Utility Energy Forum calls for posters

Deadline: Sept. 21

Do you have a program success story you would like to share? Did your innovative spirit take flight, producing results others should know about? Please help us make the 2019 Utility Energy Forum You are leaving WAPA.gov. a success by presenting your program during the Utility Program Stand Up Challenge!

“Utility Recipes for Meeting Customer Needs” is the theme for this year’s UEF. It is being held April 24-26 at the Cambria Pines Lodge in Cambria, California.

The StandUp Challenge is a fast-paced poster session that gives speakers the opportunity to present their poster to attendees three or four times over a 45-minute window. To have your poster considered for the StandUp Challenge, submit your proposal You are leaving WAPA.gov. no later than Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. Posters are most likely to be chosen if they focus on program results and lessons learned, are vendor agnostic, and have a utility or government author or co-author and presenter.

Other deadlines are approaching as well. Register before Nov. 30, 2018, to receive your Early Bird Discount, and make sure you submit your application for the Jim Brands Memorial Scholarship by Jan. 11, 2019.

New report focuses on measuring flexibility in utility resource plans

Flexibility Inventory for Western Resource Planners, a new report from Berkeley Laboratory, shows how utilities can develop a high-level, year-to-year flexibility inventory that tracks flexibility supply and demand based on integrated resource plans (IRPs).Flexibility Inventory for Western Resource Planners, a new report from Berkeley Laboratory

Historically, utilities do not evaluate flexibility supply and demand in their planning studies. However, power systems will need to be more flexible to successfully integrate increasing amounts of variable generating resources, such as wind and solar, and to deliver the full benefits of a diversified portfolio.

Flexibility supply is the capability of generation and demand to change in response to system conditions. Flexibility demand is largely determined by the amount that the net demand changes over different timeframes and the degree to which those changes can be predicted. Berkeley researchers apply the flexibility inventory to western IRPs from the Resource Planning Portal database.

The report finds that the largest amount of flexibility supply and demand occur over long time intervals (more than 6 hours), with supply based on the ability to ramp resources fully and turn units on or off. Flexibility supply is most limited relative to flexibility demand over shorter intervals (e.g., 15 minutes) when there is less time to ramp resources.

The choice of modeling-parameters in the flexibility inventory can have a big effect on the measure of flexibility, especially during challenging shorter intervals. Researchers identified ramp rates for coal and combined-cycle gas turbine units, startup times for combustion turbines and risk tolerance of the decision maker as being among the most important parameters. The study found that resources that can ramp quickly—such as energy storage, direct load control and quick-start generators—have the greatest potential to increase flexibility supply.

You can download the report, a summary slide deck and a recording of a webinar presentation summarizing the report from Berkeley Lab publications.

Source: Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, 10/27/15

16th PLMA Spring Conference “Call for Presenters” now underway

The Peak Load Management Alliance You are leaving WAPA.gov. (PLMA) is seeking session presentation proposals through Friday, Dec. 12, for the 16th PLMA Spring Conference taking place April 28-29, 2015, in Tucson, Arizona. The program planning committee is searching for exceptional perspectives exploring best practices and cutting-edge issues that affect professionals who develop, implement and evaluate demand response programs.

It is NOT complicated!  Limit your session proposal to just one page and simply provide:

  • Presentation title and one-paragraph description as it might appear on the agenda
  • Presenter’s name, title, organization with one-paragraph bio as it might appear on the agenda
  • Brief explanation of why the session will be relevant and compelling to the audience

Need more reason to share? Selected presenters get a free conference registration!

If your presentation is chosen, don’t forget to let us know at Energy Services Bulletin. We are always on the lookout for stories about our customers’ successful and innovative load management strategies.

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Source: Peak Load Management Alliance, 11/21/14