6    :      Practical experience in designing Wide Area Monitoring and Control Systems in Great Britain

                          Prof. Vladimir Terzija, 

                             School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Manchester.


S. S. (Mani) Venkata is President of Venkata Consulting Solutions Inc. He was with GE Power/Alstom Grid Inc. from January 2011 to September 2017 as Principal Enterprise Architect. He continues his affiliation with the University of Washington (UW), Seattle, Washington where he has taught since 1979. He was Vice President with KEMA Inc. for six years during 2005-2010. He was the Dean and Distinguished Professor of Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering at Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York during 2004-2005. In 2003, he was the Palmer Chair Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Iowa State University (ISU), Ames, Iowa. From 1996 to 2002, he was Professor and Chairman of the Department at ISU. Before joining ISU, he taught at the University of Washington, Seattle, West Virginia University, and the University of Massachusetts, Lowell for 25 years. He received his B.S.E.E and M.S.E.E. degrees from India, and his Ph.D. degree from the University of South Carolina, Columbia in 1971.
Prof. Venkata has conducted research, design and development work for more than 35 utilities and power related industries for the past 48 years. Venkata has published and/or presented over 375 publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings, and is a co-author of the book Introduction to Electric Energy Systems, Prentice-Hall Publications, 1987. He is a registered professional engineer in the states of Washington and West Virginia.
Dr. Venkata is a Life Fellow of the IEEE. At the IEEE level, he is a member of the IEEE Fellows Committee since 2010. He represented the PES as the TAB Periodicals Committee member for four years during 2004-07. He also served as the Seattle Section Chair, and the Student Branch Advisor. At the PES level, he is currently serving as the Chair of the PES Smart Grid R&D Committee. He served as a member of the Long Range Planning Committee and as Vice Chairman of the Technical Council during from 2011 until recently. He was a member of the PES Executive Committee and Governing Board for four years, as the Vice-President of Publications, member of the Finance Committee, and Technical Activities Advisory Board during 2004-2007. His past activities include serving as the Regional 6 Representative and the Seattle Chapter Chair. He was Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Secretary of the Power Engineering Education Committee during 2000 – 2006. He also chaired several subcommittees, working groups and task forces in the T&D Committee and Power Systems Relaying Committee, in which he still serves as an active member. He was also the Vice- Chair of the 1992 Summer Power Meeting at Seattle, WA.
Prof. Venkata was a member of ECEDHA during 1996 to 2002. He continued his participation with it via NSF sponsored workshops. He served the Engineering Deans’ council during 2004 – 2005. He has a long standing association with NSF during his entire professional life. In March 2016 he received the ECEDHA Robert M. Janowiak Outstanding Leadership and Service Award. He also received the IEEE PES Douglas M. Staszesky Distribution Automation Award in 2015. In 2000, he received the Third Millennium Award from the IEEE. In 1996, he received the Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award from the IEEE Power Engineering Society.
In his spare time, he enjoys doing volunteer service. He also loves to travel.


Distribution Automation became a reality in the early 1980s with the evolution of distribution control centers. The concept of microgrids and their automation followed suit and became a reality in the last decade. These dramatic changes occurred due to the integration of renewable energy sources, energy storage, and other related technologies. Source and load control at the distribution level are key requirements of the evolving system. These activities require distribution automation strategies that take advantage of available technologies, while promoting newer technologies. It is necessary to create a roadmap for holistic distribution automation strategies in a smarter grid. Sustainable and resilient grid development is a paradigm shift requiring a new line of thinking in the engineering, operation and maintenance of the power system. Distributed control architectures based on dynamic load and source data should be explored as a possible solution.
In this tutorial presentation, the first part will examine the tremendous progress made in smart grid automation due to innovative technologies, power and power electronic devices, sensors, faster communication systems, and computational paradigms. The presentation will then gravitate to the recent advances in microgrid automation. The emphasis is on all aspects: sensing, control, protection, switching to assure higher reliability, resilience, safety and reduced cost. Several on-going projects and their progress will also be explored. The goal of this presentation is to open the dialog with the audience for active interaction of Innovative ideas.


