Greening the Grid Webinar: Power Purchase Agreements for Grid-Awa …

On May 9, 2017, the Clean Energy Solutions Center, in collaboration with USAID and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), hosted a webinar-based training entitled Power Purchase Agreements for Grid-Aware Renewable Energy Procurement. The webinar becomes part of the toolkit jobs, a USAID and NREL partnership created to support nations in incorporating renewable resource into the power system.

Power purchase contracts (PPAs) are a crucial system that energies utilize to obtain variable renewable resource from independent power manufacturers. A PPA is a long-lasting (20-25 year) agreement that codifies all elements of the electrical energy sale, consisting of the rate of electrical energy and the involved legal responsibilities of both celebrations. This webinar concentrated on PPA arrangements that can make it possible for wind and solar innovations to improve grid stability and add to power system versatility. Secret factors to consider consisting of supplementary services, advanced telemetry, and automated generation control were gone over. This conversation was followed with a visitor discussion by Xcel Energy, a vertically incorporated electrical energy energy in the United States and the biggest wind purchaser in the nation, to go over Xcel Energy’s Model PPA for wind power systems.

The webinar existed by Barbara O’Neill from NREL and Tara Fowler from Xcel Energy. It was followed by an interactive concern and response session with the audience, moderated by Ilya Chernyakhovskiy from NREL.


Barbara O’Neill is the Grid Integration Manager at NREL, where she leads jobs and engages stakeholders locally and worldwide to supply info on renewable resource combination practices and innovations. Prior to signing up with NREL, she was Director of Development at EDF Renewable Energy for the Central Region, where her group established utility-scale wind and solar job websites in the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), and Colorado. Prior to that, she operated at Xcel Energy in resource preparation, where she worked out renewable resource power purchase contracts. Mrs. O’Neill got a B.S. in electrical engineering from Pratt Institute, an M.S. in energy management and policy from University of Pennsylvania, and a Diplôme d’Ingénieur in petroleum economics from the French Institute of Petroleum. She is the author of Mexico’s Regulatory Engagement wholesale Electric Power System Planning: An Overview of U.S. Practices and Tools and co-author of Advanced Grid-Friendly Controls Demonstration Project for Utility-Scale PV Power Plants, which checks out supplementary services supplied by a 20- megawatt photovoltaic (PV) job in Puerto Rico. Her existing jobs consist of deal with the United States Department of the Interior, the federal government of Pakistan and the United States Virgin Islands.

Tara Fowler is the Manager of Renewable Energy Power Purchases for Xcel Energy. She supplies management and instructions in the settlement and administration of long-lasting renewable resource purchase contracts in between Xcel Energy and power providers. Formerly, she delighted in a comprehensive profession in Xcel Energy’s Trading and Origination company for over 10 years. Tara presently serves on the board of directors of the North American Energy Markets Association and GROW, an internal Xcel Energy organisation resource group that checks out and establishes programs to assist ladies be successful. Tara made her BBA Management and BBA Marketing at the University of Iowa and her MS Global Energy Management at the University of Colorado-Denver.

Ilya Chernyakhovskiy is a co-author of USAID and NREL’s toolkit. He acts as the lead for NREL’s Scaling Up RE in Central Asia job under USAID’s Power the Future effort. Ilya likewise supports numerous capability structure and technical help activities in the Asia area under the Low Emission Development Strategies Global Partnership (LEDS GP). Prior to signing up with NREL, Ilya was associated with financial advancement research study at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia. Ilya made his M.Sc. in Natural Resource Economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.