WIRAB Meetings & Webinars
Spring 2017 Joint CREPC-WIRAB Meeting
The Committee on Regional Electric Power Cooperation (CREPC) and Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body (WIRAB) meeting will take place from 1:00 p.m. MDT Wednesday, April 12, 2017 to 12 noon MDT Friday, April 14, 2017 at the Boise Centre East in downtown Boise, Idaho. Hotel accommodations are available at the Grove Hotel (next door to the Boise Centre East).
Agenda topics include:
- Energy Storage Pilot Projects and Policies;
- Coal Unit Decommissioning Costs;
- Resource Adequacy and Capacity Planning;
- Integration of Variable Energy Resources;
- Provision of Essential Reliability Services; and
- Idaho-WIEB Multi-state Energy Planning Road Map
TELECONFERENCE WEB LINKS:
- Wednesday April 12th PM https://cc.readytalk.com/r/k0tvc3hjzj89&eom
- Thursday April 13th AM: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/5vdygbet53cz&eom
- Thursday April 13th PM: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/8ve6g6tuxfzb&eom
- Friday April 14th AM: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/fkywk5v0yajq&eom
- Dial-In: 866-740-1260
- Access Code: 8974605
TRAVEL LOGISTICS: Additional travel information is available here.
WIRAB Monthly Meeting Cancelled (April 2017)
The April 6, 2017 Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body (WIRAB) Monthly Teleconference Meeting is cancelled for this month. Please join us in Boise, ID for our Spring 2017 Joint CREPC-WIRAB meeting on April 12-14. The next WIRAB Monthly Meeting is scheduled for May 4, 2017 at 11:00 AM MT.
WIRAB Webinar on Role of the Reliability Coordinator and Balancing Authorities in the Western Interconnection
Friday, February 17, 2017 | 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Mountain Time
The Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body (WIRAB) hosted a webinar with Peak Reliability and the California ISO to inform members of the role of the two organizations in maintaining bulk power system reliability. On November 9, 2016, the CAISO experienced a computer error which resulted in invalid dispatch instructions being sent to multiple generating units. The generating units automatically responded and reduced output by approximately 1,900 MW over an 11-minute period. The resulting imbalance between generation and load caused a significant decline in system frequency. The CAISO was able to quickly restore its load/resource balance without shedding load. We used this event and others as a tutorial to share information on the role of the Reliability Coordinator and Balancing Authorities in responding to deviations in system frequency. Peak and the CAISO discussed how they work together to maintain reliability during these types of events. There was Q&A with the audience.
WIRAB Coordination Meeting with Peak and WECC Class 5 Members (December 2016)
Friday, December 2, 2016 | 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Mountain Time
Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body (WIRAB) staff is conducting its quarterly coordination meeting with Peak Reliability (Peak) Class 5 Members and Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) Class 5 Members prior to the respective Peak and WECC Board of Directors and Member Advisory Committee (MAC) meetings in December. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the items on the respective Board and MAC agendas and attempt to align the positions of WIRAB and the Class 5 MAC members on important agenda items.
Fall 2016 Joint WIRAB-CREPC Meeting
WIRAB Webinar on Critical Energy-Electric Infrastructure Information
The Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body (“WIRAB”) hosted a webinar on the designation, protection, and sharing of critical electric infrastructure information. Critical electric infrastructure refers to systems or assets of the bulk-power system the incapacity or destruction of which would negatively affect national security, economic security, or public health or safety. The protection and appropriate sharing of sensitive infrastructure information is important to improving the security and resilience of the bulk-power system. The purpose of the webinar is to inform WIRAB’s comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in a rulemaking to implement the provisions of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act).
WIRAB’s webinar focused on criteria and procedures for designating information as CEII and steps FERC can take to facilitate the voluntary sharing of data with researchers and entrepreneurs working to improve the reliability and security of the bulk-power system. Panelists discussed how access to data can result in research and the development of tools that can be used to improve the security and reliability of the bulk-power system. Panelists included:
Links: Webinar Recording
WIRAB Staff Comments on Peak Reliability 2016 Strategic Plan
The Staff of the Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body (“WIRAB Staff”) submitted comments on Peak Reliability’s March 30, 2016 draft 2016-2020 Strategic Plan. WIRAB Staff emphasized that the goal of Peak should be to serve the public interest by continually seeking to enhance grid reliability in the Western Interconnection and WIRAB Staff made comments and recommendations that aim to improve the Strategic Plan to stress these intentions.
