Distributed Energy Resources: Utility Drivers, Enabling Technologies, and Case Studies

  • Room: B113-114
Tuesday, August 24, 2021: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Utility Member
Bill Hetherington
Bandera Electric Cooperative
Utility Member
Enoch Charles Jr.
Technical Analyst SR - Telecom Site Design & Deployment
CenterPoint Energy
Utility Member
Kevin Huff
Manager, Grid Integration
Salt River Project
Utility Member
Paul Zawada P.E.
Staff Engineer
American Electric Power Company, Inc.
Utility Member
Rustom Dessai
Technology Lead, Principal, Grid Innovation
Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
Industry Partner
Tim Godfrey
Technical Executive
Industry Partner
Tom Tansy
SunSpec Alliance


Increasing legislation and regulation that incent renewables-based generation means that utilities are likely to face a growing population of distributed generation capabilities such as residential solar, wind, and biomass energy generation.  Taken together, these Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) bring a mix of technical and business challenges.  From a technical perspective, balancing a distribution network with significant DERs is a substantial departure from the century-old model of a unidirectional grid.  From a business perspective, utilities must understand how to more effectively engage with their customers, and how to manage cultural and technical change internally.  

Presented by UTC's IT/OT Committee, this summit features speakers from utilities, technology providers, consortia, and research organizations, who will examine how DERs have evolved and share success stories and lessons learned from existing implementations.

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