New technologies impact on power distribution systems

Important agreements have been signed in recent years related to the energy migration. Likewise, the generation of energy by renewable sources has increased rapidly in the five continents. Additionally, there are important challenges to be addressed in the energy sector aiming to ensure sustainability of the electric power utility. In that sense, it is expected that power distribution systems reflect the new trends implied around energy migration actions. Also, they need to show the necessary technological support to contribute to the sustainability of the service for current and future users. All of this mentioned above should be achieved with the participation of each power distribution firm, particularly with their vision and leadership.
Technologies such as distributed generation and its generating facilities, distribution size, energy storage systems and its storage facilities, residential storage systems, etc.; implementation of electric vehicles for which adequacy and quality of service are key, digitalization and demand management helping to face an exponential growing population, drones and its advantages, virtual distribution, the internet of things (IoT) providing connectivity for any device, blockchain and cryptocurrencies allowing users to both consume and produce energy, recharge by induction, among others, will be discussed in this special session to show how these new technologies are taking power distribution systems to a new era.

Walter Sciutto
Business Development Manager, Electrodunas

Riccardo Lama
Director and General Manager, ENEL Distribución Perú
Graduated from the Universidad Tecnológica Nacional of Argentina in 1989. Executive with proven international management experience in multinational companies. Electrical engineer with solid technical and academic training, and economic specialization in the evaluation of investment projects. He has 28 years of experience, 20 of them developed in the Peruvian market, with important achievements in the activity, great analytical and decisive capacity for decision making, strategic vision, good interpersonal relationships and team performance. Extensive experience in training and leading work groups. Able to face challenges that involve professional effort and leadership. He is currently Development Manager in the Electrodunas Company of the Blue Water Worldwide Group. He is an electrical engineer from "La Sapienza" University in Rome and attended the MIT "Executive Program" in Boston. At Enel since 1989, he was Health, Safety and Environment Director for the distribution business worldwide, Director of Standardization, Director of Network Planning and Head of Distribution Area, Organization and Management consultant in Italy. It is part of the Technical Board of CIRED and Special Rapporteur of Technical Committee # 5 (Planning of distribution systems). He has been co-Chairman of the CIRED-CIGRE Joint Working Group "Planning of High Voltage Networks against a massive penetration of distributed generation in MT-BT". He is a member of the Task Force of Eurelectric on the Connection Codes to the European Transmission network. He led and participated in European and National Foundations Projects on Smart Grids and Integration of Renewables in the distribution network.

Ximena León Corredor
Deputy Manager of Cundinamarca Operational Unit, Codensa

Diego X. Morales
Distribution Specialist, Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy

Electrical Engineer of the National University of Colombia, Specialization in systems of transmission and distribution of electrical energy of the University of the Andes and MBA with emphasis on strategy of the Technological Institute of Monterrey. More than 15 years of experience in Electrical Power Distribution Systems. He has been Technical Manager of an energy distributor and is currently Deputy Manager of the Cundinamarca Operating Unit of Codensa (Grupo ENEL). He received his degree in Electrical Engineering from the Universidad Politécnica Salesiana in 2009; Master degree in Geographic Information Systems from the University of Salzburg - Austria in 2013; Master in Electrical Engineering specialty Smart Grids and Buildings from Grenoble Institute of Technology-France (Grenoble INP) in 2014. He is Ph.D. in E Electrical Engineering at Université Grenoble Alpes. Eng. Morales is part of Smart Grids Team and Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Universidad Católica de Cuenca. In addition, Eng. Morales works in the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy as Distribution Specialist. His research interests are Smart Grid Application Development and Geographical Applications for calculation of electricity demand.
Jim McDowall
Business Development Manager, Saft America Inc.

Eric Díaz
Transmission Manager, Luz del Sur
Jim McDowall has worked in the battery industry since 1977 and is currently in the position of Business Development Manager with Saft, primarily associated with grid systems. Involved in the energy storage market since 1998, Jim was a Director of the Energy Storage Association for 14 years and is a past Chair of the organization. Jim is a Senior Member of IEEE and is Standards Coordinator of the IEEE Stationary Battery Committee, Chair of three of its working groups, and a past Chair of the main committee. Jim is a frequent speaker at energy storage conferences and related events. Transmission Manager of the distribution company Luz del Sur. He is a mechanical-electrical engineer graduated from the Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería in Lima - Peru and Master of Business Administration from ESAN, with specialization studies in business administration at Arizona State University. He joined Luz del Sur in 1995, being promoted in 1998 to Vitarte Service Center Manager and in 2002 he became Vice President of Transmission.

