Towards 100% Renewables in the Power Grid
One of, if not the biggest, end-goal of renewable energy initiatives is reaching a point where a very large portion of the demand is met by renewable sources; this may even include some regions or time periods with 100% renewable generation. This goal that was once a pipe dream for most systems, today seems to be inching ever closer thanks to the tireless efforts of dedicated researchers.
To help our members keep up with the latest and best thinking in integrating renewable energy generation, IEEE Power & Energy Society has created a number of resources on the subject. This page highlights a few of those resources and includes links to valuable recaps of a few notable best practices contributions.
PES General Meeting Panel Sessions
This panel session is intended to discuss newly developed techniques to monitor voltage stability conditions in real time through measurements, preferable by PMUs and also recent applications of real-time voltage control and security assessment issues, taking into account the increased presence of inverter controlled generation.
Lower Inertia and Weaker Grids
This session covers strategies for dealing with many of the challenges in weaker, low-inertia grids, including managing grid reliability, new sources of inertia, and effective of protection schemes for lower fault currents.
Variable and Distributed Energy Integration and Provision: Part 2 - Bulk Power System Planning
Ensuring sufficient operational flexibility is a necessary part of planning in systems with high penetrations of variable generation. This panel, focused on planning, will cover topics including: the role of flexible generation; accessing flexibility through transmission; and flexibility from energy storage, EVs, and demand management.
High Renewable Energy Penetrations Within Isolated and Remote Area Power Systems
Isolated power systems face significant challenges under high renewable energy penetrations given the lack of system. This panel session evaluates how systems like these are utilizing renewable energy technologies to satisfy the majority (>50%) of their annual energy consumption.
Variable and Distributed Energy Resources Integration and Provision of Flexibility through Energy Systems Integration
The electric industry landscape is undergoing fundamental changes for operators at all levels. This panel session discusses how to meet these changes through emerging solutions, policies, and operational models leveraging demand-side assets and energy systems integration as flexible resources in support of bulk power operations.
Impact of Inverter Based Generation on Bulk Power System Dynamics and Short-Circuit Performance
One of the key topics prioritized by NERC and IEEE leadership is proactively exploring and better understanding the implications of potential low fault current and short circuit strength conditions on the BPS. This report covers the various aspects of low fault current conditions and how to accommodate a changing resource mix.
Stability Definitions and Characterization of Dynamic Behavior in Systems With High Penetration of Power Electronic Interfaced Technologies
PDF Report: April 2020
Author: N. Hatziargyriou, J. V. Milanovi, C. Rahmann, V. Ajjarapu, C. Caizares, I. Erlich, D. Hill, I. Hiskens, I. Kamwa, B. Pal, P. Pourbeik, J. J. Sanchez- Gasca, A. Stankovi, T. Van Cutsem, V. Vittal, C. Vournas
In 2016, IEEE PSDPC established a task force to re-examine and extend, where appropriate, the classic definitions and classifications of the basic stability terms. This report summarizes the results of this work and presents extended definitions, characterization and classification of power system stability.
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Transmission Design and Analysis for Large-Scale Offshore Wind Energy Development
Coastal regions have an undeniably huge wind resource that could be harnessed as renewable energy. This paper discusses the ways in which large-scale wind energy developments could be efficiently and effectively implemented off-shore in these regions.
Methodology of Automated Protection Analysis for Large Distribution Feeders With High Penetration of Photovoltaic Systems
This paper presents highly automated methods to study the protective device coordinationin large distribution systems with high penetration of distributed photovoltaic (PV) generation.
Capturing Wind With Thermal Energy Storage—Summerside's Smart Grid Approach
To avoid exporting the excess wind energy to the bulk grid at unfavorable prices, an innovative smart grid program for active control of thermal energy storage systems was designed and implemented in Summerside, Canada.
Data-Driven Risk Analysis of Joint Electric Vehicle and Solar Operation in Distribution Networks
This paper aims to protect legacy power infrastructures by proposing a user-defined, data-driven risk assessment method to quantify the severity and likelihood of overload conditions posed by high levels of EV charging demand coupled with rooftop solar PV.
Industrial Recommendation of Modeling of Inverter-Based Generators for Power System Dynamic Studies With Focus on Photovoltaic
Dynamic simulations have played an important role in assessing the power system dynamic studies. This article aims to aid researchers with recommendations for selecting the proper models needed to perform these studies.
A Benchmark System for Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing of Distributed Energy Resources
This paper discusses a benchmark system designed to overcome challenges associated with the integration of distributed energy resources (DER) into state-of-the-art and future power grids.
Study of Wind and PV Frequency Control in U.S. Power Grids—EI and TI Case Studies
Renewable generations, such as variable-speed wind and photovoltaic (PV) power plants, have been expected to contribute to power systems’ frequency response. This paper serves as a practical guidance on how to implement wind and PV frequency controls in a bulk power system with a high renewable penetration.
Upcoming Meetings & Information
Interested to learn more?
Below are some upcoming events and opportunities relating to this subject to be on the lookout for:
RSICC at PES GM 2020
- Panel Session: Recent experiences and lessons learned in designing, operating and integrating hybrid and virtual power plants (Time TBD)
- RSICC meeting at the PES GM in 2020 in a virtual meeting (Time TBD)
Volunteer with RSICC
The RSICC is looking for more volunteers to help in its coordination role.
Please reach out to the officers if you are interested in engaging.
Relevant Technical Committees
Many PES technical and coordinating committees are engaged in work relating to asset management for resiliency and reliability. The following have active programs addressing the subject:
- Renewable Systems Integration Coordinating Committee (RSICC)
- Power System Dynamic Performance Committee (PSDP)
- IEEE PES EDPG Wind and Solar Power Plant Interconnection and Design Subcommittee
- IEEE PES Transmission & Distribution Committee - Distribution Subcommittee
- IEEE PES Distributed Resources Integration Working Group
Reach out to the individual committees for additional details on their work regarding asset management and information on how you might get involved.