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 is on electric power
system monitoring control, and protection.
The first session focuses on issues
associated with large-scale power system
dynamics and control. Issues covered
include data mining applied to determining
anomalies in power system synchrophasor
measurements, optimization algorithms used
at electric substations and voltage collapse
margin estimation. The second session
addresses issues associated with how the
electric grid command and control can be
modified to work in a less centralized
configuration. This will be required to
accommodate the growing number of
distributed resources with dispersed
intelligence and diverging objectives.
The second minitrack focuses on
enhancing the resilience of the electric
power grid. The first session contains
presentations on data analytics and decision
support. This includes considering
distribution system reconfiguration, weather
impacts on cascading outages and better
ways to integrate weather data into electric
grid outage applications. The second session
looks at testbeds and synthetic electric grids.
The session covers many aspects of how
synthetic electric grids can be constructed,
validated and used.
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 to how new work in
optimization is being applied in this area.
Presentations include reserves available
from controllable electric load,
consideration of electric grid reliability and
improvements in power system estimation.
The second session looks at new frontiers
in electric market design and analysis.
optimization of power systems. The focus is
on the challenges presented in integrating
electric and natural gas markets and also the
design of electric capacity markets.
Finally, the fourth minitrack explores the
challenges of integrating distributed and
renewable resources into the electric power
grid. With the continued strong growth of
wind generation worldwide, and the rapid
growth rate for solar, 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 on the coordination of such
distributed energy resources are considered.
The second session covers issues associated
with renewable resources and demand