PES Women in Power and Young Professional Forum: Empowering Energy Consumers

The rules of commerce certainly have changed in this era where smartphones allow the consumer to have worldwide connectivity, abundance of information and the capacity to get anything anywhere in the world. It seemed just a matter of time when the power and energy system had to adjust as well, not only to the needs but to the requirements of the consumers. The smart grid has introduced a change of paradigm, from a bulk system to a more flexible and complex system, where the consumer shifts his role of passive agent to an active one (prosumer).
The challenge is pressing, while large-scale technologies are advancing significantly, smaller-scale technologies are also evolving fast. The inclusion of hybrid and/or electric vehicles, distributed generation and distributed storage devices will make network operators adapt to an even more dynamic scenario than the one they were used to. The role of the prosumer should be taken for granted as the feeling of environmental protection and discussions regarding sustainability issues is increasing and the cost of smaller-scale technologies is decreasing.
In this forum we would like to address what smart grids requires to empower the consumer; topics such as regulations and policies, business problems and emerging needs (some of which have been activated or appeared by the technological developments) need to be discussed. Experiences on how different countries are tackling these evolving challenges, will be discussed.

Nicky Vanlommel
CEO, ENGIE Services Perú

Jennifer Mejía
Project Manager, ENEL Green Power

Senior management, driving change & innovation. Developing leadership. Transforming by collaborating, motivating others to add by using their unique talents. Improving processes to gain productivity and competitiveness. Mergers & acquisitions integration. Board member. General management. Colombian Professional in electrical engineering, with experience in international power system project management. Solid knowledge in analysis of Electrical Power Systems, Transmission Lines & Generation systems. Currently, she is the LATAM project manager for substations and interconnections in ENEL. She’s been project manager in H-MV, Abengoa, among others in Peru, Colombia, Chile & Spain.
She is highly committed on creating effective solutions, in order to meet challenging targets, always driven by high efficiency and superior quality. She also has worked in control and automation systems in Indra Colombia and she has worked in international large-scale power transmission projects in Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Spain, Germany, Argelia and Chile.
Cynthia Perez
Digital Grid Team, Siemens S.A.C.

María Cristina Tavares
Professor, State University of Campinas

Cynthia Perez is an Electronic Engineer with mention in Process Automation, PMP and MBA. She has over 12 years of experience in Project Management for Mining, Oil & Gas and Utilities sectors in Peru, Chile and Ecuador. In Rockwell Automation, she led process automation projects in a new software solution with focus in digital processing, in order to monitor “on the cloud” their plants in real time. For the last three years, she's been part of Digital Grid team in Siemens, leading the PM team for substation automation projects (including Control, Protection & Telecommunications scope for utilities, mining and industry) and taking part in the execution of developments such as Smart Metering for distribution utility, Reclosers remote control with satelital communication, etc. She holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (1984), a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (1991) and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the State University of Campinas (1998). She is currently a Professor (Associate Professor) at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing at the State University of Campinas. Senior Member in IEEE. He has experience in Electrical Engineering, with emphasis on Electric Energy Transmission, working mainly in the following topics: transmission line, secondary arc analysis, development of monopolar and tripolar adaptive protection, electromagnetic transient studies, ATP simulators, PSCAD and RTDS , and transmission at very long distance, specifically transmission at half wavelength.

Olga Lavrova
Principal Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque

Guadalupe Gonzalez
Assistant Professor, Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá
Dr. Lavrova has performed groundbreaking work in power electronics, sensors and materials for grid applications. Currently, she leads a number of projects overseeing lifetime, reliability and survivability of traditional and renewable energy sources, as well as novel sensing applications for electric grid modernization. Previously, she was Professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Lavrova has been a PI on multiple DOE- and NSF-funded grants concentrating on fundamental semiconductor materials and devices operation, as well as their cost-effective, economical and practical deployment and grid integration. Dr. Lavrova has authored and co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications and 6 US patents. Graduated from the Technological University of Panama where she obtained a bachelor's degree in Electromechanical Engineering and has a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Texas A & M University. Her areas of interest include: energy planning, smart cities, sustainable engineering, design and control of electrical machines, power electronics, renewable energy systems and modeling of energy systems. Currently, she also realizes studies on modeling of physical properties of biological materials. Dr. Gonzalez has published multiple articles in indexed journals and conference proceedings at the national and regional levels.

