To DER or not to DER Part II

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Webinar Overview

In our recent summer webinar (Part I), we focused on FERC order 2222 and the North American Energy Markets, overcoming the barriers to adopt Distributed Energy Resources. We also addressed the need for a viable Distribution System Operator (DSO) model to drive this change.

In this fall webinar we did a deeper dive into the DSO and the role they will play to ensure grid resilience and reliability, while driving decarbonization and democratization of energy that flows through their network.

Our session focused on several challenges ahead of us:

  • How does a DSO balance the need to decarbonize with grid resiliency and reliability goals?
  • How the regulations and legislations at both state and federal levels are requiring and enabling a traditional T&D utility to better adapt and transform towards a 21st century DSO?
  • What data will have to be shared to facilitate this new market and how can DSOs leverage advanced data modeling capabilities to better manage their interoperation with the modernized grid?
  • How will the role of the aggregator as visualized in the order be implemented and how will this impact DSO functions?
  • How distribution utilities develop a blueprint for the digital metamorphosis required to become a DSO?

Moderator & Panel


  • Simon Boyer, Vice President, Utility Solutions Group, CGI U.S.


  • Dr. Mani Vadari, President, Modern Grid Solutions
  • Colette Honorable, Partner, Reed Smith LLP
  • Przemek Tomczak, Senior Vice-President IoT and Utilities, KX
  • Steve Ridley, Director, Digital Transformation, CGI U.S.


Simon Boyer

VP, Utility Solutions Group, CGI U.S.

Simon leads the Utility Solutions Group for CGI’s U.S. Operations. He has more than 25 years of management, strategy, sales, product development and operational experience in delivering software solutions to the utilities industry.

Colette Honorable

Partner, Reed Smith LLP

Colette is a member of Reed Smith’s Energy and Natural Resources Group resident in the Washington, D.C. office. Colette is a highly regarded thought leader and practitioner in domestic and international energy sectors.

Dr. Mani Vadari

Dr. Mani Vadari

President, Modern Grid Solutions

Dr. Mani Vadari leads a team of experts to deliver complex and innovative technology, business, regulatory, and finance solutions to electric utilities, suppliers, regulators, corporate boards, and policymakers worldwide.

Przemek Tomczak

Snr Vice-President IoT & Utilities, KX

Przemek has over 24 years IT and business leadership experience, implementing and operating big data and analytics systems, delivering program and transformation initiatives.

Steve Ridley

Director, Digital Transformation, CGI U.S.

Steve is part of the leadership team within the utilities practice of CGI’s U.S. operations leading the Digital Transformation offerings practice to help solve current client challenges.