Puerto Rico Webinar Series: Solar Technical Potential and Infrastructure, Transmission, and Operating Resilience Analysis

This webinar from Nov. 15, 2019, focused on technical potential and supply curve analysis, cost benefit analysis, and the Dynamic Contingency Analysis Tool (DCAT) from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).

It was one in a series of four extended webinars for Puerto Rico energy system planners offered in the fall of 2019 as part of NREL’s contribution to Multi-Lab Energy Planning Support for Puerto Rico.

View all webinars in the series.

Webinar Sessions

This 4-hour webinar featured the following sessions.

Technical Potential and Supply Curve Analysis, Nick Grue, NREL

This session discussed an attempt to evaluate and quantify the ability to site new solar power plant development, given technical constraints and land cover considerations.

View presentation slides.

Also, see U.S. Renewable Energy Technical Potentials: A GIS-Based Analysis,  NREL Technical Report (2012)

Cost Benefit Analysis, Mark Weimar and Laurie Miller, PNNL

PNNL presented its resilience valuation methodology for electricity, which included results for vegetation and guy wire and anchor management and ungrounding transmission lines in Puerto Rico.

Additional Resources:

Benefit Cost Analysis – Puerto Rico Transmission Grid,  Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Report (2019)

Methodology for Valuing Resilience to Severe Events for Department of Energy Sites, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Report (2018)

Dynamic Contingency Analysis Tool Applied to Puerto Rico, Xiaoyuan Fan and Sarah Newman, PNNL

PNNL presented an analysis process for assessing dynamic cascading effects of multiple hurricane related events and the use of this analysis to assess infrastructure enhancements and operating practices for improved resilience.


U.S. Department of Energy and its national laboratories: NREL, Argonne National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, PNNL, and Sandia National Laboratories


If you have any questions about this webinar series, please contact prprojects@nrel.gov.