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Flexible and Fast Response Controllable Resources

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The increasing penetration of renewable energy resources — combined with the gradual, but inexorable, shift away from traditional baseload generation and other changes in the distribution and grid profile — are creating new challenges for utilities/load-serving entities, balancing area authorities and transmission system operators.  The need for grid-integrated resources that can deliver fast ramp and flexible balancing resource options has led to examination of what technologies already exist that can provide such resource characteristics economically over a long-term planning time-frame to ensure grid stability and reliability.  The list of technologies and devices includes such things as PV, aggregated DR and other behind-the-meter resources, flexible storage devices such as grid-integrated water heaters and ice, community storage, virtual power plants and electric vehicles. This program will explore what North American and international utilities, load-serving entities, merchant generators, balancing authorities, and regional transmission system operators are doing to define, evaluate and implement strategies that allow their systems to better integrate flexible resource approaches into their operations.  It will devote special attention to the sources of flexible-load distributed energy resources (DERs) already available to provide flexible and fast response services, and how utilities can leverage these existing resources within their systems.  In addition, it will examine what the organized electricity markets are doing to accommodate these flexibility products and services in their short-term (day-ahead and real-time) markets.  Finally, the program will assess the role that market participants, project developers, and technology providers will play in bringing these services, products, and other strategies into the grid mainstream.   Learning Outcomes Attendees will cover materials and engage in discussions that will allow them to:
  • Discuss why flexibility in distribution and grid operations is an issue that now affects utilities, load-serving entities, merchant generators, balance authorities and ISOs
  • Discuss the sources of flexible-load distributed energy resources (DERs) already available to provide flexible and fast response services
  • Identify planning tools to project short-term and long-term, 15 min, 5 min and other frequency flexibility requirements
  • Evaluate specific modeling approaches for aligning operational requirements to meet flexibility needs
  • Assess through case studies what some utilities have done to address their flexibility requirements using flexible-load DERs
  • Examine how various ISOs are accommodating flexible-load DERs in intra-hour markets and bidding
  • Discuss how utilities can convert existing, flexible-load DERs into their dispatch options
  •   Credits AP_LogoEUCI 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 conference and 0.4 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. The increasing penetration of renewable energy resources — combined with the gradual, but inexorable, shift away from traditional baseload generation and other changes in the distribution and grid profile — are creating new challenges for utilities/load-serving entities, balancing area authorities and transmission system operators.  The need for grid-integrated resources that can deliver fast ramp and flexible balancing resource options has led to examination of what technologies already exist that can provide such resource characteristics economically over a long-term planning time-frame to ensure grid stability and reliability.  The list of technologies and devices includes such things as PV, aggregated DR and other behind-the-meter resources, flexible storage devices such as grid-integrated water heaters and ice, community storage, virtual power plants and electric vehicles. This program will explore what North American and international utilities, load-serving entities, merchant generators, balancing authorities, and regional transmission system operators are doing to define, evaluate and implement strategies that allow their systems to better integrate flexible resource approaches into their operations.  It will devote special attention to the sources of flexible-load distributed energy resources (DERs) already available to provide flexible and fast response services, and how utilities can leverage these existing resources within their systems.  In addition, it will examine what the organized electricity markets are doing to accommodate these flexibility products and services in their short-term (day-ahead and real-time) markets.  Finally, the program will assess the role that market participants, project developers, and technology providers will play in bringing these services, products, and other strategies into the grid mainstream.   Learning Outcomes Attendees will cover materials and engage in discussions that will allow them to:
  • Discuss why flexibility in distribution and grid operations is an issue that now affects utilities, load-serving entities, merchant generators, balance authorities and ISOs
  • Discuss the sources of flexible-load distributed energy resources (DERs) already available to provide flexible and fast response services
  • Identify planning tools to project short-term and long-term, 15 min, 5 min and other frequency flexibility requirements
  • Evaluate specific modeling approaches for aligning operational requirements to meet flexibility needs
  • Assess through case studies what some utilities have done to address their flexibility requirements using flexible-load DERs
  • Examine how various ISOs are accommodating flexible-load DERs in intra-hour markets and bidding
  • Discuss how utilities can convert existing, flexible-load DERs into their dispatch options
  •   Credits AP_LogoEUCI 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 conference and 0.4 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.

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