As the power delivery system continues to rapidly evolve due to decarbonization policy initiatives, inverter-based resources (IBRs) are playing an ever-more significant role in generation additions to the bulk power system. NERC and other technical organizations have taken numerous actions to support the reliable integration of these resources.
NERC has begun providing educational resources to technical experts working in power delivery and recently released the recordings and slides from its 11-part webinar series on IBR technology issues, tools, and techniques. The series gives a complete overview of current challenges, from a fundamental understanding of IBR technology to the more complex and emerging reliability risk issues. Along with the webinars, NERC released an FAQ document covering the general themes identified in the more than 1000 comments and questions received throughout the series.
To stay ahead of reliability risk issues, TRC recommends utility planning and interconnection personnel review the webinar series for insights into the technical challenges created by high penetrations of IBs. It is important to closely track IBRs for more accurate modeling of both real-time and offline power flow assessments. Improving the documentation of IBR penetration to enhance load forecasting models is especially crucial for companies that experience stagnant or declining load demand trends, as these trends may be attributed to the widespread adoption of rooftop solar panels and residential battery storage units. To distinguish between load and IBR sources downstream on the distribution network, TRC recommends initiating the representation of these components on various buses. TRC’s own subject matter experts are staying engaged with the topic to better assist your in-house teams. In certain areas of the US there will be significant changes (e.g., where the IBR penetration is high) and the learning provided by this webinar series may not have been fully considered in interconnection studies. TRC can provide skilled and experienced staff augmentation in this area to facilitate delivery of the system studies that include the Electromagnetic Transient (EMT) analysis needed to maintain the reliable operation of the Bulk Power System.
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