Energy Systems Engineering Spring Seminar Series: "Reliability Risk Management with Increased DER Penetration"

Tuesday, February 9 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Virtual Event

Register today for the first installment of Energy Systems Engineering Spring 2021 Seminar Series.
This seminar is available only online via Zoom.

"Reliability Risk Management with Increased DER Penetration"

Presented by: James Robinson of Relion Associates


DATE: Tuesday, February 9, 2021
TIME: 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
LOCATION - ZOOM MEETING link to be sent prior to the seminar date

Abstract - When a home water heater automatically demands 6kW of power, why should you care about an alternating current (AC) “Interconnection” immediate response? When the sun goes down and solar power quickly fades, will renewable energy storage resources immediately respond to meet customer demand? What are the basic Laws of Physics which apply to every Interconnection? Will each Interconnection’s response be dynamically stable and reliable?

This seminar explores Risk Management basic and complex case studies which show how we can meet customer reliability expectations . . . even during increased penetration of renewable Distributed Energy Resources (DER). “Interconnection” boundaries vary in size from a multi-Country/State geographical area, territory, island, or an independent micro-grid. Numerous “Interconnection“ geographical boundaries exist worldwide, and size matters. You are likely to someday have customers in many of these Interconnections. Come join us for this seminar!

Bio - Jim Robinson has extensive bulk power operations, system planning, training seminar and management experience in the electric power industry. Jim became an independent contractor as of January 2008. As a contractor, Jim provided project management, event analysis, and training services for North American Electric Reliability Corp (NERC) – including activities such as the Transmission Availability Data System (TADS) and Pacific Southwest 9/8/2011 system separation and blackout analysis.

He served as Manager – Bulk Power Analysis in charge of PPL bulk power transmission planning. Jim also served as PPL Transmission Asset Manager. In this role, he led a group of 29 engineers, technicians and support personnel. Their responsibilities included developing transmission expansion alternatives, coordinating relay protection, managing transmission & substation maintenance, training seminars and addressing reliability issues related to the transmission system.

If interested, please attend the presentation on Tues, February 9, at 12:00pm Eastern Standard Time

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