Serving the energy industry for over 30 years
By - Jon Brown

Renewable Electricity Resources, Technologies & Implementation
Renewables for Island Power Systems Workshop 1
December 11-12, 2017 | Montego Bay, Jamaica


Many island nations are looking to transform their grids through the development of renewable energy. These technologies offer solutions to the unique challenges faced by island communities, where grid extension is often difficult and dominant fuel types are challenging, costly and environmentally less desirable. Energy is also a key issue for sustainable development, an important consideration for island nations whose unique geography make the regions especially vulnerable to the threats of climate change.

EUCI offers three related workshops that provide guidance and training on renewable electricity technologies, electricity storage, and system reliability in island power systems. The three workshops are designed as an integrated course that covers:

  1. Renewable Electricity Resources, Technologies, and Implementation
  2. Electricity Storage Technologies, Interconnection, and Operations
  3. Maintaining System Reliability and Supporting the Integration of Renewables and Storage

Renewable Electricity Resources, Technologies, and Implementation

Renewable electricity is growing globally at an astounding pace.  Rapidly declining component costs, coupled with public sentiment and policy support for cleaner energy sources, are moving these technologies into mainstream use on the electric grid.   These new technologies are changing the dynamics of energy delivery and consumption at a fundamental level, requiring utilities in every region to respond to important system changes needed to enable a functional future grid.

This first of three workshops will provide utility and other power professionals essential knowledge about renewables in the context of island power systems and grid operations, exploring the opportunities these technologies offer in managing the unique island challenges and constraints. Attendees at this course will gain the ability to critically evaluate renewable technologies and obtain practical information re: real-world cost, performance, and technical characteristics.   The content will also provide attendees with a fundamental understanding of wind and solar impacts to the grid, addressing the complex issues of grid integration and detailing the technical and economic challenges that variable renewables impose on electricity grid operation.  And, the workshop will provide beginning considerations on how storage resources can benefit island grid operations.



  • Review a detailed rundown of the electric industry, its key concepts, and the growing role of renewable generation
  • Discuss basic engineering measures and concepts related to large electricity systems
  • Examine key statistics on renewable market growth and projected futures
  • Evaluate renewable energy technologies cost, performance, and technical characteristics
    • Wind
    • Solar
    • Hydro power
    • Geothermal power
    • Biomass and landfill gas
  • Examine wind and solar impacts on the electric grid
  • Identify exposure to system integration challenges and solutions
    • Storage
    • Demand-side management
    • Others
  • Assess renewable project costs and finances
  • Review online tools and methods to assess renewables



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 1.0 CEUs for this event.

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint presentations and case studies will be used in program.

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 any continuing education credit.


Monday, December 11, 2017

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

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Workshop Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

Renewable Energy Technologies & Their Growing Role on the Electric Grid

  • How the electricity utility industry began: early years and how it led to the current structure
  • Dynamics of the traditional US electric power grid: generation, transmission and distribution
  • Types of electric companies — IOUs, cooperatives, public power and government utilities
  • The electric utility vertically integrated business model
  • Drivers for change and the rise of renewables
    • Generation and consumption statistics, cost of electricity
    • How has the mix of electricity generation been changing over time?
  • Big picture trends on renewable electricity
  • Statistics on renewable market growth and projected future

Renewable Energy Technologies: Cost and Performance, Grid Impacts and Integration

  • Technical characteristics, costs, and market projections
  • Understanding their potentials, limitations, and promising applications
    • Wind
    • Solar
      • Photovoltaic (PV) – utility scale and distributed
      • Concentrating Solar
    • Hydro power
    • Geothermal Power
    • Burning wood and other biomass
    • Landfill gas

The Integration Challenge

  • Solar PV and wind variability
  • How much variable renewable energy can power systems handle?
    • Technological and economic limits
    • Case studies of integrating high levels of variable renewable generation: Germany, Denmark, US
  • Power system planning requirements for achieving successful integration of renewables
    • Balancing and flexibility
    • Reserves
    • Transmission infrastructure and planning needs
    • Grid services from wind/solar or other equipment
  • Options to increase flexibility to address grid integration challenges
    • System operation
    • Load management/DSM
    • Electricity pricing
    • Flexible generation
    • Storage
  • Best planning practices to accommodate renewable integration for maintaining reliability and cost-effectiveness

5:00 p.m. :: Workshop Adjourns for Day

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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

8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. :: Workshop Timing

Renewable Energy Business Cases in Island Power Systems

  • Key elements for renewable projects
    • Levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) and other metrics for cost analysis
    • Technology selection considerations – quality, equipment warranties, and performance guarantees
    • Balance of system costs
    • “Soft” costs
    • Acquisition and siting elements
    • O&M costs
    • Project financing costs

11:45 a.m. :: Workshop Concludes


Paul Komor is the founder of the Energy Education programs at the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI) and a lecturer in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Colorado-Boulder.  As RASEI’s first Education Director, Dr. Komor worked to establish CU-Boulder as a leader in energy education. He currently teaches graduate courses in energy technology and policy at CU-Boulder, and is an Advisor to the UNFCCC, IRENA, and UTP (Malaysia).  Prior to joining the University of Colorado faculty, Paul was a Project Director at the U.S. Congress’ Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), where he worked with House and Senate Congressional Committees in preparing and evaluating energy legislation. Prior to joining OTA, he taught at Princeton University. He has published numerous refereed articles, reports, and other papers on renewable energy.  His book, Renewable Energy Policy, was required or recommended reading for courses at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), University of Denver (DU), University of Utah, Robert Gordon University (UK), and elsewhere.  In 2005, Paul was selected as the 2006 MAP/Ming Visiting Professor of Energy and the Environment by Stanford University, where he spent a sabbatical year researching and teaching on renewable energy policy and technology.  In 2007, Paul shared in the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) “for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change”.  For his work with the IPCC, Paul was named a contributor to the Nobel Peace Prize. Paul holds a BS in Engineering from Cornell University, and MS and PhD degrees in Engineering from Stanford University. 


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