"Electric Utilities: A Perspective on 50 Years of Working in the Industry and a Look Ahead to the Next 50"
In the 1960s the distribution grid was mute and autonomous with no communications system, beyond a customer with a telephone. Transmission had some SCADA, but typically the number of points in a substation was counted on two hands with fingers left over. In the past 50 years we have added smart (semi-smart) meters, reclosers, communications, and other sensors in Distribution. We have moved from measuring one phase and assuming the others are the same in transmission. We have gone from 5-10 points in major substations to hundreds, and even thousands. These changes have opened up security issues, data issues, and alarm issues for the utilities and society. Fast forward 50 years and each household may have 50 to 100 SCADA points, dynamic pricing and there may be as many as 200,000,000 generators on the grid. This discussion will highlight some of the issues that drove change, the issues that are driving change, problems we have solved and problems and challenges we will need to solve in the next 50. The crystal ball is not clear, but at least it is only partly cloudy on some of the major issues we need to address with the electrification of everything.
Doug Houseman has a broad background in utilities and energy, having worked for Capgemini in the Energy Practice for more than 15 years, rising to the position of CTO of the 12,000 person practice. During that same time, Capgemini grew from less than $10 Million dollars in energy related revenue to more than $2.4 Billion. He was part of the global leadership team and worked all over the world in a thought leadership and delivery role. He founded the Smart Energy Alliance, Lead the Distribution Roadmap 2025, and developed the smart metering and smart grid practices. Doug joined EnerNex as the Vice President of Technical Innovation, working with clients all over North and South America, Asia, and Australia on issues related to Smart Grid/Metering/Homes and other related issues. He currently works with Burns & Mc Donnell as the lead for Grid Modernization and he continues work with the IEEE PES and GWAC. Projects include work for Entergy on Grid Modernization and Grid 3.0; and Duquesne Light Company on its downtown underground network. He is chair of the IEEE PES iGET CC (Intelligent Grid/Emerging Technology Coordinating Committee). In January 2020, he was named to the ENR top 25 newsmakers in 2019.