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Workshop Goal & Objectives
How can we reliably integrate a greater share of renewable energy into electric power grids? Renewable energy sources like wind turbines, solar, photovoltaics, and concentrating solar power are a vital option for meetings the APEC region's growing electric power needs in a cost-effective and environmentally sustainable fashion. The deployment of renewable and distributed energy systems is therefore likely to accelerate in coming years and decades.
But power output from renewable energy sources is generally intermittent. Fluctuations in output can negatively affect power grid frequencies, voltages and transient component performance which in turn can affect power system
stability and the reliability of service to customers. Concerns about power system reliability limit the amount of new and renewable energy that power utilities and transmission system operators allow to be interconnected to the grid.
Yet recent analyses indicate that a greater share of renewables can be technically and economically feasible to integrate on the grid than was previously thought. Modeling and simulation tools may make it possible to plan for a larger renewable share in the mix. Grid operation and management techniques may make it possible to operate grids reliably with a greater share of renewables. Energy storage technologies are coming down in cost, so that a greater share of renewables on the grid may become practical and cost-effective over time.
Participants & Projected Outcome
This workshop will bring together utilities, policymakers, renewable technology experts, regulators, standards officials, equipment suppliers and transmission engineers to discuss the challenges and opportunities for increasing the penetration of renewables in the electric power grids of APEC economies as storage technologies, grid management techniques and modeling tools evolve. This should help to build consensus on the practical potential for renewable technologies like wind and solar power, to expand across the region and on practical steps economies can take to realize that potential.
Workshop Organization, Venue & Rationale
The workshop will be hosted by the United States Department of Energy in Hawaii. The State of Hawaii has adopted a goal of meeting 70% of all its energy needs (electricity and transportation) from renewables by the year 2030 Participants will be able to see first hand some projects that are helping to bring this about. The workshop will be limited in size - encouraging each participating economy to make a presentation and all participants to engage actively in discussion. Each interested economy may send at least one expert or official to participate. Both developed and developing economies with renewable energy programs are welcome. Experts from multilateral financial institutions and research organizations also be invited.
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