Electric Market Forum Speakers - Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017

Arne Olson

Partner ‐ Energy+Environmental Economics (E3)

Arne Olson helps clients navigate changes to bulk electric system operations and investment needs brought about by aggressive government policies promoting clean and renewable energy production. He has consulted extensively for utilities, electricity system operators, asset owners, project developers, electricity consumers, and regulators. In 2013 he led the technical analysis and drafting of the landmark report, Investigating a Higher Renewables Portfolio Standard for California, prepared for the five largest utilities in California, documenting the challenges of and solutions for achieving a 50 percent renewable grid in California by 2030.

Arne has 25 years of experience in energy analysis, and he is a frequent speaker at energy conferences on the role renewable energy will play in decarbonizing the grid. Prior to joining E3 in 2002, he served for six years in the Energy Policy Division of the Washington State Energy Office and its successor agencies.

Education: MS, international energy management and policy, University of Pennsylvania and the Institut Français du Pétrole; BS, statistics, and BS, mathematical sciences, University of Washington


RPS in California

Dr. Masood Parvania

Director ‐ Utah Smart Energy Lab ‐ The University of Utah

Dr. Masood Parvania is an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Director of the Utah Smart Energy Lab at the University of Utah. His research interests are on the applications of mathematical optimization methods, calculus of variations, and scientific computing to the operation and planning of interdependent critical infrastructure, cyber-physical power and energy systems, and modeling and integration of distributed renewable energy resources.

Dr. Parvania is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid. He is the Chair of the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) Utah Chapter, Chair of the IEEE PES Task Force on Reliability Impacts of Demand Response Integration, and the Secretary of the IEEE PES Reliability, Risk and Probability Application (RRPA) Subcommittee. He is a member of the IEEE and INFORMS.


Challenges and Solutions for Demand Response and Energy Storage Integration into Power Market Operations

Advancement in real-time monitoring and control technologies has made implementing demand response (DR) a reality for power systems operators. This presentation will review the challenges of DR and energy storage integration in electricity markets operation, and present models for advancing the market operations with the flexibility provided by DR and energy storage devices. The presentation will specifically focus on recent advancement in continuous-time operation and pricing models that more accurately captures and compensates for the fast-ramping capability of DR and energy storage devices in market operations.

Cody Hill

Manager, Energy Storage Systems ‐ LS Power

Cody Hill is the Energy Storage Manager at LS Power Development, an independent company that develops, owns, operates and invests in power generation and electric transmission infrastructure, having developed or acquired over 32,000 MW of assets throughout the United States. He is a Board Member for the California Energy Storage Alliance, and has been working in energy storage since 2010, previously as a Power Systems and Controls Engineer at Xtreme Power. He has worked on pioneering megawatt scale storage projects in Alaska, Canada, Texas, Colorado, PJM, and four Hawaiian Islands. Mr. Hill has a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Missouri - Kansas City.


The Rise of Utility-Scale Storage: Past, Present, Future

A revolution in energy storage technology has taken place in the last 10 years. Maturing technology and declining costs have combined to move energy storage in the electricity system from the realm of grant-funded science projects to economic assets improving reliability and participating 24/7 in wholesale energy and ancillary service markets. This presentation will present the key markets, projects, and applications that have gotten the storage industry to where we are today. We will then turn to the immediate future to discuss the challenges that market designers, technologists, and developers must overcome in the next few years for the benefits of storage to truly achieve scale and widespread use.

Mahesh Morjaria, Ph.D.

VP, PV Systems ‐ First Solar, Inc.

Dr. Morjaria leads a R&D effort in PV systems technologies for utility-scale solar plants. Over the past seven years at First Solar, he has established himself as a leading expert in the area of solar generation and in addressing key challenges associated with integrating utility-scale solar plants into the power grid.

Dr. Morjaria previously worked at GE for over twenty years where he held various leadership positions including a significant role in expanding the wind energy business. He brings more than 35 years of advanced technology, and product development.

He is the author of numerous industry leading papers and patents in the area of solar, wind generation & grid integration. His academic credits include B.Tech from IIT Bombay and M.S. & Ph.D. from Cornell University.


Utility Scale PV ‐ Innovations in Technology, Plant Capabilities and Integration with Storage

In a market segment driven to expand through continued cost reductions, technology advancement, innovation and quality are an ever important focus. Having arrived at economic parity with conventional energy alternatives in many markets, solar manufacturer and developers are focusing on overcoming potential system limitation while serving the grid with a broader suite of services. The increased role of solar in utility portfolios will demand expanded thinking in the capabilities and roles solar power plants can serve; those capabilities will also need to anticipate the growing role of storage.

