IEEE Power and Energy Society

Chicago Chapter 2018-2019

Ameren Microgrid: The utility-scale microgrid that seamlessly islands rate-paying customers

Wednesday, September 12, 2018


Paul Pabst

S&C Electric

About the Topic

The Ameren Microgrid in Champaign, Illinois is a 1MW, utility-scale microgrid that integrates four Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) and powers approximately 200 rate-paying customers. Using a distributed microgrid controller platform, the system can seamlessly transfer from grid connected mode to islanded operation using energy storage or natural gas generation. The protection system utilizes adaptive relaying and IEC 61850 GOOSE messaging for advanced protection. Operational since 2016 and awarded PEER v2 Gold certification in 2018, this presentation investigates the technical details of the design, testing, commissioning, operations, and future of the microgrid.

About the Speaker

Paul Pabst, P.E., is an Assistant Manager of Engineering Services in the Power Systems Solutions group of S&C Electric Company with 11 years of experience in the electric power industry. He has been the technical lead on multiple 1MW microgrid systems with generation sources that include lithium ion energy storage, PV solar, wind, natural gas, diesel, and propane. These microgrid systems utilize advanced protective relaying and control schemes. Other responsibilities include technical lead of protection & control (P&C) systems, SCADA integration design, control enclosure design, field start-up and commissioning of green field and brown field substations, and design and full-scale testing of distribution automation systems. Paul is a licensed Professional Engineer in multiple states and is a Senior Member of the IEEE.

Location       Time  
ComEd Commercial Center - Auditorium   5:30 PM   Social
1919 Swift Drive (park behind building)   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 10 Sep 2018 via the Online Reservation Form.

*** Free food! ***

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