Emerging Smart Grid: Improved Distribution Management System Incorporating Advanced Solutions


Eric Sortomme

Alstom, USA

Eric Sortomme received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering (magna cum laude) from Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, in 2007 and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 2011. His past employment experience includes internships with Wavetronix LLC and Puget Sound Energy. He has authored or coauthored a plethora of technical publications. His research interests include smart grid technologies, including microgrids and vehicle-to-grid, and wind power integration. Dr. Sortomme is a corecipient of the 2010 UW Department of Electrical Engineering Chair’s Award. He is currently a senior power systems engineer with Alstom Grid working on Distributed Energy Resource Management Systems.



This one-half day tutorial will focus on the improvements in Distribution Management Systems incorporating advanced technological solutions for the emerging Smart Grid. The primary objective of this tutorial is to present the state of the art of the emerging smart grid from real-time operations point of view. The course will feature instructors representing the perspectives of the European distribution utility, and the DMS vendor. Topics will include Introduction to the Emerging Distribution Grid, Utility’s Perspective for Goals and Requirements of the Smart Distribution Grid, Overview of Distribution Management Functions in the Emerging Smart Paradigm, and Advanced Function Demonstrations. The participants will have an opportunity to engage in an active dialog of challenges and solutions for achieving smart grid goals.