Sukumar Mishra (M’97-SM’04) is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. His interest lies in the field of Power Systems, Power Quality Studies, and Renewable Energy. He has published over 100 research articles (including papers in international journals, conferences and book chapters). He is currently holding the position of Vice Chair of Intelligent System Subcommittee of Power and Energy society of IEEE. He is a recipient of the INSA medal for young scientist, the INAE young engineer award, and the INAE silver jubilee young engineer award. He is also a Fellow of IET (UK), NASI (India), INAE (India), IE (India) and IETE (India). He is actively involved in academic and industrial collaboration for research and development.
He is working as the NTPC Chair professor and has previously worked as the Power Grid Chair professor. He is also serving as an Independent Director of the Cross Border Power Transmission Company Ltd. and Industry Academic Distinguish Professor. He has handled many research projects and industrial consultancies. He has a vast experience of 25 years and is currently serving as an Editor in IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON SMART GRID and Associate Editor in IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution.


This tutorial will focus on the operation and control of power systems in presence of renewable energy sources (RES). With the enhanced controllability of RES being used in microgrid and distribution networks, several tasks can be accomplished over and over the conventional constant active and reactive power (P-Q) dispatch. While the RES are mostly inertia-less sources, modifications in the control loop can be made for obtaining virtual inertia. Besides, services such as voltage and frequency regulation, short term frequency and voltage response, and power quality improvements at a distribution level can also be evoked from the solar PV based inverter. On the other hand, RES are intermittent and uncertain in nature and can be addressed by V2G technology that is emerging in power markets. The tutorial will also discuss the issue i.e., voltage rise problem that arises due to photo voltaic located towards the end of a residential feeder.

           7    :      Smart Inverters for PV Solar Systems

                         Prof. Rajiv K. Varma,
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, The University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada.



A. M. Gole is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. Since 1992, he is also the NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Power Systems Simulation. He received the B.Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (Bombay), and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Manitoba (Winnipeg, Canada), all in Electrical Engineering. He is an internationally recognized expert in the field of power systems simulation. Gole’s research interests include the utility applications of power electronics and power systems transient simulation. As an original member of the design team, he has made important contributions to the PSCAD/EMTDC simulation program. Gole is active on several working groups of CIGRE and IEEE and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Manitoba.
In 2007, the IEEE Power Engineering Society awarded Gole the prestigious Nari Hingorani FACTS Award "..for Contributions to the Education in the Field of Power Systems and Embedded Power Electronics Apparatus Simulation". He was elected a Fellow of IEEE in 2010 "for contributions to the modeling of power electronics apparatus."


Dr. Om Nayak is the Managing Director of Nayak Power Systems here in India and President of Nayak Corporation in the United States. He has extensive hands-on experience with RTDS and PSCAD as a developer, user and promoter. He is very passionate about these tools for the benefit they bring in understanding complex power system phenomena, and in particular for students of power systems.
Dr. Nayak obtained his Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from Mysore University and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from University of Manitoba, Canada, specializing in power systems. His previous industry experience includes his work at Bosch in Bangalore, Siemens in Chennai and Manitoba HVDC Research Centre in Winnipeg, Canada. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Manitoba, Canada and a Senior Member of the IEEE and supporter of IEEE Scholarship Plus initiative.


1. Introduction to Reactive Power andDynamic Compensation using FACTS Technology
a. What is Real and Reactive Power?
b. Impact of Reactive Power in the Ac Network
c. Passive and Active Devices for Reactive Compensation
d. An Introduction to FACTS Topologies (SVC, TCSC, STATCOM, SSSC, UPFC, IPFC, etc.)

2. Thyristor based FACTS devices
a. Static Var Compensator (SVC), TCR, TSC
• Operation and Design Considerations
• Control
• Applications
b. Hands-on tutorial (on 3 phase SVC controls and load voltage regulation)

3. Voltage Sourced Converter Basics
a. VSCTopologies,Multi-pulseandMulti-level
b. Pulse Width Modulation
c. Selective Harmonic Elimination
d. Current-reference PWM
e. MMC (Modular Multilevel Converter)
f. VSC Topologies (multi-level, multi-pulse, etc.)
g. Application Areas (voltage control, active filtering etc.)
h. Hands-on Tutorial (STATCOM for voltage Control)

4. Live Demonstrations
a. PSCAD Demonstration: STATCOM for arc-furnace flicker compensation and load balancing
b. RTDS HIL Demonstration: Realtime Hardware in the Loop (HIL) simulation using STATCOM converter running on NovaCor in real-time and its controls running on Texas Instrument C2000 Microcontroller

5. Vision of Future Developments


Dr. P.K. Sen, PE, Fellow IEEE has decades of combined teaching, administrative, research, and consulting engineering experience. Prior to joining Colorado School of Mines in 2000, Dr. Sen taught for 21 years at the University of Colorado. He has published over 200 technical papers on a variety of subjects related to Power Systems, Protection / and Relaying, Electric Machines, Renewable Energy and Energy Policy, Power Quality, Engineering Education and Arc Flash and Safety. Dr. Sen has supervised and mentored over 200 graduate students (including non-traditional students, and practicing engineers from the Utility Industries, REA’s, Consulting Engineers, and others). He is an IEEE Fellow and a Registered Professional Engineer (Electrical) in the State of Colorado. His current research interests include application problems in power systems engineering, renewable energy applications and distributed generation, and engineering education.


