By - Jon Brown

Western Bulk Power System: Changing Resource Mix, Market Developments & Emerging Solutions
September 28-29, 2020 | Online :: Pacific Time

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The Western electric grid is experiencing significant changes in its bulk power system through an evolving resource mix, paradigm shift in generation sources and expanding regional electricity markets.  Contributing to these fundamental shifts in the grid is the continued penetration of demand-side and energy storage solutions, in tandem with a transition from baseload fossil-fuel generation fleet to a more diversified (and distributed) clean energy generation resource mix.  Public policy mandates and market initiatives are playing important roles to these transformations of the grid, too.  These manifold changes merit a deeper understanding from markets, technology, and power system performance perspectives.

This course provides just such a comprehensive picture of the Western Interconnect’s underlying physical and policy infrastructure, as well as the most current grid and market issues and initiatives – their practical impacts on the operations and strategies – affecting power organizations active in the region.  It covers foundational concepts of electric grid reliability, regulations and a survey of demand side and supply side energy resources that are unique to deployment in this region.

Learning Outcomes

  • Acquire a landscape-level understanding of performance characteristics of fossil fuel, renewable resource and demand side resources operating in the Western Interconnect
  • Identify the emerging adoption trends of demand side resources and energy storage technologies operating in the Western Interconnect
  • Evaluate the operational challenges confronting the western bulk power system in the context of a distributed energy resource future
  • Examine the latest electric market initiatives in process (CAISO-based Energy Imbalance Market and evolving Day-Ahead market services, as well as SPP Energy Imbalance Services)
  • Identify the latest emerging, energy-related market and utility regulatory issues impacting utilities, system planners, public interest advocates and regulators along with their operational implications
  • Assess recent grid reliability events that highlight the need for increased renewable resource integration and the interdependency of the gas-electric sector
  • Analyze latest emerging energy-related market and utility regulatory issues impacting utilities, resource planners, public interest advocates and regulators



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 1.4 CEUs for this event.


Instructional Methods  

This program will use PowerPoint presentations, case studies and group discussions. 

Requirements for a Successful Completion of Program  

Participants must log in each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit. 


Monday, September 28, 2020 – Pacific Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In

9:00 – 9:15 a.m. :: Overview and Introductions

9:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: Program Timing

(includes breaks)

Public Policies and Utility Regulation Structures in the West

  • Energy concepts and metrics
    • Baseload versus peak
    • Load profiles
    • Transmission congestion
  • Nexus of “Energy-Environment” and key public policies impacting western bulk power system
    • Energy Policy Act 2005
    • Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS)
    • FERC Orders 1000 & 2000
  • Overview of utility regulatory policy and utility regulatory structures in the West

Energy Resources – Supply Side of the Equation

  • Fossil fuel resources
    • Coal
    • Gas
    • Nuclear and latest trends
  • Comparison profile of renewable energy generation sources
    • Hydro-electric
    • Wind
    • Solar
    • Geothermal
    • Biomass
    • Wave energy technologies
  • Renewable energy standards (RES and RPS) and policies

Energy Resources – Demand Side of the Equation

  • Demand side resources and demand side management
  • Load forecasting and relevance to resource adequacy

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. :: Break for Lunch

1:15 – 5:00 p.m. :: Program

(includes breaks)

Modeling Challenges and Gaps of Supply and Demand Side of the Equation

  • State-of-the art modeling tools
  • Modeling electricity markets
    • Supply and demand flexibility
  • Multi-energy systems
    • Gas
    • Transportation
    • Buildings
    • Water

Adoption Trends of Generation Technologies

  • Fossil-fuel resources
    • Coal
    • Gas
    • Nuclear
  • Renewable resources
    • Hydro-electric
    • Wind
    • Solar
    • Geothermal
    • Biomass
    • Wave

Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Considerations & Transmission-Distribution Interface

  • Case studies of DER integration in western interconnection
  • Latest challenges with DER integration at the transmission-distribution interface – why does that matter?

