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Non-Wires Alternatives Can Do More Than You Think — But It Matters How You Buy Them


Presented by:
Shalom Flank, Microgrid Architect
Utilities have traditionally focused on the assets directly under their control when deciding on grid investments.  Recently, regulators have been requiring comparisons with alternative means of achieving the same goals of reliability, capacity, and sustainability, known as non-wires alternatives (NWAs).  But developing the best process for identifying and procuring NWAs has lagged behind.  The most common technique is asking bidders for a one-to-one replacement for a given wires investment, through a “point solution” RFP.  These RFPs typically miss opportunities where NWAs would have been the superior solution, and respondents are usually limited to the small subset of NWA projects that can be developed within the RFP timeframe.  This webinar will present a commercially practical, market-based optimization approach for procuring NWAs.

Participants will learn:

  • Definition and examples of NWAs
  • What is the full range of functions and side benefits that NWAs can provide?
  • What has been the experience and the shortfalls to date in procuring NWAs?
  • How can probablistic load forecasting be used to set up long-term planning for NWAs?
  • What are the roles for incentives and for auctions in securing the optimal market pricing for NWAs?
 
About the Presenter:
Shalom Flank
Shalom Flank, PhD, became the nation’s first “microgrid architect” over a dozen years ago, as Pareto Energy’s Chief Technology Officer.  Dr. Flank has served as Microgrid Architect for a number of project development companies, including Urban Ingenuity, Pareto, and Anbaric.  He manages technical, financial, and regulatory aspects of their microgrid projects, from initial assessments and conceptual design, through financing, permitting, and engineering.  In addition, he currently serves as the project director for the DC Department of Energy and Environment’s three-year microgrid study, including kicking off a new Microgrid Extension Service.  He has also overseen the development of proprietary microgrid technologies, such as Pareto’s “GridLink” non-synchronous interconnection technology.  – Dr. Flank has been a frequent advisor to commercial companies and public agencies on energy technologies, from helping the National Science Foundation assess the commercial viability of new photovoltaic and fuel cell technologies to working with cutting-edge companies commercializing clean energy and energy efficiency technologies. He served for a number of years as a program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and as a staff member at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the U.S. House of Representatives, and has held appointments at Harvard and MIT.  Dr. Flank received his PhD from MIT, where he studied energy engineering, economics, and policy, and his BA in Physics from Cornell University.

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