Registration Cost: FREE
Q&A Session: We will be using the slido platform for Q&A. Please submit your questions and follow-along during the event at this link.