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IEEE 1547 – 2018 Standards, Related Codes and Advanced Inverters
What the Power Industry Needs to Know to Leverage for DERs on the Grid and Behind-The-Meter
September 13-14, 2018 | Sacramento, CA

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Overview

In almost every utility or electric power systems area, increasing penetrations of solar photovoltaic (PV) and other distributed generation systems require a more flexible grid management approach.  Two key elements of facilitating this transition to a power delivery system with multi-directional flows involve:

  1. Conforming to updated interconnection standards — IEEE 1547, UL 1741 SA and others — that recognize how the system should accommodate this evolving generation and energy storage resources landscape
  2. Implementing advanced (smart) inverter technology that will appropriately “flex” with the legacy distribution and transmission systems to integrate with a new power delivery paradigm

This conference will examine the power system impacts triggered by the advancing penetration of solar and distributed energy resources.  It will identify how utilities, bulk power system operators, service providers and project developers must conform their practices to address the technology challenges triggered by these behind-the-meter and customer-originating power conditions. 

Many of the industry’s foremost technical experts at utilities, grid operators, research institutes, national laboratories and technology service providers will consider these issues:

  • Exactly what problems are stakeholders trying to solve with “smart inverter functions”?  Which ones have only been theorized, and which have been seen in real-world systems — local issues and wide-area issues?
  • Which “smart inverter functions” correlate to which problems?  How effective are they in solving the problems they target?  How do utilities and other electric power system operators determine the settings needed to deploy a particular “smart inverter function” to solve a specific problem?
  • What are the tradeoffs involved in using “smart inverter functions”?  When using a particular “smart inverter function” to solve a specific problem, what unintended consequences or secondary problems may be triggered?  Are those avoidable?
  • Do “smart inverter functions” move the industry — and society — toward a more distributed future, such as microgrids, transactive energy, blockchain and so forth?  If so, how do they do that, and how would they be used in those environments?  What other functions are needed?

Learning Outcomes

  • Review IEEE 1547-2018 and IEEE 1547 family of Standards and related codes
  • Examine advanced inverter performance under conditions of growing DER penetration
  • Discuss real-time DER performance monitoring and appropriate communications protocols
  • Examine the impact of high penetration DG on distribution feeders
  • Review existing codes and standards influencing inverter functionality
  • Identify distribution storage opportunities utilizing batteries

Credits

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EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.5 CEUs for this conference and 0.8 CEUs for the workshop.

 

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

PowerPoint presentations and case studies will be used in program.

Agenda

Thursday, September 13, 2018   

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

 


8:00 – 9:00 a.m. :: The Relevance of System Operability & Standards to Utility and Area Electric Power Systems (EPS)

  • National interconnection standards and related codes update
    • IEEE 1547–2018
    • UL 1741 / SA
  • NERC and FERC level DERs interconnection performance requirements
  • State rules for DERs interconnection
  • Utility standards guide and processes

Mike Coddington, Principal Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)


9:00 – 10:30 a.m. :: IEEE 1547 Series of Standards & Guides

  • Major (especially, disruptive) standards changes adopted and/or under consideration
  • What will be the benefits to the system?
  • How will these revisions impact utility and EPS operations?
  • What will they require utilities and project developers to do differently?
  • How much will it cost and who will pay?

Mike Coddington, Principal Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

John Berdner, Vice President – Regulatory and Policy Strategy, Enphase Energy 

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. :: Morning Break

 


10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: NERC and FERC Level DER Performance Requirements

  • Measures to ensure resilience and rapid recovery
  • NERC Inverter-based resource performance task force (IRPTF)
    • Drivers
    • Goals
  • NERC DER task force
  • Wholesale power market adjustments to accommodate DERs
  • Removing barriers to participation of aggregated and inverter-based devices

Clyde Loutan, Principal – Renewable Energy Integration, California ISO (CAISO)

Charlie Vartanian, Senior Technical Advisor, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

 


1:00 – 2:45 p.m. :: Aligning Inverter Functions and Codes Associated with the Standards

  • UL 1741 / SA
    • Purpose and functions
    • Process for creation
    • Tests
    • Differentiating utility interactive products
    • Timeline projections of grid support interconnection certifications
    • Interim measures
    • Relationship to other standards
    • Harmonization with IEEE 1547.1

Ian McDonald, Principal Engineer – Distributed Energy Resources Equipment & Systems, Underwriters Laboratories

