In 1999, the Department of Energy tasked CERTS to prepare a series of white papers on federal RD&D needs to maintain or enhance the reliability of the U.S. electric power system under the emerging competitive electricity market structure.
The April 2011 DOE workshop Computational Needs for the Next Generation Electric Grid was the culmination of a year‐long process to bring together some of the Nation’s leading researchers and experts to identify computational challenges associated with the operation and planning of the electric power system. The presented papers from the workshop are collected in the published proceedings.
In FY14, DOE initiated a scoping study to identify potential uses and benefits of installing phasor measurement units (PMUs) within electricity distribution systems and the associated research and development that is required to realize these benefits.
Southern California Edison operates some of the load management programs in the United States. Many of the technologies relied upon by the programs date back to the late 1970’s. This project reviewed and made recommendations to modernize aspects of the program to better meet the needs of the restructured California electric power system.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is pleased to announce the release of a new report: Frequency Control Requirements for Reliable Interconnection Frequency Response.
CERTS assembled an interdisciplinary team to assess the research needs associated with a range of topics related to the use of load (or demand response) as a system reliability resource, mainly to provide ancillary services.
DOE's 2002 National Transmission Grid Study recommended that DOE undertake designation of national interest transmission bottlenecks (NITB). This project supported DOE in that process by assessing and addressing gaps in current methods, approaches, and data needed to make these designations. This project initiated research needed to address the limitations of available approaches toward improving future designations by DOE.
The Real-Time Voltage Security Assessment (RTVSA) project was designed to be part of the suite of advanced computational tools for congestion management that is slated for practical applications in California. Modern voltage assessment methods include the development of such advanced functions as identification of weak elements, automatic selection of remedial actions and automatic development of composite operating nomograms and security regions.
This project conducted first-ever demonstrations of the use of large fleets of residential load management technologies (radio-dispatched switches on central air conditioning units) to provide spinning reserves that met the operational dispatch requirements of the California ISO. Separate demonstrations were conducted with the Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas and Electric Companies, each using a different load management dispatch platform and 1000’s of air conditioning load control technologies.
This study addresses the potential use of phasor measurement units (PMUs) within electricity distribution systems, and was written to assess whether or not PMUs could provide significant benefit, at the national level. We analyze examples of present and emerging distribution-system issues related to reliability, integration of distributed energy resources, and the changing electrical characteristics of load. We find that PMUs offer important and irreplaceable advantages over present approaches.
In 2012, NERC published the Frequency Response Initiative Report. LBNL staff and contractors (John Undrill, Energy Mark, and Advanced System Research) provided technical support for the development of the report, including: (a) an analysis of the balancing authority frequency response survey; (b) an analysis of the generator governor survey; and (c) an analysis of historic interconnection frequency response.