Towards 100% Renewables in the Power Grid

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

100% Renewables

100% Renewables PES General Meeting Panel Presentation: February 2018
Authors: C. Smith, B. Rockwell, M. O'Malley, L. Kristov, J. McCalley, E. Ela, D. Majure, P. Thibault, D. Howard, M. Reno, S. Brahma

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.

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Lower Inertia and Weaker Grids

Lower Inertia and Weaker Grids GM Supersession Panel Presentation: September 2018
Authors: N. Miller, L. Rouco, E. Nobile, D. Ramasubramanian, J. Schmall, A. Schwanka, R. Thornton-Jones

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.

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Variable and Distributed Energy Integration and Provision: Part 2 - Bulk Power System Planning

Variable and Distributed Energy Integration and Provision: Part 2 - Bulk Power System Planning PES General Meeting Panel Presentation: August 2019
Authors: D. Lew, H. Mackenzie

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.

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High Renewable Energy Penetrations Within Isolated and Remote Area Power Systems

High Renewable Energy Penetrations Within Isolated and Remote Area Power Systems PES General Meeting Panel Presentation: August 2019
Authors: N. Hatziargyriou, M. Negnevitsky, G. Holdmann, R. Rocheleau, H. Gooi

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.

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Variable and Distributed Energy Resources Integration and Provision of Flexibility through Energy Systems Integration

Variable and Distributed Energy Resources Integration and Provision of Flexibility through Energy Systems Integration PES General Meeting Panel Presentation: August 2019
Author: J. Price, A. Orths, F. Albuyeh

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.

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Technical Reports

Impact of Inverter Based Generation on Bulk Power System Dynamics and Short-Circuit Performance

Impact of Inverter Based Generation on Bulk Power System Dynamics and Short-Circuit Performance PDF Report: July 2018
Author: IEEE/NERC Task Force on Short-Circuit and System Performance Impact of Inverter Based Generation

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.

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Stability Definitions and Characterization of Dynamic Behavior in Systems With High Penetration of Power Electronic Interfaced Technologies

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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PES Publications

Read About This Topic in P&E Magazine

Power & Energy Magazine The IEEE Power & Energy Magazine has a wealth of insights related to this topic. Check out these issues for relevant articles on renewable energy generation:


Transmission Design and Analysis for Large-Scale Offshore Wind Energy Development

Transmission Design and Analysis for Large-Scale Offshore Wind Energy Development PDF White Paper: April 2019
Authors: E. Apostolaki-Iosifidou, R. McCormack, W. Kempton, P. McCoy, and D. Ozkan

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.

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Methodology of Automated Protection Analysis for Large Distribution Feeders With High Penetration of Photovoltaic Systems

Methodology of Automated Protection Analysis for Large Distribution Feeders With High Penetration of Photovoltaic Systems PDF White Paper: March 2017
Authors: Y. Tang and R. Ayyanar

This paper presents highly automated methods to study the protective device coordinationin large distribution systems with high penetration of distributed photovoltaic (PV) generation.

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Capturing Wind With Thermal Energy Storage—Summerside's Smart Grid Approach

Capturing Wind With Thermal Energy Storage—Summerside's Smart Grid Approach PDF White Paper: December 2017
Authors: S. Wong, G. Gaudet, and L. P. Proulx

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.

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Data-Driven Risk Analysis of Joint Electric Vehicle and Solar Operation in Distribution Networks

Data-Driven Risk Analysis of Joint Electric Vehicle and Solar Operation in Distribution Networks PDF White Paper: March 2020
Authors: A. Palomino and M. Parvania

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.

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Industrial Recommendation of Modeling of Inverter-Based Generators for Power System Dynamic Studies With Focus on Photovoltaic

Industrial Recommendation of Modeling of Inverter-Based Generators for Power System Dynamic Studies With Focus on Photovoltaic PDF White Paper: March 2018
Authors: K. Yamashita, H. Renner, S. M. Villanueva, G. Lammert, P. Aristidou, J. C. Martins, L. Zhu, L. D. P. Ospina, and T. Van Cutsem

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.

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A Benchmark System for Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing of Distributed Energy Resources

A Benchmark System for Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing of Distributed Energy Resources PDF White Paper: September 2018
Authors: P. Kotsampopoulos, D. Lagos, N. Hatziargyriou, M. O. Faruque, G. Lauss, O. Nzimako, P. Forsyth, M. Steurer, F. Ponci, A. Monti, V. Dinavahi, and K. Strunz

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.

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Study of Wind and PV Frequency Control in U.S. Power Grids—EI and TI Case Studies

Study of Wind and PV Frequency Control in U.S. Power Grids—EI and TI Case Studies PDF White Paper: September 2017
Author: Y. Liu, S. You, and Y. Liu

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.

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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.

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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:

Reach out to the individual committees for additional details on their work regarding asset management and information on how you might get involved.

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