Power System Solutions – Adapt for a Digital Future

IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting 2019

Power System Solutions – Adapt for a Digital Future

IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting 2019

ASK SIEMENS – Come join us for presentations, demos and discussions on the latest developments in power system solutions necessary for energizing the grid.


When: Tuesday, August 6, 2019, 6:30PM – 9:30PM | Galleria 1

Where: Hilton Atlanta, 255 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA 

What: Hospitality Suite 


Learn. Network. Share.

Siemens will host an evening event where attendees can stop in and engage with our technical experts in conversations related to the latest developments in power system solutions influencing the future grid. While we will have key topic stations organized around the room for discussion, our global experts will be ready to engage on any power system topic you may have.

Our diverse teams of renowned experts are experienced in providing critical power system solutions to support emerging technologies and changes for an adaptable digital future.  Join Siemens for an evening of knowledge sharing and networking over drinks and hors d’oeuvres.  


Key station topics:

  • Innovative Solutions for System-Wide Protection Security Assessments and NERC PRC Compliance
  • One grid, one model: Build your electrical digital twin
  • Addressing DER Integration (Battery Optimization) and the Transformation of the Power Grid using PSS®SINCAL
  • Interactive Microgrid Table
  • Battery Storage: The Ultimate Disruptive Technology?
  • Advanced Distribution Automation Application with Mis-coordination Correction Operations

There will be a variety of key topics to explore, product demonstrations to see and industry experts to meet. Stop by for a drink and pick our brains at your leisure – we look forward to mingling with you.

Stations | August 6, 2018 | 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM | Galleria 1

Innovative Solutions for System-Wide Protection Security Assessments and NERC PRC Compliance

Presented by Dr. Yaming Zhu and Dr. Rainer Krebs


Siemens PTI will showcase innovative solutions for NERC PRC Standards compliance studies, system-wide protection security assessment, adaptive protection system (APS) for distribution system with high penetration of Distributed Energy Resources (DER), and remedial action scheme (RAS) development. The presentation intends to cover:


  • Protection and control challenges with evolving power systems, regulations, and reliability requirements.
  • NERC PRC Standards compliance studies: PRC-019, PRC-023, PRC-024, PRC-025, PRC-026, PRC-027
  • System-wide protection security assessment with SIGUARD®PSA
  • APS for distribution systems with DER
  • RAS development for system reliability with generation retirement

One grid, one model

Presented by Joe Canterino and Dr. Krishnat Patil


Power grids - the backbone of our modern world, but behind the scenes is a flood of data. As grid planning and operations are becoming more complex, manual practices for sharing model data across utility systems is no longer efficient.  The Siemens Electrical Digital Twin closely aligns real and virtual worlds by providing utilities with a single source of truth to model data across their entire IT landscape – the perfect virtual image of the physical grid.


Build your electrical digital twin


Siemens will introduce you to an interactive touch screen experience that will enable you to find the perfect digital twin use case based on your needs, whether it be network model management, protection data management, and more. Learn how to increase efficiency and optimize processes, improve overall accuracy and consistency of network models, and enable future digitalization use cases.



Addressing DER Integration (Battery Optimization) and the Transformation of the Power Grid using PSS®SINCAL

Presented by Wayne Dias and George Zhou


Siemens PTI will showcase solutions for successfully integrating increased levels of Distributed Energy Resources (DER). Siemens PTI will share our approach to Battery Optimization and Placement, T&D Integrated Planning, DER and Load profile load flow analysis and economic analysis which will support utility planners to:


  • Look at existing localized distribution area or circuit and flag current performance challenges
  • Mitigate challenges by using an optimized solution or “next best action” of traditional and non-wired (DER) solutions to overcome reliability concerns and provide best economics solution.

Battery Storage: The Ultimate Disruptive Technology?

Presented by Charles Merrick and James Feltes


Investments in energy storage systems require an understanding and analysis of the market and the technology options. Siemens PTI will share our end-to-end solution that will help size, locate, and optimize energy storage solutions.


