Jon Wellinghoff | Solar and the Power Grid

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Jon Wellinghoff | Solar and the Power Grid

  1. 1. Solar and The Power Grid Chairman Jon Wellinghoff Federal Energy Regulatory Commission April 24, 2009 Jack Morton Auditorium Washington, D.C.
  2. 2. U.S Google Energy Plan / 2030
  3. 3. U.S. Renewable Energy Resources Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory Geothermal Biomass Wind Solar CSP Solar PV
  4. 4. Concentrating Solar Power
  5. 5. Nellis Project Nellis Air force Base 14 MW Solar Power System
  6. 6. Solar PV on a Home
  7. 7. Existing High Voltage Transmission
  8. 8. <ul><li>“ While at the Commission, I intend to concentrate on three issue areas that I believe will bolster our commitment to ensuring that consumers receive reliable power at just and reasonable rates. These areas [include] … opening wholesale markets to renewable and distributed resources.” </li></ul><ul><li>FERC Commissioner Jon Wellinghoff </li></ul><ul><li>September 21, 2006 </li></ul>FERC Action on Renewable Energy
  9. 9. <ul><li>Order No. 890 (February 2007) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Conditional Firm Service </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Energy Imbalance and Generator Imbalance Exemptions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transmission Planning </li></ul></ul><ul><li>CAISO Location-Constrained Resources Proposal (April 2007) </li></ul><ul><li>Interconnection Queue Processing (March 2008) </li></ul><ul><li>Merchant Transmission Financing Flexibility (February 2009) </li></ul><ul><li>Smart Grid Proposed Policy Statement (March 2009) </li></ul><ul><li>Transmission Investment Rate Incentives </li></ul>FERC Action on Renewable Energy
  10. 10. Transmission Planning <ul><li>Transmission planning increasingly must look beyond the needs of a single utility or even a single state to examine requirements of an entire region. </li></ul><ul><li>Order No. 890 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Requires transmission planning on regional, open, transparent, coordinated basis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Applies to all jurisdictional transmission providers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Non-public utility transmission providers also expected to participate in regional planning processes </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Transmission Planning <ul><li>FERC examining adequacy of transmission planning processes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>March 2009 technical conference begins series on challenges/solutions to integrating renewable energy. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FERC Staff to hold regional technical conferences later this year to evaluate Order No. 890 transmission planning and areas that need improvement. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Focus of Senate, House legislation. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Transmission Reliability <ul><li>Federal Power Act Section 215 (EPAct 2005) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bulk Power System </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mandatory, Enforceable Rules </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ERO (NERC), Regional Entities </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Necessary Factors for Solar Development <ul><li>Transmission </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Planning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Siting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cost Allocation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>DR For Integration </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Thank </li></ul><ul><li>You </li></ul>

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