Unlocking the Queue to Double Regional Renewable Energy Capacity

Presented by: Jay Caspary, Bruce Tsuchida, Jenny Erwin, Joey Alexander, and Kaveh Aflaki (Moderator)

Unlocking the Queue study was conducted by The Brattle Group, with input from the WATT Coalition and funding from GridLab, EDF Renewables North America, NextEra Energy Resources, and Duke Energy Renewables. The study’s sophisticated model demonstrates that dynamic line ratings, advanced power flow control, and topology optimization could enable Kansas and Oklahoma to integrate 5,200 MW of wind and solar generation currently in interconnection queues by 2025, more than double the development possible without the technologies.


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Transmission planning and operations; Wind and solar energy generations; Electric utilities 


Jay CasparyJay Caspary provides analysis and strategic guidance on transmission grid planning and operations to support a clean energy portfolio. Jay has 40 years of experience in transmission planning, engineering, management, tariffs, transmission services, and retail marketing. He also served as SPP’s Director of Engineering and head of Transmission Development. In 2012-2013, Jay served as Senior Policy Advisor for the U. S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) with a focus on grid modernization.  Prior to SPP, he served in several staff and managerial roles at Illinois Power.

Bruce TsuchidaBruce Tsuchida is a Principal of The Brattle Group with more than 30 years of experience in domestic and international power generation development, utility operation, and power market analysis. He specializes in assessing the impact of new technologies and regulatory changes, including analysis of evolving wholesale electric markets and modeling, impact of renewable and other new technologies’ on system operations, utility business, and various impacts on valuations of transmission and generation assets, deliverability, and contracts.

Joey AlexanderJoey Alexander is Director of Business Development for Ampacimon North America where he provides grid monitoring solutions to U.S. and Canadian based utilities. Joey has extensive experience in the energy sector with a background in renewable and sustainable energy products, energy storage, and smart grid technologies.

Jenny ErwinJenny Erwin currently serves as the Marketing Director at Smart Wires, responsible for all strategic marketing for Smart Wires solutions globally. During her decade-long career in the energy industry, Jenny has also been heavily involved in regulatory strategy, engagement, and energy policy development at the United States Federal level.

kaveh aflakiDr. Kaveh Aflaki specializes in the analysis of electricity market, renewable energy integration, congestion management, transmission planning, dynamic line rating, and dynamic power flow control. He has over 20 years of experience in power grid and energy industry. He is currently serving as the Customer Solutions Manager at Smart Wires responsible for working with utilities, RTOs, ISOs, and developers in the North America.

Tags & Topics for This Webinar:

Grid enhancing technologies; dynamic line rating; dynamic power flow control; modular power flow control; doubling capacity for renewable energy integration


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