Workshop: Energy Storage Enabling High Penetration Renewables

Room: 207
Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Time: 3:30PM - 5:30PM MDT

As renewable energy systems continue to be deployed at a record pace, utilities and grid operators are embracing new strategies for energy storage to ensure solar and wind can be integrated into the grid cost-effectively at high penetration rates. Led by Bill Capp, founder of Grid Storage Consulting and former President and CEO of Beacon Power, this workshop will examine the extensive impacts of the addition of variable generation resources (especially with penetrations exceeding 50% of energy) and distributed resources in distribution circuits.  Examples from Hawaii, the state with the highest per capita installation of PV in the US will be reviewed.  Mike Ropp, with extensive experience in evaluating alternative solutions to interconnection problems, will review the growing number of issues that can easily make a project economically impossible without alternative approaches.  As part of the 1547 standards drafting committee, Mike will also provide current insights on the expected changes in the capabilities of inverters. There will be a review of the alternative strategies for integrating energy storage systems into a high renewable penetration energy system, and the value and business models that are being deployed today.

Key Takeaways

  • Issues created by variable resources and alternative solutions
  • The case for energy storage to accelerate the integration of renewables
  • Energy storage value and business use cases
  • Changing regulations and market structures enabling successful project deployment
  • The growing number of storage and PV project development pitfalls to avoid