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Integrating Variable Renewable Energy to the Grid: Training for U.S. Government Staff
Variable renewable energy, such as wind and solar, provides a clean, carbon-free source of power. At high penetration levels, however, wind and solar variability, uncertainty, and geographic concentration can affect the planning and operation of the power system. This training is intended to help USAID and other U.S. Government staff understand and communicate grid integration concepts and develop a portfolio of grid integration activities that enable large scale-up of renewable energy on the grid. In addition to overviewing emerging grid integration strategies from around the world, the training will share experiences from USAID fieldwork that is currently supporting policy-makers, regulators, and grid operators in integrating wind and solar to meet renewable energy and climate change mitigation targets.
Located in Trainings
Scaling up Clean Energy: Early Actions to Facilitate Integration of Variable Renewable Energy into Existing Power Systems
This Deep Dive workshop will be held as part of the the 2016 Asia Clean Energy Forum in Manila, Philippines.
Located in Trainings
Webinar: Distributed Solar on the Grid: Key Opportunities and Challenges
The Clean Energy Solutions Center, in partnership with USAID and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), is hosting a no-cost webinar titled Distributed Solar on the Grid: Opportunities and Challenges. This webinar is part of the toolkit, a USAID and NREL collaboration designed to support countries in integrating renewable energy into the power system.
Located in Trainings
Video Transmission Planning for a High Renewable Energy Future: Lessons from the Texas Competitive Renewable Energy Zones Process
The webinar provided an overview of the Texas Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ) process, including the regulatory, procedural and technical considerations that were critical to its successful implementation in Texas. The webinar also introduced a Renewable Energy Zones “Toolkit” developed through a USAID and NREL partnership and intended to guide other power systems in adapting elements of the CREZ approach to their own power system planning processes.
Located in Trainings / Webinars
Video Building Blocks for Distributed PV Deployment, Part 1: Goals, Definitions and Compensation
Due in part to the low cost of photovoltaic system hardware and scalability for deployment, grid-connected distributed photovoltaic (DPV) technologies are increasingly permeating global power markets. While this trend could help substantially reduce the carbon footprint of global power generation, empower citizens across the socio-economic spectrum, and expand local PV markets, there are a number of technical and policy issues—especially in countries that have limited technical resources and need to “get things right” the first time.
Located in Trainings / Webinars
Video ECMAScript program Greening the Grid: Best Practices in Conducting Grid Integration Studies
This webinar was presented as part launch of, which is designed to support countries in integrating renewable energy into the power system. It addresses fundamental questions, about conducting grid integration studies, best practices for engaging key stakeholders in them and the kinds of analysis and data that are involved in them. It includes several case studies to highlight lessons learned.
Located in Trainings / Webinars
Video Integrating Variable Renewable Energy into the Grid: Key Issues and Emerging Solutions
This webinar reviews the challenges to integrating significant quantities of variable renewable energy to the grid as well as the emerging solutions that policymakers, regulators and grid operators have taken to integrate wind and solar and meet renewable energy targets. Webinar participants learn about the myths, misperceptions, costs and options for scaling up grid-connected renewable energy, as well as the Greening the Grid website and technical assistance opportunities.
Located in Trainings
Video Big, Fast, and Flexible: Grid Operations for Efficient Variable Renewable Integration
A growing body of research and operational experience highlights the value of large balancing areas and fast system operations to cost-effectively integrating high penetrations of wind and solar on the grid. This webinar provides an overview of the "big and fast" concept for efficient integration of variable renewables to the grid. Following a brief introduction to the basics of power system operations and power system flexibility, the webinar presents various methods and examples of pathways for moving towards larger balancing areas and faster dispatch under different institutional contexts.
Located in Trainings / Webinars
Video ECMAScript program Technical Potential Tutorial Series
This three-part tutorial series introduces technical potential analysis, describes how technical potential is assessed, and familiarizes viewers with the Technical Potential geospatial analysis tool on RE Data Explorer, the flagship tool from RE Explorer. The tutorial concentrates on renewable energy technical potential for wind and solar and answers the key questions: What is technical potential? How is technical potential assessed? How can I use RE Data Explorer to assess technical potential?
Located in Trainings
Video Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE): An Overview
This training video introduces levelized cost of energy (LCOE) and why it is important for data-driven decision making in energy planning. The training explains how to calculate LCOE of the electricity generating assets and describes key parameters, sensitivities, and some of its limitations. Example applications, analyses, and results are provided as well as an introduction to the Transparent Cost Database. This video was developed as part of a remote training series for the Energy Alternatives Study for the Lao PDR within the Smart Infrastructure for the Mekong Program. This video concentrates on RE resources and answers the key questions: What is LCOE? How is LCOE calculated? What are its applications, limitations, sensitivities, and parameters?
Located in Trainings
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