University of Texas at Austin

Schedule

Schedule

Schedule

McCombs School of Business McCombs School of Business

AEC Conference Details

The conference will be held at the AT&T Conference Center and Hotel in Austin, Texas. If you need an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Brooks Hanna no later than five business days prior to the event. Check out the event details below; a comprehensive list of keynote speakers, presentations, and conference sponsors is coming soon.
Thursday, April 12 >

Thursday, April 12

8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Outside of Classroom 105 Registration and Breakfast

9:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m.  Classroom 105

Introduction and Conference Overview
David Spence, University of Texas at Austin
9:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Classroom 105
*Coffee Break from 10:45 a.m -11:00 a.m outside of classroom 105

Panel 1 Discussion:  Information-Technology Web

12:15 p.m.-1:45 p.m. Classroom 103

Lunch with Keynote Speaker
1:45 p.m.-4:15 p.m. Classroom 105
*Coffee Break from 2:45 p.m - 3:00 p.m outside of classroom 105

Panel 2 Discussion: Forecasting and Operations

4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Amphitheater Patio 

Reception

Friday, April 13

8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Outside of Classroom 105 Breakfast 
9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Classroom 105
*Coffee Break from 10:00 a.m - 10:15 am. outside of classroom 105

Panel 3 Discussion: Advanced Analytics
Moderator:

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Classroom 103 Lunch with Keynote Speaker
1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Classroom 105
*Coffee Break from 2:00 p.m - 2:15 p.m outside of classroom 105

Panel 4 Discussion: Cybersecurity of the Grid
Moderator: 

3:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Classroom 105 Wrap Up

Panels

PANEL 1: Information-Technology Web: The ongoing electricity-information transformation involves a web of technologies all along the electricity value chain, such as advanced sensing technologies in transmission and distribution (T&D), advanced supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems for transmission and, increasingly, distribution, wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) based generation, smart meters, plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs), and so on.  These disparate technologies are often lumped together as the “smart grid.” What important data are needed for enabling these smart grid technologies (e.g., weather forecasts for wind and solar resources) and generated by these technologies (e.g., metrics on the condition of physical infrastructure)? What demands do these shifts in what data are needed and generated make on the analytical and decision-making apparatus of the electricity industry? Where are the biggest gaps in existing practices in addressing the emerging data and analytical needs?
Moderator: David Spence

PANEL 2: Forecasting and Operations: In the 2000s, integrating just a few percentage points of renewable generation in the mix was considered challenging, but now most ISOs have a significant portion of the mix coming from renewable generation (e.g., 54% peak instantaneous penetration in SPP on 19 March 2017 and 50% peak instantaneous penetration in ERCOT on 23 March 2017 and 15% for the energy produced in 2016 in ERCOT). What has enabled grid operations to respond and adapt to these unprecedented levels of renewable generation? How much of this change has been reliant on infrastructure investments, changes in market rules, or real-time data? How has the operational experience varied for the different ISOs, for example in terms of forecasting resources and defining, procuring, and deploying ancillary services? What are the most pressing challenges faced by ISOs in terms of data and analytics?
Moderator: Ross Baldick

PANEL 3: Advanced Analystics:  Application of machine learning and predictive modeling techniques to electricity data offer promising avenues for unlocking performance improvements in the electricity industry. How have utilities and third-party service companies used data and analytics to offer new or improved services, such as forecasting on the supply and demand sides, demand management/response, customer targeting/segmentation, infrastructure investments? What are the most promising algorithmic developments underlying analytical innovations in decision-making? What are the most important regulatory and policy instruments in this space? What are the main challenges to fully realizing the benefits of advanced analytics? 
Moderator: Varun Rai

PANEL 4: Cybersecurity: Increasing digitization of electricity operations has also heightened concerns about cybersecurity threats to the grid. What are the plausible threat scenarios, how likely are those scenarios, and how serious are the potential repercussions? What do we know from past cyberattacks both within and outside of the electricity sector? What were the objectives, modus operandi, impacts, actors, post-event actions/changes, and lessons learned from past cyberattacks on the grid? What are the biggest unknowns? What laws and policies do we have in place to prevent or mitigate cybersecurity threats? Where are the biggest policy and legal gaps? What technological, operational, and policy changes are essential to making the grid more cybersecure and what are the key barriers to adopting and implementing them?
Moderator: David Adelman

Conference Organizers

David Adelman
UT School of Law
dadelman@law.utexas.edu

Ross Baldick
Cockrell School of Engineering
baldick@mail.utexas.edu

Varun Rai
Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs & Cockrell School of Engineering
raivarun@gmail.com

David Spence
Red McCombs School of Business and UT School of Law
David.Spence@McCombs.utexas.edu

Melinda Taylor
UT School of Law
mtaylor@law.utexas.edu

Logistics

Brooks Hanna
Energy@McCombs
512-232-6775
austinelectricityconference@gmail.com

Isabel Comeau
Energy@McCombs
512.232.7077
austinelectricityconference@gmail.com



Accommodations

Stay at the AT&T Conference Center

AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center
1900 University Avenue, Austin, TX 78705
Website: https://www.meetattexas.com/
Phone: (512) 404-1900
Cut off date to reserve a room: Friday, March 30, 2018

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