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By - Jon Brown

Roadmap to Create a 100% Green Power Grid for the 21st Century
August 13-14, 2020 | Online :: Central Time

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Overview

The electric power industry in the U.S. and the world is moving toward predominantly renewable energy. The majority renewable resources are expected to be wind and solar, where solar resources are expected to dominate the market. This is due to solar resources’ lower investment requirements, fast construction, low maintenance and thus favorable operating economics. Wind and solar resources are generally intermittent and non-dispatchable and the power production from these resources may not be coincident with demand for energy. For this reason, storage resources are becoming increasingly important and are expected to be an integral component of the 21st century power grid. Coordinated operation of wind and solar resources along with storage batteries calls for a platform for energy transaction among all parties of concern from the transmission system all the way through the end consumers.

Managing and optimizing the charge and discharge cycles of hundreds of utility scale storage resources in real-time without causing local and system wide congestion is not a trivial task. In fact, it can potentially create conflicts among various power grid components from real time operations to wholesale markets.

Energy experts arguably believe that a 100% green power grid is the way to the future. However, at this time the industry lacks a plausible roadmap and implementation plan. Currently, the electric power industry needs an evolutionary road map that can be implemented in an orderly fashion.

This Seminar describes a new vision, roadmap and business model which is called the “Energy Bank” to facilitate the creation of 100% green power grid. The Energy Bank provides an end-to end framework for planning, integration, operations to transactions from wholesale markets all the way to end consumers and behind the meter installations.

California wildfires have taken many lives and caused billions of dollars of damage to the California economy. Another unique application of the Energy Bank is that can provide temporary power to areas that the utilities are exercising Public Safety Power Shutoffs as experienced in California.

This seminar provides an overview and guided tour of the Energy Bank and the proposed roadmap, value proposition and implementation plan for creation of a 100% green power grid. The roles and responsibilities of Energy Bank, electric utilities, renewable resource developers and storage developers will be presented. Further, the products and services related to energy trading among all stakeholders including value proposition and cash flows will be discussed. 

The concept of Energy Bank is expected to disrupt the electric power industry that is known today. The seminar materials provide valuable information on a full spectrum of the changes that the Energy Bank will bring along for utilities, regulatory agencies, project developers, private investors, finance firms, wholesale markets and wholesale market participants and owners of existing wind and solar power plants.

This seminar concentrates mainly on non-technical issues. However, some relevant technical issues will also be discussed. An electrical engineering degree is not required to attend his seminar, however, a general understanding of utility operations and integration of renewable and storage resources is required.

Attendees will be provided with a copy of the presentations and other reference materials.

Learning Outcomes

Attendees will gain hands-on and practical skills in the following areas:

  • Challenges in creating a green power grid
  • Current industry gaps
  • Renewable Integration challenges
  • Storage Integration challenges
  • Firm charging capacity
  • Energy transaction needs
  • Vision of the emerging power grid
  • Introduction to Energy Bank
  • What does it do?
  • Business model
  • Products and services
  • Cash flows diagrams
  • Economy of scale
  • Market segmentation
  • Implementation solution
  • Solution to Public Safety power shutdowns
  • Technology Needs

Agenda

Thursday, August 13, 2020 – Central Time

9:30 – 10:00 am :: Log in


10:00 – 10:45 am :: Drivers of Change in Power Industry

This presentation provides an overview of drivers of change in the power industry as a result of changes in regulatory, economics in power generation, technology, predominantly intermittent and non-dispatchable resources and increased penetration of storage resources. The discussion topics include:

  • Global warming issues
  • Technology changes
  • Changing economics in power generation
  • Changing consumption patterns
  • Intermittency and non-dispatchable resources
  • Trends in interconnection cost of renewable resources
  • High penetration of storage resources
  • Hybrid resources
  • Challenges in real time operation of storage resources
  • Firm transmission capacity reservation for charging
  • Bi-directional transmission systems
  • Creation of conflicts in planning ad real time operation

Dr. Eddie Dehdashti, CTO, Power Applications and Research Systems, Inc. San Francisco, California


10:45 – 11:45 am :: Challenges in Integrating Renewables and Storage Resources

This presentation provides an overview of challenges at the California Independent System Operator from both system operation and wholesale market perspectives. In addition an overview of challenges in integration of renewables due to regulatory changes, changing economics in power generation, technology changes and dealing with predominantly intermittent and non-dispatchable resources will be discussed. The discussion topics include:

  • Increasing Renewable Portfolio Standards above 50%
  • Integration of numerous and distributed storage resources
  • Electrical characteristics of renewable resources
  • Dealing with intermittency and non-dispatchability
  • Interconnection of renewable resources
  • Emerging role of storage battery power plants
  • Operating a wholesale market with renewable resources
  • Regulatory trends toward solving utility resources with storage
  • Public Safety Power Shutoffs’ impacts on operations and wholesale markets
  • Access to firm charging capacity