Howard Liu, Technical Leader & Engineering Manager, Intertek

2:45 – 3:15 p.m. :: Networking Break

 


3:15 – 5:00 p.m. :: DER Interconnection Guides

  • State Rules for
    • Rule 14 (Hawaii)
    • Rule 21 (Calif)
    • Section 215 (Minn)
  • Utility-specific Implementation
    • Case studies

Roger Salas, Principal Advisor – Distribution Engineering Department, Southern California Edison (SCE)

John Berdner, Vice President – Regulatory and Policy Strategy, Enphase Energy

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. :: Networking Reception

 


Friday, September 14, 2018

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

 


8:30 – 10:00 a.m. :: How the Power System Must Adjust to Advanced (Smart) Inverters as a Class

  • Autonomous grid support functions (adopted)
    • Individual component performance profile
    • Cumulative and interactive aspects
  • Advanced functions (under study)
    • Anticipated process, implementation and timeline
  • Resource management attributes
    • Renewable energy
    • Storage
  • System management attributes
    • Distribution
    • Transmission
    • Energy balancing

John Berdner, Vice President – Regulatory and Policy Strategy, Enphase Energy

Dr. Michael Ropp, President and Principal Engineer, Northern Plains Power Technologies

Leo Casey, Power Systems Lead Engineer, GoogleX

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. :: Morning Break

 


10:15 – 11:45 a.m. :: Balancing the Scale of Communications Transparency vs Privacy

  • Communication requirements
  • Internet communications protocol
  • Certification test standard for communication protocols
  • How secure are operations and data?

Frances Cleveland, President & Principal Consultant, Xanthus

Brad Williams, Vice President – Industry Strategy, Oracle Utilities

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

 


1:00 – 2:30 p.m. :: The Relationship of Updated Standards and Inverter Functions to Hosting Capacity Analysis

  • General methodology
  • Costs and benefits
  • Unintended consequences of Standards updates
  • What limitations and system issues inverters alone can and can’t resolve
  • State and utility case studies

Nery Navarro, Engineering Manager – Grid Modernization, Southern California Edison (SCE)

Frances Cleveland, President & Principal Consultant, Xanthus

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

 


2:45 – 4:30 p.m. :: The Influence of Blockchain and Transactive Energy on the Deployment of Inverter Advances

  • Relationship to standards adoption and advanced inverter implementation
    • IEEE P825
    • Rule 21 (Calif) SIWG phase 3
  • Peer-to-peer energy trading
  • Consumer exposures/benefits
  • Business model/grid defection threat
    • Load serving entities (LSEs)
    • Retail electric providers (REPs)
    • Providers of last resort (POLRs)
  • Wholesale market impacts
    • Reserve requirements
    • Negative pricing
    • Curtailment
  • Implications for project developers
    • Financial models
    • Long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs)

Adam Sparacino, System Studies Engineer, Mitsubishi Electric U.S.

Frances Cleveland, President & Principal Consultant, Xanthus

Brad Williams, Vice President – Industry Strategy, Oracle Utilities

Sara Biyabini, Founder & CTO, GridComm

Rolf Bienert, Technical Director, OpenADR Alliance

Workshop

Smart Inverters And Bulk Power System Considerations

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Overview

This one-day workshop will address the expanding challenges and opportunities brought on by inverter-based resources connected to bulk power systems (BPS)— the networked transmission systems under the jurisdiction and oversight of FERC, NERC, and ISO/RTO’s.  As the recent so-called Blue Cut and Canyon Fire events in the Western Interconnect affirmed, inverter-based resources do impact the BPS.  Under present conditions, these impacts are within acceptable BPS performance criteria. However, to the degree that technology capabilities, technical standards, and market designs are aligned (or not), future outcomes will vary drastically from quite positive to potentially quite negative.  These outcomes will be evidenced in terms of relative changes in grid performance and the cost of delivering energy from smart inverter-connected resources across power systems to loads. The workshop instructors, who have been actively engaged in managing and guiding the rapid adoption and increase of inverter-based resources, will examine approaches to an optimal future from five perspectives:

  1. Technology
  2. BPS impacts
  3. Standards advancement
  4. Market considerations
  5. FERC Order 841

Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate the shift to power electronics-based grid interfaces embodied in distributed energy resource (DER) technology
  • Discuss inverter resource-related BPS (non-distribution connected resource) events in the Western Interconnect that prompted significant revisions in IEEE 1547 Standards and related codes
  • Assess how the policy drivers for ISO market enhancements to account for DERs will ultimately improve system reliability
  • Examine a case study of one utility to incorporate the updated and revised Standards in an initiative to substantially electrify its power delivery system
  • Assess what further steps are advisable or necessary to continue the level of integration across all networked power systems that culminate in the bulk power system

Program Agenda

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Program

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

1:00 – 5:00 p.m. :: Program

5:00 p.m. :: Program Adjournment


Technology and Impacts

Distributed energy resource technology – a shift to power electronics-based grid interfaces

  • Key technology features
    • Functions
    • Types
    • Operating characteristics
  • Costs
    • Trends
    • Drivers
  • DER and BPS impacts
    • Penetration level dimensions
    • Inertia and reliability

National (Grid) Perspective

Inverter resource-related BPS (non-distribution connected resource) events

  • Blue cut fire
    • Findings
    • Implications
    • NERC Recommendations
  • Oct 2017 Canyon wildfire
    • Actions that triggered failure
    • Implications
    • NERC Recommendations

High-voltage coordinating with distributed resources standards

  • Industry and regulatory collaboration and outcomes
  • Translation into guidelines and IEEE 1547

Regional (System Operator) Perspective

Policy drivers for market enhancements for distributed resources

  • Intent

Operators of the transmission and distribution systems need to coordinate and communicate with each other in new ways to maintain reliable operation of their respective systems

Market measures to allow wholesale market participation by distributed resources aggregation

  • CAISO policy initiatives anticipated to span 3 years
    • Non-Generator Resource Model
    • Proxy Demand Resource Model (PDR)
    • Distributed Energy Resource Provider (DERP) designation

Enhanced operation coordination requirements to maintain reliability

  • Accurate real-time forecasting and local management of distributed resources variability
  • Contributions to meeting operational challenges

Local (Utility) Perspective

Case study – The clean power and electrification pathway

  • SCE-adopted integrated approach to address climate change via reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improving air quality by taking action in three California economic sectors
    • Transform the electric grid to supply 80 percent carbon-free energy
    • Facilitate the mobilization of more than 7 million electric vehicles on California roads
    • Align practices so that electricity powers nearly one-third of space and water heaters, in increasingly energy-efficient buildings

National Distributed Resource Technical Standards Development

Intent: to strike an appropriate balance between distribution system needs vs. bulk power system needs

Extensive collaboration to update IEEE Std 1547

  • Full revision
  • Harmonized with key interconnection standards at the state level
  • Related full revision of IEEE 1547-2018, applicable to the distribution connected-resources
  • Detailed breakdown of specific revisions and their impact on the BPS
    • Traditional distribution concerns addressed
    • Normal and abnormal performance categories

Where Does the Power Industry Go from Here?

The content matter experts discuss what further steps are advisable or necessary to continue the level of integration across all networked power systems that culminate in the bulk power system.

Speakers

John Berdner, Vice President – Regulatory and Policy Strategy, Enphase Energy

Rolf Bienert, Technical Director, OpenADR Alliance

Sarah Biyabini, Founder & CTO, GridComm

Leo Casey, Power Systems Lead Engineer, GoogleX

Frances Cleveland, President & Principal Consultant, Xanthus

Mike Coddington, Principal Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Howard Liu, Technical Leader & Engineering Manager, Intertek

Clyde Loutan, Principal – Renewable Energy Integration, California ISO (CAISO)

Ian McDonald, Principal Engineer – Distributed Energy Resources Equipment & Systems, Underwriters Laboratories

Nery Navarro, Engineering Manager – Grid Modernization, Southern California Edison (SCE)

Vishal Patel, Principal Manager – Technology Strategy, Southern California Edison (SCE)

Dr. Michael Ropp, President and Principal Engineer, Northern Plains Power Technologies

Roger Salas, Principal Advisor – Distribution Engineering Department, Southern California Edison (SCE)

Adam Sparacino, System Studies Engineer, Mitsubishi Electric U.S.

Charlie Vartanian, Senior Technical Advisor, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

Brad Williams, Vice President – Industry Strategy, Oracle Utilities

Location

The Citizen Hotel

926 J St

Sacramento, CA 95814

Reserve your room:

please call 1-916-447-2700
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Room Block Reserved For:

Nights of September 11 – 13, 2018

Room rate through EUCI:

$209.00 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to August 26, 2018.

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