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Accelerating the integration and utilization of Clean Generation Resources in the Grid by optimizing the Grid in a reliable and affordable manner…

Grid Congestion is fast becoming one of the biggest roadblocks in the pathway to a Clean Energy Grid primarily because of the challenges it is creating both in Long-term Planning of the Grid as well as in the daily Operations of the Grid

Impact of Grid Congestion on Long-term Planning of the Grid

GROWING GENERATION INTERCONNECTION QUEUES

Impact of Grid Congestion on Daily Operations of the Grid

INCREASING GRID CONGESTION COSTS

If you are one of the many facing these challenges, then we are here to help you!

REDUCING GENERATION INTERCONNECTION QUEUES

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    Challenges in Long-term Grid Planning

  • With increasing requests for interconnection of new generation resources (mostly Renewables) to the Grid, the Grid is fast becoming one of the biggest bottlenecks primarily due to increasing congestion issues, which in turn is now leading to growing Interconnection Queues.
  • Conventional solutions for mitigating Grid Congestion such as Network Upgrades can be costly and also highly time-consuming. This is not only resulting in higher withdrawal rates of generation developers but is also causing significant delays in getting the new and clean energy generation connected to the Grid.
  • On the other hand, due to high withdrawal rates of generation developers, Interconnection Studies are becoming more time consuming due to the need for repetitive restudies because of the change in the cluster definition.
  • The FERC Order-2023 in the US has now mandated the evaluation of Advanced Transmission Technologies including Grid Enhancing Technologies (GETs) such as Power Flow Controllers and Grid Topology Reconfiguration as a part of the Interconnection Studies. Additionally, the FERC Order has also imposed financial penalties for delays in Interconnection Studies as well as for withdrawals of generation projects from the Interconnection Queue
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    Our ID-GETs Solution for Long-term Grid Planning

  • On the identification of congestion constraints associated with the Generation Interconnection Studies, our FUSION-T Interconnection Planner software can provide automated decision support for optimally using Power Flow Controllers and Grid Topology Reconfiguration Control in an attempt to mitigate such congestion constraints to extent feasible, before the conventional Network Upgrades based solutions can be considered.
  • The automated decision support provided by our software application can help the Generation Project Developers to perform the required assessment and take appropriate decisions during the project prospecting and siting stage as well as during the course of the Interconnection Study process, in order to significantly reduce the chances of project withdrawals.
  • The automated decision support provided by our software application and lower project withdrawals can help the Transmission System Operators / Owners / Utilities and the Independent System Operators / Regional Transmission Organizations to speed up the Interconnection Study process

REDUCING GRID CONGESTION COSTS

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    Challenges in Grid Operations

  • With the integration of new generation resources (mostly Renewables) to the Grid, the Grid Congestion is becoming a major challenge in operating the Grid in a cost-effective manner. Grid Congestion is leading to the increasing curtailment of lower-cost and clean generation resources, which in turn is resulting in a massive increase in Grid Congestion Costs, which need to be paid by the ratepayers.
  • With the possible use of Grid Enhancing Technologies (GETs) such as Power Flow Controllers and Grid Topology Reconfiguration in the long-term planning of the Grid (as per FERC Order-2023), the Grid shall no longer be planned as conservatively as earlier. This shall thus necessitate similar GETs controls to be used during Grid Operations as well to ensure reliable and cost-effective management of the Grid.
  • Conventional solutions for mitigating Grid Congestion such as Generation Redispatch is not optimizing the utilization of the low-cost and clean generation resources to the fullest extent.
  • Existing hardware sensor based solutions for mitigating Grid Congestion can be effective, but are typically hard to scale across the entire stretch of the Grid and maintain.
  • Other hardware based solutions for re-routing the flow of power through the Grid can also be quite effective for mitigating Grid Congestion, but may not be easy to use manually without the proper system-level analysis driven software based intelligence.
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    Our ID-GETs Solution for Grid Operations

  • Our FUSION-T Grid Analyzer software application can identify congestion constraints in the Grid based on a single snapshot of the Grid and provide automated decision support for optimally using software-based Grid Capacity Control, Power Flow Controllers and / or Grid Topology Reconfiguration in an attempt to mitigate such congestion constraints to extent feasible, before the conventional Generation Re-dispatch based solutions can be considered.
  • Our FUSION-T Predictive Grid Enhancement Manager software application can identify congestion constraints in the Grid based on time-series snapshots of the Grid (e.g.- for the next 24-48 hours) and provide automated decision support for optimally using software-based Grid Capacity Control, Power Flow Controllers and / or Grid Topology Reconfiguration Control across time in an attempt to mitigate such congestion constraints to extent feasible, before the conventional Generation Re-dispatch based solutions can be considered.
  • The automated decision support provided by our software applications can help the Transmission System Operators / Owners / Utilities and the Independent System Operators / Regional Transmission Organizations to plan and operate the Grid with reduced Grid Congestion incidents, lesser need for costly Generation Re-dispatch, and reduced Grid Congestion Costs.
  • The automated decision support provided by our software applications can help the Generation Owners (as permitted by their Transmission Provider) to perform the required assessment in coordination with their respective Transmission System Operators and Independent System Operators to optimally use the Grid in order to prevent curtailment of low-cost generation.