• Build Short-Term Reserve product
• Build Storage Phase 1 market participant model (FERC 841)
• Build Enhanced Combined Cycle
St. Paul, Minn.
Establishes Future Reliability
Eau Claire, Wis.
ENHANCED COMMUNICATION AND COORDINATION: In concert with distribution operators and neighboring grid operators, MISO will need to leverage new approaches and technologies for communication and data analytics/synthesis to improve real-time situational awareness and enhance operational forecasting for its control room operators. MISO’s Distributed Energy Resources Program is tackling these questions via research initiatives and stakeholder workshops in addition to meeting current challenges related to load modifying resources (LMRs).
WEC Energy Group
What Utilities of the Future Need from a Grid Operator
MARKETS WITH CLEAR PRICING OF RELIABILITY CRITERIA TO INCENTIVIZE ADEQUATE INVESTMENT:
Markets will need to enable the efficient and reliable exchange of key system needs, such as producing energy, shaping demand, ramping, controlling flows on transmission lines, shifting energy inflows or outflows, providing voltage support and frequency regulation. MISO’s Resource Availability and Need Program and Renewable Integration Impact Assessment efforts continue to target these and related issues, such as scarcity conditions.
ISO/RTO SERVICE EVOLUTION FACILITATES EFFICIENT EXCHANGE OF FUTURE NEEDS
F. Manitoba Hydro (achieved, not a target)
H. Northern Indiana Public Service
J. WEC Energy Group
At some level, all of these trends are a result of customers being in the driver’s seat, which hasn’t traditionally been the case. Moving forward, customers will continue to have a stronger voice.
Director, Transmission Business Development
BHE U.S. Transmission
MISO States, Cities, and Utilities with Decarbonization or Clean Energy Goals
No. Ind. PS
This utility focuses on carbon reduction, with a multi-pronged approach to achieve its goals.
This includes working with local policy makers to increase building electrification and electric
vehicles, investing in distributed energy resources and utility-scale wind and solar.
MISO States, Cities, and Utilities with
De-carbonization or Clean Energy Goals
Manitoba Hydro (achieved, not target)
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States considering 100% clean energy goals
• Redefine markets to enhance long-term decision making and improve transparency on future needs
• Explore communication, including the Energy Management System, data analytics, modeling and forecasting options across the transmission/distribution interface to enhance control room situational awareness
• Increase effective collaboration, coordination and planning across the region and seams
UTILITIES WITH 80%+ TARGETS
Decentralization involves the shift away from large, central-station power plants to smaller, often variable resources that are located on local, low-voltage electricity distribution networks, or “behind the meter” at homes and businesses.
Enhances Communication and Coordination
VISIBILITY allows recognition
and coordination of relevant
resource, demand and powerflow
attributes in operations and
UTILITIES OF THE FUTURE MORE DIVERSE THAN TODAY
• Implemented Fast First Automatic Generation Control
• Establish 24/7 reliability criteria for a transforming grid
• Update investment approach for transmission
• Scope options for a forward market mechanism
• Enhance contingencies and congestion processes
Eau Claire, Wis.
La Crosse, Wis.
AVAILABILITY is the ability
of transmission and energy
resources to meet requirements
at all hours
• Develop rules and process for storage as a transmission asset AND a market participant
• Improved Contingency Reserve Demand Curve that reflects VOLL
This utility has a conventional resource mix and business model and is largely able to serve its
customers independently. It is interested in wholesale market products that enable compensation
for the short-term flexible resources it can provide others in the region.
TRENDS IMPACT UTILITIES DIFFERENTLY
CITIES WITH 100 % CLEAN ENERGY GOALS
An Ecosystem for Exchange: Differences by utility in supply of and demand for grid capabilities will require changes to MISO's platform to enable the efficient and reliable exchange of availability, flexibility, and visibility.
UTILITIES WITH 50%+ TARGETS
Digitalization refers to the revolution in information and communication technologies and platforms that will continue to disrupt nearly everything in our economy, including energy services.
RELIABILITY CRITERIA CLEARLY ESTABLISHED: In real-time operations, there is a clear relationship between insufficient availability, flexibility and visibility. System risk patterns are changing associated with outages; intermittent resources; exports across seams; and demand characteristics. Understanding risk across all hours to ensure reliability criteria reflect these needs is part of MISO’s resource accreditation project.
