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19–22 February 2024


The following tutorials will be conducted at ISGT2024 on Monday February 19, 2024.  The morning tracks will run from 8:00am to 12:00pm and the afternoon tracks will run from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.  Classes will be taught by top professionals in the field. Please note that a minimum one-day conference registration is required in addition to the tutorial fee in order to attend any of these courses. Tutorial fees per topic are follows:

StudentsEarly Bird $50.00 until Jan. 15, 2024;  $75.00 thereafter
All OthersEarly Bird $195.00 until Jan. 15, 2024; $240.00 thereafter
Registration:  The registration site is now open.  Click here

After completing the course, attendees will be able to purchase Educational Credits on the registration web page in the IEEE PES Resource Center within seven (7) business days.  All tutorial recordings and corresponding slides will be available for download on the IEEE PES Resource Center within seven (7) business days.  For any questions, please contact LaToya Gourdine (email: )

Tutorial 1: Conservation Voltage Reduction and Voltage Optimization with DERs: From Basics to Utility Practices

Date: Monday, 19 February 2024      8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Instructors: Wen Fan, ComEd (Lead); Zhaoyu Wang, Iowa State University; Hong Chun, Sentient Energy

This half-day tutorial will focus on the conservation voltage reduction (CVR) implementation, innovation, deployment, and impact analysis with the consideration of DER integration. It is delivered by leading researchers and engineers who have been working on CVR-related field implementation and research. Real utility practices on CVR deployment and management with DERs, methodologies on assessing CVR energy saving, along with the lessons learned from field experience will be presented and discussed.


  • Get familiar with and materialized on fundamental concepts on CVR and VO;
  • Be familiar with modeling, analytics and assessment methodologies of CVR and VO in distribution grids with DERs;
  • Learn a number of fields CVR implementation cases, experiences, and cost-benefit analysis for distribution circuits with DER integrated.
  • Get insights about power industry’s practices and activities on CVR and learn the latest technology development of CVR to accommodate DER integration.

Tutorial 2: Grid Constraints, Fleet Charging and Transformers Policy

Date: Monday, 19 February 2024      1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Instructor: Douglas Houseman, 1898 & Co – Burns & McDonnell

This half-day tutorial will address the issues with transformers, the impacts of fleet charging on the grid (e.g., trucks, rental vehicles, buses, taxies, and city vehicles, etc.), and what to think about in terms of grid upgrades and sequencing. The tutorial will draw from several examples and the lessons learned from those examples. Finally, it will take a quick look at how society changes if we shift around activities to make maximum use of solar in transportation.

Objective: Understanding of:

  • Fleets and fleet charging of electric vehicles
  • Fleet statistics and in transit use of charging
  • Typical locations of fleet facilities and their grid infrastructure
  • Typical daily schedule and impacts – including sample quick calculations.
  • Impacts on grid planning from the DOE NOPR
  • No regrets grid planning standards and planning actions
  • Impacts on society of maximizing solar use for fleet and EV charging.

Tutorial 3: Implementing Fault Location Isolation and Service Restoration (FLISR) on Distribution Circuits with High DER Penetration – Strategies for Success

Date: Monday, 19 February 2024      8:00 am – 12:00 pm 

Instructors: Robert Uluski and Stuart Borlase, ESTA International

Course Syllabus: For detail information on the course click here.

For several decades, electric distribution utilities have been able to achieve significant reliability improvements by quickly isolating faulted feeder sections and restoring power to healthy sections using FLISR on their distribution feeders. The growing penetration of DERs presents new challenges, such as load masking and incorrect fault location due to DER fault current contributions, that may impact the performance of these legacy systems. DER presence also provides opportunities for improved FLISR performance such as freeing capacity to permit load transfers on heavily loaded feeders and supporting islanded microgrids on isolated feeders that lack backup sources.

