Non-Bulk Generation Webinars
Presented by: Aaron Snyder, Director of Grid Technology Consulting and Sean Morash, Senior Consultant at EnerNex
Investments in the electric grid have long focused on improving the reliability of the system to meet the needs of existing and new customers. Customers expect reliable electricity service, but understand the need to suspend that expectation in extreme weather events. Though not ideal, people have grown to realize that high winds can wreak havoc upon exposed power lines, as one example. Having multiple, redundant paths to serve the end customers, or for end-use loads to be served by a plethora of potential sources, is a solution that improves reliability, but it also ultimately improves the resilience of the system. Reliability and resilience are linked and the definitions of each are often reliant upon the other. This webinar will present a summary of modern thinking on the linkage between reliability and resilience before introducing a metric to define system resilience building up from each customer.
Presented by: Charlie Vartanian, Sr. Technical Advisor, Energy Storage, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Rich Bauer, NERC, Assoc. Dir., Reliability Risk Management, North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC)
The webinar co-presenters recently contributed to an article for a special DER issue of the IEEE Power & Energy magazine, https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/8495051. This article addressed Distributed Energy Resources (DER) and Bulk Power System (BPS) reliability considerations from several perspectives, including, inverter technology, impact of DER on BPS performance, wholesale markets development, and technical standards development. This earlier article reflects much of the power industry’s focus to-date regarding DER in context of the BPS. So far, this focus has mostly been on identifying and mitigating DER impacts on upstream BPS’s, as DER penetration level increases.
This new webinar will focus on relatively newer industry activities that are now including consideration of DER’s grid supportive capabilities. For this webinar, Rich will cover the main points in NERC’s recently released Guide for Inverter Based Resource Performance. This relatively new guide was the product of a multi-stakeholder team that first evaluated the Blue Cut and Canyon Fire Events which triggered large scale (100’s MW) inadvertent loss of inverter connected resources. Then, based on that learning, developed technical guidance for inverter connected resources to better support BPS operation. Charlie will look further over the horizon at planned technical guide development for DER Energy Storage resources. Charlie will outline some of the grid supportive capabilities of modern inverter-connected energy storage, e.g. inertial equivalent power modulation, and short term high fault current contribution. These technical points will be discussed in context of the plan to draft technical guidelines (IEEE P1547.9) that should allow for prudent implementation of these specific resource capabilities. The noted inverter-based storage resource capabilities have significant implications for BPS performance support, and are also relevant to achieving policy goals including RPS attainment.
Presented by: Lee Stogner, Soumya Kanti Datta, Tom Coughlin
Thursday, September 7, 2017 | 1:00 – 2:00pm ET
For most of the past 1,000 years, the storage of electrical energy has not changed. In just the past 20 years, the driving force of Mobile Devices, Electric Vehicles and Renewables for the Electric Grid has driven the market to create battery technologies that go well beyond what was thought possible. This market by 2030 will exceed Trillions of Dollars. This presentation will give an overview of what is happening as the world develops the next generation of Energy Storage.
Presented by: Mike Bourton, Kitu Systems; Steve Kang, Quality Logic; James Mater, Quality Logic; Robby Simpson, PhD, GE Grid Solutions; and Rudi Schubert, Director, New Initiatives for the IEEE Standards Association (Moderator)
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm ET
Presented by IEEE Smart Grid and the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE SA), attendees will receive an overview of IEEE 2030.5—IEEE Adoption of Smart Energy Profile 2.0 Application Protocol Standard and gain access to resources for further understanding and developing IEEE 2030.5™ communications interfaces. The panel will also discuss US and international use cases of IEEE 2030.5 including “IEEE 2030.5 Common California Rule 21 Implementation Guide for Smart Inverters,” also known as CSIP and South Korea’s, adoption of IEEE 2030.5.
Presented by: Mark Siira, Director, Utility Compliance and Solutions - ComRent International
Thursday, May 18, 2017 | 1:00 – 2:00pm ET
This webinar will provide the attendees with a glimpse of some changes that will occur in business practices, post-2018. We will review the drivers of the oncoming change and some common themes that are emerging in the standards requirements and some key topics such as interoperability, interconnection, and commissioning.
We will briefly review the evolution of the smart grid standards to date.
We will review what standards are being developed and the benefits of these. We will highlight some successes and challenges we face moving forward.
Finally, we will review some of the business implications of these changes from the perspective of equipment manufacturers, developers and service providers.
Presented by: Amar Pradhan, Global Strategy Leader
IBM Energy & Utilities
Thursday, May 4, 2017 | 1:00 – 2:00pm ET
New grid edge technologies are proliferating, and utilities must figure out how to leverage them, or get sidelined in areas of growth. Utility customers are installing rooftop solar, smart appliances, EVs, etc, outside the traditional purview of the utility or regulators.
The mix of IT technologies and business models to optimally interact with these new customer sited resources is critical. What is needed is an expert system integrator who can assess the Utility’s ‘as is’ condition, and roadmap deployment of internal and external technologies that optimally bring the utility to the ‘to be’ scenario that allows them to most profitably leverage DER.
IBM is such a system integrator, and this webinar will explain how to tactically create and deliver such a roadmap.
Presented by: Robby Simpson, PhD - System Architect, GE Grid Solutions
Thursday, October 6, 2016 | 1:00 – 2:00pm ET
IEEE 2030.5 is a standard for communications between the smart grid and consumers. The standard is built using Internet of Things (IoT) concepts and gives consumers a variety of means to manage their energy usage and generation. Information exchanged using the standard includes pricing, demand response, and energy usage, enabling the integration of devices such as smart thermostats, meters, plug-in electric vehicles, smart inverters, and smart appliances.
IEEE 2030.5 further defines a framework to support these applications to enable a secure, interoperable, and plug-and-play ecosystem of smart grid consumer devices. Particular emphasis will be given to the integration of distributed energy resources as IEEE 2030.5 has been recommended as the default protocol for smart inverter communications for California’s Rule 21.
Presented by: Dr. Babak Enayati - Lead Engineer, Network Solutions, National Grid
Thursday, March 24, 2016 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET
This webinar will introduce the IEEE 1547 “Standard for Interconnecting Distributed Resources with Electric Power Systems”. The participants will learn about the status of the standard revision and the recent proposed draft changes to the standard i. e. voltage regulation, response to abnormal system conditions (including voltage and frequency ride through), power quality, etc.
The participants will also learn about the utility concerns/solutions to adopt the revised IEEE 1547 standard.
Presented by Steve Widergren, Koen Kok and Leigh Tesfatsion
Thursday, March 10, 2016 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET
Information and communications technologies are enabling a growing number of interactions among all types of energy resources and devices distributed throughout electricity delivery systems.
These interactions require coordination to ensure the safe and reliable operation of these systems in a manner that accounts properly for the needs and preferences of all participating parties, including system operators, electric service providers, and electric service consumers. Transactive Energy System (TES) techniques are well suited for addressing this multi-objective optimization problem.
This webinar will introduce basic TES principles and concepts. Using methods and tools from agent-based simulations and field studies, it will then demonstrate how TES techniques can facilitate the coordination of distributed energy resources and devices within electricity delivery systems using scalable market-based transactions that are simple to integrate and evolve as technology and objectives change over time.