ABB in North America announces new PowerED webinar series on evolving grid

2014-09-11 - Free, interactive online educational series offers first-hand expertise and “POWERful insights” on today’s rapidly evolving grid and determining the best technologies for your applications.
Raleigh, NC, September 11, 2014 – ABB, the world’s leading power and automation technology company, today announced details for an upcoming “PowerED” power education webinar series this fall. This free series takes an in-depth look at the major challenges facing the power industry today, along with groundbreaking solutions to overcome them.

Unlike ever before, the power industry is facing unprecedented challenges. Aging infrastructure, changing regulations, distributed energy resources and the convergence of Information Technology and Operations Technology (IT/OT) are dramatically changing the power landscape. Service practices and procedures are shifting, regulations are putting a new strain on already limited resources, new threats are confronting our grid every day, and the current business model makes it difficult to keep up with the grid modernization required to meet the reliability demands for our nation’s most critical infrastructure – the power grid. While these changes seem daunting, new innovations in technology, smarter devices, and the integration of IT/OT can help utilities navigate these issues.

This free webinar series will tackle these issues head on and provide “POWERful insights” for the evolving grid from experts with years of first-hand experience.

The series is made up of four one-hour webinars this fall (all times are Eastern Time):

  • The changing service landscape
    Monday, September 29, 11:00 am
    Presenters: Randy Schrieber, Craig Stiegemeier, Rick Gardner, Bob Stoner
    This webinar will examine the future of power services utilizing new technology, such as remote monitoring, and how to move towards predictive and condition-based maintenance practices.
  • Resiliency planning for the transmission grid: Resiliency by design
    Wednesday, October 15, 11:00 am
    Presenters: Don Martin, Ulf Andersson, Martin Shalhoub
    While weather events like Hurricane Sandy grab national headlines, they aren’t the only threat to transmission grids. This webinar will examine these threats – such as the shift in generation caused by renewables integration, coal plant closures, aging infrastructure – and ways to prepare the system to withstand and recover from these events with proper planning and investment optimization.
  • Understanding the effects of geothermal disturbances on the power grid
    Tuesday, November 18, 11:00 am
    Presenters: Dr. Ramsis Girgis, Arnie Vitols, Albert Keri
    This webinar will examine the effects of solar geomagnetic disturbances on power transformers and power systems, the concern the implications of these disturbances have caused, and new FERC reliability standards designed to mitigate the impacts of geomagnetic disturbances. Are power transformers and power systems really at risk?
  • Remaking the utility business model
    Friday, December 5, 11:00 am
    Presenters: Bob Fesmire, Gary Rackliffe
    This webinar will look at the traditional utility business model over the last century, and how a new confluence of changes in technology, regulation and public policy have produced a mortal threat to this outdated cost-of-service model. How can businesses and regulators build a new successful utility business model?

To view course descriptions, webinar calendar and registration information, visit

ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 145,000 people. The company’s North American operations, headquartered in Cary, North Carolina, employ over 30,000 people in multiple manufacturing, engineering, service and other major facilities.