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Day 1: Monday, November 17th

  • Speaker:  
David Ortiz
  Deputy Assistant Secretary 
Energy Infrastructure Modeling and Analysis   

David Ortiz is Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Infrastructure Modeling and Analysis (EIMA) in the Department of Energy's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability. The EIMA Division supports cutting-edge research and development that is focused on enabling new ways of delivering and managing electricity for a reliable, secure, resilient, and advanced U.S. energy infrastructure. The Division’s activities include advanced modeling and visualization, energy infrastructure risk analyses, reliability assessments, and synchrophasor-based tool development.

  • Growth in the volume and velocity of information has been identified as a potentially disruptive change for the electric industry.  This panel will address key triggers to data growth and the implications and opportunities from the coming deluge of data.


    • Tom King

Speakers from Industry:

    • Fabian Robinson, PJM
    • Dan Brancaccio, Bridge Energy Group
    • Craig Miller, NRECA
    • David Johnson, EPB
    • Tao Xia, Dominion
  • Vendors currently have solutions – and are developing new ones -- for utilities to manage data and maximize the value from it.  Topics for discussion will be:
    • High Volume / High Performance Systems 
    • Next-Generation Energy Management Systems
    • Look-Ahead Simulators
    • Protection Systems Software integration and Visualization Tools 
    • Mitigate Vulnerabilities


    • Craig Miller

Speakers from Industry:

    • Rodney Watterman, OSIsoft
    • Kwok Cheung, Alstom
    • Doug Remboldt, NICS
    • Brad Camp, SECA
    • Ajay Madwesh, STI

Day 2:  Tuesday, November 18th

  • Other sectors have successfully addressed big data management and analytics issues.  In this session, the panel will present success stories that can serve as models for the electric industry.


    • Arjun Shankar

Industry Speakers from Financial, Health Care and Defense Sectors:

    • J. Smart, Georgetown*
    • Jerry Schuman, Ping Things
    • Naren Ramakrishnan, Virginia Tech
    • Ashit Talukder, NIST
* Panelist has been invited

  • Integration of large numbers of small-scale decentralized power storage and generation systems increase the complexity and nature of grid control and stability assurance.  In this session, panelists will discuss challenges associated with integration of distributed energy resources and distributed controls.


    • Craig Miller

Speakers from Industry:
    • Erich Gunther, EnerNex
    • Doug Dorr, EPRI
    • Mani Vadari, Modern Grid Solutions
    • Mark Nielson, Delaware County Electric
  1. Information Integration & Use
    • Facilitator: Russell Robertson & David Pinney

  2. Control Issues & Challenges
    • Facilitator:  Kevin Tomsovic & Andrew Cotter

       3.  Utility and Big Data

    • Facilitator:  Yilu Liu & Maurice Martin