Electricity (or Electric Energy) is the heart and soul of our modern civilization and is one of the most essential commodities on this planet for the progress of humanity. Roughly 40% of the total primary energy used in world is in the form of electricity. As the world’s economy progresses and income rises, growing population demand more energy. Today there are over 7.6 billion people in the world. It is expected to reach around 10.0 billion by the year 2050. By many estimates, roughly 1.1 billion (around 15%) of the world population in 2017 do not have any access to electricity. More population means more demand for energy and electricity.
This presentation takes a holistic look at the energy sustainability for the planet earth with special emphasis on the production and usage of electricity It is designed to open-up a meaningful conversation between the various stakeholders about energy sustainability Special attention will be given to Wind Farms and Large Scale PV power: Challenges and Opportunities.


Vahid Madani, Ph.D., Fellow IEEE – is a technology leader responsible for grid modernization, wide-area situational awareness, and deployment of emerging technology including Synchrophasor Systems and Geomagnetic disturbance resiliency at Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E), headquartered in San Francisco, California, USA. His experience spans across System Planning, Operation, Protection and Control Standardization, and Compliance at T&D level.
Dr. Madani has various technical advisory and leadership roles in North America and internationally. He has held many technical and leadership positions within the WECC Regional Reliability, The US DOE / North American Synchrophasor Initiative (NASPI), CIGRE, IEEE, and serves as the Chair of the IEEE Awards.
Dr. Madani is an IEEE Fellow, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, an adjunct faculty at Mississippi State University, and a registered Electrical Engineer in California, and holds US and International patents.


Modern society has reached a point where virtually every crucial economic and social function depends on the secure, reliable operation of the power and energy infrastructures. The energy industry worldwide is experiencing significant changes caused by rapid technology transformation, security, environmental concerns and climate changes, evolving consumer needs and associated interrelations. The initiatives we undertake today affect the way in which the grid is operated and maintained in the future. Sustainability roadmaps and efforts, to improve the performance of electric utility systems and address the energy needs of society, offer many lessons learned and winning strategies.
This Tutorial will explore business models and supply chain realities in the scope of power system technology transformation, lessons learned from deployment of advanced technologies, strategies and operational aspects of managing grid system and equipment assets to build a more resilient and efficient grid to strengthen our systems organically and digitally. At the transmission level, wide-area measurement is increasingly becoming the next generation SCADA. There is a growing need for use of technologies to minimize potential for cascading outages, and the emergence of production type tools that can better manage grid stability, especially in light of the increased penetration of renewables worldwide.
Core content focuses on Key Success Factors for Modernizing the Electrical Grid to provide reliable, secure, safe, and cost-effective delivery of electrical energy. In-depth featured topics dive into energy trends and industry sustainability, grid resiliency and modernization efforts and the required performance levels. Use of Advanced Test Facilities will showcase endeavors and findings and highlights the importance of industry Standards. Practical experiences with cyber security and vulnerability assessment testing, available solutions, findings in test and production environments, and roadmaps for coordinated plans across multiple lines of business, Regulatory Standards for addressing Digital Threat will be reviewed. Experiences and methods for testing, and benefits for stronger partnering with manufactures, in support of life cycle deployment, will be covered.


