Electric Energy Systems

Now celebrating its 20th year, this track seeks to explore methods at the frontier of understanding the next generation electric power system. It focuses on engineering, economics and policy issues that are at the forefront of current research, development, and demonstration. The track contains four minitracks each having two sessions with total of eight sessions scheduled sequentially to allow those interested to attend all sessions in the track.

The first minitrack explores the challenges of integrating distributed and renewable resources into the electric power grid. With the continued strong growth of wind generation worldwide, the rapid growth rate for solar, and the implementation of direct load control grid integration and management of these resources continues to be an area of great research need. In the first session new approaches, models and methods will be considered. The second session covers issues associated with demand response, microgrids and storage. Included in these sessions are papers considering the impacts of solar and wind variation, demand response, mircogrids, and system frequency regulation.

The second minitrack is on electric power system monitoring control, and protection. The first session focuses on issues associated with large-scale power system dynamics and control. Papers here look at power system frequency control and overall system protection and control. The second session addresses issues associated with distributed decision and control techniques applied to the power grid. Papers consider the impact of intelligent loads, parameter sensitivities in power system load models, scaling issues associated with the creation of synthetic power grid models and the application of large-scale synthetic models for economic studies.

The third minitrack has two sessions dealing with topics related engineering and economic interactions within the electric grid focusing on markets, policy and computation. The first session explores issues related power grid markets, policy and computation. Papers cover capacity market design, two-sided electricity marketers, electric vehicle integration and air pollution impacts. The second session looks at new frontiers in optimization of power systems. The focus is on the challenges presented in power system optimization and computation including the consideration of coupled infrastructures such as the natural gas system.

The last minitrack is on enhancing the resilience of the electric power grid. The first session contains presentations data analytics and how they can be used to enhance the grid. The second looks at power system testbeds and also the use of synchrophasor measurements.

A special paper is included at the end of the first day looking back at the significant accomplishments during the last 20 years of the electric power research at HICSS. All-in-all there are 32 presentations on a wide range of interesting electric energy topics!


  • Integrating Distributed and Renewable Resources
  • Markets, Policy, and Computation
  • Monitoring, Control, and Protection
  • Resilient Networks

Track Chairs:

Robert J. Thomas
School of Electrical Engineering
Cornell University
428 Phillips HallIthaca NY 14853
Tel: (607) 255-5083
Fax: (607) 255-8871
Email: rjt1@cornell.edu

Thomas J. Overbye
Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1406 W. Green St.Urbana IL 61801
Tel: (217) 333-4463
Fax: (217) 333-1162
Email: overbye@illinois.edu

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