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Application of Microgrids and Distributed Generation

March 8, 2017 @ 9:30 pm - March 9, 2017 @ 12:00 am

Co-sponsored by: Lehigh University Energy Systems Engineering Institute (ESEI) & Lehigh IEEE PES Chapter

The purpose of this talk is to familiarize participants with a vision for the future of microgrids and distributed generation. The talk begins with a discussion of key industry/societal trends. The “smarter grid” highlights the intelligence that has already been implemented, and the new intelligence being added to the grid today. The Smart Grid technology roadmap provides examples of six Smart Grid solutions being deployed today. The importance of integration of technology components is emphasized, and its impact on grid resiliency. The 16 Smart Grid foundational industry standards are critical for effective integration of technology components and successful interoperability. Interoperability requires communications between technology components (i.e., utilizing communications protocols) and effective exchange of information between technology components. Emerging technologies in microgrids and distributed generation include voltage regulation equipment, grid edge controllers and smart inverters. One impact of high penetration of rooftop solar PV on the distribution system is three new applications of power electronics. Lessons learned in microgrids and distributed generation are discussed, which include impediments to be addressed and enablers for success. The IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) input to the US Department of Energy (DOE) for the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) on the vision for microgrids and distribution generation is summarized, including technology, standards, policy and the business case.

PDH Certificates are available for IEEE members only.  Please request this when registering.

Registration is required by Monday, March 6.  You must show a photo ID and sign in with PPL Security for admission to the auditorium.

Speaker(s): John D. McDonald, P.E.,


The presentation will be two hours with a break midway for refreshments.

Room: North Auditorium
PPL Electric Utilities
2 North Ninth Street
Allentown, Pennsylvania


March 8, 2017 @ 9:30 pm
March 9, 2017 @ 12:00 am


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