The Energy Department's Grid Tech Team presented a workshop on grid integration on the distribution system, September 24–26, 2012, at the Sheraton Crystal City in Washington, DC.
This technical workshop was the first in a series addressing the challenges and opportunities presented by the integration of 21st century energy technologies onto the electrical grid.
During the workshop, stakeholders discussed how specific technologies impact the distribution system as well as how those technologies can be successfully integrated together in a safe, cost-effective, and reliable manner. These technologies include:
- Variable distributed generation
- Dispatchable distributed generation
- Electric vehicle charging and electrolyzers
- Energy storage
- Building and industrial loads and demand response
- Smart-grid sensing, automation, and microgrids
Informed efforts in technology development can overcome barriers to enabling the wide-scale deployment of new technologies on the distribution system while increasing safety and reliability of the grid and providing value to all stakeholders. The purpose of this workshop was to identify key R&D needs and opportunities in this space.
- Welcome and Introduction to the Grid Tech Team, Vision, and Framework, Anjan Bose, DOE
- OE's Smart Grid Activities in the Distribution System, Patricia Hoffman, DOE
- Electricity Distribution Systems, Allan Schurr, IBM
- Powering Electric Cooperatives, NRECA
- Distribution System Research Priorities, Mark McGranaghan, EPRI
- Compilation Slides from Technology-Specific Breakout Group Sessions
- Compilation Slides from Various System-Perspective Breakout Teams