Spring 2016 Joint WIRAB-CREPC Meeting
The Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body (WIRAB) and the Committee on Regional Electric Power Cooperation (CREPC) met on April 26-27 at the Marriott City Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Agenda topics included: Regional ISO Design and Governance Issues; Distributed Energy Resource Policies; Essential Reliability Services; and Interconnection-wide Planning and Analysis. A detailed agenda is available below.
Advice of WIRAB on the FERC NOI on Primary Frequency Response (Docket No. RM16-6-000)
The Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body (“WIRAB”) submitted advice to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) on its 2016 Notice of Inquiry (“NOI”) on Essential Reliability Services and the Evolving Bulk-Power System - Primary Frequency Response (Docket No.: RM16-6). Primary frequency response (“PFR”) is crucial in the reliable operation of the electric grid. With the rapidly changing resource mix in the West and the rest of the country, there is a concern that there may not be enough PFR in the future to protect the system in the case of a large system disturbance. In its advice, WIRAB recommended FERC to: continue to study the needs of PFR under future scenarios, require new generators to have PFR capability, require default control settings for generators, allow resources to be curtailed in real-time if there is a shortage of PFR, and incentivize fast frequency response.
WIRAB Response to 2016 Peak Board Evaluation Questionnaire and Comments
The Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body (“WIRAB”) submitted a response to Peak Reliability’s 2016 Board of Directors Evaluation Questionnaire. Peak uses the responses it receives from the questionnaire to evaluate the Board’s performance and effectiveness. WIRAB’s response to the questionnaire indicates a decline in performance and effectiveness from 2015 to 2016.
WIRAB webinar on Primary Frequency Response
The Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body (WIRAB) hosted a one-hour webinar – led by Debra Lew and Nick Miller of GE Energy – on primary frequency response (PFR) of generators within the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) region.
The key concern with PFR is that currently variable energy resources (VERs), specifically wind and photovoltaics (PVs), are not required to provide PFR. PFR is critical to maintain reliability of the interconnection in the event of a contingency. Wind and PV are the fasting growing resources, and with increasing Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) requirements in many states this will lead to continued growth. Because wind and PV have very low marginal cost, they tend to displace other generation that may have been providing PFR.
The webinar covered how different types of generators provide PFR, lessons learned from previous studies of VER penetration and PFR, and generator control settings. GE Energy delivered a draft report on PFR to WIRAB members on April 4, 2016. The webinar addressed the information and findings provided in the report.
WIRAB Webinar – Primary Frequency Response (GE Energy)
Joint WIRAB-CREPC Meeting
Control Performance Standard BAL-001-2
NERC’s new reliability control standard, BAL-001-2, became effective June 21, 2015. The purpose of this reliability standard is to maintain interconnection frequency within predefined frequency limits. Balancing Authorities in the Western Interconnection have been field testing BAL-001-2 since March 2010. We discussed results of the field trial and considered lessons learned and recommendations for the successful implementation of the new control performance standard.
Grid Authority and Performance
This webinar covered the history and evolution of NERC’s authority and explained how reliability standards are developed and enforced. It also described the roles and responsibilities of Balancing Authorities, Transmission Operators, Generation Operators and Reliability Coordinators. The discussion included the history of NERC’s Control Performance Standards, shortcomings of the old standards, and the rationale for the new control standard, BAL-001-2, that was approved by FERC on April 16, 2015.
SPSC-WIRAB Webinar Series #3: Dynamic Adaptable Transfer Capability (DATC)
This two-hour webinar will explain a proposed new path transfer methodology that could increase transfer capacities on the existing transmission system while maintaining reliability. Such a methodology could save tens of millions of dollars by lowering system-wide production costs and help integrate the variable generation that is coming on-line. The methodology will be presented by Quanta Technologies, the SPSC’s consultant. The first hour will explain how the methodology meets future grid needs and goals. The second hour will be dedicated to a discussion of the technical detail of the methodology. The proposed methodology will also be discussed at the April 6-8 joint meeting in San Diego.
