Introduction to Tools to Support Comprehensive Electricity Planning
Friday, October 1, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern
-Tools and Methods for Distribution System Planning with Distributed Energy Resources (DERs)
Juliet Homer and Tom McDermott, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Building on a report for U.S. Department of Energy's grid modernization initiative, this presentation focuses on tools and methods for planning distribution systems with DERs.
-Modeling Tool Integration for Comprehensive Electricity Planning
JP Carvallo, Berkeley Lab
This presentation introduces modeling approaches that utilities and utility regulators — as well as other planning entities — can employ for comprehensive assessments of the power system. You'll learn about traditional modeling tools that utilities use for distribution, transmission, and generation planning, as well as models that regional grid operators use. The final segment covers capabilities and uses of comprehensive planning tools.
State of the Art Practices for Modeling Storage in Integrated Resource Planning
Tuesday, October 12, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern
-State of the Art Practices for Modeling Storage in Integrated Resource Planning
Chandler Miller, Berkeley Lab, and Jeremy Twitchell, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
This session explores assumptions and methodologies that utilities are using today to incorporate both utility-scale and distributed storage in resource planning, best practices for modeling storage, and opportunities to improve its consideration in integrated resource planning.
Integrating DERs into Bulk Power System Planning
Wednesday, October 20, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern
-Sequential Integrated Analysis of DERs in Distribution and Bulk Power Systems
JP Carvallo, Berkeley Lab
This presentation introduces a sequential planning framework that allows for whole-system analysis of DERs. The framework is characterized by: (1) a set of DER adoption and operation scenarios and (2) simulation of technical, economic, and rate impacts for distribution and bulk power systems using industry-standard capacity expansion and power flow models. The framework gives utility regulators a comprehensive view of rate and economic impacts of DERs across different segments of the value chain. Applying the framework for Indiana demonstrates how other states can use it.
-Energy Efficiency and Demand Response as Resource Options in Bulk Power System Planning
Natalie Mims Frick, Berkeley Lab
Starting with the motivation for treating energy efficiency and demand response on a comparable basis to other resources, the presentation turns to related changes that may be needed in bulk power system planning processes. That includes changes in load forecasting, resource potential assessments, and inputs and methods for capacity expansion planning modeling.
Planning for Climate Variability
Monday, November 1, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern
-Load forecasting with climate variability for transmission and distribution system planning
Rui Yang, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Juliet Homer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
This session will succinctly explain how utilities and regional grid operators predict where grid hotspots will occur to identify infrastructure reinforcement needs, plan distribution and transmission systems, manage grid assets, and adjust day-ahead or intraday planning. The presenters will share best practices in load forecasting (including net loads), highlight forecasting challenges in the face of climate variability, and discuss emerging technologies used in the forecasting process.
-Resource, asset, and contingency planning with climate variability
Juliet Homer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, John Fazio, Northwest Power and Conservation Council, and Robert Lempert, RAND Corporation
Climate variability has implications for resource planning (e.g., resource adequacy and integrated resource planning), asset planning (e.g., supply infrastructure and physical delivery), and contingency planning (e.g., climate-related vulnerabilities for assets, markets, and operations). This presentation addresses considerations, best practices, and emerging trends in resource, asset, and contingency planning for climate variability.