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On Demand - Digital Twins: Making the Electric Power Sector More Resilient and Reliable [an Energy Central PowerSession™]

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Digital twins are virtual representations of things in the real world, such as objects, systems, places, and processes. This PowerSession will examine them, their current and potential uses, and how they can help speed up a digital transformation that will enhance the resilience and reliability of power generation, transmission, and distribution.

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Climate change is disrupting the electric power industry. Power plant and grid operators are scrambling to make their infrastructure more reliable and resilient in the face of the more frequent and intense weather events it fuels. Simultaneously, to reduce its carbon emissions, the industry is replacing fossil-fuel plants with renewable generation, batteries, and other distributed energy resources that pose their own resilience and reliability challenges. Digital twins can help on both counts. Join our panel as they discuss how the computer-based representations can be used to digitally transform the electric power sector to better enable it to everything from keeping equipment running optimally to determining the best grid configurations to accommodate the growth of DERs.

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Key takeaways:

  • Learn about digital twins — what they are and how they are able to represent everything from a single wind turbine to an entire power grid.
  • Hear how digital twins are being deployed in the electric power industry and elsewhere.
  • See how digital twins can be used to improve the resilience and reliability of generation, transmission, and distribution operations.

  • Find out the role digital twins can play in the digital transformation of the electric power industry.



Abder Elandaloussi, T&D Technology Innovation Manager, Southern California Edison

Abder Elandaloussi is an electrical engineer specializing in transmission and distribution innovation. His areas of interest include digital twins, artificial intelligence, IoT device integration, adaptive protection, distributed energy resources, situational awareness, advanced distribution applications, microgrids and blockchain.


Sharon Allan, Chief Strategy Officer, Smart Electric Power Alliance

Sharon Allan has over 30 years leading, advising, and collaborating with utilities, technology solution providers, government, investors, and National Labs. She has performed due diligence on numerous M&A opportunities, implemented post-acquisition mergers and run global organizations. She is an Advisor on the Board of Enertech Capital and a Board member of NC Green Power.

Lea Boche, Technical Leader at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

Lea Boche is responsible for data analytics and machine learning applications in the Enabling Technologies R&D group in EPRI’s Generation Sector. Boche began her work at EPRI in its Heat Rate Improvement R&D program, focused on power plant simulations and project management. Following this she worked in the cross-sector initiative AI.EPRI to help further the use of Artificial Intelligence in the industry. Boche’s previous experience includes project engineer and, later, R&D project management for STEAG Energy Services GmbH, Department System Technologies - Energy Management Systems, where she led the development of a decision-support software and was the lead for the innovation management of System Technologies department.

Brian Flett, Senior Director of Product Management, Bentley Systems

Brian Flett coordinates a team of product managers that looks for opportunities to leverage digital twins to meet the needs of infrastructure owners in such industries as roads, rail, utilities, oil & gas, mining. His team works with Bentley’s software development and service teams to use the latest technologies to produce solutions and services that deliver tangible business results.



Peter Key, Energy Central, Freelance Writer, Editor, Consultant

Peter Key has been a business journalist since 1985 when he received an MBA from Penn State. He covered energy, technology, and venture capital for The Philadelphia Business Journal from 1998 through 2013. Since then, he's written articles, press releases, web copy, and book chapters, managed social media accounts, and edited books. 


Thanks to our sponsor for your help in supporting this event: 

Bentley Systems (Nasdaq: BSY) is the infrastructure engineering software company. We provide innovative software to advance the world’s infrastructure – sustaining both the global economy and environment. Our industry-leading software solutions are used by professionals, and organizations of every size, for the design, construction, and operations of roads and bridges, rail and transit, water and wastewater, public works and utilities, buildings and campuses, and industrial facilities. Our offerings include MicroStation-based applications for modeling and simulation, ProjectWise for project delivery, AssetWise for asset and network performance, and the iTwin platform for infrastructure digital twins. Bentley Systems employs more than 4,000 colleagues and generates annual revenues of more than $800 million in 172 countries.


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