Lee Alter

Senior Analyst, Resource Planning ‐ Tucson Electric Power

Lee Alter works in the resource planning department for Tucson Electric Power and its sister company UniSource Energy Services, where he supports the companies' long-term resource planning and TEP's transition from coal-fired, baseload generation to a broader portfolio of energy resources.

Prior to joining TEP, Lee worked for the Western Climate Initiative, the Western Governors' Association, and the northeast states to coordinate inter-agency programs addressing complex, regional air quality and energy issues. He received his B.S. in Environmental Engineering at the University of Florida and his M.S. in Environmental Policy and Economics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.


Long-Term Planning and Integration of Renewables at a Mid-Sized Utility

Tucson Electric Power, an investor-owned utility serving approximately 417,000 customers, has established a goal of meeting 30% of its retail demand with renewable energy by 2030, a level that is twice the current state standard. As described in TEP's recently-completed integrated resource plan, this will be accomplished by replacing power from decades-old, coal-fired power plants, which have historically provided 80% of TEP's power, with any array of complementary resources, including utility-scale solar and wind plants, distributed solar generation, fast-response thermal generation, and multiple energy storage systems. This presentation will summarize TEP's current renewable-related activities, its long-term planning process for meeting the 30% renewable energy goal, and some of the specific implementation challenges and solutions being considered.

Mark R. Cook

Manager‐ Hoover Dam

Now the manager of Hoover Dam, Mark Cook is a handball player, technology lover, professional engineer and father of four inquisitive children.

He developed a strong work ethic early on in life and worked at his grandfather’s fast food business as a teenager. He also fostered a keen interest in technology at a young age, electing to take electronics courses in high school. Then, after serving a two year mission in the Philippines, he continued his formal education and honed his understanding of electronics and electricity.

After earning an Associate’s Degree of Applied Science in Electronics from the College of Eastern Utah, he pursued his degree in electrical engineering and started his career in the power industry. In May of 2005 he was hired as an intern at the Huntington Power Plant, where he was exposed to his first SCADA system developing PI Process Book screens to aid in monitoring coal quality.

The following summer he interned at the Utah State University in the Facilities Utility Systems Department working with the campus’s co-generation and chiller facility. Six months later he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Minor in Mathematics from USU.

Upon graduation, Mark immediately began his career with the Bureau of Reclamation at Hoover Dam in January 2007. As an Electronics Engineer, he was mentored and eventually mastered the plant’s SCADA system. He played a major role in modernizing generator controls and integrating the components with SCADA.

In 2010, he was promoted and supervised the dam’s Engineering Group consisting of Civil, Mechanical, Electrical Engineers and Engineering Technicians. In 2012 he became the Chief of the Engineering Office overseeing the large capital projects and much of the long term planning of the facility.

Since March 2015 he has been Manager of Hoover Dam and thoroughly loves his job managing the Maintenance and Operations Offices and the Apprenticeship Group.


Hoover Dam Hydropower and River Operations

Applied Market Forecasting Speakers - Friday, Sept. 8, 2017

Todd Levin, Ph.D.

Energy Systems Engineer ‐ Argonne National Laboratory

Dr. Todd Levin is an Energy Systems Engineer in the Center for Energy, Environmental and Economic Systems Analysis at Argonne National Laboratory. His research interests focus on utilizing advanced optimization and simulation methodologies to model complex interactions in electricity markets and quantify the implications of domestic energy policies and regulations. He is currently involved in several studies that examine how markets for electricity and ancillary services can evolve to support renewable integration, short-term system reliability, and long-term resource sufficiency. He also maintains a strong interest in international energy development, examining optimal centralized and decentralized rural electrification strategies as well as a range of global energy and water security issues. Dr. Levin holds a B.A. in Physics from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.


Modeling Ancillary Services with Aurora

As electricity generation from variable energy resources continues to grow, it is likely that demand for ancillary services (AS) will increase as well in order to maintain system reliability. AS markets can thereby provide an increasingly valuable revenue stream for flexible resources that are able to provide these services. However, AS markets differ from energy markets in that demand is administratively determined by the market operator based on reliability requirements. Furthermore, AS definitions and reporting standards can differ across markets; as a result, AS markets are generally less transparent and not as well-understood as energy markets.