The proposed tutorial will provide basic information on how FLISR works, equipment requirements, reliability improvement benefits obtained, and strategies for addressing the new challenges posed by DER presences and opportunities to leverage DERs for optimal performance.

At the conclusion of this tutorial students will be familiar with:

  • FLISR operation and benefits
  • Equipment requirements, including medium voltage switches, communication network requirements, and computer hardware and software needed to implement FLISR
  • FLISR design characteristics such as the types of switches to use and optimal quantity of switches to install
  • FLISR switch placement for optimal performance
  • Potential adverse impacts of DERs, and opportunities to leverage DERs to optimize FLISR performance
  • Business case for FLISR deployment.

Tutorial 4: Distribution System Monitoring in the Presence of Renewable Energy Sources

Date: Monday, 19 February 2024      1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Instructor: Avinash Kumar, Virginia Tech

Renewable Energy Sources (RESs) are increasingly being implemented in the distribution system and the grid-edge to speed-up decarbonization and mitigate global warming. Conventional synchronous generator (SG) based systems are being replaced with mixed generation sources and resources such as solar photovoltaic (SPV) and wind energy conversion systems (WECS) at such a rate that a grid-edge without the conventional bulk grid is foreseeable in the next few decades. The increasing prevalence of RES and the integration of communication-supported Inverter-Based Resources (IBRs) is creating new stability, protection, and control issues to arise in addition to becoming a considerable threat surface on cyber-physical systems of microgrids networks and the grid- edge. Fast and advanced monitoring technologies are therefore needed for efficient and reliable operation of distribution grids as well as for microgrids they host.

This tutorial will provide a comprehensive review of the emerging concepts, devices, and analytical methods for the monitoring of distribution grids under high renewable energy penetration. Specifically, the following aspects will be covered.

  • Review of detailed architecture and functionalities of distribution system monitoring and the role of the distribution system operator.
  • Review of measurement devices for distribution system monitoring including the state-of-the-art measurement devices, such as PMU, MU, DDR, smart meter, and smart inverter sensors. The principle and role of phase-locked loops will also be introduced.
  • Review of centralized state monitoring of distribution grid as well as physics-based and data-driven estimation methods for grid-wise states and model parameters u sing various types of measurements.
  • Introduction of the role and methodology of dynamic state and parameter estimation for online monitoring of internal operating conditions of Inverter-interfaced Distributed Generation (IIDGs) and their controllers.
  • Introduction to measurement-based inertia estimation and emulation techniques for various types of IIDGs.
  • Review of concepts and methodologies for islanding detection and identification. The applications of islanding information on sustainable island formation and generation-load balancing will be discussed.
  • Review of emerging cyber-physical security monitoring and anomaly detection techniques used in the detection, classification, and localization of physical faults and cyber-attacks in distribution grids and IIDGs.

Tutorial 5: How Grid Energy Storage Meets the Challenges of a Decarbonized Future

Date: Monday, 19 February 2024      1:00 pm – 5:00 pm 

Instructors: Richard Fioravanti, Quanta Technology (lead coordinator); Ray Byrne, Sandia National Labs; Babu Chalamala, Sandia National Labs; Ralph Masiello, Quanta Technology; Jim McDowall, SAFT Batteries; Tu Nguyen, Sandia National Laboratories; Yuliya Preger, Sandia National Labs; Chris Searles, CGS and Associates; Charlie Vartanian, PNNL

This multi-presenter tutorial covers the basics of how electrical energy storage supports decarbonization initiatives across the U.S.   To cover this topic, the 4-hour tutorial will be divided into four (4) sections, starting with a review of current technologies targeted for this area, e.g., lithium ion, pumped hydro, flow batteries, and long duration energy storage.   Next, market application challenges and valuations will be discussed where the focus will be on the duration needed in a decarbonized scenario and market products that may be required to ensure deployment.   In the final two sections, focus will shift to engineering of energy storage systems, code compliance, and interconnection – including electrification technologies.  The last section will review system safety and reliability. For more information click here.

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