About Workshop

The present-day electricity sector is undergoing major reforms due to the adoption of smart grid concepts from generation to consumer end. The power sector is witnessing an increased share of renewables, storage, EV charging stations, microgrids, power electronic interfaces, intelligent sensors and controllers, automation, and smart metering at different levels in the network. This has led to the active distribution network requiring Advance Distribution Management System (ADMS) tools. The large penetration of intermittent renewables will pose system stability, security, reliability, and regulatory and operational challenges, which need to be addressed via proper regulatory provisions, operation, control, and protection philosophy.

In several countries across the globe including India, the need for a Distribution System Operator (DSO) has been envisaged to address the various challenges associated with Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) and storage-integrated smart active distribution networks.

Under the Indo-U.S. Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Centre (JCERDC) agreement, the Department of Science & Technology (DST), through Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) in India, and the Department of Energy (DOE) from the US have funded the UI-ASSIST project on ‘Smart Grids and Energy Storage’, having 15 consortia organizations from each country. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur is leading Indian consortia involving 5 IITs, TERI, NTPC NETRA, utilities, and industries, whereas the consortia from the US is being led by Washington State University (WSU), Pullman, WA including WVU, MIT, TAMU, HNEI, three DOE labs, industries, and utilities. Apart from R&D activities, this project aims at setting up several lab-level pilots and ten (10) field demonstration microgrid pilots covering rural, semi-urban, and urban settings. More details on this project can be found at www.uiassist.org.


The main objective of this workshop is to familiarize the participants from the regulatory organization, load dispatch centers, utilities, and R&D organizations with different operational, regulatory, reliability, and security challenges that need to be addressed in deploying renewable and storage integrated smart active distribution systems. The experience gained through R&D activities and pilot deployments under the UI-ASSIST project will also be shared. The workshop will have sessions by eminent speakers from IITs, WSU, WVU, TAMU, TERI, POSOCO, GERC, OPTCL, PERC, EESL, Burns & McDonnell, VCS, NREL, and Synergy Systems & Solutions.

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Workshop Duration: December 20-21, 2022

Important Dates

The workshop will have major sessions on:

  1.  DER & storage integrated Smart Distribution System

  2.  Distribution Management

  3.  System Operation

  4.  Regulatory Aspects

  5.  Reliability and Security