Mr. Mark Rothleder, Vice President, California Independent System Operator, Folsom, California

11:45 – 12:15 am :: Morning Break


12:15 – 1:00 pm :: Electric Utility Needs for New Innovation

This presentation provides an overview of unprecedented challenges facing electric utilities in California today. Global warming and wildfires require innovative solutions and out-of-the-box thinking to develop cost-effective technologies which enable utilities to provide safe and reliable power to the public as it has been done for over a century .The discussion topics include:

  •  Global warming and rise in average temperatures
  • Prolonged low precipitation levels  and  dry seasons
  • Impacts of Global Warming electric utility infrastructure
  • Need for new standards in various areas
  • Need for new technologies
  • Need for new real time monitoring tools
  • Need for temporary source of power

Dr. Rudy Movafagh, Senior Director, Electric Standards, Work Methods and Procedures, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Francisco, California (Pending Approval)

1:00 – 2:00 pm :: Lunch Break


2:00 – 3:00 pm :: Energy Transactional Needs of 21st Century Power Grid

This presentation provides a decentralized vision of a Transactive Energy (TE) Platform and Retail Tariffs for a highly electrified California with 100 percent clean energy and high penetration of storage resources. The discussion topics include:

  • High-level overview of a Retail Automated Transactive Energy System (RATES) pilot in California
  • How RATES can be an Energy Bank interface for each consumer, producer and storage owner
  • Spot, forward and subscription transactions
  • Basic products: Locational Energy and Transport (of Energy) among locations
  • Transaction and Tender time and location granularity
  • How does a Subscription Transactive Tariff work to allow dynamic prices while mitigating bill volatility?
  • Using scarcity pricing to recover capital and fixed costs with dynamic energy prices
  • How can Smart Agents and Machine Learning operate devices and create Transactions for each owner
  • Who should operate the TE Platform – Distribution Operators, LSEs, CCAs, ISOs or 3rd Parties?
  • How can vendors of smart devices, services and software participate in RATES?
  • CPUC/FERC role to facilitate 100 percent Clean Energy and Electrification using TE / RATES?
  • A roadmap and next steps for TE / RATES for California

Dr. Edward Cazalet, President, and CEO, TeMix Inc. Palo Alto, California


3:00 – 3:45 pm :: Opportunities for Renewables Plus Storage in Community Choice Aggregations

This presentation provides a discussion of consumer benefits of Energy Bank and how CCA’s can decarbonize and localize their portfolios to the customer level, and take advantage of Energy Bank services to comply with their operational requirements. The discussion topics include:

  • Emerging world of CCAs as renewable energy pathways to climate mobilization  
  • Operational obligations of CCAs and role of renewables-plus-storage
  • Challenges and opportunities of CCA customer-owned renewables-plus-storage
  • Role of Vehicle-to-Building V2B Electric Vehicle Charging in renewables plus storage
  • Role of HVAC and hot water fuel switching as flexible microgrid storage
  • Role of municipal properties as platforms for renewables-plus-storage and customer shares participation
  • Can CCA’s create/become electrical islands and role of non-exporting interconnects in scalability
  • Challenges of 100% renewable power and role of load shaping and de-growth
  • CCA’s energy transaction needs and potential role(s) of a Green Bank
  • Role of renewable-plus-storage shares arrangements and renewable microgrid cooperatives
  • The “CCA 3.0” concept: redesigning CCA missions around customer engagement in Distributed Ener Resource sharing and ownership benefits
  • Roles of grid owner and alignment of state regulators with CCA mission to support innovation

Paul Fenn, Founder and President, Local Power LLC, Williamsburg, Massachusetts

3:45 – 4:00 pm :: Afternoon Break


4:00 – 4:45 pm :: Role of Storage in Renewable Investments

This presentation provides an overview of investment risks in renewable resources and storage facilities. These risks include runaway interconnection costs, inability to charge, firm charging capacity, Power Purchase Agreement terms and conditions, limited charge and discharge cycles of storage facilities etc. The discussion topics include:

  • Renewable resource investment risks
  • Storage investment opportunities
  • Role of transmission and distribution systems
  • Hybrid systems
  • Use of as available charging capacity
  • Economics of firm charging capacity
  • Storage contracts and asset valuation
  • Management of Investment Risks

Mr. Ali Amirali, Senior Vice President,  tarwood Energy Group, Greenwich, Connecticut


4:45 – 5:45 pm :: The Vision of Energy Bank – Role and Responsibility

This presentation describes a vision of the 21st Century power grid, the Energy Bank role and responsibility, value proposition, services, cash flow etc. The discussion topics include:

