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Texas Extreme Weather and Blackouts, February 2021 - Smart Grid Seminar

April 22, 2021 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Live Virtual Event: Please Register using link
Event Sponsor: 
Stanford Bits and Watts Initiative, Precourt Institute for Energy, TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering
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Bits & Watts’ Smart Grid Seminar provides experts from academia, startups, research institutes, and large corporations to familiarize seminar participants with current challenges and advances in grid data analytics, economics, market design, battery storage, electrified transportation, power electronics, renewable energy. The seminar series is open to Stanford students, as a 1 unit seminar course (CEE 272T/EE292T).

Speaker: Ross Baldick, from University of Texas, Austin

Seminar Abstract:In this presentation, I will discuss the effects on the electricity system in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) region of the extreme cold weather in February 2021.  The weather context will be initially discussed, including its effect on electric demand, and on outages of generation in the lead up to and during the rolling blackouts.  The reasons for the outages and blackouts will be discussed, and the effect on wholesale prices will be explained. Broader implications for other regions will be suggested

Speaker Bio: Dr. Ross Baldick Professor Emeritus in the Department of Electrical andComputer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his B.Sc. and B.E. degrees from the University of Sydney, Australia and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. His current research involves optimization, economic theory, and statistical analysis applied to electric power system operations and electricity markets, the public policy and technical issues associated with electric transmission under electricity market restructuring, the robustness of the electricity system to terrorist interdiction, electrification of the transportation industry, and the economic and technical implications of integration of renewables. His book, Applied Optimization, emphasizes applications in electric power. Dr. Baldick is a Fellow of the IEEE and the recipient of the 2015 IEEE PES Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award.

Admission Info

Seminar is open to all Stanford students, faculty and staff. Register via the RSVP link.