5:00 p.m. :: Adjourn for Day

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 All Times Pacific

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In

9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: Program Timing

(includes breaks)

Power System & Performance Characteristics of Renewable Resource Technologies           

  • Renewable resources and reliability considerations
    • Hydro-electric
    • Wind
    • Solar
    • Geothermal
    • Biomass
    • Wave

Distributed Energy Resources (DER)

  • DER integration in CAISO
    • Policies
    • Latest challenges

Demand Side Management (DSM) Efforts

  • Demand side resources
  • Overview of Reserve-sharing programs
    • Contingency reserve sharing programs
    • Forward-sharing for resource adequacy

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. :: Break for Lunch

1:15 – 5:00 p.m. :: Program

(includes breaks)

Energy Storage Technologies

  • Latest trends of deployment and barriers
  • Short- and long-term storage types and grid integration

Current Regional Grid and Market Enhancement Initiatives

  • Market and governance dimensions of Day-Ahead and Energy Imbalance products
    • CAISO-offered Energy Imbalance Market (EIM)
    • CAISO-offered Day-Ahead Market (DAM) & Extended Day-Ahead Market (EDAM)
    • SPP Western EIS Market
  • Growth of Community Choice Aggregation (CCA)
    • Impacts to grid operations
    • Impacts to transmission-distribution interface
    • Impacts to IOUs
  • Update on other concurrent initiatives
    • Seams and four-reliability coordinator paradigm
    • Critical Energy Information Infrastructure (CEII)
    • Adoption of updated inverter-based resources standards and rules
    • Issuance of data restrictions role of fed and state regulators

Response of Grid Operations to High DER  Systems

  • Grid reliability case studies
    • Blue cut fire
    • Aliso Canyon and resource adequacy (RA) implications for CA

5:00 pm :: Program Adjournment


Vijay Satyal, Senior Energy Market Policy Analyst, Western Resource Advocates

Vijay Satyal has an interdisciplinary background in energy regulations, policy design and impact assessment, renewable energy standards, grid reliability and resource planning acros state and regional levels. He works as a Senior Market Design & Policy Analyst with Western Resource Advocates (WRA). In this role, Dr. Satyal provides policy and planning expertise to WRA as it expands and promotes regional electricity markets that embody transparency, economic efficiencies and robustness of governance structure. He is actively engaged in California Independent System Operator (CAISO) market initiatives and other western state utility regulatory proceedings. Prior to that, Dr. Satyal worked at Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) as a Senior Policy Advisor, providing policy and regulatory analyses perspectives to WECC Staff and Executive Management.  These contributions included reviewing and assessing impacts of federal/state policy issues (or regulations) impacting the fossil fuel and renewable energy resource across western U.S.  His public policy experience also includes a 6-year work experience with Oregon Department of Energy, where he conducted policy analyses of renewable energy technologies (performance and transmission planning), review of incentive programs and served on climate change-related state legislative initiatives.  Dr. Satyal also teaches an on-line graduate level professional course in Renewable Energy Policy at Oregon State University for the past 10 years.

Julia Prochnik, Executive Director, Long Duration Energy Storage Association of California

Julia Prochnik is executive director of the Long Duration Energy Storage Association of California. The non-profit organization is dedicated to advancing the long duration energy storage technologies needed to enhance California’s ability to achieve its climate goals, while operating a safe and reliable energy grid.  With nearly 20 years of experience in the electric industry, Ms. Prochnik has expert knowledge of the relationships among utilities, federal and state government agencies, non-profits, advocates and other stakeholder groups. She is a proven leader and coalition builder who understands the opportunities and challenges facing the U.S. electricity sector in reducing carbon emissions, developing new renewable energy infrastructure, creating markets and implementing a new clean energy vision.  Previously, she was a director at the Natural Resources Defense Council where she oversaw energy policy creation and implementation with a focus on grid operations and transmission planning.  Ms. Prochnik has also worked in multiple roles at the U.S. Department of Energy and served as director of intergovernmental relations for the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, as well as a project developer for Clean Line Energy Partners.

Kavita Shenoi, Consulting Manager, Siemens PTI

Kavita Shenoi is Consulting Manager at Siemens PTI.  She has more than 10 years of experience in power system planning, generation interconnection, transfer limit analysis, dynamic modeling and electromagnetic transient studies. Ms. Shenoi has been the project manager and technical lead on numerous Siemens PTI consulting projects. She has specialized in transmission and deliverability analyses for transmission and sub-transmission systems with high renewable penetration. She also has experience in simulation of electromagnetic transient phenomena. As Consulting Manager, Ms. Shenoi manages the Siemens PTI consulting team located in Foster City, CA.  Her responsibilities include leading offerings related to transmission planning, electromagnetic transient analysis, NERC compliance and inverter-based generation.

Konstantinos Oikonomou, Power Systems Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Konstantinos  Oikonomou is  an Electrical Engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. His research  interests include  power  system  planning  and  reliability  analysis  as well as operation and planning of interdependent critical infrastructures, water-energy systems, and modeling and integration of renewable energy resources.  Dr. Oikonomou received the B.Sc. degree in physics from the University of Patras, Patras, Greece, a first M.Sc. Degree in Energy Engineering from the University of Durham, U.K., a second M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the George Washington University in, and the Ph.D.  degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Utah.

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.

  • 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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