  • Assess the economic and technical viability of your storage options
  • Assess the implications to the network and the market for storage connected at any location
  • Determine the best size storage for the location through a cost-benefit analysis trade-off
  • Correctly capture the corresponding cost streams and operating characteristics of battery energy storage system
  • Understand the implications of different energy storage operating characteristic and the environments in which it might be deployed.

Interactive Microgrid Table

Presented by Clarke Wiedetz and Shashank Pande


Siemens’s interactive microgrid table makes the energy transition easily understandable by giving everyone – from the average person to a facilities manager to an engineer – a chance to see what is going on with microgrids. This interactive table provides the ability to control distributed generation assets as they connect to the grid. For instance, you can reduce the sunlight (to mimic nighttime) and see the impact to your solar PV. Most importantly, the interactive table provides the ability to island your microgrid from the main utility grid and witness the functionalities of a microgrid controller by way of moveable pucks.

Advanced Distribution Automation Application with Mis-coordination Correction Operations

Presented by Dr. Alexandr Stinskiy 


The modern distribution grid with multiple Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) requires a distribution automation application with advanced functionality. This functionality typically includes fault localization, isolation, and restoration capabilities to achieve the maximum performance and reliability of the distribution system. In response to a DER fault scenario, this functionality fundamentally changes the characteristics of the distribution grid from a static circuit to a dynamic topology model. The protection algorithms must account for a dynamic topology and corresponding fault scenarios while maintaining operational control of the faulted zone(s). To address these complexities, Siemens experts will showcase system rules with a specific focus on the mis-coordination correction operations.

IEEE PES General Meeting Sessions

Siemens experts will be participating in multiple panel and paper sessions throughout the conference. The sessions will provide insight on some of the most recent Siemens projects.  

Monday, Monday, August 5, 2019 | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Room 304


Title: Towards a standardization of HVDC grids


Author: Frank Schetter, Siemens

Monday, August 5, 2019 | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Room 310


Title: TBD


Author: Orestes Macchione, Siemens

Monday, August 5, 2019 | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Room 216


Title: Generator Redispatch Control Strategy with Big Data for Power Systems with Renewable Energy


Co-author: Miao Fan, Siemens PTI; Lengcheng Huang, Siemens PTI

Monday, August 5, 2019 | 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Grand Ballroom


Title: A Novel Co-Simulation Concept using Inter-process Communication in Shared Memory


Co-author: Christian Scheibe, Siemens AG; Alexander Raab, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU); Anatoli Semerow, Siemens AG; Jasmin Menke, Siemens AG; Gert Mehlmann, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU); Piergiovanni La Seta, Siemens AG; Matthias Luther, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)

Monday, August 5, 2019 | 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Grand Ballroom


Title: Distribution Grid Admittance Estimation with Limited Non-Synchronized Measurements


Co-author: Xia Miao, MIT; Xiaofan Wu, Siemens; Ulrich Muenz, Siemens; Marija Ilic, MIT

Monday, August 5, 2019 | 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Grand Ballroom


Title: STATCOM Performance Evaluation Using Operation Data from Digital Fault Recorder


Co-author: Duotong Yang, Dominion Energy; Hung-MIng Chou, Dominion Energy; Kyle Thomas, Dominion Energy; Sergey Kynev, Siemens; Rebecca Rye, Virginia Tech

Monday, August 5, 2019 | 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Grand Ballroom


Title: DFIG-Based Power Plant: System Description and Performance


Co-author: Ngoc-Tuan Trinh, Siemens AG; Adham Atallah, Siemens AG; Kunal Sharma, Siemens AG; German Kuhn, Siemens AG; Uwe Juretzek, Siemens AG; Jens Rosendahl, Siemens AG; Bakr Bagaber, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany; Axel Mertens, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

Monday, August 5, 2019 | 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Grand Ballroom


Title: Advanced distribution automation application with mis-coordination correction algorithm based on neural network


