The Evolving Role of Microgrids in Utility Resilience and Reliability

The Evolving Role of Microgrids in Utility Resilience and Reliability

April 2-3, 2024 | Online :: Central Time

Microgrids are becoming an essential component of the future electric grid as more critical community facilities, manufacturing, campuses, and neighborhoods are implementing them for better resiliency from outages caused by severe storms, other natural disasters, and physical and cyber-attacks. They are moving beyond remote microgrids in island mode, to grid-connected ones, and even networked microgrids serving communities and smart cities. Utilities are learning that microgrids can be part of their self-healing technology, helping to detect outages and restore power automatically while repairs are being made.

The future is one with more microgrids operated by utilities and private entities, but with seamless integration with the macro grid allowing for better resiliency and reliability for all. Register today to gain valuable experience-based information on this future of utilities and microgrids.

Learning Outcomes

  • Expand on some of the issues the industry is facing like utility system integration, grid resiliency, finance, and data
  • Review regulatory best practices to essential cost-benefit analysis for microgrid development  
  • List the best practices learned from six different microgrid projects at Xcel Energy
  • Describe why the City of San Diego is building eight microgrids for municipal facilities
  • Discuss how Southern California Edison’s microgrid incentive program will build resiliency on the grid
  • Engage in a question-and-answer session on the good and bad of microgrids for utilities
  • Review the how and why of a distribution Microgrid-in-a-Box system and its applications
  • Discover a regional-scale microgrid planning framework
  • Identify ways to transition from fossil fuel-based energy to zero-carbon renewable energy in a microgrid

Agenda

Tuesday, April 2, 2024 : Central Time

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Conference Day 1 Timing

 

9:15 – 10:00 a.m. :: Microgrids – A 2024 Utility View

This presentation will address key points that the industry is currently facing including utility system integration and interoperability (microgrid owner operation vs. utility’s role), grid resiliency, finance, and data management and security. We will be highlighting some potential solutions to these common problems as well and what they may mean in the future.

Ahmed Mousa, Manager – Utility of the Future, PSEG

10:00 – 10:45 a.m. :: Utility Participation in Microgrid Development: Standards of Review

There are a range of participation options, obligations, and requirements of the distribution utility as part of microgrid development.  How the utility carries out these responsibilities is an important consideration, particularly as it relates to estimating the microgrid’s costs and benefits.  Applying regulatory best practices to essential cost-benefit analysis can add value as part of the development cycle.  The National Standards Practice Manual for Benefit Cost Analysis for Distributed Energy Resources (“NSPM for BCA for DER”) provides a valuable guidance tool to aid in the consideration of these projects, aiding both developer, participating stakeholder communities and commissions alike.  Done well, it aids in the transparency related to the proposed project’s value streams, including qualitative ones – such as improvements to community resiliency.  By adopting these practices, developers seeking “mind share” with stakeholders on project benefits will also benefit, by translating project costs and benefits into terms appropriate for regulatory cost-recovery under cost-of-service regulation.

Uroš Simović, Manager, West and Monroe

10:45 – 11:00 a.m. :: Morning Break

11:00 – 11:45 a.m. :: Xcel Energy Microgrid Initiatives – Best Practices and Lessons Learned

Xcel Energy is currently installing 6 microgrids across Colorado to support community resiliency at locations such as a homeless shelter, evacuation hubs, and the DEN airport terminal trains.  The unique conditions of each of these locations has led to a variety of engineering challenges and solutions that will be valuable lessons learned for future projects.  The presenter will give background on these cases and the guidelines they have developed as a result.

Nathan Kassees, P.E., Principal Engineer, Grid Storage and Emerging Technologies, Xcel Energy

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. :: Serving Communities During Grid Outages

In 2023, the city broke ground on the installation of microgrids at eight municipal facilities. These microgrids – standalone power grids that allow a facility or set of connected facilities to “island” or isolate from the grid and continue to operate during grid outages, relying on power stored onsite – will help the city reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, provide resiliency during grid outages, and save on energy costs. Partially funded by the California Energy Commission’s Advanced Solar Emergency Microgrids Grant, the project is being financed through a 25-year Energy Management Services Agreement.

The eight locations were prioritized for microgrid installation based on their ability to serve communities during grid outages, either as shelters or supply distribution centers.

Jenny Kunna, Associate Engineer – Municipal Energy Division, Sustainability & Mobility Department, City of San Diego

1:30 – 1:45 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

1:45 – 2:30 p.m. :: A Utility’s Community Microgrid Incentive Program

The Microgrid Incentive Program was authorized by the California Public Utilities Commission in January 2021 with a budget of $200 million. The program aims to fund clean energy microgrids that support the critical needs of vulnerable communities impacted by grid outages and to test new technologies or regulatory approaches to inform future action. The program is intended to provide funding for community, local, and tribal government-driven reliability, and resiliency projects. Southern California Edison will present the program to attendees and share how this program is helping build resiliency on the grid and in disadvantaged and vulnerable communities.