With this motivation in mind, this talk first reviews Aurora's AS modeling capabilities and briefly walks through the process of developing an Aurora model that optimizes AS procurement and generates hourly AS prices. A case study analysis is then presented that has been applied to identify and quantify several key factors that drive AS prices in the PJM market. This case study explores a number of hypothetical future scenarios including increased natural gas prices, increased wind penetration, increased AS requirements, and coal plant retirements. The results of this study are then discussed and along with opportunities for future work.

Alex Mattfolk

Executive Consultant ‐ Levitan & Associates

Alex Mattfolk is an Executive Consultant for Levitan & Associates, a Boston-based energy management consulting firm specializing in resource planning, procurement logistics, and wholesale market design. He leads electric market simulation projects using Aurora that meet a diverse menu of client objectives. Alex has forecasted energy revenues of conventional and renewable energy resources for investors and developers, renewable project market and greenhouse gas impacts for utilities and state agencies, and gas demands for regional transmission organizations and policy makers. These modeling efforts have been used to support expert witness testimony before state commissions, to guide selection of more than 800 MW of renewable power in competitive procurements, and to inform federal energy policy in the Quadrennial Energy Review.

In addition to simulation modeling, Alex has estimated socioeconomic impacts of proposed generation facilities using IMPLAN, analyzed natural gas tariff provisions affecting gas-fired generation, and reviewed applicant testimony supporting several utility mergers. He has submitted testimony before the New York Public Service Commission, published an article in North American Wind Power, and presented at Harvard University. Alex received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and completed a minor in economics.


Modeling Battery Storage in Aurora: An ISO-NE Case Study

Relative to other energy products, electricity production suffers from limited existing storage capability, other than pumped storage and pondable hydro. With advanced energy storage technologies growing more cost-effective, state renewable portfolio standard incenting more variable generation capacity, and emissions standards limiting the use of conventional dispatchable generation, advanced energy storage technology is now ready to play an integral role in meeting grid reliability goals in evolving wholesale energy markets. In this presentation, LAI will explore how increased energy storage capacity would impact the ISO-NE market under varying system mixes and storage use parameters. Aurora's new storage features will be used to simulate the operational and market effects associated with storage technology.

Chen-Hao Tsai, Ph.D.

Senior Energy Economist ‐ University of Texas at Austin

Chen-Hao Tsai, PhD, is a senior energy economist at the Bureau of Economic Geology's Center for Energy Economics, Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on economics, policy and regulation/deregulation in electric power markets, at both wholesale and retail level. Prior to completing his doctoral dissertation "Essays on Electricity Market Restructuring and Nuclear Industry in The United States" at the Pennsylvania State University, Dr. Tsai worked at Taiwan Power Company's Lungmen Nuclear Power Project, and was a World Nuclear University 2009 Summer Institute Fellow.


The ERCOT Experience with Integrating Renewables

Increasing penetration of wind generation in ERCOT market has brought new operational challenges to grid operator, as well as downward pressure on financial viability of conventional thermal generators. Nonetheless, spatio-temporal wind penetration changes significantly and results in very different impacts to market prices.

Marcelo Sáenz

Sr. Consultant ‐ Pace Global

Marcelo Sáenz focuses on leading power market advisory engagements for clients in the U.S. and Mexico. Mr. Sáenz responsibilities include the development of market outlooks and power price forecasts for utilities, financial institutions and developers. He has over 16 years of experience with the energy industry both in consulting and utility operations and planning. Worked in various analytical roles supporting asset management and operations, commercial energy transactions, asset project valuations, utility Internal Resource Planning, commodity markets research and policy analysis for North American energy markets. Mr. Sáenz is versed in the power, natural gas and coal markets. He has a broad experience developing forecasts and outlooks using Aurora. Mr. Sáenz holds a M.A. in Economics from West Virginia University and a B.A. in Economics from Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia. He is fluent in both Spanish and English.


Modeling of Clean Energy policies and rising electrification in New York and New England

The state of New York and others in New England are at the forefront of clean energy policies and electrification aimed to reduce carbon emissions. New York has one of the most aggressive clean energy standards in the county with a 50% RPS target and a 40% greenhouse gas emissions reduction target, both by 2030. In addition, there are other local and state initiatives aimed at reducing carbon emissions from non-power generation sources such as the transportation and housing/building heating sectors, by incentivizing plug-in electric vehicles and electric heat pumps for heating and distributed generation. In this presentation, Pace Global will discuss a case study evaluating the impact of these policies in the NYISO and ISO-NE power markets and our approach to modeling these challenges using Aurora and other tools.

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