Co-author: Alexandr Stinskiy, Siemens; Christopher Huff, Southern California Edison, Bryan Pham, Southern California Edison; Andre Smit, Siemens; Nicholas Duong, Southern California Edison; Suraj Chanda, Siemens

Monday, August 5, 2019 | 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Grand Ballroom


Title: Improving Data Conformity between Planning and Operational Models: Case Study on Node-Breaker Modeling between CIM and PSS®E


Co-author: Yang Feng, Siemens PTI; Soha Metwally, University of Houston; Sameer Nekkalapu, Arizona State University

Monday, August 5, 2019 | 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Grand Ballroom


Title: Resilience solutions for bypassing power transformers and recommendations of site commissioning tests


Co-author: Ewald Schweiger, Siemens AG; Sanjay Bose, Department of Energy; Christian Ettl, Siemens Austria; Stefan Riegler, Siemens Austria; Martin Stoessl, Siemens Austria; Eduardo Gomez Henning, Siemens Canada

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 | 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM | Room 215


Title: Digital Twin of Electrical Infrastructure


Co-moderators: Rainer Krebs, Siemens AG; Johann Jaeger


Author: Maximilian Dauer, Siemens AG Corporate Technology

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 | 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM | Room 213


Title: Energy Transition in Germany and Way Forward


Author: Tarik Donlagic, Siemens


Title: Eigenvalue-based stability analysis of subsynchronous oscillation in an offshore wind power plant in Europe


Author: Diego Murcia, Siemens Gamesa

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 | 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Room 302


Title: T&D System Impact of DER with IEEE1547 required controllability – Dynamic Simulations using PSS®SINCAL


Author: George Zhou, Siemens

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Room 303


Title: Development and integration of microgrid control technology


Author: Shashank Pande, Siemens

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Room 308


Title: Modeling for Ground Fault Overvoltage on Distribution Systems with High Penetration of DERs


Author: Ram Nath, Siemens

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Room 215


Title: Stabilizing control potential of synchronous condensers


Author: Sergey Kynev; Siemens

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 | 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Room 209


Title: Reliability-Based Stochastic Transmission Expansion Planning Considering Uncertainties of Dynamic Thermal Rating and Wind Power


Co-authors: Junpeng Zhan, Brookhaven National Laboratory; Meng Yue, Brookhaven National Laboratory; Lei Fan, Siemens

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Room 305


Moderator: Kay Chen, Siemens


Title: Q&A with Grid Operators: What is important "Innertia/ShortCircuitPower/Mvar"


Author: Kay Chen, Siemens


Title: Alternative Solution to SynCon


Author: Kay Chen, Siemens


Title: SynCon Application with additional Features


Author: Matthias Baca, Siemens AG

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 | 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Room 307


Title: Field Validation of Generic Type 4 Wind Turbine Models Based on IEC and WECC Guidelines


Co-authors: Alberto Lorenzo-Bonache; Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha; Andrés Honrubia-Escribano; Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha; Francisco Jiménez-Buendía; Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy; Emilio Gómez-Lázaro; Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha

Thursday, August 8, 2019 | 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Room 223


Title: New GMD modeling approaches in the PSS®E program


Author: Krishnat Patil, Siemens

Thursday, August 8, 2019 | 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Room 209


Title: Develop Remedial Action Scheme to Ensure System Reliability with Retirement of Traditional Baseload Generators


Author: Yaming Zhu, Siemens PTI

Thursday, August 8, 2019 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Room 211


Co-moderators: Jim Feltes, Siemens; Sundar Venkataraman

Thursday, August 8, 2019 | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM | Room 306


Title: SIGUARD Disturbance Classification – From WAMS to auto pilot?


Author: Andreas Litzinger, Siemens AG


Ask our Siemens experts about your planning needs

Mr. Canterino’s decade of experience working in utility Planning, Transmission Operations, and Work Management gives him keen insight into how to solve technically challenging power industry problems using practical, real world applications. Mr. Canterino is a registered Professional Engineer who can effectively balance the capabilities of technology with the needs of the client. He can design flexible solutions that are both technically involved, and user friendly. From firsthand experience, he has a direct understanding of customer challenges, and how to translate them into a design for a customer solution.

