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1st Interdisciplinary Workshop on Smart Grid Design & Implementation

The purpose of this conference is to examine how best to harness the promise of renewable energy and the smart grid to achieve a sustainable energy future.

We will draw upon the combined wisdom and collaboration of engineers, economists, and policymakers to explore the technological challenges, the challenges associated with informing and motivating consumers, and the challenge of ensuring the financial integrity of industry producers.

Among the questions to be addressed

  • Wind and solar energey introduce volatility into the grid. What is the cost of volatility? How can cost be reduced through engineering; in particular, control desing? How much control and infrastructure is needed to deal with these costs, and who should pay for it?
  • What is the capacity and value of flexibility in demand in residential and commercial buildings? Recent studies show that the capacity is substantial - how then do we harness this vast resource? How do we achieve acceptance from consumers? How do we balance possibly competing desires for power system reliability, economic efficiency, privacy,...?
  • What new controls are necessary to allow better pricing for demand responses that increase the efficient use and supply of energy on the grid in a way that does not create instability?
  • How should government policy in the energy sector be structured?

Friday, December 7, 2012

8:30 am - 8:45 am  Introduction by Sean Meyn & Robert Lanzillotti  
8:45 am - 9:45 am  Keynote Presentation
Bill Booth, Energy Information Administration. Reengineering the Electric Industry.  

10:00 am - Noon
  • Hugh Rudnick, Catholic University of Chile. Challenges of Power Infrastructure Development in a Fast Growing Country.  
  • Mardavij Roozbehani, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Architecting the Future Grid: Tradeoffs and Limitations.  
  • John Ledyard, Caltech. Renewable Integration and Electricity Markets: A Disaster or Success?  
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm  Panel Discussion  
David Sun, Alstom Grid
Jeff Taft, Cisco
Mike Rowand, Duke
Erich Gunther, EnerNex
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Janusz Bialek, Durham University. Technical Limits of Penetration of Asynchronous Wind and PV Generation in an AC Interconnection.  
  • Uday Shanbhag, Penn State. Risk Penalties for Enhanced Reilability in Co-optimized Markets with Uncertain Generation.
  • Luciano de Castro, Northwestern University. On the Design of Electricity Markets.

Saturday, December 8, 2012
8:45 am - 9:45 am  Keynote Presentation
David Kathan, FERC. FERC's Role in Smart Grid and Demand Response.

10:15 am - 12:15 pm
  • Johanna Mathieu, ETH Zurich. Harnessing Residential Loads for Demand Response: Engineering and Economic Considerations.  
  • Steven Low, Caltech. Optimal Power Flow and Relaxation Methods.
  • Karl McDermott, University of Illinois. Regulatory Lag and the Incentive Question: How to Recover the Costs of New Infrastructure.  





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