Key Elements and Challenges to A Decarbonized Power Grid

Key Elements and Challenges to A Decarbonized Power Grid

October 29-30, 2020 | Online :: Central Time

The electric energy world is in the midst of dramatic and disruptive change at many levels. The convergence of technologies has never been as rapid—or as important—as it is today, and the energy industry is undergoing a period of extremely fast-paced evolution that was not visible to most participants even five years ago. This highly interactive seminar is designed to provide a practical overview of why the grid is moving to decarbonize and how the technologies and business models are evolving to meet that challenge. This course will highlight the current utility, city, and state decarbonization mandates, as well as discuss hwo these will be achieved within the current market and regulatory frameworks.

Attendees will comprehend the structures and rationale for various types power markets, the evolution of competitive markets, and responsibilities of each.  They will gain a better understanding of grid structure, regulated monopolies, today’s regulatory construct, FERC, PUCs, NERC, and more.

Learning Outcomes  

  • Discuss how competitive markets work and their various roles and responsibilities in the system
  • Develop a familiarity with traditional generating assets and properties
  • Comprehend the large recent conversion from coal to gas-fired generation, as well as the emergence of utility-scale wind and solar
  • Review the role of digitalization and data across the entire ecosystem
  • Discuss the challenges and opportunities related to clean tech integration
  • Explain the interaction between supply and demand and customer interaction with electricity markets
  • Appreciate the implications of these emerging technologies, cost and deployment curves, financing considerations, and associated regulatory policies



EUCI is accredited by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard. IACET is recognized internationally as a standard development organization and accrediting body that promotes quality of continuing education and training.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 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 course to be eligible for continuing education credit. 

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint presentations, interactive group exercise, and group discussion will be used during this course. 


Thursday, October 29, 2020 Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. :: Lunch Break

How Competitive Markets Work

  • Role and Responsibility of ISOs/RTOs
  • Capacity and Energy – Markets and Approaches
    • Day-ahead vs real-time
  • Other Wholesale Products
  • Risk and Volatility – Price Caps
  • The Role of Distributed Utilities

Electricity Generation Assets

  • Properties of Common Generation Resources
  • Capital vs. Operating Costs
  • The Concept of Levelized Costs
  • The Resource Stack and the Dispatch Process

An Evolving Asset Mix: A Focus on Carbon

  • The Role of Natural Gas-Fired Facilities in the System: The Importance of Cycling and Turn-Down
  • The Impact of Hydraulic Fracturing
  • State and Federal Policies to Develop Clean and Low-Carbon Resources
    • Renewable Portfolio Standards
    • State Mandates
    • Federal Tax Credits
  • Current Market Dynamics
  • The Introduction of Utility-Scale Wind and Solar
    • Declining Cost Curves & Increased Efficiencies for Wind and Solar
    • Impact of Renewables on Marginal Pricing
    • The Current Debate Over Nuclear Resources
  • The Critical and Increasing Job for Large-Scale Storage
  • The Growing Role of Power Purchase Agreements

Electrons Are Bits and Bytes: Why Data Is Critical to the Transformation

  • Digitalization of Wind Resources: How Data Can Help with Planning, Forecasting, and Operations
  • Digitalization of Gas-Fired Generation: Where IT Meets OT
  • The Science of Where: Why Location is so Important
  • The Cyber Threat
    • Challenges at the SCADA Level
    • Risks at the Grid Edge

Friday, October 30, 2020 Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

Challenges and Opportunities Related to Integration of Clean Technologies

  • Integration of Renewable Assets into Wholesale Markets
    • Characteristics of Solar – Duck Curves and Marginal Values
    • Wind – The Challenges Related to Intermittency
    • Storage – Renewable Hybrids
    • Storage as A Stand-Alone Resource
    • The Future Role of Hydrogen
    • The Potential for Carbon Capture
  • Integration of New Resources into the Distribution System
    • The Importance of Smart Inverters
    • Example of Hawaii
    • NY REV
    • CA DERMS Pilots
    • The Tension Between Wholesale Markets and Distribution Utilities, with a Focus on Aggregated On-Site Resources

Decentralization: The Emergence of the Grid Edge

  • Customer Interaction with Power Markets and FERC Orders (Demand Response)
  • Customer Elasticities
  • Other Emerging Products Behind the Meter (Efficiency, Solar, Storage, Reliability, Dashboards)
  • Distributed Solar
  • Improvements in Cost Efficiencies (Past Five Years and Projected and Revisited Net Metering)
  • The Challenges Related to Net Metering
  • Rapidly Increasing Distributed Solar
  • Growing Hybrid Solar-Storage
  • Electric Vehicles and Storage
  • CHP: Traditional Gas-Fired and Fuel Cells
  • The Key Clean Generation and Grid Management Technologies, Basic Economics, and Value Proposition: Renewables and Storage
  • Better End-Use Technologies: LEDs, Controls Systems, Smart Thermostats
  • Resiliency, Reliability, and Electricity
  • The Emergence of Micro-grids
  • The Possibility of a New Grid Architecture


Peter Kelly-Detwiler, Principal, NorthBridge Energy Partners

Peter Kelly-Detwiler currently advises technology companies and customers concerning the integration of energy-consuming and producing assets into the power grid. He has 27 years of experience in the electric energy industry, with 15 years as an executive in competitive retail markets since their inception in 1997. He served in various functions within the industry, including Director of Customer Care (East Coast) for NewEnergy Ventures. Prior to NorthBridge, he was Sr. Vice President of Constellation Energy’s Load Response group. In this function, he created this unit and oversaw its growth to become a business with approximately $80 million in revenue, capable of dispatching 1700 MW of customer load.

Mr. Kelly-Detwiler lectures frequently, has appeared on public television, and is also a frequent contributor on energy-related issues (over 240 posts) to In this latter capacity, he has written on topics related to wind, storage, electric vehicles, shale gas, LEDs and numerous other issues. He has interviewed executives from dozens of companies and helped to provide context and meaning in the discussion of new technologies and market developments. As a consultant, he has provided strategic support to Fortune 100 companies, such as Nike and GE, and advised leading companies and start-ups in the renewable energy space.

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.


Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all registrants for three business days after the event

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