By - Jon Brown

Microgrids for Resilience
March 9-10, 2021 | Online :: Central Time

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Overview

The need to increase reliability and resiliency and integrate sustainable energy resources has continued to grow and result into an explosion of microgrid development.   Microgrids are a fundamental tool in enabling today’s grid modernization by addressing growing demand, distributed generation, and resiliency, while also resulting in potential customer cost savings.

Microgrids offer new technology and service choices for customers and can be designed and operated to meet the needs of specific customers in contrast to the utility grid, which is designed to deliver a generic service to all customers. They allow communities to tap into local energy resources to achieve many benefits, such as better resilience, greater use of local renewable energy, and retaining dollars in the local economy, while reducing exposure to threats such as storms and wildfires. Accordingly, microgrids can help mitigate grid disturbances by maintaining energy supplies for critical facilities and services.

This conference will bring together leading professionals to share their experiences, case studies, applications for transactive energy into microgrids, and a focus on microgrids for improving resiliency.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss an overview of microgrids and utilities
  • Review lessons learned with cooperatives providing cost savings, sustainability, and resiliency through microgrid projects
  • Share insights of how utilities are using microgrids to solve resiliency
  • Expand on Duke Energy’s lessons learned with two Florida Microgrid projects
  • Discover how ComEd’s community microgrid supports a more resilient level of service across the electric grid
  • Engage in a panel discussion on the varied challenges and considerations for system operators and utilities to consider when developing microgrids
  • Discuss lessons learned from a utility’s perspective for customer microgrids on the system
  • Review a co-simulation framework that was developed to test emergent transactive energy market designs and how these markets could support development of community microgrids
  • Highlight the benefits of blockchain and TES integrated architecture and applicability to blockchain within transactive energy systems

Credits

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EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.7 CEUs for this event.

 

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the conference to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case studies, PowerPoint presentations, and group discussion will be used in this event.

Agenda

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 : Central Time

9:00 – 9:15 a.m. :: Log In

9:15 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. :: Conference Timing

9:15 – 9:25 a.m. :: Welcome and Introductions


9:25 – 10:25 a.m. :: The Relationship Between a Microgrid and the Utility

  • What is a microgrid
  • Difference between nano, pico & microgrid
  • From micro to macro grid
  • Blue vs. black sky day operations
  • Utility’s role
  • Major obstacles
  • Role of natural gas and energy storage

Ahmed Mousa, Manager – Utility of the Future, PSE&G 

10:25 – 10:50 a.m. :: Break


10:50 – 11:40 a.m. :: Microgrids Pilots to Programs and Lesson Learned

NCEMC has partnered with their cooperatives and members to execute win-win microgrid projects across the state of North Carolina, providing cost savings, sustainability, and resiliency. These projects provide real-world examples of how utilities can turn successful pilots into full customer offerings.

John Lemire, Director of Grid Management, North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation


11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: Voices of Experience|Microgrids for Resiliency

Voices of Experience is an initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Electricity’s Advanced Grid Research group designed to bring utilities together to share their knowledge, insights and lessons learned through implementing the emerging technology that is reshaping the electric power industry. This presentation shares insights and examples of how the utilities who participated in Voices of Experience|Microgrids for Resiliency are using microgrids to solve one of their most urgent challenges: resiliency.

Sonja Berdahl, Senior Project Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

12:30 – 1:20 p.m. :: Lunch Break


1:20 – 2:10 p.m. :: Duke Energy Florida Microgrid Case Studies

Two project case studies this presentation will discuss and review are:

  • Micanopy (standalone energy storage microgrid – enhancing reliability for local area)
  • John Hopkins Middle School (solar plus storage microgrid which will provide backup to this school which is also a Special Needs Hurricane Evacuation Shelter)

Adam Nygaard, Energy Storage, Microgrid, & CHP Development – Regulated Renewables, Duke Energy


2:10 – 3:00 p.m. :: The Future is Micro: Microgrids for Resilience

As one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, serving over 4 million customers in northern Illinois, including Chicago, ComEd considers enhancing the resilience and sustainability of the region to be of critical importance. This presentation will outline ComEd’s efforts toward achieving this goal of enhanced resilience with the Bronzeville Community Microgrid, including a review of new and emerging technologies, such as cyber-secure electric vehicle charging infrastructure, air-quality sensors, and advanced grid sensors. This deep look at the Bronzeville Community Microgrid will demonstrate how industry-leading innovation supports a more resilient level of service across the electric grid.

