Resource Adequacy Methodologies & Toolkit

May 19-20, 2021


Wednesday, May 19, 2021 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In

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

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Course Timing

Overview of Establishing a Planning Margin — What, Why History, and Evolution

Why Resource Adequacy is Such an Issue Now and, in the Years to Come

NERC Reliability Assessments: Approaches to Evaluate Emerging Resource Adequacy Challenges

NERC, as the designated Electric Reliability Organization, has the obligation to conduct periodic assessments of bulk-power system reliability. As part of those efforts, NERC evaluates long-term resource adequacy using a variety of approaches, including scenario and probabilistic-based analysis to determine its findings. As the system continues to fundamentally change its resource mix from larger central station, dispatchable, and fuel-secure generation to that of more distributed, variable, and energy limited generation, grid-level assessments to determine risk of load loss must also adapt.

Power Organizations and Systems that Must Evaluate and Model Resource Adequacy

Considering Various Resource Adequacy Metrics and Comparing Outcomes

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. :: Lunch Break

1:15 – 5:00 pm :: Afternoon Session (Includes breaks)

Overlaying Renewables Era Planning onto Reliability Concepts

Evaluating Capacity Contributions of Variable and Duration (Non-Firm) Resources

Case Study of Resource Adequacy Considerations in Utility IRP

The Outlook for Capturing New Grid Requirements in Updated Resource Adequacy Measures

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

Thursday, May 20, 2021 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In

9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Course Timing

Value and Relevance of Using Revised Adequacy Planning Measure(s)

Perspectives on a Modeling Spectrum for Moving Forward

Evaluating ELCC as (Part of) a Path Forward

What’s Promising

What’s Vexing

Possible Barriers to Applying ELCC in Varying Power System Contexts

Guidance for Planners Who Must Assess Resource Adequacy “In Real-Time”

12:15 p.m. :: Course Adjournment


Effective Load Carrying Capacity (ELCC) Modeling

Thursday, May 20, 2021 : Central Time


This workshop will examine the methodology, tools and processes for deriving effective load carrying capacity (ELCC).  It will detail the challenges and opportunities that applying ELCC poses to IRP and other power system modelers and analysts.  And the workshop will consider ways in which the industry can collaborate to refine the elements and applicability of ELCC “in the real world” of resource adequacy planning.

Learning Outcomes

Attendees will cover content and engage in discussions and exercises that will allow them to:


12:45 – 1:00 p.m.
Log In

1:00 – 1:15 p.m.
Welcome, Overview and Introductions

1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Workshop Timing

Methodology, Tools and Processes for Deriving ELCC

Evaluating and Addressing/Resolving Challenges in Applying ELCC

Possible Barriers to Applying ELCC in Varying Power System Contexts

Converting ELCC into a Broad Standard

Industry Collaboration Opportunities and Applicability

5:00 pm :: Workshop Adjournment


Eric Gimon, Senior Fellow, Energy Innovation

Eric Gimon consults as a technical expert, research scholar, and policy adviser with Energy Innovation. He is a main contributor to America’s Power Plan, a platform for innovative thinking and collaboration on policy solutions for clean, reliable, and affordable electric power in the U.S.  Dr. Gimon holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Stanford University in mathematics and physics, as well as a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California in Santa Barbara. He has a 15-year active career as a researcher in quantum gravity and high energy physics in some of the world’s top research institutions. Dr. Gimon’s work at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UC Berkeley, as well as an AAAS fellowship with two Offices in the Department of Energy inspired his transition to climate and energy policy.

John Moura, Director – Reliability Assessment and Performance Analysis, North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC)

John Moura is the Director of Reliability Assessment and System Analysis for the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), where he joined in 2008.  He leads the NERC’s efforts to independently assess and report on the overall reliability, adequacy, and associated risks of the interconnected North American bulk power system.  Mr. Moura leads the development of the reliability organization’s annual long-term and seasonal reliability assessments, as well as its efforts in evaluating reliability impacts of potential environmental regulations, high-levels of variable generation, and an increasing dependence on natural gas. He is the co-author of numerous NERC special reports and several technical publications. In addition, Mr. Moura is actively engaged in multiple groups and committees across North America focused on the power system risk and vulnerability analyses, loss of load studies, probabilistic resource adequacy modeling, and interconnection-wide power system modeling.  He earned his bachelor degree from Rutgers University.

Nick Schlag, Director, Energy+Environmental Economics (E3)

Nick Schlag is a Director at E3 working in the practice areas of Renewables and Emerging Technologies, Resource Planning and Procurement, and Natural Gas. He has managed some of E3’s highest-profile projects, including a study of gas-electric coordination in the Western Interconnection commissioned by the Western Interstate Energy Board as well as the Western Interconnection Flexibility Assessment, a collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Lab to investigate how high penetrations of renewables in the Western Interconnection would impact system operations. Mr. Schlag developed and maintains E3’s RPS Calculator, which the California Public Utilities Commission and other entities use to create and analyze renewables portfolios to meet the requirements of the state’s Renewables Portfolio Standard. He is currently leading E3’s work with the CPUC to implement an integrated resource planning framework in California.Prior to working for E3, Mr. Schlag completed an MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University.

Erik Ela, Principal Technical Leader, Electric Power Research Institute

Erik Ela is the Principal Technical Leader at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). In his role, he provides technical leadership in several areas including electricity market design, electricity market operations, renewable energy integration, emerging technology integration, bulk power system operations, frequency control and essential reliability services, and generation planning. At EPRI, Dr. Ela facilitates the R&D collaborative group of technical experts of North America’s Independent System Operators (ISOs) and Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) to discuss research needs in technical areas facing the industry and leads innovative projects on how utilities and ISOs can operate the power system more efficiently and reliably. He has led several high profile research projects for government organizations and utilities across the world and spoke on these topics in over 100 venues/conferences across the world. Prior to joining EPRI in 2014, he worked for several years with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) as a senior research engineer and before that for the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO). He has been involved in several working groups as a senior member of the IEEE Power and Energy Society, CIGRE, NERC, and elsewhere, including as an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Power Systems and currently secretary of the Power System Economics Subcommittee. Dr. Ela received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering.

Robin Hytowitz, Senior Project Engineer - Grid Operations & Planning, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

Robin Broder Hytowitz is a senior project engineer in Grid Operations and Planning at EPRI, focusing on wholesale market design and operations, supply resilience, and renewable integration. Prior to EPRI, she completed a PhD at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, where her dissertation developed a new energy pricing method, analyzed integration of carbon pricing into wholesale markets and suggested improvements to European reserve products considering high wind penetration. During her studies she also worked part-time in the Office of Energy Policy and Innovation at FERC, primarily researching current and proposed pricing models for wholesale electricity. Robin received her master’s degree in electrical engineering from Arizona State University, a bachelor’s degree from Barnard College, Columbia University, and was a Fulbright Fellow studying wind power integration in Denmark.

Eamonn Lannoye, Senior Project Manager & Managing Director, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) 

Eamonn Lannoye is a Project Manager & Managing Director with the EPRI International. His research interest is in the area of renewable integration into power systems, with a specific focus on evolving planning, scheduling and operational procedures at the bulk system level. He is actively involved in issues surrounding forecasting, flexibility assessment and ancillary services.  Dr. Lannoye received a PhD in power system engineering and a B.E. (Hons) in mechanical engineering from University College Dublin, Ireland.


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EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event.

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

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

Instructional Methods

Case studies, PowerPoint presentations, and panel discussions will be used in this program.