SPSC-WIRAB Webinar Series #2: Grid Management Technologies
During the last several years more than $100 million has been invested in the West in the deployment of synchrophasor technology. Additional investments have been made in smart grid control devices. During this webinar, GridSME will explain how data from synchrophasors and grid control devices such as D-FACTs can improve grid operations. The webinar will identify opportunities to capitalize on investments in these technologies through new grid monitoring and control applications.
SPSC-WIRAB Webinar Series #1: Grid Transfer Capability Planning and Needs
This webinar was coordinated with GridSME, a consultant to the SPSC and WIRAB. The purpose involved reviewing the current process for determining transmission transfer capabilities and identifying the drivers to develop a more dynamic methodology that can make better use of existing wires.
WIRAB hosted webinar on Utility Cybersecurity
WIRAB Webinar Series #5 Distributed Generation
Distributed energy resources such as rooftop solar, can provide benefits to the system but can also pose bulk power system issues due to their interconnection requirements. We will discuss lessons learned from Germany in their rapid rooftop solar growth. We will discuss the IEEE 1547 inverter standard and the ongoing process to revise this standard and the efforts in California to develop their own smart inverter requirements.
WIRAB Webinar Series #4 Transient Stability
We will discuss stability of the power system with high penetrations of wind and solar. Wind and solar provide some advantages and some disadvantages to keeping the system stable when a large disturbance occurs. A bigger issue for the west in terms of stability is not the addition of wind and solar but having conventional plants in key locations offline or retired.
WIRAB Webinar Series #3 Frequency Response
Discussion on operational reliability of the power system with high penetrations of wind and solar. Can we keep the lights on when a large generator goes out? Wind and solar technologies are inverter-based and do not necessarily provide the same frequency response services that conventional synchronous generators can provide. We will discuss the inertial response and primary frequency response that synchronous generators can provide and how wind and solar can be enabled to provide grid-friendly services.
WIRAB Webinar Series #2 Ramping Issues and Solutions
High penetrations of wind and solar can increase ramping needs. High penetrations of solar can lead to a net load “duck curve” which accentuates the need for ramping to meet the evening peak. Very high wind speeds can lead to wind cutout events that can create a need for ramping capability. We will discuss options for ramping capability including market solutions, use of existing generation, and load solutions.
WIRAB Webinar Series: #1 Utility Operations - VER Reliability and Integration
This discussion focused on how system operators balance supply and demand when they have high penetrations of wind and solar on their system. We discussed the unit commitment process and options for intra-day unit commitment and coordinated unit commitment. We discussed the economic dispatch process and options for coordinated economic dispatch. We will also discuss forecasting for load, wind and solar, and how forecasts can be used in operations.
System Flexibility Forum-CREPC-WIRAB
PUC EIM Group-CREPC-WIRAB Joint Meetings
Transmission Technology-CREPC-WIRAB Joint Meetings
WIRAB | Reno, NV | June 14, 2013
|Pre-WIRAB Meeting Webinar||June 10, 2013||presentation||audio|
|WECC Bifurcation||March 21, 2013||slides||—|
|Update on Future of WECC||November 28, 2012||presentation||audio|
|Update on Future of WECC||October 25, 2012||presentation||audio|
|Update on future of WECC||October 24, 2012||presentation||audio|
|WECC Proposed Restructuring||September 24, 2012||slides||—|
|Future of WECC follow-up||August 16, 2012||slides||agenda|
|Future of WECC||August 10, 2012||summary||audio|
|WECC Vulnerabilities Initiative||January 25, 2012||presentation||audio|
|WECC Cyber-Security Webinar||June 2, 2011||summary||audio
|NERC Reliability Metrics Webinar||October 20, 2009||summary|
|WECC PSA webinar||October 6, 2009||summary|
|NERC Adequate Level of Reliability Webinar||March 3, 2008||Presentation||—|
|2007 RA-PSA Webinar||January 30, 2008||Presentation||—|