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Decarbonizing the Grid - The Role of Grid Interconnection

March 3, 2021 - 8:30am to 10:30am
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Bits & Watts Co-sponsored by Stanford Environmental and Energy Policy Analysis Center (SEEPAC) and StorageX
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How can we enable a grid to facilitate the integration of renewables, DERs, expansion of demand and decline of fossil fueled power supply? What is the role of grid interconnection?

Robust long-distance transmission lines (both HVAC and HVDC) will enable delivering clean energy to customers and expanding the ways that clean energy is used. Interregional planning and coordination are usually difficult in the U.S. due to different planning approaches, models, FERC 1000 processes, and market rules among the various RTO/ISOs. On a global scale, international grid interconnection projects are being proposed and developed very actively for efficient and economic use of clean energy.This is the second virtual panel in a series of workshops. It will focus on the role of grid interconnection for decarbonization. Panelists will discuss interregional (international) transmission expansion plan, planning process, as well as social, economic, and geopolitical aspects of large transmission projects.Panelists:- Jay Caspary: As a Vice President at Grid Strategies LLC, Jay Caspary provides analysis and strategic guidance on transmission grid planning and operations to support a clean energy portfolio.

Jay has 40 years of experience in transmission planning, engineering, management, tariffs, transmission services, and retail marketing. Most recently he oversaw Research, Development & Tariff Services for the Southwest Power Pool. He also served as SPP’s Director of Engineering and head of Transmission Development.  In 2012-2013, Jay served as Senior Policy Advisor for the U. S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) with a focus on grid modernization.  Prior to SPP, he served in several staff and managerial roles at Illinois Power.

- Dimitrios Chaniotis: Dimitrios is the Senior Advisor to the Director of Power System Economics at RTE and since May 2018 is holding the office of Chairman of the System Development Committee at ENTSO-E. He has previously held the position of Project Director at RTE in charge of the establishment and building of its technical campus in Lyon France. 

He started his career in the R&D department at EDF in 2001 and subsequently at RTE in 2003 as a research engineer. He has since held positions within RTE working on transmission allocation mechanisms, management control, and R&D. Between 2009 and 2013 he served as head of the System Development section at ENTSO-E.- Damien Ernst: Damien received M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in engineering from the University of Liège, Belgium, in 1998 and 2003, respectively. He is currently Full Professor at the University of Liège, where he is affiliated with the Montefiore Research Unit. His research interests include electrical energy systems and reinforcement learning, a subfield of artificial intelligence.  He is also the cofounder of Blacklight Analytics, a company developing intelligent software solutions for the energy sector. He has co-authored more than 300 research papers and two books. He has also won numerous awards for his research and, among which, the prestigious 2018 Blondel Medal. He is also regularly consulted by industries, governments, international agencies and the media for its deep understanding of the energy transition.

Moderator:• Liang Min - Managing Director Bits & Watts Initiative

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