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Webinars to Showcase Landmark Survey of Global Grid Operators Conducted for United States Department of Energy

September 27, 2011


Alstom has announced a series of webinars on October 6 and 7, 2011 to present findings from a comprehensive study into challenges and best practices associated with integrating variable renewable energy sources into global power grids. The presentations will be delivered by Dr. Lawrence Jones, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Policy and Industry Relations for Alstom Grid in North America, who led this study as principal investigator.

This report is based on insight from grid operators in 18 countries who together account for more than 72% of worldwide wind generating capacity. That scope makes it the first known research to draw from such a broad sampling of global utility expertise,” said Jones. “Special thanks are due to the grid operators who participated in this project, the five-member Industry Advisory Committee, the Utility Wind Integration Group and other industry associations, who provided invaluable support.

Members of the media, the global energy industry, regulatory agencies, policymakers and the research community are invited to join the webinars, which are being produced by Alstom in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy, PennWell and Bernard Energy Advocacy. Registration is available via the website of Electric Light & Power magazine for the three sessions, details of which are as follows:

Successful Strategies for Renewable Integration - A Ground-breaking Global Study

Best Practices for Integrating and Managing a Growing Base of Variable Energy Resources
  • Thursday, October 6, 2011 – 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Friday, October 7, 2011 – 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. EDT
  • Registration Link: Click Here
Specific topics to be addressed during the webinars include but are not limited to:
  • Impacts of increased wind generation on existing grid infrastructure, and the interplay between wind power and power system operations.
  • The critical impact of forecast data on successful wind integration, and emerging trends in forecast methodologies.
  • Recommendations for policies, operational strategies, business processes and control room tools to support reliable system operations with large amounts of variable generation.
Each one hour webinar will include a 35-minute presentation followed by a 25-minute question and answer period. During the opening presentation, Jones will provide an overview of results from the report and their implications for electric transmission grid operators. The webinars are being offered at multiple dates and times to accommodate participants from various time zones. Opening remarks will be delivered by Charlton Clark, Technology Manager for Renewable Systems Interconnection in the Wind and Water Power Program of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The webinars will be moderated by Teresa Hansen, Editor-in-Chief of Electric Light & Power.

Questions regarding the webinars can be directed to Adam Pratt of Alstom (