Why Offshore Wind in the Southeast?

Clean Energy States Alliance and Clean Energy Group hosted a webinar on offshore wind in the Southeast for the Offshore Wind Accelerator Project (OWAP). The webinar presented a recap and highlights from the recent Southeastern Coastal Wind Conference in Charleston, SC.

Jen Banks from the Southeastern Coastal Wind Coalition and Perrin Dargan from K&L Gates made the case for OSW in the southeast and presented some highlights from the conference panels.

The slides from this webinar are available as a pdf here: www.cesa.org/assets/Uploads/OWAP-Presentations-Why-Offshore-Wind-in-the-Southeast.pdf

California’s Energy Storage Mandate

Clean Energy States Alliance hosted a webinar for its members, the State-Federal RPS Collaborative, and the Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP) on the recent energy storage ruling in California.

In a move with important national implications, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved an order requiring the state’s three largest utilities to add 1325 megawatts of energy storage to the grid by 2020. The mandate is designed in part to make it easier to incorporate large amounts of intermittent resources, like solar and wind, into the electricity system. In this webinar, CPUC staff members described the agency’s energy storage decision, explained its purpose, and discussed how it will be implemented. An audience Q&A followed.

Formal proceeding documents are found using the Rulemaking number R. 10-12-007

Other documents, including workshop presentations, staff reports, cost-effectiveness analysis, and other background papers are on the CPUC web site: cpuc.ca.gov/PUC/energy/electric/storage.htm

Presenters:
• Arthur O’Donnell, Program Supervisor, Grid Planning and Reliability, California Public Utilities Commission
• Aloke Gupta, Energy Analyst, California Public Utilities Commission

Slides from this presentation are available as a pdf here: www.cesa.org/assets/Uploads/RPS-Webinar-Californias-Energy-Storage-Mandate-Slides.pdf

Duke Energy’s Energy Storage Projects

Clean Energy States Alliance and the U.S. Department of Energy hosted a webinar on battery energy storage systems.

Duke Energy has deployed six different battery systems that cover a wide range of battery chemistries, sizes, locations on the grid, and applications. These projects are demonstrating how energy storage can create value on the electric grid, exposing what opportunities remain to make this technology scalable, and providing a platform to develop new sources of value. This presentation provided an overview of Duke Energy’s deployed systems and summarize lessons learned and opportunities to make energy storage a valuable part of the electric grid.

Featured Presenters: Dan Sowder, P.E. and Dr. Zak Kuznar, PhD, senior project managers from the Duke Energy Emerging Technology Office.

This event was hosted by Todd Olinsky-Paul, ESTAP project director at Clean Energy States Alliance.

Slides from this presentation are available as a pdf here: www.cesa.org/assets/Uploads/Duke-Energy-Storage-Webinar-Presentations-11.13.13.pdf

America’s Power Plan: Wholesale Market Design and Distributed Generation

This webinar, presented by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) for the State-Federal RPS Collaborative, is the second in a two-part series featuring authors from America’s Power Plan, an October 2013 toolkit for state and local decision makers developed by more than 150 of the nation’s top energy experts. This report is the first national effort to take a comprehensive look at the challenges faced by the electric power system and outline potential policy and market design solutions. More information on America’s Power Plan is available at: americaspowerplan.com.

The focus of this webinar is:

1. “Aligning Power Markets to Deliver Value,” which examines market design measures that enable power system planners to meet changing needs with the lowest cost, most competitive resources.

2. “Distributed Generation Policy: Supporting Generation on Both Sides of the Meter,” which discusses five key public policies for supporting distributed generation.

Presenters:
– Michael Hogan, Senior Advisor, Regulatory Assistance Project
– Joe Wiedman, Interstate Renewable Energy Council

Slides from this webinar are available as a pdf at: www.cesa.org/assets/Uploads/Oct2-APP-Combined-Presentations.pdf

America’s Power Plan: Finance and Utility Business Models

This webinar, presented by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) for the State-Federal RPS Collaborative, is the first in a two-part series featuring authors from America’s Power Plan, an October 2013 toolkit for state and local decision makers developed by more than 150 of the nation’s top energy experts. This report is the first national effort to take a comprehensive look at the challenges faced by the electric power system and outline potential policy and market design solutions. More information on America’s Power Plan is available at: americaspowerplan.com.

Presenters:
– Todd Foley, Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Relations, American Council On Renewable Energy
– Ronald L. Lehr, Attorney and former Chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission

Slides from this webinar are available as a pdf at: www.cesa.org/assets/Uploads/APP-Sept-30-Combined-Presentations.pdf

Optimizing the Benefits of a PV with Battery Storage System

Clean Energy States Alliance and its Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP) hosted a webinar with the U.S. Department of Energy – Office of Electricity and Sandia National Laboratories.

Webinar description: PNM’s Prosperity Energy Storage Project, funded in part through the ARRA/DOE Smart Grid Storage Demonstration Program, has continuously demonstrated, with very high reliability figures, utility scale PV smoothing and shifting. PV smoothing has been demonstrated utilizing a variety of assigned smoothing battery capacities, control algorithms and signal inputs. Extensive 1 second data has been gathered and is being statistically analyzed through a numerical methods optimization approach in order to determine the optimal level of smoothing required for the project’s associated 500kW PV installation.

