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January 30, 2008

Mtg: Holistic Transmission and Resource Planning

by @ 11:43 am. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, Engineering Mgmt

MONDAY March 3
SF Power Engineering Chapter
Speaker: Stephen T. Lee, senior technical executive, Electric Power Research Institute
Time: Noon
Cost: none for IEEE members, $5 for non-members (includes lunch)
Place: CPUC Building, Courtyard Training Room, 505 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco
RSVP: required by Feb. 29th, by phone or email to Chuck Magee,, 415-703-4683 (for lunch count)

Holistic planning is a new concept that recognizes the reality of today’s fragmented organizational structures of the power industry and is a philosophy and methodology that attempts to reap the benefits of optimal resource allocation without reverting to a fully integrated and highly regulated environment. ? Two aspects of holistic planning will be discussed: transmission planning and resource planning. Transmission planning has become a difficult challenge. ? With so many uncertainties affecting it and so many players involved, a new technical approach is needed to design a future power grid that is robust and that can handle all reasonable ways in which it will be used. ? Transmission planning cannot be done holistically without considering resource planning, demand options, and global climate concerns. ? Where new generation resources will be built will greatly affect transmission planning. ? To handle holistic resource planning, we will discuss the idea of using a CO2 charge and a public benefit fund (PBF) to facilitate the market’s optimal adoption of different alternatives, implementing the concept of Unity in Diversity as a way to steer individual’s choices into decisions that also benefit society as a whole.

Dr. Lee will also demonstrate the EPRI CAR (Community Activity Room) computer program which is used for grid operations and planning.? The program graphically plots the many constraints on the system enabling an operator or planner to visually determine if he/she is safely operating within the limitations of the system at any given time or planning correctly.

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