Wednesday, October 2, 2024
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
DER Integration Track

Duke Energy has installed several distribution level microgrids, forcing it to adapt its enterprise evaluation process. Speakers in this session will present Duke Energy’s electromagnetic transient (EMT) study methodology for microgrid applications. These range from power quality, protection/ fault detection, effective system grounding, blackstart/load restoration, to additional transient stability simulations. Because steady state evaluations no longer capture the anticipated operating characteristics Duke Energy has shifted to an (EMT) based evaluation process for all microgrid applications. Developed within Duke Energy by the Microgrid Technical Standards Committee (MGTSC), the study process defines a scope of work for partial feeder islands to single customers islands. The presenters will discuss the function and yearly review process of the MGTSC study scope and evaluation criteria.

Brian Dale
3:15 PM - 4:00 PM
DER Integration Track

Virtual power plants (VPPs), even those created by utilizing lower-tech assets such as water-heater timers and smart thermostats, play a pivotal role in addressing challenges posed by intermittent renewable energy generation, bi-directional power flow, and increased electrification. In this session, two speakers will present separate presentations providing insight into how VPPs can be addressed during Integrated System Planning (ISP) and how they will impact and benefit the grid of the future. Attendees will learn about strategies that allow utilities to identify high benefit-cost ratio VPPs, highlighting their role in smoothing demand curves, enhancing grid reliability, and optimizing resource utilization. They will also learn about the limitations of traditional Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) and Distribution System Planning (DSP), and be introduced to ISP as the next evolutionary step, helping identify cost-effective VPPs that otherwise cannot be identified with more traditional planning approaches. Attendees will also hear about various grid services and new value streams that are being implemented by utilities across the U.S. In addition, speakers will present examples of utility VPPs cost effectively improving grid reliability and helping better manage DERs to the benefit of the grid and their customers. Details will include how to identify performance requirements, data and visibility requirements, conduct operational coordination, compensation, measurement and verification of performance, as well as the level of control and dispatchability that VPPs require to provide reliable grid functionality.

Martin Szczepanik Suleman Khan
Thursday, October 3, 2024
9:15 AM - 10:00 AM
DER Integration Track

Tata Power is India's largest integrated power company. It generates 14,464 MW, with 39% coming from clean energy sources. In this session, speakers from Tata Power will discuss their first-hand experiences in technology deployment, challenges faced and DERMS adoption for effective management of its large number of DER installations, including selection of IoT solutions. The utility’s EV charging network includes 48,000 charging points in 350 cities, 1650 MW of installed rooftop solar energy, 60,000 solar pumps and 194 microgrids deployed in rural areas. In addition, Tata Power installed India's first 10 MW grid-connected battery storage system, and delivers power to more than 40,000 home automation solutions and adopted green switchgears. It has also implemented demand response programs in Delhi and Mumbai for peak load curtailment. The large number of DER implementations mentioned here, make Tata power frontrunner in India as well as one of the global leaders when it comes to new DER-related technology development and adoption. The discussion will include new technology development for distributed EV charging infrastructure monitoring, and the deployment of smart meters that empower customers with mobile applications that allow them to monitor consumption and optimize power usage.

Nilesh Kane
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
DER Integration Track

With the fast growth and large amount of distributed energy resources (DERs) on the grid, the need to improve grid DER management capabilities is urgent. As the industry begins to better understand customer types and different behavior profiles, it is now possible to predict load and DER with much better focus and accuracy. In this session, presenters will discuss clear strategies to help prioritize and coordinate between multiple tools, such as DERMS, ADMS, OMS, and FLISR, creating a pathway forward that best allocates resources and effectively leverage various technology and regulatory requirements to achieve the best outcome. DERs can be volatile due to the nature of renewable energy sources, and also hard to predict because a lot of those sources are behind-the-meter—owned by customers with the utility having little to no visibility and control. However, DERs are flexible and can be mobilized and paused very quickly. With thousands to millions now existing on electric grids and millions more on the way, well predicted, monitored, and managed DERs can be powerful tools to support the electric grid's flexibility, reliability and power quality. For years, AMI meter data has been analyzed and studied allowing utilities and their technology and consulting partners to characterize customer load and DER behaviors. Speakers will explain how this knowledge paired with good load and DER generation forecasting allows utilities to leverage existing and new grid-edge devices that turn DER into a tool to manage the grid instead of a burden.

Kevin Stewart Haider Khan