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Utility Scale Flexible Power Summit

Start Date:27 Sep 11 End Date:28 Sep 11

As increasingly high Renewable Portfolio Standards and environmental regulations drive the uptake of renewables across the US, issues of transmission capacity and generation intermittency will place increasing strain on existing power infrastructure.

The North America Renewable Power Advisory predicts that share of renewable energy in the US power mix will increase to 12% by 2025, up from 4% today. The lack of an effective electricity storage system means utilities must deal with balancing disruptive power supplies and the cost and load factors involved in doing so.

As greater strain is put on maintaining reliability, the importance of flexible power production will rapidly increase. Flexibility is achievable through many different options; including gas fired spinning reserve, load management and energy storage options.

The Utility Scale Flexible Power Summit aims to bring together the full spectrum of the United States utility sector, from investor owned utilities to local cooperatives, to explore the options available in developing flexible power management.

The utility power conference will examine issues currently limiting optimal generation and transmission flexibility, as well as exploring the potential of future storage and financing options. The summit will provide the opportunity to network with permitting bodies, grid operators and financiers, as well as companies providing the latest innovations in management technology.

Key topics to be addressed at the Utility Scale Flexible Power Summit:
• Policy developments in relation to improving transmission capacity: Exploring the success of integrating renewable and transmission policy. How can cross-regional projects be encouraged to increase reliability? How should the issue of financing be resolved? Creating investment incentives.
• Project finance: Where is funding available? Which investment opportunities are most appealing? How can long term investment opportunities be stimulated?
• Maximizing the flexibility of gas-fired generation: The new regulations favoring quick-start technologies, the newest in 'fast-start' upgrades, what will be the economic impacts on gas due to renewable penetration? What is the potential of distributed generation in flexibility?
• Examining ancillary service market development: FERC's frequency control order and its implications on flexibility, the role of forecasting in providing advanced intemittency control. Who will pay for these services? What are the main issues currently restricting the market?
• The latest developments in demand response techniques: How better monitoring and forecasting technologies are improving the management of intermittent resources, the evolution of FERC classifications for demand response sytems.
• Examining the developing storage market: Exploring storage policy and type, which are the most economical? Could they replace the ancillary service market? Learn about the pilot projects of other utilities, will storage be able to effectively increase reliability of intermittent generation?

Confirmed speakers include:
• John Bear – chief executive officer, Midwest ISO
• Mark Irwin – director of technology development, Southern California Edison
• Dora Nakafuji – director of renewable energy and alternative power, Hawaiian Electric Company
• William Grant – manager, Transmission Control Centre South, Xcel Energy
• David Hicks – director of renewable energy procurement and technical services, NV Energy

This event will take place in Denver, United States. For booking details please contact us.

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