DOE Webinars October 6 and 7: Successful Strategies for Renewable Integration

October 3, 2011

Preliminary results are now available for a study funded by the U.S. Department of Energy that explores the challenges of integrating large amounts of renewable energy such as wind power into electrical grids.

DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy selected Alstom Grid, an energy generation and transmission firm, to conduct the first renewable energy grid integration report of its kind. A team of investigators gathered on-the-ground insights from 33 grid operators in 18 countries over one year to identify challenges associated with managing large increases in variable renewable energy generation, such as wind and solar power. Their work also examined best practices established during the integration of more than 194 gigawatts of wind power that already has been brought online worldwide.

Alstom will hold three webinars on the preliminary results of the study Thursday, October 6 at 1:00 p.m. EDT and Friday, October 7 at 11:00 a.m. EDT and again at 3:00 p.m. EDT. The webinars will provide an overview of the study's key findings and best practices for integrating wind and other variable energy resources into the grid. A moderated question and answer session will follow the overview. Topics addressed in the webinar include:

  • Recommendations for operational strategies, business processes and control room tools to support reliable system operations with large amounts of variable generation;
  • The importance of using timely forecast data to successfully integrate wind energy into power grids, and emerging trends in forecast methodologies;
  • Enhancements at the control-room level, including decision support tools, and new policies, standards, and personnel knowledge management;
  • Potential lessons to inform the development of new policies and regulations impacting wind energy integration;
  • Impacts of increased wind power generation on existing grid infrastructure, and the interplay between wind power and the Smart Grid;
  • The outlook for future grid integration of renewable energy and factors affecting how utility system control centers will evolve by the year 2030.

The webinars are free of charge, but you must register in advance to obtain the link and password for logging on via the Internet and the phone number to connect to the audio.

Visit the Wind and Water Power Program's website for more information on how DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is improving the performance, lowering the costs, and accelerating the deployment of innovative wind power technologies.