Daniel Kushner, Manager of Smart Grid Programs, ComEd

3:00 – 3:25 p.m. :: Break


3:25 – 4:45 p.m. :: Panel Discussion: Challenges Implementing Microgrids from the Utility’s Perspective

This panel discussion will review the varied challenges and considerations for system operators and utilities to consider when developing microgrids and handling with individual customer microgrids as well.

  • Ahmed Mousa, Manager -Utility of the Future, PSE&G

  • Adam Nygaard Energy Storage, Microgrid, & CHP Development Duke Energy – Regulated Renewables

  • Daniel Kushner, Manager of Smart Grid Programs, ComEd


Wednesday, March 10, 2021 : Central Time

9:00 – 9:15 a.m. :: Log In

9:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Conference Timing

9:15 – 9:20 a.m. :: Welcome


9:20 – 10:10 a.m. :: Customer Microgrids and Utility Integration

Utilities have had individual customer microgrids as part of their overall system for years and the occurrence of them is increasing as larger customers are seeing the benefits of being able to be independent from the grid when required. This presentation will discuss lessons learned from a utility’s perspective of having more and more customer microgrids on the system.

Tyler Ott, Energy Services -Major Account Representative, Modesto Irrigation District (Invited)

10:10 – 10:25 a.m. :: Break


10:25 – 11:10 a.m. :: Application of Transactive Markets to Distribution Systems

Distributed energy resources (DER)—including solar photovoltaics, battery energy storage systems, and controllable loads (e.g., smart thermostats, smart water heaters and electric vehicle charging)—are being adopted at an ever-increasing pace. It is anticipated that simply extending the centralized, direct control approach prevalent in the transmission system will not scale effectively to the distribution system; there will be too many devices to extend that paradigm technically and economically. One alternative is to establish distribution-level electricity markets and allow devices/entities, or aggregated sets of devices, to participate in price establishment. This talk will cover a co-simulation framework that was developed to test emergent transactive energy market designs, and we will look at results for a community in Washington DC. Discussion will include how these markets could support development of community microgrids as well.

Dylan Cutler, Senior Research Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory


11:10 – 11:55 a.m. Blockchain Smart Contracts for Transactive Energy Systems (TES)

This presentation will demonstrate a reference framework for transactive energy markets based on distributed ledger technology such as blockchain. The framework was designed based on the engineering requirements of a distribution-scale market that includes participant needs, expected market transactions, and the cybersecurity constructs and constraints required to support a fair, secure and efficient market operation. It leverages the existing blockchain primitives to provide clear value propositions to the transactive marker, including identity management (access control), data security (integrity), and resilience (decentralization, scalability and performance). The validity and the efficacy of the framework will be demonstrated using a real-time 5-min-double-auction market. This presentation will highlight the benefits of blockchain and TES integrated architecture while providing strong validation of applicability to blockchain within transactive energy systems.

Sri Nikhil Gupta Gourisetti, Energy Cybersecurity Researcher, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

11:55 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Conference Wrap-Up

Speakers

  • Sonja Berdahl, Senior Project Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

  • Dylan Cutler, Senior Research Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

  • Sri Nikhil Gupta Gourisetti, Energy Cybersecurity Researcher, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

  • Daniel Kushner, Manager of Smart Grid Programs, ComEd

  • John Lemire, Director of Grid Management, North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation

  • Ahmed Mousa, Manager -Utility of the Future, PSE&G

  • Adam Nygaard Energy Storage, Microgrid, & CHP Development Duke Energy – Regulated Renewables

  • Tyler Ott, Energy Services -Major Account Representative, Modesto Irrigation District (Invited)

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.

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