Josep Pou received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC). He graduated first in the Bachelor graduating class, received the Master Degree with honours, and was awarded the outstanding Ph.D. Thesis Award at UPC.
In 1990, he joined the faculty of UPC as an Assistant Professor, where he became an Associate Professor in 1993. From 2003 to 2007, he was Director of the Power Quality and Renewable Energy (QuPER) group, and from 2007 to 2013 he was Director of the Terrassa Industrial Electronics Group (TIEG), both research groups at UPC. From February 2013 to August 2016, he was a Full Professor with the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia. In UNSW, he was technical research stream leader for the Solar Flagships Program Research Agenda, the result of AU$19-million investment from the Commonwealth Government of Australia in world class laboratories developed to study solar power conversion and its impact on the grid. He is currently an Associate Professor with the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, where he is Program Director of Power Electronics at the Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and co-Director of the Electrical Power Systems Integration Lab @ NTU (EPSIL@N), the electrical Rolls-Royce lab on NTU campus.
He spent two sabbatical years (2001 and 2005) as a Visiting Professor at the Center for Power Electronics Systems, Virginia Tech, USA, and one year (2012) at the Australian Energy Research Institute (AERI), UNSW, Sydney. He has authored over 230 published technical papers, is a co- inventor of 7 patents, and has been involved in several industrial projects and educational programs in the fields of power electronics and systems. He has authored one chapter of the book “Control Circuits in Power Electronics: Practical Issues in Design and Implementation,” (Ed. IET). He has received 6 scholarship and fellowship awards, including the prestigious Endeavour Research Fellowship Award, sponsored by the Australian Government.
He is IEEE Fellow, and Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics and the IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics.


The modular multilevel converter (MMC) is an advanced converter topology that is changing the scenario of high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission systems. The MMC was first proposed in 2003 by Marquardt, and since then it has been an important focus of research for industry and universities. A three-phase MMC is integrated by six arms (two per phase-leg), each of them involving many cascaded submodules. The MMC offers an expandable and redundant configuration capable of generating a large number of voltage levels operating with high efficiency and reduced switching losses. This tutorial will introduce the operation principles of the MMC and some recent research advances, including modulation techniques, capacitor voltage balancing and control techniques for the circulating currents.


Professor Vladimir Terzija is the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council Chair Professor in Power System Engineering with the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Manchester, Manchester, U.K., where he has been since 2006. He was born in Donji Baraci (former Yugoslavia). He received the Dipl-Ing., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia, in 1988, 1993, and 1997, respectively. From 1997 to 1999, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia. From 2000 to 2006, he was a senior specialist for switchgear and distribution automation with ABB AG Inc., Ratingen, Germany. His current research interests include smart grid application of intelligent methods to power system monitoring, control, and protection; wide-area monitoring, protection, and control; data analytics and big data management and processing, switchgear and fast transient processes; and digital signal processing applications in power systems. Prof. Terzija is currently leading a number of large scale projects funded by the UK Government, UK and international industry and European Union. The total value of these projects is more than £30m. In his research team he has currently 10 PhD students and 5 Postdoctoral Research Associates. He is currently convenor of the Cigré Working Group B5.57 “New challenges for frequency protection” and a contributing member of several IEEE working groups. Prof Terzija has published over 300 peer-reviewed papers in international journals and in proceedings of international conferences. He held visiting professorship at the Shandong University (Jinan, China), University of Malaya (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) and University of Belgrade (Belgrade, Serbia). He also servs as a consultant to a number of industry and government agencies including National Grid, UK, Scottish Power, UK, Electricity North West, UK, EPSRC and many others.
He is Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Electrical Power and Energy Systems.
Prof. Terzija is IEEE Fellow, Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, as well as a DAAD and Taishan Scholar.


The focus ot the Tutorial will be practical experience in designing Wide Area Monitoring and Control Systems in Great Britain (GB). Firstly, VISOR project, led by Scottish power will be described. The project addresses issues of basic off-line and real-time Wide Area Monitoring Systems (WAMS) - model validation, hybrid state estimation, angle monitoring and sub-synchronous resonance. It also gives experience in creating the actual GB-WAMS. Secondly, EFCC project, led by National Grid will be described. This project is focused on creating the very first Wide Area Control System in GB, the system for Smart Frequency Control and the system capable of controlling system frequency of future variable and reduced inertia systems.
The Tutorial will also provide all necesssary basics needed to understand practical apsects in designing Wide Area Monitoring and Control Systems in Great Britain.


