Transmission Workshop

The Energy Department's Grid Tech Team (GTT) presented a workshop on grid integration on the transmission system, November 1–2, 2012, at the DoubleTree Crystal City near Washington, DC.

A draft of the DOE Action Plan Addressing the Electricity Transmission System was discussed during the workshop, which addressed the challenges and opportunities presented by the integration of 21st century energy technologies into the electricity transmission system.

Parallel sessions addressed the challenges and opportunities of modernizing the grid and drilled down into key technology areas associated with each of these:

  • System visibility: what advances are needed to "see" the state of the grid—the informational aspects of the 21st Century grid?
  • System understanding: what is needed to "know" what is happening or about to happen on the grid and determine appropriate responses?
  • System flexibility: how can the system understanding be used to appropriately respond to grid events or conditions?

Each of these capabilities entails effective integration of a host of technologies across the entire electricity grid. The purpose of this workshop was to identify key R&D needs and opportunities to inform DOE activities in this space over the next five years.

DOE is proud to lead a nationwide movement to re-establish American technological and market leadership in new energy technologies, improve the Nation's energy security, reduce environmental impacts of electricity generation, strengthen U.S. economic competitiveness, and catalyze domestic economic growth in the global clean energy race.

The DOE GTT has developed a draft vision which describes a future electricity system and lists several key attributes of that system. Reactions to the draft vision have been positive, and it will continue to be further refined as the GTT engages with the broader stakeholder community. This vision is: A seamless, cost-effective electricity system, from generation to end-use, capable of meeting all clean energy demands and capacity requirements, while allowing consumer participation and electricity use as desired:

  • Significant scale-up of clean energy (renewables, natural gas, nuclear, fossil with CCUS)
  • Universal consumer participation and choice (including distributed generation, demand-side management, community storage, electrification of transportation, and energy efficiency)
  • 100% holistically designed (including regional diversity, AC-DC transmission and distribution solutions, microgrids, energy storage, and centralized-decentralized control)
  • Accommodates two-way flows of energy and information
  • Reliable, secure (cyber and physical), and resilient