• Multi-day Operating Margin Forecast
• Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Framing Paper
• Collaborative stakeholder effort to draft IEEE1547-2018 guidance
• Improved long-term load forecasting process with stakeholders
Great River Energy
Ind. Power and Light
"Three themes emerged in our discussions: Urgency, Customer Preferences and Diversity = Value.
Utilities need MISO to act now to develop transitional and transformational solutions. As customers continue to push for de-carbonization goals, utilities are adopting significantly more diverse business models. Supply and demand of availability, flexibility and visibility will vary by utility. MISO’s ecosystem for exchange must accommodate this significantly increased degree of diversity and facilitate members to leverage that value. "
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• Assess required 24/7 flexibility attributes (e.g., ramp: 30 min ramp, 1 hour ramp, 4 hour ramp, inter-day ramp)
• Leverage data and digital tech to prepare for uncertainty and variability
• Better integrate new flexible resources
• Enhance processes and tools for LMR deployment
• Enhancement of the MISO Communication System, including alignment of demand response tools
• Changes to the MISO tariff and Business Practice Manuals regarding Aggregators of Retail Customers
• Changes to accreditation for LMRs
• Improve Queue Process
Abita Springs, La.
St. Louis, Mo.
N. Great River Energy
O. Indianapolis Power and Light
P. Vectren/ SIGE
• Model Manager Project, Phase I
• New Customer Relationship Management System
• Distributed Energy Resources stakeholder workshops jointly hosted with the Organization of MISO States
AN UPDATED INVESTMENT APPROACH FOR TRANSMISSION: The business case for transmission lines is changing with the emergence of advanced technologies, increasing elasticity of demand, and an evolving resource fleet. Using market concepts that demonstrate the value of transmission flexibility and the deliverability of available resources will help MISO and utilities rethink how to approach the value of transmission in enabling
diverse portfolios. The MISO Transmission Expansion Plan (MTEP) addresses these questions.
• Aligning Resource Availability and Need Paper
• Changes to accreditation for units on long-term outages
• Storage as a transmission asset
• Automated Generator Interconnection Request Application process
• Resource Availability and Need reforms around short-term outage scheduling and Load Modifying Resource testing and availability requirements
This is not a utility in the traditional sense. It can have significant control of customer demand
and timing of energy use via digital controls. While it does not own conventional utility assets like
distribution or transmission wires, its power is in aggregating across a high volume of devices.
St. Louis, Mo.
Abita Springs, La.
This utility generates enough wind energy to meet its customer demand, but not moment
by moment. It leverages the wholesale markets for their flexibility to sell excess wind power
that can’t be used immediately and buy power when the wind fades.
• Determine accreditation enhancements to reinforce attributes
• Improve emergency and scarcity pricing
• Decide on alternatives to the current annual resource adequacy construct
This utility relies significantly on distributed energy resources, with enough solar to meet
its customer demand during the day. For cloudier days and through the night, it leverages
the wholesale markets to meet energy needs.
We need to do prudent planning that incorporates the 3Ds [Demarginalization, Decentralization and Digitalization] to allow for effective investment optimization and ensure both reliability and customer affordability.
Manager, Wholesale Market Development and Integration
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De-marginalization refers to the modified set of resources that can provide the next needed, or “marginal,” increment of energy at zero additional costs (e.g., renewables), or very low additional costs (e.g., highly efficient gas-fired generation).
Updates Investment Approach for Transmission
FLEXIBILITY allows anticipation
and adaptation to frequent,
significant changes in generation
output and demand; and enables
new sources of flexibility
La Crosse, Wis.
In 2019, MISO shared action plans for its core availability, flexibility and visibility needs that traversed the ladder of abstraction in three distinct stages: Explore, Decide, Do. This year, the updated Action Plan includes a Done category and hyperlinks to key items underway.
A) In different ways
B) Throughout their business models
C) Across the supply chain
D) All of the above
How are major trends – de-marginalization, decentralization and digitalization impacting utilities?
A) System risks are changing as the generation fleet and demand patterns shift
B) Sharing resources that meet system needs – availability, flexibility and visibility - through MISO’s ecosystem of exchange can help minimize the costs of managing risk
C) A more granular approach to risk management enables diverse approaches
D) All of the above
Why do utilities of the future need MISO to evolve its service offerings?
A) Utility that is a MISO Member or Market Participant
B) Utility that is not in MISO
C) Regulator / Policy Maker, Environment, or Other
D) MISO employee
What group best describes you?