1st quarterly report – July 2018 to September 2018 in California

 Posted by Christopher du Plessis  Comments Off on 1st quarterly report – July 2018 to September 2018 in California
Oct 252018
 

I commenced my E. S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship in July 2018, working with the California Independent System Operation (CAISO).

My first report (accessible here) is an overview that covers the period July 2018 to September 2018.  This outlines what I am involved in, what I have learnt and my impressions.  I am putting together a detailed report which captures my learnings in full, I will send this to you at the end of the year when much of the TPP technical and economic analysis is complete and publicly available.

The underlining theme of my Scholarship proposal is to find ways which the National Electricity Market’s (NEM) national transmission planning role can be enhanced. Motivation for this came from Recommendation 5.3 of the Finkel Review:

The COAG Energy Council, in consultation with the Energy Security Board, should review ways in which the Australian Energy Market Operator’s role in national transmission planning can be enhanced.

CAISO is required by the CAISO Tariff to develop a comprehensive Transmission Plan and approve transmission solutions using the TPP. The need for transmission augmentations are identified through the Reliability Assessment, Economic Assessment and the Policy Assessment.

As part of the 2018-2019 TPP, CAISO will be conducting an informational study to identify opportunities to increase the transfer capability between California and the Pacific Northwest region. This study is not required by the Tariff but was requested by the California Energy Council and California Public Utilities Commission.

Through my first quarter, I have been involved in this process – as outlined in my first report.

3rd quarterly report – March 2017 to May 2017 in California

 Posted by Stephen Sproul  Comments Off on 3rd quarterly report – March 2017 to May 2017 in California
Dec 192017
 

The 3rd quarter of my E.S. Cornwall Memorial ran from 1st March 2017 to 30th June 2017.

My report here that covers this period discusses and reflects on the final work conducted in California – both with Strategen Consulting and the California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA) in the San Francisco Bay Area.

This placement focused on grid modernisation and establishing a multiple use application framework to value stack services from energy storage effectively.  During my time in California there were a variety of learnings, however five key aspects applicable to the Queensland Power Industry were:

1) Information Sharing is key. At the pace of technological advancement and change, information sharing and collaboration internationally is increasingly more important.

2) Approach grid modernisation holistically.  Clear policy and regulatory review, effective interconnection standards, cost-reflective rates, new markets and valuation of DER, updated planning processes and increased network visibility are all required for grid modernisation to be effective.

3) Effective new frameworks to maximise technology. Often technology is limited by outdated regulation, preventing solutions from being as technically or economically effective as they could be.

4) Energy storage flexibility. The flexibility to deploy energy storage solutions quickly, relocate them when needed and expand on them if required can help manage investment risk in the rapidly changing power system environment.

5) Australia can be a leader and export learnings to the world if it wishes to. Working in the power industry outside of Australia (thanks to the ES Cornwall scholarship), it is clear that the Australian power sector has all the attributes to be a world leader in grid modernisation.

Each of these five learnings are discussed in more detail in my 3rd quarterly report.

Final Report for E.S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship

 Posted by Matthew Zillmann  Comments Off on Final Report for E.S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship
Sep 062016
 

My tenure on the E.S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship was focused on understanding how leading utilities are working to best optimise expenditure in asset management. During my 18 months on the Scholarship I worked in the UK at UK Power Networks and the USA at Commonwealth Edison, which has culminated in the publication of this final report (PDF, 3.76 MB).

I welcome any questions on this report or my time on the scholarship and I can be contacted:

6th report for the E.S. Cornwall Scholarship – third 3 months with Commonwealth Edison

 Posted by Matthew Zillmann  Comments Off on 6th report for the E.S. Cornwall Scholarship – third 3 months with Commonwealth Edison
Sep 052016
 

Over the past quarter*, my sixth on the E.S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship (1st February 2016 to 6th May 2016), I have continued my placement with Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) based in the Smart Grid and Technology team. During this time I have been focused on:

  1. Research into microgrid ownership models, policies, incentive schemes, and deployment within the USA;
  2. Finalization of the distributed generation hosting capacity assessment tool that I developed over my nine months with ComEd; and
  3. Development of ComEd’s System Power Quality Strategy, that discusses ComEd’s approach to identifying, prioritizing, and mitigating power quality issues.

 

My sixth quarterly report (PDF 4.42MB) provides an overview of this work and its value to the Australian electricity supply industry.

I welcome any feedback on this or any past quarterly reports covering my tenure on the E.S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship.


* Administrator’s Apology – this report was provided in June 2016 but has only just been uploaded now (September 2016)

5th report for the E.S. Cornwall Scholarship – second 3 months with Commonwealth Edison

 Posted by Matthew Zillmann  Comments Off on 5th report for the E.S. Cornwall Scholarship – second 3 months with Commonwealth Edison
Mar 292016
 

Over the past quarter, my fifth on the E.S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship (1st November 2015 to 31st January 2016), I have continued my placement with Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) based in the Smart Grid and Technology team.

During this time I have been focused on:

 

  1. The continued development and implementation of a modelling algorithm to quantify the distributed generation hosting capacity of ComEd’s network; and
  2. Planning for the Bronzeville Community Microgrid, a project that would see the development of a microgrid to supply a number of critical facilities, infrastructure and customers within the South Chicago community of Bronzeville.

 

My fifth quarterly report (here – PDF 2.13MB) provides an overview of this work and its value to the Australian electricity supply industry.

I welcome any feedback on this report or my future direction.

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