Keynote Speaker:
Damir Novosel
President, Quanta Technology LLC
Sustainable Energy Trends, Opportunities and Challenges

Sense of urgency has been brought to energy issues around the world, including addressing the power grid infrastructure and environmental concerns. Reliable and efficient electrical grid operation is critical to society. Electrical utility industry is making the transition to new infrastructure with benefits of improving the performance of electric utility systems and addressing the energy needs of society, such as improved efficiency and utilization, renewable energy integration, demand response, power quality and reduced maintenance cost. This approach requires system and equipment reinforcement, improved integrated system planning and operation, and increased automation. The global topic of development and deployment of a “smarter” electricity grid has been at the forefront of industry initiatives and investments around the world for a few years.

Recent microgrid deployments and increased penetration of electrical vehicles also have an important impact on the grid. Microgrid is an integrated power delivery system consisting of interconnected loads and DERs addressing specific applications and needs. Furthermore, electrical grids are in need of upgrading as assets are aging. This is followed by operating cost increase and decrease in reliability. There are limited resources for wholesale replacements. Sound asset management strategy for controlling the symptoms of aging within the utility’s overall business plan is necessary to address aging. Grid complexity has resulted in increases number and size of system blackouts, while weather related events have significantly disrupted electrical power delivery. There is a need to improve system situational awareness and harden the grid. All of the above affects grid reliability and needs to be addressed in a holistic fashion.

Advanced wide area monitoring protection and control (WAMPAC) technologies enable implementation of “smarter” electrical grids to realize the needs of the electricity users for sustainable energy delivery and enhanced power system performance. WAMPAC technology enablers, such as system integrity protection systems (SIPS) and synchronized measurements, provide solutions to improve system reliability. However, system solutions need to be introduced and deployed carefully to ensure good value to the user, effective deployment of technology, and reduced risk of stranded assets. This presentation addresses methodologies and key success factors for successful deployment of production-grade systems designed to improve reliability, including solutions for managing voltage stability phenomena.


Damir Novosel (SM 1994, F 2003) is president of Quanta Technology, a subsidiary of Quanta Services, a Fortune 500 company. Previously, he was vice president of ABB Automation Products and president of KEMA T&D US.

Dr. Novosel is IEEE PES President Elect. He served as chair of the PES Technical Council, vice president of technology, and a member of the PES Governing Board from 2010 to 2012. Damir is also member of the CIGRE US National Committee Governing Board.

Damir holds 16 US and international patents and published over 100 articles in Transactions, Journals and Proceedings, receiving PES 2011 and 2013 Prize Paper Awards. He has led or participated in numerous IEEE standards, publications and other initiatives, such as keynotes and panels.

Damir has been continuing contributor to education, including an adjunct professorship of Electrical Engineering at North Carolina State University, sponsorship of college scholarship programs, and support to industry courses and tutorials.

He holds PhD, MSc, and BS degrees in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University, where he was a Fulbright scholar, the University of Zagreb, Croatia, and University of Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina.