Energy Systems Integration: A New DOE Crosscutting Initiative
(Initial title- Grid Integration: New U.S. Department of Energy Initiative)
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Originally aired Thursday November 7, 2013 at 1:00 - 2:00 PM EDT
Grid integration is fast becoming one of the most critical areas of focus for the continued development of the U.S. solar market. The industry, including SEIA, has been active in overcoming barriers to grid integration for years, but the issues are becoming increasingly complex as additional capacity is added to the grid at the utility scale, wholesale distributed generation, rooftop, commercial, and utility scales.. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) also recognizes the importance of grid integration issues and launched a new crosscutting initiative this year. The grid itself was not designed with the variety of new renewable resources in mind and in many ways has become outdated. Yet, it is essential that the electricity grid be able not just to deliver power but to accommodate new resources – baseload and peaking, centralized and distributed, dispatchable and intermittent – to maximize the usage of our full suite of domestic resources. This webinar will focus on the policy and technical issues that present both challenges and opportunities for solar as it plays an increasingly important role for utilities and distributed solar users alike. Kevin Lynn, who heads the new crosscutting DOE energy systems integration effort of the U.S. Department of Energy to identify and address these issues, will discuss how the government plans to work with industry and the public on resolving them, and what the path forward looks like.
Attendees learned .....
- Current grid integration activities of the Obama Administration
- Technical and policy challenges in the grid integration space
- The impact of grid integration efforts on solar
Kevin Lynn, Lead, Energy Systems Integration, U.S. Department of Energy
Kevin Lynn leads the Systems Integration subprogram within the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Program (SETP). He oversees a broad solar energy portfolio that addresses the technical challenges to integrating high penetrations of solar technologies into the grid. In addition, he manages the national laboratories and others in the testing and evaluation of new solar products, the collection of solar resource data, and the development of solar codes and standards. Mr. Lynn has been working with the Solar Program since 2007, providing leadership on programs requiring technical assistance such as the Solar America Cities program, the Solar America Showcases program, and the Government Solar Installation Program.
Tom Kimbis, Vice President of Executive Affairs/General Counsel, SEIA