Renewable Integration at ERCOT: Challenges and Solutions

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
EER 1.518
Free and open to the public

Texas is among the leading states that are most quickly embracing renewable energy. As it champions the use of "clean" energy, significant environmental and economic benefits of renewables have been realized within Texas. This talk will present a high-level overview of the challenges encountered to reach such a high penetration level of renewable generation at ERCOT. These challenges are also complicated by the high-dimensional problem spaces unavoidable for a bulk power system and very strict computational time requirement demanded for real-time applications. Recent solutions developed at ERCOT have been focused on quantifying and mitigating the uncertainties and variations resulting from renewable resources and examining the impact of those inverter-based technologies over the grid dynamics. As a power grid such as Texas Interconnection is evolving quickly, it will continue to stimulate more innovations and make itself an ideal test bed for validating emerging technologies given its size and complexity in structure.


Pengwei Du


Dr. Pengwei Du is currently Lead Engineer-Renewable Integration with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). Prior to this, he was a senior research engineer with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Dr. Du has extensive experiences in simulation, modeling, protection and control of power systems, renewable energy integration, microgrid, and cyber security. He is vice-chair for Bulk Power System Planning Subcommittee at IEEE Power & Energy Society, and an editor of IET Generation Transmission & Distribution and IEEE Transactions on Power Systems. Dr. Du is the recipient of IEEE PES Power System Dynamic Performance Committee Best Paper Prize in 2016, and is currently advising DOE on project portfolio and strategic plan for renewable system integration. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering.