Future Grid: Emerging T&D Technologies , part of the T&D World POWER UP series,  takes place over two days and is a combination of webinars, podcasts and video shorts. 

As the grid increases in complexity, it can be difficult to stay abreast of new technologies and innovation initiatives. Attendees will gain key insights on emerging transmission and distribution technologies and the future grid from utilities, and collaborations with private industry. 


Katie Jereeza
VP, Corporate Affairs

Obi Linton, Esq.
Maryland Public Service Commission

Tilak Subrahmanian
VP, Energy Efficiency
Eversource Energy

Alex Vukojevic
Senior Manager, Smart Grid & Innovation
Commonwealth Edison


All agenda items will take place in Central Time.

Tuesday, August 24, 2021
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

This podcast will address the future of renewable energy resources in the United States, and will feature Antonio Smyth, Senior Vice President, Transmission Ventures, Strategy & Policy at AEP, who will discuss the opportunities and challenges facing such clean energy sources as wind and solar power. With clean energy projects built and proposed across the country, what are the next short- and long-term steps needed to ensure that renewable resources are integrated into the grid efficiently and reliably?

Antonio Smyth
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

This webinar will highlight how utilities are using data visualization to realize a return on their grid investments, as well as to decrease operating costs, while increasing their ability to make solid and timely decisions. As data becomes more easily accessible for use within utility operations, the responsibility for transforming that information into valuable insights no longer rests solely on the shoulders of the analytics or business intelligence team. Everyone — from those who work in transmission planning to those who work in the distribution operations space — can use data to further enhance their analytical performance. With the vast amount of data being captured, is the ability to properly decipher that information the next grid modernization challenge?

Emmett Storts Sam Ortega
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

The technical viability of dynamic line rating systems has been proven through multiple pilot programs in North America and through complete system integrations in Europe. PPL has taken on the pioneering role of moving beyond the pilot stage and are integrating the first North American DLR system into their own operations and with their regional transmission organization (PJM). Please join Ampacimon and PPL to learn more about how this DLR technology works and what PPL has learned in the process of integrating line ratings into operations.

Joey Alexander Shadab Ali
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

The solution for Today and the Future Grid have one thing in common: location.

The grid we have today will not meet the demands of the 21st century and beyond, and overcoming these many challenges facing utilities seems overwhelming at times. To meet these challenges, organizations need solutions and a way to bring information together to make better business decisions. It's hard to think of a utility process that ignores location. Utilities just work better using a modern GIS and location intelligence. With location intelligence, utilities see a more complete picture of their assets by relating every grid feature to its precise location. ArcGIS models grid elements and influences better investment and operational decision-making. It consumes real-time data from sensors and external sources to heighten awareness of threats. Customers and regulators alike need improved understanding of where grid and community impacts occur. ArcGIS gives users live, colorful visualizations and analytics to measure, monitor and maintain the future grid.

Jessica Gooch Matt Piper
Wednesday, August 25, 2021
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

This podcast will feature a conversation with thought leaders in the energy space on implementing the vision of a rapid, equitable transition to a world powered by renewable energy that benefits all, and takes into account social, economic, and environmental justice concerns. What are the crucial choices that must be made now to ensure a just path towards a zero-carbon grid? What are the best ways to ensure equity and inclusion for all, including under-resourced communities and minority communities, as we transition to, for instance, more electric vehicles, renewables, and energy storage on the electric grid?

Katie Jereeza Obi Linton Tilak Subrahmanian
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Today’s electric utilities employ a significant amount of telecommunications infrastructure among their grid assets. The relationship between these utilities and telecommunication technology continues to grow as intelligent power grids spread across the United States. As utilities adapt to the increased demands of the modern grid, they continue to work on expanding broadband access to previously underserved areas. This session will explore utilities’ role in the telecommunications sector and their work in advancing the future utility business model.

Bobbi Harris Dan Nelson
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

As the grid modernizes with new infrastructure, utilities will invest in more data and measurements than ever before to gain clearer grid visibility. The tools utilities are using today, such as PTs and CTs, are outdated – they simply don’t provide the level of accuracy necessary for utility operators to gain actionable insight and they present an ignition source. But a safer standard is rapidly evolving. Optical sensors that are non-conductive and measure power with light instead of electrons are emerging as a preferred option for grid operators. This latest sensor technology provides highly accurate, revenue grade measurements that offer unprecedented visibility into power quality and harmonic disturbances. Join Micatu CEO and optical sensing pioneer Michael Oshetski to learn how this technology works and why this safer sensing option should be the standard at your utility today.

Amanda Freick Michael Oshetski
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

This webinar will highlight the growth of advanced grid monitoring tools, as well as sensing and measurement technologies, that are required to support faster and more accurate responses as the power grid continues to evolve. How will the increased use of distributed resources and behind-the-meter technologies affect grid reliability and resiliency?

Alex Vukojevic Ahmed Mousa



Virtual events present endless opportunities to reach an expanded audience of utility professionals. With more opportunities for sponsors to participate, this T&D World 2021 event series will allow you to accomplish your goals in unique ways, by meeting your customers where they're at.