- Oct 8, 2021 2:19 pm GMT
This policy paper from the Eastern Interconnection Planning Collaborative (EIPC) provides some practical considerations for policy makers to keep in mind in order to ensure grid reliability and resilience as the energy transition continues the march toward zero-emission supply resources. This is must read material for anyone concerned about grid reliability and the prevention of situations such as Texas experienced in February 20021 with Storm Uri:
Key challenges and recommendations outlined in this Report include:
Increasing Challenges for System Operators and Planners
• Wind and solar resources introduce new dynamics for grid operations and planning due to different technology and weather-dependency of these resources as compared to traditional generation; these differences need to be recognized, understood and addressed.
• Resource adequacy risks are shifting beyond only peak load periods, which will necessitate more detailed modeling and integrated resource planning.
• The transmission system’s peak use times are shifting to non-traditional periods, and the system must maintain reliable delivery of electricity to consumers using solar and wind resources whose output is variable.
• Additional transmission infrastructure is needed to cost-effectively and reliably meet increased demands for electrification of the transportation and industrial sectors as well as significant wind and solar integration.
Identified Needs/Recommendations for Policymakers
• Enhanced education and collaboration between the utility industry, policymakers and regulators
• Increased focus by power system planners and engineers on the unique complexities of integrating wind and solar resources while maintaining grid reliability
• Transmission sufficient to reliably and cost-effectively integrate increasing levels of new local and remote renewable wind and solar resources
• Enhanced regional and interregional coordination to address aggressive public policy energy-related goals
• Collaboration among the electric industry, policymakers and regulators to ensure that future initiatives are achievable in a timely, cost effective and reliable way
• A seat at the policymaking table for power system operators and planners to articulate the system reliability needs and how they are changing, so that public policy has built-in processes to account for these needs
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