Multi-Lab Energy Planning Support for Puerto Rico
NREL has partnered with four other national laboratories and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to provide Puerto Rico stakeholders with useful tools and skills to enable them to plan and operate the electric power grid with more resilience against future disruptions.
Key activities include:
- Delivering high-resolution solar resource data for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands through the National Solar Radiation Database
- Delivering models of Puerto Rico using grid modeling tools—Flexible Energy Scheduling Tool for Integrating Variable Generation and Multi-Area Frequency Response Integration Tool—and training models on real data
- Developing and executing an educational module that provides analytical support to stakeholders on best practices for interconnection of distributed energy resources and IEEE 1547 standard
- Delivering Puerto Rico-specific System Advisor Model improvements to provide foundational solar profiles for production cost modeling and to enable stakeholders to perform detailed cost-benefit analysis of renewable energy systems, accounting for resiliency and ancillary service functionality
- Developing accessible end-user, cost-benefit tools with training sessions aimed at ensuring robust, data-driven investment decisions across Puerto Rico.
Other national laboratories contributing to this effort include:
DOE and NREL are engaging with stakeholders in Puerto Rico to understand local energy planning needs and deliver relevant tools, training, and modeling results.
Workshops on Energy Planning Resources
Workshops held in San Juan on March 19, 2019, and Mayaguez on March 22, 2019, were an opportunity for stakeholders to share their energy planning needs and learn about tools from NREL and other national labs to support energy planning in Puerto Rico.
During Fall 2019, NREL is hosting a Puerto Rico Energy Planning Support Webinar Series for participating national laboratories to provide stakeholders access to tools, resources, and modeling results. These webinars are presented as virtual conferences, and attendees are welcome to join and leave throughout each event. View resources from past webinars and register for upcoming webinars:
- Energy Planning Tools—Free, Accessible, and Relevant to Puerto Rico - September 2019
- Community Solar, Financing, and Visualizing Solar Potential - October 2019
- Solar Technical Potential and Infrastructure, Transmission, and Operating Resilience Analysis - November 2019
- Energy Efficiency, Resilience, and Grid Modeling for Puerto Rico - December 2019
These tools don't require technical modeling skills.
Building Energy Optimization Tool – Used to evaluate residential building designs and identify cost-optimal efficiency packages at various levels of whole-house energy savings along the path to zero net energy.
Community Solar Scenario Tool – Provides a "first cut" analysis of different community or shared solar program options.
Jobs and Economic Development Impact Models – User-friendly tools that estimate economic impacts of constructing and operating power generation and biofuel plants at local and state levels.
National Solar Radiation Database – A collection of meteorological and solar irradiance data sets for the U.S. and a growing list of international locations.
PVWatts Calculator – A calculator that estimates the energy production and cost of energy of grid-connected photovoltaic energy systems throughout the world
REopt Lite – A decision-support tool used to optimize energy systems for buildings, campuses, communities, and microgrids
ResStock – Performs large-scale residential energy analysis by combining public and private data sources, statistical sampling, detailed sub-hourly building simulations, and high-performance computing to help users identify which home improvements save the most energy and money
System Advisor Model – A free computer program that calculates a renewable energy system's hourly energy output over a single year, and the cost of energy for a renewable energy project over the life of the project
These tools require some technical modeling skills.
Flexible Energy Scheduling Tool for Integrating Variable Generation – A multiple-timescale, interconnected simulation tool that includes security-constrained unit commitment, security-constrained economic dispatch, and automatic generation control sub-models.
Hawaii Energy Visualization Initiative tool – A custom capacity and dispatch modeling system that can quickly provide insights on cross-sectoral questions
Multi-Area Frequency Response Integration Tool – Simulates the power system dynamic response in full time spectrum with variable time steps from millisecond to days under both normal and event conditions.
Analysis of Microgrid Locations Benefitting Community Resilience for Puerto Rico, Sandia National Laboratory (Sept. 30, 2018)
Build Back Better: Reimagining and Strengthening the Power Grid of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico Energy Resiliency Group (December 2017)
Docket Number CEPR-AP-2018-0001: Review of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority Integrated Resource Plan, Puerto Rico Energy Bureau
Energy Resilience Solutions for the Puerto Rico Grid, DOE (June 2018)
Hurricanes Irma And Maria in the U.S. Virgin Islands Recovery Advisory 5: Rooftop Solar Panel Attachment: Design, Installation, and Maintenance, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency (April 2018, Revised August 2018)
Mitigation Assessment Team Report: Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency (October 2018)
Public Collaborative for Puerto Rico's Energy Future, Institute for a Competitive and Sustainable Economy (2018)
Solar Photovoltaic Systems in Hurricanes and Other Severe Weather, DOE Federal Energy Management Program (August 2018)
Transformation and Innovation in the Wake of Devastation: An Economic and Disaster Recovery Plan for Puerto Rico, Government of Puerto Rico (August 2018)
For more information on our efforts in Puerto Rico, contact us.