For utilities around the globe grappling with the unique challenges of bringing additional renewable energy into the electric grid, nothing beats learning from the first-hand experiences of those who have already made the transition.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) works with The U.S. Energy Association (USEA) and its members to partner with global leaders in distributed power generation, distribution and transmission to promote flexible, reliable, and sustainable power.
As increasing amounts of variable renewable energy, such as solar and wind energy are integrated into the power grid, new technologies and business models are needed. Utilities must select resources and equipment that will provide the lowest reasonable cost and best fit resources to meet customer needs based on system security requirements and economics with acceptable reliability.
USAID fosters partnerships with U.S. public and private sector partners and developing country partner utilities to tackle the changing energy landscape, integrating renewable energies, modernizing the electricity distribution grid and planning for new transmission.
Utilities are facing a paradigm shift to more distributed generation. USAID’s grid integration work supports utilities on scaling up renewables to:
- Improve reliability and stability
- Increase energy security
- Enhance economic efficiency
- Develop strategies to improve customer relationships and integrate pro-sumer interactivity
How Does the Partnership Work?
Relationships fostered by the USEA’s EUPP catalyze direct working relationships between U.S. and partner country industry representatives and key decision-makers. Strategic partnerships engage with the private sector, regional organizations and partner country institutions to address challenges and barriers to scaling renewables. EUPP simultaneously works with U.S. equipment, software and technology suppliers to share best practices to facilitate the seamless integration of utility-scale solar and wind generation onto the grid.
POTENTIAL AREAS FOR TECHNICAL SUPPORT:
- Simulated system restoration with solar and wind generation
- Utility system modeling and real-time simulation of planned new transmission,wind, and solar projects
- Interconnection requirements and real-time interconnection frequency support
- Transmission system additions and upgrades
- Economic dispatch principals and plans
- Contingency analysis
- Maintaining load-interchange-generation balance
- Forecasting variable generation
- Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) models
- Resource planning and optimization of best reserve generation
- Dynamic stability studies
- Adapting Automatic Generation Control (AGC) to manage high renewable resource penetrations
- Addressing intermittency challenges in PPAs (Low voltage ride through standards and remote dispatch capabilities)
- Net metering and management of distributed generation
- Developing standardized PPAs for interconnection of large renewable energy to facilitate IPP development
- Standard curtailment clauses and practices
- Incorporating distributed energy into grid planning[U1]
- Reverse Auctions/Competitive Bidding
- Power System Operators
- Planning, Purchase, System Protection and Control Engineers
- Day Ahead Schedulers/Traders
- Transmission System Planners
- Utility Executives and Decision-makers
CORE PARTNERSHIP ACTIVITIES
- Organize technical trainings and exchanges with U.S. industry experts and leading institutions to support grid integration of utility-scale solar and wind projects.
- Arrange U.S. utility and industry short-term technical advisory expertise.
- Foster business relationships to facilitate the integration of utility-scale renewable projects.
USAID has launched a new online hub of grid-integration resources for renewables with videos, technical tools, and policy resources focused on making the shift to solar and wind for base load power. The hub includes: Lessons from renewables-leader Hawaii for utilities and policy-makers around the world, including many downloadable resources on three keys: a modernized grid, demand response, and strong policy.