Power system planning and simulation veteran Hala Ballouz spoke about the elements that make up our electric grid network system, modeling challenges, and the significance of power flow studies.

She introduced, from the industry perspective, challenges that new technologies such as: renewables, battery storage, fast controls, communications, etc. are changing the way we currently run our studies.

She explained why we must urgently ramp up large scale planning tools and studies at utilities to ensure that we design our future system, rather than react to new technologies. An example was provided of how demand dispatch deployment can be at the forefront of supporting a sustainable and flexible grid.

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