The Energy Transition: Gearing Up for the Smarter Grid – Part 2

Adaptable, Secure and Resilient Grids: What Do AI and Automation Offer?

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Traditionally, utilities have worked with long planning horizons to build out “hard” infrastructure. Today, planning has gotten a lot more complicated. It’s not clear where demand will be and what reliable resources will be available. From an operations perspective, the distribution grid is subject to more localized and unpredictable conditions, requiring rapid response to maintain reliability.

Cutting edge utilities are including “soft” technologies in their modernization plans. AI supports data-driven scenario analysis for long term planning.  AI, in combination with automation, enables grid operations to be adaptable and responsive.

What you will learn:

  • How have the requirements to maintain resiliency changed?
  • What are the most promising new applications of AI and automation?
  • What is the practical experience of utilities deploying these technologies?

There will be opportunities for audience interaction during the webinar.

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Ankush Agarwal

Director of T&D Analytics
Exelon Corporation

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Ankush Agarwal is the Director of Advanced Analytics at Exelon Utilities where he is responsible for collaborating with business leaders and experts across the Exelon family of six utility companies to develop and deliver a robust Grid Transmission and Distribution analytics capability and program. Ankush is passionate about enabling awareness and adoption of analytics across organizations to help accelerate development of an analytics-driven culture and co-founded Exelon Utilities’ premiere Analytics Academy program. He’s spent 10 years at Exelon in various Analytics leadership roles and was previously responsible for shaping the strategy and execution of Exelon’s Audit & Controls’ data analytics and IT Audit function.

Ankush leads Utility Analytic Institute’s Safety Analytics Community initiative, serves on Association of Edison Illuminating Companies’ (AEIC) Analytics Council, GridForward’s Advisory Council, and previously co-chaired the joint Data Analytics Committee for Edison Electric Institute and American Gas Association (EEI-AGA). He has two young daughters and is passionate about increasing engagement of girls in STEM programs and technology careers.


Michael Schwan

Head of Siemens Power Technologies International
Power system consulting expert


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Michael is an expert in power system planning and analysis with more than 20 years of experience. Today, he is the head of the Siemens Power Technologies International (PTI), managing the world-wide business on power system advisory and consulting with more than 1,000 projects every year, executed by a dedicated team of more than 150 specialists and consultants.

Before joining Siemens PTI in 2005 as Senior Consultant, he was with the Research Association for Electrical Equipment and Power Economics (FGH e.V.) as department director for system studies. He completed his doctoral degree in power engineering at Saarland University in 2003, where he was working as a research associate from 1998 following his diploma certification.


Ratanak Heng

Sr. Manager of T&D Analytics
Exelon Corporation

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Ratanak Heng currently serves as the Senior Manager of Advanced Analytics for Exelon Utilities (EU). Ratanak leads the Grid Analytics organization at Exelon Utilities to drive sustained value by improving reliability and customer satisfaction, decreasing operational cost, and capturing new revenue opportunities. In his role, Ratanak collaborates with business leaders and experts across the Exelon family of utility companies to further develop EU’s analytics strategy, lead innovative projects and grow EU’s grid analytics portfolio. Ratanak has over twelve years of utility experience in operations, planning, and engineering & standards with Baltimore Gas & Electric, a subsidiary of Exelon. Ratanak earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a master’s degree in Business Administration from University of Maryland, College Park.



Jill Feblowitz

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Jill Feblowitz is an internationally recognized expert in the energy industry. With over 30 years of experience as an electrician, analyst and consultant, Jill has provided policy, business strategy and technical advice to energy providers, energy end users and government entities.  She understands the impacts of game-changers (renewables, distributed energy resources, EVs, smart buildings and green hydrogen) on how energy is generated and delivered in a safe, secure, efficient and sustainable way.  Energy companies will emerge as industry leaders if they take advantage of rapid advances in information and operational technology such as IoT, analytics, Big Data, automation, and edge computing.

In her career, Feblowitz has lead teams of engineers, programmers, economists, analysts, and researchers to deliver services and consulting projects to the energy industry.  Ms. Feblowitz is a widely published writer and frequent speaker at industry conferences.  She holds a S.B from MIT and an electrician’s license.


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