Solar Forecasting for Utilities and Independent System Operators in High Penetration Environments

Join SEPA, Clean Power Research and the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) as they present applications in solar forecasting for high penetration PV environments. As behind-the-meter PV in the U.S. has grown, increasing concern has focused on the impacts to utility load and load forecasting. This presentation will describe results from a project to aggregate and forecast all PV systems within the state of California that sit behind residential and commercial electric meters. Results will show how these forecasts help address challenges relating to increased PV integration. Additionally, the CAISO will discuss how this information is used in load forecasting tools.

Utility planners, grid operators and solar industry members will benefit from attending this event. Utility planners will gain insight into how to manage rapid growth in residential PV; grid operators will learn about forecasting tools designed to reduce solar impact on reserve procurement; and solar stakeholders will learn about the tools that will enable continued solar growth.

There will be a Question & Answer period following the presentation.

Participant take-aways will include:

  • How high penetration PV affects grid operators
  • Why solar forecasting is needed for behind-the-meter PV
  • Impacts of an accurate (and inaccurate) PV fleet production curve
  • How solar forecasting can reduce costs

Date: Thursday, March 20, 2014, 11 AM Pacific/ 2 PM Eastern. Estimated duration: 1 hour.

Target Audience: Utility operations and planning engineers, energy market participants, independent system operators, solar plant developers and residential solar lease funds

Speakers: Tom Hoff, President of Research and Consulting, Clean Power ResearchJames Blatchford, Manager of Short Term Forecasting, Market Quality and Renewable Integration, California ISO 

Cost: Free to SEPA members and the media (subject to verification); $199 for Non-members