IEEE Power and Energy Society

Chicago Chapter 2018-2019

Utility Perspective on High Penetration of DER

Wednesday, May 8, 2019


Aleksi Paaso


About the Topic

As interest in distributed energy resources (DER) is increasing, technologies are needed to integrate these resources so as to provide society the higher levels of sustainability and resilience that DER can support. ComEd has been leading the way in developing, demonstrating and deploying the capabilities to do just that. From releasing a hosting capacity map covering the more than 11,000 square miles of which its service territory consists, to installing the first utility-operated microgrid cluster, the cutting-edge work of its power engineers allow it to set the standard for an advanced electric utility. This talk will describe some of the emerging challenges facing electric utilities, as well as the innovative ways in which they can meet them.

About the Speaker

Dr. Aleksi Paaso, P.E. is Director of Distribution Planning, Smart Grid & Innovation at Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), the electric utility serving Northern Illinois, including city of Chicago. He is responsible for ComEd's distribution planning activities, distributed energy resource interconnection, as well as Smart Grid strategy and project execution. He is a senior member of the IEEE and Technical Co-Chair for the 2020 IEEE PES Transmission & Distribution Conference and Exposition. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Kentucky.

Location       Time  
ComEd Commercial Center - Auditorium   5:30 PM   Social
1919 Swift Drive   6:00 PM   Dinner (optional)
Oak Brook, IL 60523-1850   6:45 PM   Presentation
(near I-290 & I-294 interchange)   8:00 PM   Adjourn


Please make your reservation by noon on Monday 6 May 2019 via the Online Reservation Form.

The cost of the optional family style dinner is $15 for IEEE members, $20 for non-members, payable at the event. Sorry, we are unable to process credit cards. Checks payable to "IEEE-PES Chicago Chapter" and cash are accepted, and receipts will be provided.

Security Procedure

You must present a government issued photo ID to the ComEd Commercial Center guard when you arrive. Please allow a few minutes for the guard to create a custom badge with your photo. ComEd employees and ComEd contractors may use their ComEd ID badges to enter the building.

Continuing Education

IEEE technical meetings may be acceptable as continuing education where required for maintenance of professional engineering licensure. Refer to the individual state's requirements for details. A receipt for one Professional Development Hour (PDH) will be provided.

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