Presented by:  Dr. Mathaios Panteli, The University of Manchester, UK

Recent climate-change driven extreme weather events and natural hazards have placed resilience in the spotlight of key stakeholders and policy-makers in the power system community worldwide. There is a growing concern over the critical need to address and boost resilience to such black sky hazards. This webinar will share experiences and applications from relevant national and international research projects in the area of resilient power systems planning and operation. It will cover conceptual frameworks for better understanding the multi-faceted concept of resilience and advanced quantitative techniques based on specifically designed resilience metric systems, as well as risk-based and integrated planning approaches to support the decision-making on designing resilient power grids. The webinar will conclude with insights on activities from national and international professional bodies, further highlighting the recognition by the global power system community of the pressing need to move towards a more resilience-oriented engineering.

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Presented by: Amanda Long and Christina Catalano,
PJM Interconnection

Thursday, March 8, 2018 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET

Currently batteries in PJM participate in the regulation market as a generation asset, but a number of projects have been proposed that offer the opportunity for batteries to participate as transmission assets. A cross-divisional team at PJM is evaluating the past, present, and future use of Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) as a solution to transmission congestion or reliability upgrades. This presentation will discuss considerations for PJM’s cross-functional strategy to model, analyze, and approve energy storage devices as transmission solutions. It will touch on recommendations that span PJM’s Markets, Operations, and Planning divisions.

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Presented by: Neil Kirby, Business Development Manager – HVDC
GE Grid Solutions

Thursday, September 14, 2017 | 1:00 – 2:00pm ET

 Creating smarter, more resilient power networks requires the introduction of technologies that can efficiently and reliably transfer large amounts of power over long distances, can adapt to changing conditions, especially with the increasing variability with increasing use of renewable generation sources. This requires management of power flows, stabilizing of voltage and frequency, and making informed decisions in response to normal switching or fault events.

High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) brings intelligence into the power transmission systems which it interconnects, through its’ ability to accurately and quickly manage power flows between networks through a variety of control methods, and a range of additional automated response strategies to network events.

The webinar will introduce the main features of the latest ranges of thyristor-based and IGBT-based HVDC technologies available today, with descriptions of how they bring significant benefit to AC networks, and a look at how they will be used in the future.

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Presented by Dale Osborn, Consulting Advisor - MISO

Thursday, April 7, 2016 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET

Major transmission interconnecting regions (RTOs and large Balancing Areas) will probably be economically justified and not built for reliability purposes.

Financial opportunities appear to exist that appear to be able to pay for a major transmission HVDC Network from benefits produced by the efficient generation over about ¾ of the U.S. Further studies may determine if and how Canada, Mexico and the rest of the U.S may also be included.

This webinar will outline how the HVDC Network provides many capabilities and benefits that are not possible with the present Interconnections in North America. One example may be the access to markets and ancillary services for micro grids at reduced costs compared to battery storage and other options. The other is the competitive delivery of renewable energy from high potential renewable areas to major loads.

Having high potential renewable resources in the U.S. economically deliverable may enable low carbon dioxide futures to be achieved at competitive costs.

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