Mr. Dias has a decade of electric power utility experience with emphasis in Generation, Transmission and Distribution Planning, Real Time Power System Operations, Renewable Energy Integration, California’s Power Market and the Energy Imbalance Market (EIM). He is a NERC certified Power Systems Operator who prior to joining Siemens worked as a Real Time Generation Dispatcher as well as a Real Time Operations Engineer at the California ISO (CAISO) directing and coordinating the economic and reliability operation of the CAISO bulk power electric system. Prior to CAISO, Wayne worked at Southern California Edison (SCE) in the Energy Management Systems (EMS) group as a project engineer driving technical discussions to build/expand/enhance SCE’s grid reliability infrastructure. At SCE, he was also involved in transmission planning. Currently, Mr. Dias is the U.S. Product Line Manager for PSS®SINCAL and is involved with planning and implementation of software solutions for customers across the U.S. Mr. Dias holds a Master of Business Administration degree and a Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from California State University Sacramento.

Mr. Feltes’ 40 years of power system experiences have included most aspects of system planning, operation, analysis, and design of transmission and distribution systems. He is an expert in power systems dynamics, including analysis, modeling, and control, and played a major role in the development of the extended term dynamic simulation module of PSS®E. He has been at the forefront in development of specialized equipment models for dynamic simulation, modeling techniques, and machine model validation. Many of the specialized models he has developed have become part of PSS®E’s dynamic model library. He has worked extensively in tuning of control systems for power system and power plant equipment. Mr. Feltes has published over 60 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings, and been invited to contribute to several IEEE reference publications. He is active in numerous working groups of the IEEE.

Dr. Fan plays a key role in supporting power flow calculation, AC contingency analysis, and PV/QV analysis of PSS®E software. He is also involved in maintaining, developing dynamic modeling features of the PSS®E software platform. Dr. Fan has provided customer technical support to domestic and international PSS®E clients. Dr. Fan received his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering; his research area was in power system reliability analysis, power flow calculation and renewable energy. Dr. Fan has published more than 10 papers in IEEE Transactions and international conference proceedings. Dr. Fan has been invited frequently to serve as a reviewer for the field's top journals and international conferences. He was nominated as the IEEE Transactions on Power Systems Outstanding Reviewer and IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid Best Reviewer in 2015.

Received his Dipl.-Ing. degree from the University of Erlangen in 1982. From 1983 to 1990 he worked as an assistant professor at the Institute for Electrical Power Supply at the same University. In 1990 he received his Dr.-Eng. degree in Electrical Engineering. 1990 he joined Siemens AG, Power Transmission and Distribution, System Planning Department and was responsible for various topics as expert and head of expert department. He is head of protection and control system studies department in Siemens PTI and Principal Expert for power technologies.


In parallel, he started in 2003 as lecturer at the University of Magdeburg. Since 2008 he is honorary Professor for System Protection and Control at the same University and member of the board of trustees.


He is member of IEEE, CIGRE, IEC, VDE and DKE and member of numerous corresponding working groups.


He is author/coauthor of more than 220 national and international technical papers and inventor with numerous patents.

Mr. Merrick has over 4 years of experience in conducting market due diligence of various facilities in the United States. In this process, he has produced and analyzed market and plant forecasts to determine revenue expectations as well as key drivers and risks. In addition, Mr. Merrick has also supported integrated resource planning to help clients determine the ideal portfolios given diverse set of scenarios in the short and long term. Such projects have involved simulating and reporting on the entire U.S. power market over a 20 year study period. His work has been performed throughout the many regions of the U.S. power market, with emphasis on projects located in the Midcontinent ISO, PJM, and the California ISO. More recently, he has led Siemens Energy Business Advisory (formerly Pace Global) National Forecasting Model, including the integration of new features developed by Energy Exemplar into its own models. Mr. Merrick currently works with the Power Market Advisory and Fuel groups to aid and develop power asset reviews, power market assessments including forecasts for power prices, fuel prices, capital costs, capacity markets, and environmental compliance costs.