Application of Best Operation and Maintenance Practices in the Electricity Sector

There are important best operation and maintenance best practices references in the generation, transmission and distribution power systems, including their design and engineering implementation. These references are mainly international standards such as ISO 50001 for energy management systems and ISO 55001 for assets management, ISO 61850 for power utility automation and dozens from other standards created by of institutions like American Society for Quality, American Society for Testing and Materials, German Institute for Standardization, IEEE, National Electrical Contractors Association, etc.
In addition, every year prestigious organizations recognize and reward firms that apply several of these standards across their designs, implementations, operations and maintenance. As a result, firms obtain outstanding performance in their processes, which is clearly reflected in the service they provide. For instance, power optimization, production optimization based on expected demand, big data, smart metering and information systems applied for (and with) key processes, etc. Furthermore, firms and organizations create unique procedures for ensuring and improving their overall performance. A few of them are knowledge management, lessons learned, periodic internal audit exercises, etc.
The following panel will provide a detailed view of how these best practices are being conducted in generation, transmission and distribution electric power systems, improving its operation and maintenance for the benefit of end users, participants and the interconnected electrical system itself.

Mazana Armstrong
Specialist Engineer and Team Lead, BC Hydro Transmission Engineering

Gabriel J. Melguizo Posada
Director of Corporate Operations at ISA

Her responsibilities include electrical aspects of transmission línea 69 kV to 500 kV, their operation and maintenance. She holds a degraee in Electrical Engineering fron the University of Zagreb, Croatia, and an M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia. Mazana is a registered profesional engineer in the Province of British Columbia and a Senior Member of IEEE. She has held various volunteer positions with IEEE and the Power & Energy Society (PES), where she is currently Vice-President for Chapters. In her role she is responsable for over 250 PES chapters worldwide. Mazana represents BC Hydro in the CEATI Grounding and Lightning Interest Group. She is a member of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and the IEEE Standards Association, and she participates in the development of BC Hydro, Canadian, and IEEE standards. She is also a paper reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery and an IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer. Electrical Engineer and Master in Power Systems from the Polytechnic Institute of Belarus, Master in Business Administration from EAFIT University, Medellín.
For 20 years he has worked in Interconexión Eléctrica S.A. - ISA, a company in which it has participated in the construction and development of the Electric Energy Transport business processes in the countries in which ISA has a presence: Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile and Central America.
From his position as Director of Corporate Operations at ISA, he is responsible for improving the performance of the Energy Transportation business in the ISA Group through the definition of Operation and Maintenance strategies and the incorporation of best practices aimed at maximizing efficiency, guarantee sustainability and contribute to the profitable growth of the business in the ISA Group.

Leónidas Sayas
Electricity Supervision Manager, Osinergmin

Hugo Acosta
Operations Manager, Conelsur

Electrical Engineer with more than 30 years of professional experience in the electrical sector. Teacher of masters in different national universities in the courses of Intelligent Networks and Analysis of Power Electric Systems, Protection of Electrical Systems. He is author and co-author of several technical articles -on intelligent networks and protection systems- exposed in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Spain. Electrical Engineer from the National University of Engineering (UNI); with a Master's studies in Power Systems at the UNI and Business Administration at the Ricardo Palma University; specialization in SCADA/EMS Systems in France, Automation, Project Management (PMI), Electricity and Energy Law, Maintenance Management, Coaching, and Asset Management.
With more than 24 years of professional experience and successes in the areas of Operations, Automation, Planning, Programming, Regulation, Maintenance and Management of Operational Projects. He holds the position of Operations Manager in the company Conelsur, was Technical and Legal representative of the transmission companies of ISA Group in Peru and President of the Power and Energy Chapter (PES) of the IEEE Peru.

Hugo F. Perez
Senior Engineer, NERC’s Reliability Assurance group

Enrique Tejera
Manager of the High Voltage Section of the Energy Division, Panama Canal
Hugo joined the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) in September 2013 in the Atlanta office as an Event Investigator. Perez has over 15 years of experience in the power industry and at NERC is responsible for performing Compliance Evaluations, Compliance Investigations, Certifications, identifying gaps in Reliability Standards, handling complaints and reviewing events with a compliance perspective, among other responsibilities.
Prior to joining NERC, Hugo worked as a Senior Engineer in Transmission Planning with Southern Company Services. At Georgia Power Company he gained experience as a System Operations Support Engineer and as a Substation Test Engineer.
Perez holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the National University of Colombia (Bogota, Colombia) and a Certificate in Power Systems from The Georgia Institute of Technology. He is registered as a Professional Engineer in the state of Georgia and is a NERC Certified System Operator – Reliability.
Mr. Tejera is an engineer with extensive experience in the design of power systems, operation and maintenance, including generation, transmission and distribution. Electromechanical engineer with a proven track record of success in the management of large-scale electromechanical engineering projects, power systems planning, behavior analysis of electrical power systems, project management, budgets, contracts and preparation and review of technical specifications and consulting.
He has provided consulting and design services for transmission, distribution and generation projects, industrial, residential and commercial facilities, and has also worked as a part-time professor at the Technological University of Panama.