In power systems working to integrate high levels of renewable energy, the variability and uncertainty of solar and wind can pose a challenge to power system operation. Wind and solar forecasts are critical to reducing the uncertainty associated with variable renewable energy generation. Accurate forecasts not only support the safe and reliable operation of the grid, but also encourage cost effective operation of systems with significant wind and solar generation by improving the scheduling of generation and reducing the use of reserves. This training is intended to help staff in power system operators and utilities in the Asia region understand the value and implementation considerations associated with advancing the use of wind and solar forecasts to more efficiently integrate variable renewable energy to the grid.
This training is sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by the US Energy Association and the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The training represents a component of USAID’s Greening the Grid program.
The purpose of this 3-day training is to provide power system operators and utilities the fundamental knowledge they need to improve their procurement and utilization of wind and solar forecasts in system operations. As a result of this training, participants will:
- Learn how wind and solar forecasting has improved system operations and reduced costs in example locations
- Understand how forecasts are produced and become familiar with forecasting terminology
- Understand how to integrate forecasts into system and market operations, including:
- Trade-offs among centralized, decentralized, and hybrid forecasts
- Distinct requirements for wind compared to solar
- Benefits of ensemble forecasts
- Impact of forecast errors on reserve requirements
- Understand how to implement a forecasting program:
- Types of infrastructure necessary to integrate RE forecasts in system controls (e.g., SCADA, visualizations, and other hardware and software platforms)
- Strategies for working effectively with forecast vendors on trials
- Inclusion of forecast requirements in power purchase agreements (PPAs)
- Training for system operators
The primary audience for this training workshop includes power system operators and utilities from across the Asia region.
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