Northwest Energy Systems Symposium (NWESS) 2024 - Making a Resilient Northwest Grid

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IEEE NWESS 2024 is at the University of Washington, Alder Hall Commons April 3&4.

The format is in person only with Keynote Speaker, presentations and panel discussions. 

The registration fees, $200 IEEE member, $250 Non-IEEE member and $20 students includes lunches and breaks.

More information is on the website NWESS 2024

The theme of the NWESS 2024 conference is “Making a Resilient Northwest Grid”. 

NWESS 2024 is a 2 day symposium that focuses on a wide range of topics and provides information on how to best address some of the most pressing energy issues facing our region.

The symposium is an industry driven conference; the topics are suggested and voted on by the Industry. The symposium is a combination of presentations and discussions.

Key Note Speakers to open the conference 

  • Mike Haynes, Assistant General Manager, Seattle City Light - Waiting for the Green Light

Topics to be presented at NWESS 2024 include:

  • Day Ahead Markets (Compare and Contrasting)
  • How Markets Impact Reliability
  • Energy Storage Development
  • Pacific Northwest Resource Adequacy
  • Virtual Power Plants
  • Maps and DER Hosting Capacity
  • A 25 MW Substation Battery Installation
  • Substation Security Designs
  • Protection & Control of Inverter Dominated Systems
  • Transmission Line Dynamic Line Ratings – Development, Operation & Use

NWESS  is sponsored by the electric energy industry in the Pacific Northwest, the IEEE and the Electrical Energy program at the University of Washington.

University of Washington, Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Bonneville Power Administration

Electric Power Systems Inc

Snohomish County PUD

Puget Sound Energy

Seattle City Light

Peninsula Light

Tacoma Power

  Date and Time




  • Start time: 03 Apr 2024 07:15 AM
  • End time: 04 Apr 2024 04:30 PM
  • All times are (GMT-08:00) US/Pacific
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  • Starts 15 January 2024 06:00 AM
  • Ends 04 April 2024 10:00 AM
  • All times are (GMT-08:00) US/Pacific
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NWESS 2024 Day 1 Speakers and Agenda


Registration: Light Breakfast at 7:15am - Provided



Welcome & Opening Remarks



Keynote, Waiting for the Green Light
Siobhan Doherty, Seattle City Light



Energy Equity & Justice

Ahlmahz Negash, PhD



Break – Refreshments Provided



Understanding the Organized Markets in the West
Dan Williams, The Energy Authority



How Do The Markets Impact Reliability?
Cuong Nguyen, Puget Sound Energy



Box Lunch -Provided



Energy Storage—Development of Electromechanical Storage
Diane Baldwin, Pacific Northwest National Lab



Virtual Power Plant
Franco Albi, Portland General Electric



Break – Refreshments Provided



Overview of 25 MW Battery Storage
Scott Gibson, Alex Chorey, Jessica Spahr, Snohomish PUD



Technical Consideration of 25 MW Battery Storage
Scott Gibson, Alex Chorey, Jessica Spahr, Snohomish PUD



NWESS 2024 Day 2 Speakers and Agenda


Light Breakfast - Provided



Discussion on Importance of Maps
Amy Grice, Peninsula Light Company



Public Power Safety Shutoff & Preparing for Wildfire Conditions
Darin Johnson, International Wildfires Risk Mitigation Consortium



Break - Refreshments Provided



Security (Substation)
Sofia Weir Pierin, Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center
Rob Seifken, Safeguards3



The Future of P&C of Inverter-Dominated Systems
Brad Heilman PE, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.




Grid Modernization Strategy Across PSE
Reid Shibata, Puget Sound Energy



Lunch - Provided



Western Resource Adequacy Program
Ryan Roy - Western Powerpool






Transmission—Development, Operation & Use of Dynamic Ratings
Gage Marek, Bonneville Power Administration



Electrification in Sub-Saharan Africa
June Lukuyu, University of Washington



The NWESS 2024 full program and agenda with speaker biographies and abstacts is available at NWESS 2024 Agenda

Parking: The closest option is the central parking garage, entrance on 15th Ave NE and NE 41st.

Public transportation: Consider using the link light rail to the U-district station

Registration: Non IEEE members $250, IEEE members $200 Active students are $20.

Registration Fee includes light breakfast, break refreshments and lunch.

Registration as a undergraduate student requires an education, *.edu, email address.

Registration fees are set to recover the costs of the event.

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