  • Overview of a 100% green power grid
  • Transmission requirements for a 100% green power grid
  • Interconnection costs of new renewables
  • Ability to charge storage
  • Firm charging capacity procurement
  • Bi-directional transmission systems
  • Emerging role of storage battery power plants
  • Electric utility roles and responsibilities
  • Energy Bank end-to end energy transactions
  • Why Energy Bank value proposition
  • Energy Bank cash flow
  • Utility roles and responsibilities
  • Developer roles and responsibilities
  • State and Federal regulatory boundary changes and coordination needs 

Dr. Eddie Dehdashti, CTO, Power Applications and Research Systems, Inc., San Francisco, California


Friday, August 14, 2020 – Central Time

9:00 – 9:30 am :: Log in


9:30 – 10:15 am :: Energy Bank Technology Challenges

Real time control and management of electric power system with predominantly storage resources will have some technology challenges. This presentation outlines the need for new systems and challenges in storage based systems. Specifically, the following topics will be discussed: 

  • Controlling voltage and frequency in real time
  • Automatic Generation Control (AGC)
  • Economic dispatch and transmission security considerations
  • Control of charge and discharge of storage resources
  • Maximizing the life time of capacitors

Dr. Ralph Masiello, Industry Advisor, Quanta Technology, Carson, Nevada


10:15 – 11:00 am :: The Energy Bank Market Opportunities

This presentation describes the types of products and services and market opportunities that Energy Bank can provide. This discussion also describes how Energy Bank can be used as a risk management tools to eliminate exposure curtailment, inability to charge as well as other market products. The discussion topics include:

  • Platform to accommodate increasing transactions
  • Whole market products
  • Retails market products
  • Segmentation of electricity products
  • Physical and financial platforms for energy transactions
  • Conversions of Energy only, fully deliverable, partial deliverability market segments
  • Ancillary services
  • Real time frequency and voltage control
  • Long term energy deposits
  • Energy loans
  • End-to-End and locational energy pricing
  • Emerging market structures to accommodate increasing transactions

Dr. Eddie Dehdashti, CTO, Power Applications and Research Systems, Inc., San Francisco, California

11:00 – 11:15 am :: Morning Break


11:15 am – 12:00 pm :: Investor Perspectives in Storage

Investment in energy storage assets requires different considerations than investment in wind, solar and other power generation resources. This is due to a number of factors, including limited life cycles, instantaneous energy, highly sophisticated software-based management systems and the need for procurement of transmission capacity for both charging and discharging cycles. This presentation provides an investor’s view on how pooling storage resources in an Energy Bank setting can bring stability in storage revenue streams and confidence in investment in storage resources. Specifically, the following will be discussed:

  • Importance of predictable revenue in electric utility investments
  • Gradual degradation in performance
  • Power Purchase Agreement performance considerations and requirements
  • Separate interconnection costs for charging and discharging cycles
  • As available charging capacity versus firm charging capacity

Mr. Barry Gold, President of NEXUS Infrastructure Capital Management, New York, New York


12:00  – 12:45  pm :: Legal and Regulatory Challenges

Energy transaction across jurisdictional boundaries may have legal and contractual implications. Transacting energy across jurisdictional boundaries may require changes to existing regulation pertaining to cross states under federal jurisdiction. The discussion topic includes the following:

  • Cross legal boundary energy transactions
  • End-consumer to Energy Transactions
  • Power Purchase Agreement for across jurisdictional boundaries/discharging cycles
  • Potential legal challenges in the concept of Energy Bank

Ms. Meghan Grabel, Attorney in Utilities Grabel Law, Phoenix, Arizona


12:45 – 1:00 pm Closing Remarks

1:00 pm :: Adjourn

Speakers

Mr. Ali Amirali, Senior Vice President,  Starwood Energy Group, Greenwich Connecticut

Dr. Edward Cazalet, President, and CEO, TeMix Inc. Palo Alto, California

Dr. Eddie Dehdashti, CTO, Power Applications and Research Systems, Inc., San Francisco, California

Paul Fenn, Founder and President, Local Power LLC, Williamsburg, Massachusetts

Mr. Barry Gold, President of NEXUS Infrastructure Capital Management, New York, New York

Ms. Meghan Grabel, Attorney in Utilities Grabel Law, Phoenix, Arizona

Dr. Ralph Masiello, Industry Advisor, Quanta Technology, Carson, Nevada<

Dr. Rudy Movafagh, Director of Electric Standards, Work Methods and Procedures Pacific Gas and Electric

Company, San Francisco, California (Pending Approval)

Mr. Mark Rothleder, Vice President, California Independent System Operator, Folsom, California

Online Delivery

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