Electric Market Forum Speakers - Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017
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.
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.
Eran A. Mahrer
Sr. Director of Utilities ‐ First Solar
Eran Mahrer serves as the Sr. Director of Utilities for First Solar in North America. He leads the company's engagement with utilities on solar planning, programming and procurement. First Solar has deployed over 14 gigawatts (GW) of modules world-wide and has over 80 operating utility-scale solar power plants. First Solar is leading the industry's delivering solar power plants with advanced grid capabilities necessary to continued solar deployment and ultimately integrate storage technologies.
Prior to joining First Solar Eran served as the Executive VP of Strategy and Programs for the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA). He joined SEPA in 2012 and led organization's efforts in driving utility and solar industry strategies and practices in support of solar energy. Prior to joining SEPA Eran served as Arizona Public Service Company's (APS's) Director of Renewable Energy and Resource Portfolio Planning. In his 11 years with APS he led the company's renewable energy strategy, renewable and customer program resource planning, regulatory interface on many renewable matters, and implementation of all renewable programs. Eran received his MBA from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, a Masters of Science from Washington State University, and his Bachelors of Science from the University of California, San Diego.
Under Eran's leadership SEPA advanced critical research in utility planning, strategy development and program design. Eran has been recognized for the introduction of several innovative approaches to renewable resource integration. Those include utility strategies for customer-sited resource development, leadership in utility ownership of solar, and solar programs designed to encourage collaboration and leverage utility participation. Prior to joining SEPA Eran served as Arizona Public Service Company's (APS's) Director of Renewable Energy and Resource Portfolio Planning. In his 11 years with APS he led the company's renewable energy strategy, renewable and customer program resource planning, regulatory interface on many renewable matters, and implementation of all renewable programs.
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.
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.