Dr. Rajiv Varma is currently a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at The University of Western Ontario (UWO), London, Ontario, Canada. He is also the previous Hydro One Research Chair in Power Systems Engineering. Before joining UWO in 2002, he was a Faculty Member at Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK), India, for 11 years.
Dr. Varma has developed a new technology for "Nighttime Utilization of PV Solar Farms as STATCOM (PV-STATCOM)" for which six patents have been issued in US, Canada and China, and several other patents are pending in above countries, Europe and India. For this research, he received the Prize Paper Award from IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) in 2012 and the First Place Poster Award in 7 th International IRED Conference in 2016.
Dr. Varma has been the team-lead for the IEEE Tutorial on “Smart Inverters for Distributed Generators” in IEEE PES Conferences in 2016 and 2017. He also co-delivered several Tutorials on "Static Var Compensator (SVC)" conducted by the IEEE Substations Committee. He is a Senior Member of IEEE. He is the Vice-Chair of the IEEE PES “HVDC and FACTS Subcommittee”, and the Chair of IEEE Working Group on "HVDC and FACTS Bibliography". He is also a Member of the IEEE P1547 Revision Working Group and Standard Technical Panel UL 1741.
Dr. Varma has received thirteen teaching excellence awards at the University and Faculty levels at UWO. He is the principal co-author of the book "Thyristor-Based FACTS Controllers for Electrical Transmission Systems" published by IEEE Press and John Wiley & Sons in 2002. Dr. Varma obtained B.Tech. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from IIT Kanpur, India, in 1980 and 1988, respectively.


PV solar systems are being deployed across the world at a very rapid rate. However, high penetration of PV solar systems presents several challenges such as reverse power flow, voltage rise, temporary overvoltages, frequency variations, etc. Smart inverter is an emerging technology which helps obviate several of the above challenges. While conventional solar inverters generate only real power, smart PV inverters provide both reactive and real power modulation in addition to real power generation. This Tutorial will describe the grid integration challenges of PV solar systems. It will further present the concepts of smart inverters and different smart inverter functions such as volt-var, volt-watt, Low/High Voltage Ride Through, Low/High Frequency Ride Through, Dynamic Reactive Current Injection, ramp rate, etc. The different grid support benefits provided by smart inverters will be presented. Novel smart inverter technologies will be described together with issues of control coordination of smart inverters.

          9    :      Energy, Electricity, Sustainability and Renewable Resources

                        Prof. Pankaj K (PK) Sen, 

                         Professor, Electrical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, CO, USA.

               1   :  Distributed Volt/Var control in medium voltage networks

                        Prof. Alberto Borghetti, 

                        Department of Electrical, Electronic, and Information Engineering "Guglielmo Marconi", University of Bologna, Italy.


Alberto Borghetti was born in Cesena, Italy, in 1967. He graduated (with honors) in electrical engineering from the University of Bologna, Italy, in 1992. Since then, he has been working with the power system group of the same University, where he was appointed Researcher in 1994 and Associate Professor in 2004. His research and teaching activities are in the areas of power system analysis, with particular reference to voltage collapse, power system restoration after black-out, electromagnetic transients, optimal generation scheduling and distribution system operation. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (class 2015) for contributions to modeling of power distribution systems under transient conditions. In 2016, he has received the ICLP (International Conference on Lightning Protection) Scientific Committee Award. From 2010 to 2016 he has served as an Editor of IEEE Trans. on Smart Grid and he is on the editorial board of Electric Power System Research.


The increasing availability of distributed generation (DG) in medium voltage feeders justifies the investigation of approaches that improve the utilization of these resources for the Volt/Var control. When DG production is mostly from renewable energy resources, the operation of these networks may represent a difficult task due the following causes: the point of connection of DG in an MV feeder may be at some distance from the buses of significant consumption and the production from nondispatchable DG is in general not synchronized with the demand. Without the implementation of an adequate control of DG outputs, these two causes may severely reduce the expected DG benefits, such as the reduction of peak loads, of power loss and congestions, the avoidance of network overcapacity, and the deferral of network reinforcements. This tutorial addresses the role of the increased use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in the integration of DERs, and to this aim we describe the example of a multiagent system (MAS) approach for the Volt-VAR control (VVC) tested using an ICT-power cosimulation platform specifically developed for the purpose.

            5    :     Modular multilevel converter for HVDC transmission

                          Prof. Josep Pou, 

                          School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY (NTU).

              3   :    FACTS Devices and Applications

                         Prof. Aniruddha Gole, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Manitoba, Canada.

                                Dr. Om Nayak, President, Nayak Corporation, United States.

          8    :      Power System Operation and Control in the presence of Solar PV based sources

                        Prof. Sukumar Mishra, 

                         Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.

             4   :    Recent Advances in Smart Grid and Microgrid Automation

                         Dr. S. S. (Mani) Venkata, 

                         Affiliate Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

7th International Conference on Power Systems, 2017 | December 21-23rd, Pune, India

All tutorials are scheduled on 21st December 2017.

              2   :    Advanced Power Systems Reliability and Resiliency

                         Prof. Vahid Madani, 

                         Technology Leader, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E), USA.

ICPS 2017 |"pathways for grids of The future"