Lisa Estrada, Program Manager, Southern California Edison

Ramakrishna Dhanekula, Technology Strategy Architect, San Diego Gas & Electric 

2:30 – 4:00 p.m. :: Microgrids for Utilities Panel Discussion

This panel will discuss the good and bad of microgrids for utilities. Microgrids are proving to be a useful tool in the delivery of power helping to prevent outages and keeping the lights on at important community facilities and more, but why have they been slower to be adapted by utilities? This interactive discussion will explore this notion.

Moderator – Sonja Berdahl, Sr. Project Leader, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Ahmed Mousa, Manager – Utility of the Future, PSEG

Nathan Kassees, P.E., Principal Engineer, Grid Storage and Emerging Technologies, Xcel Energy

Kevin Wright, President, PROTOGEN Inc

4:00 p.m. :: Adjournment

 

Wednesday, April 3, 2024 : Central Time

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.
Log In

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Conference Day 2 Timing

 

9:15 – 10:00 a.m. :: RAPID-Microgrid-in-a-Box and Other Clean Energy Resiliency Systems

This presentation will discuss the Relocatable/Resiliency Alternative Power Improvement for Distribution Microgrid-in-a-Box system, why it was developed, and a range of applications it can be used for.  We will also discuss some of our DoD microgrid work, and new R&D efforts being applied for planning on incorporation of microreactor nuclear power into mixed clean energy island grid architectures, to enable replacement of legacy diesel power plant systems.

Kurt Myers, MSEE, PE, Group Lead, Distributed Energy and Grid Systems Integration, Idaho National Laboratory  

10:00 – 10:45 a.m. :: Resilience Corridors: A Blueprint for Regional Microgrid Deployment

Microgrids are widely understood to be critical to securing the US electrical grid against failures caused by threat actors of increasing sophistication, and weather events of increasing frequency and intensity. The business drivers intrinsic to microgrids can be characterized as economics, resilience, and sustainability. However, microgrid development as a practical matter is limited by many other factors including regulatory and political impediments. The nation’s energy markets, state regulations, and utility procedures were fundamentally organized around a large, centralized grid regime balanced primarily against market efficiency. Decades of operating this way have led to entrenched market actors and stagnant policy.

This presentation will share research exploring building “chains” of microgrids along major transportation corridors could establish the backbone for regional economic continuity throughout largescale adverse events and provide expanded economic opportunity to communities along the corridor. Such an approach – specifically, a regional-scale microgrid planning framework that considers the full range of benefits across local, connected local and regional scales – could enable a framework for comprehensive regulatory and political reform to transformation of the energy sector nationally.

Kevin Wright, President, PROTOGEN Inc

10:45 – 11:00 a.m. :: Morning Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Net Zero Microgrid Program

Idaho National Laboratory’s (INL) Net-Zero Microgrid Program produces cross-cutting research to remove carbon-emitting generation from microgrids. The program includes tools, guidance, and demonstrations to transition from predominantly fossil fuels-based energy to zero-carbon renewable energy in microgrids. This presentation will review the program as well as cover other aspects of the lab’s work to benefit utilities.

Timothy McJunkin, Distinguished Researcher, Idaho National Laboratory

Speakers

Sonja Berdahl, Sr. Project Leader, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Ramakrishna Dhanekula, Technology Strategy Architect, San Diego Gas & Electric 

Lisa Estrada, Program Manager, Southern California Edison

Nathan Kassees, P.E., Principal Engineer, Grid Storage and Emerging Technologies, Xcel Energy

Jenny Kunna, Associate Engineer – Municipal Energy Division, Sustainability & Mobility Department, City of San Diego

Timothy McJunkin, Distinguished Researcher, Idaho National Laboratory

Ahmed Mousa, Manager – Utility of the Future, PSEG

Kurt Myers, MSEE, PE, Group Lead, Distributed Energy and Grid Systems Integration, Idaho National Laboratory

Uroš Simović, Manager, West and Monroe

Kevin Wright, President, PROTOGEN Inc

Online Delivery

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The Evolving Role of Microgrids in Utility Resilience and Reliability

April 2-3, 2024 | Online
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Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must log in for the entirety of the event and be in attendance for the entirety of the conference to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case Studies, PowerPoint presentations and Classroom exercises will be used in this event


Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Course CPE Credits: 9.5
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: None

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Who Should Attend

  • Engineers, managers, professionals, and policy analysts from the utility industry
  • Facility managers and electrical engineers for corporate, academic, or residential campuses
  • State regulators and staff
  • County and municipal officials
  • Distributed generation industry
  • Combined heat and power industry
  • Renewable energy suppliers
  • Researchers and academics
  • Military advisors
  • Hardware suppliers, advanced metering vendors, software vendors, construction firms