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Technical Symposium

Plug & Play DER Challenge - Visionary Interoperability

Wednesday, September 26
3:20 PM - 4:50 PM
Location: 203AB

Can you imagine a future where integration of distributed energy resources, or DERs, are “plug and play”? With the growth of DERs, the industry needs one cohesive way to integrate and interact with the electric grid. This session curated visionary ideas which could catapult forward the work of how facilities with DERs, integrate and interact with the utility grid. Hear from the leading contributors who developed interoperability solutions to lower integration costs, increasing system performance, and enhance capabilities. These solutions display visionary interoperability capabilities and this session will contribute to the next phase of the DER Plug and Play Challenge -- a live hardware/software demonstration of DER being integrated with a utility grid entity (real or simulated), at a public event targeted in 2019.
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This challenge is being organized and administered by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) for the DOE’s Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium (GMLC) (, as part of an initiative to improve Interoperability (

Jeremiah Miller, MSME, MEEP, PE

Technology Manager, Systems Integration
US Dept of Energy, Solar Energy Technologies Office

Jeremiah Miller is a Technology Manager for the Systems Integration team, joining the Solar Office in October 2016. Prior to this role, Jeremiah was a senior power systems smart grid analyst for Smarter Grid Solutions, where he worked with European and North American utilities to support massive wind and solar energy deployments on distribution grids via grid-edge automation controls that enable the dynamic grid hosting capacity. Through this work, he supported enabling transactive grids, community microgrids, and utility of the future efforts in New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV). Prior to this, he was a solar ombudsman in New York City where he supported market transformation and resilient distributed generation through streamlined permitting, distribution system capacity mapping, and innovative power electronics and energy storage applications.


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Alberto Colombo

Founder & CEO

Alberto is a clean tech energy industry innovator and thought leader with 20 years of experience in entrepreneurship, consulting, business development, sales, marketing, research, and startups.

Currently, Alberto is the Founder and CEO of DERNetSoft, Inc., innovative, US-based clean tech energy company focused on transforming the energy industry and providing Advanced Energy Communities as a Service. DERNetSoft is working to provide a low-carbon solution to shape more efficient and sustainable cities while improving the quality of life.

Before DERNetSoft, Alberto spent years working at the executive level, contributing to technology patents and California Energy Commissions and Department of Energy grant applications. He served previously as COO at a publicly traded IT company, wherein he managed all business units and workforce. He has also worked for 10 years in Accenture, helping corporate customer to find the best technology solution to run their business.

Alberto has a master’s degree in Electronics, Telecommunication and Computer Engineering from Bologna University (Italy), and he has been deepening his education ever since.


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Raymond Kaiser


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Erik Felt

Director - Market Development
Real-time Innovations

Erik Felt is the Market Development Director for Future Grid at RTI where he is focused on bringing the benefits of IIoT standards and systems into the utility market. Erik joined RTI in early 2018 after spending many years with Alstom/GE in the Software Solutions business unit. There, his focus was on the areas of SCADA, Energy Management Systems (EMS), Generation Management Systems (GMS), Market Management Systems (MMS) and Synchrophasor applications. Early in his career, he worked in distribution engineering at two Midwestern utilities and in consulting on numerous automation projects for utilities across the Midwest.


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Siva Sankaranarayanan

Sr. Technical Leader
Electric Power Research Institute

Siva Sankaranarayanan is a Senior Technical Leader at EPRI in the Energy Utilization division. Siva currently serves as the technical architect for EPRI’s open Demand Side Resource Integration Platform (openDSRIP) framework and is responsible for defining the long-term strategy and vision for openDSRIP and its application for enabling flexible grid-services. Siva also has responsibility as the principal technical architect for data analytics within EPRI’s Advanced Energy Communities suite of projects focusing on standardizing data acquisition, import, data integrity activities and for supporting technology transfer of EPRI’s data analytics work in Advanced Energy Communities. Prior to joining EPRI Siva worked in top-tier firms in telecommunications including Bell labs and AT&T in roles related to software and data architecture and product management. In these roles he has contributed to the development of many standards related to management of optical networks in forums such as the International Telecommunications Union, Internet Engineering Task Force, and Optical Internetworking Forum. Siva holds a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from New York University Tandon School of Engineering.


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Kenneth Higa

Project Scientist


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