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Learn more about energy systems integration at these upcoming events.

May 2016

U.S. Department of Energy Grid Modernization Workshops Midwest Region

May 9 - 10, 2016

  • Minneapolis, MN

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is convening six regional workshops across the country as part of its Grid Modernization Initiative. The Midwest Region workshop will be held at the Humphrey School Conference Center at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN, on May 9 and 10.

The objective of the workshops is to solicit stakeholder input on DOE’s grid-related research and demonstration strategy and the grid-related technical challenges of emerging policy issues confronting the region and the nation as a whole. The workshops will have both technology sessions and regional sessions.

  • Free

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June 2016

NREL Postdoc Networking Day

June 14, 2016, 1:00 - 4:00 MST

  • Golden, CO

RSVP by April 1 for an opportunity to network with NREL's postdoctoral researchers, learn about partnering with NREL, and tour the Energy Systems Integration Facility.

Maps, directions and security requirements

  • Free
  • NREL-sponsored

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July 2016

Security and Resilience of Grid Integration with Distributed Energy Resources: Lessons Learned and Future Outlook

July 13 - 14, 2016

The security and resilience of critical infrastructure has become a high priority topic in the United States after a series of natural disasters and cyber threats from nation states and nefarious organizations over the past few years. Several public and private sector groups are researching this topic from a technology, business process and policy perspective. This workshop is an attempt to bring the key stakeholder groups across the US to come together to discuss:

  1. The status of the current R&D work
  2. The gaps that still exist
  3. Recommend next steps in R&D to fill the gaps.

The workshop will also provide an opportunity for the different R&D working groups in this space to network with each other and explore closer collaboration to maximize the value derived from the funds and the research infrastructure across the nation. The stakeholder groups will include utilities, vendors, integrators, trade associations, standards specification groups, Standards Development Organizations, State, Federal and Local Government Agencies, academia, national and commercial labs and individual subject matter experts.

Some of the specific topics for discussion will include:

  1. Commonalities between securing smart electric, water, fuels, and heating systems
  2. Cybersecurity architecture for SCADA in smart electric, water, fuels, and heating systems
  3. Innovative strategies for enabling convergence of compliance and security/reliability
  4. Role of Software Defined Networking and Wide Area Network Virtualization in improving the security posture of critical infrastructure
  5. Cybersecurity implications for IT/OT Convergence
  6. Cybersecurity challenges with Internet of Things
  7. Evolution of intrusion detection systems for operational technology situational awareness
  8. How to mitigate risks from social engineering and phishing schemes?
  9. Optimal balance between theoretical and empirical research in cybersecurity and resilience
  10. How to accelerate the adoption of cybersecurity and resilience standards from R&D to commercial phase?

One of the key deliverables from the workshop will be a set of recommendations for DoE, NIST, DoD, and NSF to consider for a new round of R&D in cybersecurity and resilience of critical infrastructure to address critical gaps.

The workshop will include a tour of the NREL Energy Systems Integration Facility with a technical deep dive on the newly constructed cybersecurity testbed for critical infrastructure security and resilience R&D. The workshop will have a keynote address followed by panel discussions and breakout sessions for deliberating on specific topics.

Maps, directions and security requirements

  • Free
  • NREL-sponsored

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