Dr. Nath has over 45 years of engineering experience in the planning, analysis, design, development, and marketing of power transmission and distribution systems. This experience encompasses many aspects of power system performance, including power flow, transient, dynamic and harmonic analyses, along with advanced technologies such as HVDC, series compensation, variable frequency drive, and renewable generation. He is an expert in modeling and simulation of transient overvoltage phenomena in power systems, using EMTP and PSCAD/EMTDC. He has developed several dynamic models for Siemens PTI’s PSS®E dynamic model library. Dr. Nath has published over four dozen papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings.

Dr. Patil has over 11 years of experience in developing production grade software tools including PSS®E, Python® extension modules and Python applications. He is an expert in various aspects of power system analysis, modeling, and simulation. He has played a major role in the development of the Python extension modules for PSS®E’s short circuit and GIC functions. Many of the Python applications and extension modules he has developed have been extensively used by many utility engineers to optimize and speed up their routine tasks. Dr. Patil has published over 15 papers or articles in various journals, conference proceedings and the Power Technology newsletter. He has also developed and taught numerous Siemens PTI courses to power system engineers.

Dr. Stinskiy has more than 13 years of application engineering experience. In 2010, he joined Siemens in the U.S. where he has developed Distribution Feeder Automation products. He is a coinventor of the Siemens Distribution Feeder Automation System. Dr. Stinskiy graduated in 2006 from Pavlodar State University, Kazakhstan, with diploma in Relay Protection and Automation. He defended his dissertation, “Improvement of Current Protection of Distribution Power Networks” in 2009. Alexandr holds 17 patents in the area of protection devices and algorithms (including two U.S. patents) and has worked as a consultant in the field of power industry, energy savings and energy efficiency. 

Mr. Wiedetz is the head of a national team charged with increasing the portfolio for advanced controls and microgrid control solutions within Siemens Digital Grid U.S. The team works across multiple market segments including Utilities, Higher Ed, Healthcare, C&I and the Federal Government to help solve reliability and resiliency issues as well as cut costs and reduce a client’s carbon footprint. Previously, Mr. Wiedetz headed up a National team for the Building Technologies Division of Siemens that delivered distributed generation and renewable energy solutions to Siemens clients. Mr. Wiedetz has more than 19 years of experience in the Energy Services business working with industrial, commercial, higher-ed, government, city and county organizations, helping them conserve and/or produce energy using alternative fuels.

Dr. Zhou has three decades of experience working in power system engineering, both in industry and in academia. His extensive experience includes power system analysis, transmission planning, grid operations, and software development, as well as research and teaching. He has managed and performed many projects including transmission expansion planning studies, generation and load interconnection studies, system modeling, system reliability assessment, and probabilistic risk assessment. He is also experienced in SCADA/EMS software design and development. Dr. Zhou joined Siemens PTI in 2008 and has been conducting power system studies, power system modeling, and regulatory compliance assessments - developing engineering solutions for the power industry.

Dr. Zhu has over 25 years of experience in power systems with a strong emphasis on transmission planning, particularly power flow, power system dynamics, voltage stability, and optimal power flow. His expertise also includes power system software development, protection system development and coordination, distributed generation, and distribution system research. Dr. Zhu has managed and conducted an extensive range of power system studies including transmission expansion planning, system seasonal reliability assessment, voltage stability analysis, special protection system (SPS) design and implementation, protection system coordination studies, generator interconnection studies, generator retirement studies, transmission service impact studies, and dynamic model verification. Early in his career, Dr. Zhu worked in R&D in protective relaying while with the Nanjing Automation Research Institute (NARI) in China, and he holds two patents for his work there. Dr. Zhu has published 20 technical papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings, on various power system topics.