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Energy & Climate

Models to Inform Planning for the Future of Electric Power in the U.S.


Irvine, CA

DATE: Monday, February 3rd
TIME: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM PST
Beckman Center, Huntington Room
100 Academy Drive
Irvine, CA 92617

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The electric grid grows more complex each year, and decisions made today can have an impact on the U.S. electric power system for decades. What models are needed to support infrastructure planning for the electric grid at local and regional scales?

Most models currently used for decision making reflect the electric system as historically configured, a configuration that remains largely in effect today. However, the electricity system is undergoing significant changes, such as growth of generation sources connected directly to distribution systems, increasing amounts of variable renewables and inverter-based generation, and pressures to electrify transportation and buildings’ energy uses so as to reduce carbon emissions. These changes—many of which may accelerate and deepen in future years—present challenges to conventional planning models, assumptions, and processes.

Rhodium director John Larsen and other invited speakers will review recent models used in electricity system planning, discuss modeling and research needs, and identify promising approaches to help plan the future of electric power in the U.S.