About The Course

Electricity continues to be the most versatile and widely used form of energy but has also been a major contributor to carbon emissions. With growing awareness and focus on mitigation, the challenge we face is to balance the growing demand for electricity with minimal environmental impact. This has led to an influx of renewables into the grid and their often remote location and intermittent nature, combined with a significant increase in distributed generation has created new supply side challenges. At the same time we also see new demand loads like electric vehicles and data centres as well as smarter homes and buildings. All these complexities require the evolving power system to be increasingly flexible and interconnected, as well as more reliable and intelligent. This is also driving the development of ultra-high-voltage AC and DC transmission, more eco-efficient and resilient products, power quality and grid stabilization technologies, service and asset health management solutions as well as emerging innovations like energy storage and micro grids. And key to managing this ‘big shift in power’ is the increasing digitalization and automation of the grid, the growing deployment of software and the convergence of information and operational technologies, as the power sector leverages the internet of things, services and people.


Digital Grid address the challenges, including optimal use of reserve and peaking capacity, diversification of supply, reduction of wholesale electricity price volatility, strengthening grid operation to address fault conditions and increasing capacity utilization of conventional generation. In Digital Grid, ultra-high voltage AC and DC systems play a role in future super grids as will strategically positioned micro grids and energy storage systems. Power quality and demand response programs will help fine tune and optimize the grid of the future with the communications and software technologies. As the generation mix continues to evolve, customers diversify and suppliers differentiate to meet new needs. This training program will ensure attendees are positioned to: 1) address the evolutionary power market shifts now underway; and, 2) help capitalize on the revolutionary bursts driven by dramatic technological advancements along the evolutionary path.


Learning Outcomes

  • In depth understanding of the evolving flexible and interconnected power system which are more reliable and intelligent.
  • Understanding of ultra-high-voltage AC and DC transmission
  • In depth understanding of the power quality and grid stabilization technologies and services
  • In depth understanding of asset health management solutions
  • Improve the management and configuration of your systems in the Digital Grid
  • Benefit from the timely identification of vulnerabilities in the Digital Grid
  • Understand protective mechanisms
  • Enhance your internal technical skills
  • Ensure faster response to unexpected events
  • Cyber security requirements developed by NERC for CIP
  • Cyber security management and compliance
  • Cyber security audits
  • Cyber security penetration testing

Digital Grid Components

The growing share of energy from renewable sources, including solar, wind and hydropower, requires restructuring of energy distribution. Centralized energy supply from large power stations to electricity consumers, which has been the norm so far, is increasingly being replaced by electricity fed into the grid from decentralized renewable sources. Since solar, wind and hydropower do not produce a steady supply of energy, grid owners are establishing a data communication network integrated into the power grid and plan to use this Smart Grid for ensuring the steady supply and distribution of energy. Published in 2004, the IEC 61850 standard provides a fundamental communication standard for Smart Grid solutions. All devices in the Smart Grid will have to conform to this standard.

What is Digital Grid integration?

Offering clean eco-friendly energy with efficiency and flexibility, Digital Grids are the backbone of future Electricity supply. Instead of purchasing power from a handful of centralized suppliers, consumers can feed Energy from solar power units or cogeneration units into the electric power grid. To reliably match energy supply and demand, all components and participants in a Smart Grid need to be perfectly coordinated. There are many standards such as IEC 61850, IEC 61970, IEC 61968 and IEC 62351 that establish appropriate standardization requirements for Digital Grids. Participants will get a good understanding of to ensure facilities integrate seamlessly within the Digital Grid.

Course Faculty - John Chowdhury & Chris Douglass

Christopher (Chris) Douglass has more than 20 years of extensive industry knowledge and experience in the Digital Grid and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Industry. Chris has successfully managed and contributed to multiple digital grid projects with a wide range of mobile, analytics, cloud, security and Internet of Things (IoT) based technologies, digital applications and smart services with leading 3rd party partners across multiple geographic locations and cultures.

Prior to joining KEMA NKSoft Consulting in October 2016, Chris was a Senior Manager at Accenture Digital Grid team, working as a solution architect responsible for delivering more than $1B in annual revenue. Chris has also held a broad array of roles focused on the mobile ICT industry in various management, consulting, technical solution sales, business and offering development positions leading business units and teams while also at IBM, Cisco, Sprint, AT&T and McCaw Cellular.


Chris is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt; a Citrix Certified Sales Professional; earned a certificate in Advanced Mobile Marketing from University of San Francisco; and is a member of the IEEE Communications Society. Chris has served as focal leader representing IBM’s Principal 4G WiMAX Forum Membership (802.16x) where he participated on both the Service Provider and Application Working Group’s; is a current or past member of Industrial Internet Consortium for IIoT; the Weightless M2M Special Interest Group; the LoRa M2M Alliance; the Eclipse IoT Working Group; the Cruise Lines International Alliance; the American Wind Energy Association.


Chris has been a key mobile industry spokesperson conducting and facilitating executive client and partner briefings, workshops, certification sales training, analyst and press briefings, and public speaking engagements at key global industry events multiple times. As a result of his achievements, Chris has been selected for several recognition events and has earned numerous awards in his career.


Chris earned a Mini-Master of Business Administration Certificate from University at Buffalo, School of Management located in Buffalo, New York; a Bachelor’s Degree (BA) in Business Administration from the Union Institute & University located in Cincinnati, Ohio; and an Associate’s Degree (AA) in Business Administration from Southern Vermont College located in Bennington, Vermont. Chris and his family are based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


Digital Grid and Maturity Model – Real life examples from USA and Canada

Smart Appliances and Digital evolution

Communications: Wireless to fiber technology

IOT sensors

Digital switchgear

Digital grid applications


Case studies in digital evolution & Cyber Security

This training course has a limited attendance for up to 20 participants only. Sessions commence at 9am on all days, with short intervals at 10.30am and 3.30pm respectively. Refreshments will be provided in the short intervals. Lunch will be provided at 12:30pm for 1 hour. Sessions will end at 5pm on all days.

Unique Features with powerEDGE Training

• Pre-Course Questionnaire to help us focus on your learning objectives
• Detailed Course & Reference Manual for Continuous Learning and Sharing
• Practical Exercises & Case Examples to better understand the principles
• Limited class size to ensure One-to-One Interactivity
• Assessment at the end of the course to help you develop a Personal Action Plan