The project has also been successfully demonstrating shifting of PV, namely producing firmed PV production and peak shaving local feeder loads. The algorithm running these functions has evolved to automatically retrieve cloud cover predictions, feeder loadings from PNM’s SCADA as well as real time and forecasted peak prices from western energy hubs. It is now using these inputs to make optimized decisions on how to best deliver stored energy by maximizing benefits against battery life. The presentation will highlight examples of the successful operation, results of the optimization analyses and lessons learned.

An introduction by Dr. Imre Gyuk, Energy Storage Program Manager in the US DOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, provided the background on this project.

Guest Speakers:
– Steve Willard, Project Manager at PNM Resources
– Dan Borneo, Engineering Project Manager, Sandia National Laboratories

Slides from this presentation are available as a pdf here: www.cesa.org/assets/Uploads/ESTAP-Combined-Presentations-091613.pdf

Making History with VolturnUS

The DeepCWind Consortium, led by the University of Maine, made history on May 31 when it launched the first U.S. grid-connected offshore floating wind turbine, a 65-foot-high unit on a concrete-composite platform prototype called VolturnUS.

At 1:8th the scale of a commercial installation, this project will collect data to validate and improve floating wind turbine designs, while helping to address technical barriers to greater offshore wind cost reductions. The design uses advanced materials that help reduce the overall cost of the system while ensuring high performance and efficiency.

This webinar, presented by CEG/CESA’s Offshore Wind Accelerator Project (OWAP), features guest speaker Dr. Habib Dagher, founding director of the Advanced Structures and Composites Center at the University of Maine. Dr. Dagher discussed VolturnUS platform prototype, its launch and progress to date, and how the project is supporting and growing the U.S. offshore wind industry through technological innovation. Dr. Dagher’s presentation was followed by an audience Q&A.

Slides from this webinar are available as a PDF here: www.cesa.org/assets/Uploads/OWAP-VolturnUS-Univ-of-Maine-Webinar-7-11-13.pdf

An Overview of the Electricity Storage Handbook

This webinar, hosted by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA)’s Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP), features a presentation on the Electricity Storage Handbook. The Handbook, authored by Sandia National Laboratories for the US DOE, is a how-to guide for utility and rural cooperative engineers, planners, and decision makers to plan and implement electricity storage projects.

Following an introduction by Dr. Imre Gyuk, Energy Storage Program Manager in the U.S. DOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, the webinar’s speakers include Georgianne Huff, Sandia National Laboratories, and Abbas Akhil, Renewable Energy Ventures, LLC.

Slides from this presentation are available as a pdf here: www.cesa.org/assets/Uploads/Energy-Storage-Handbook-Webinar-Presentations.pdf

Smart Grid, Grid Integration, Storage and Renewable Energy

This webinar, presented by the Clean Energy States Alliance, explored the following question: How will the smart grid and smart meters, demand response, and energy storage affect the deployment of intermittent renewable energy? Guest speakers include Tom Stepien, CEO of Primus Power, and Malcolm Metcalfe, Founder & CTO ENBALA Power Network.

Slides from this presentation are available as a pdf here: www.cesa.org/assets/Uploads/Combined-Presentations-May-16-2013-Grid-Integration-Storage-and-RE-Webinar.pdf

This webinar was a presentation of the Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP). ESTAP is supported by the US Department of Energy Office of Electricity and Sandia National Laboratories, and is managed by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA).

An Introduction to the Energy Storage Report for State Utility Regulators

Clean Energy States Alliance, Sandia National Laboratories and the U.S. Department of Energy hosted a webinar to overview a recent energy storage report, titled “Evaluating Utility Procured Electric Energy Storage Resources: A Perspective for State Electric Utility Regulators,” which provides a perspective on issues pertaining to the deployment of utility procured electrical energy storage resources.

The surge of investments in renewable energy during the last decade, particularly wind and solar energy, has stimulated interest in energy storage technologies. These technologies have the capability to balance the variability inherent in many renewable energy resources and provide a number of other critical grid services. Given this potential, their access to the regulatory process must be improved, together with the removal of barriers and use of appropriate and consistent cost benefit analysis methodologies, so that they are routinely included in the suite of options considered for providing key grid services.

The webinar featured the report’s co-authors Dhruv Bhatnagar and Verne Loose, who highlighted the key findings from the report, discussed the process by which barriers were identified and solutions developed, and then opened the floor to questions and discussion on the regulatory landscape for energy storage.

Guest Speakers:
– Dr. Imre Gyuk, Director, Storage Technology Program, U. S. Department of Energy, Office of Electricity
– Dan Borneo, Senior Electrical Engineer, Distributed Energy/Electrical Energy Storage Program, Sandia National Laboratories
– Dhruv Bhatnagar, Energy Storage & Transmission Analysis, Sandia National Laboratories
– Verne Loose, Energy Storage & Transmission Analysis, Sandia National Laboratories

Slides from this webinar are available as a pdf here: www.cesa.org/assets/Uploads/Combined-ESTAP-4.24.13-presentations.pdf

This webinar was a presentation of the Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP). ESTAP is supported by the US Department of Energy Office of Electricity and Sandia National Laboratories, and is managed by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA).