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Transactive Energy Fundamentals

October 12, 2022 | Online

Sponsored by EUCI

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Transactive energy (TE) is the economic and control methods used to manage the exchange of energy within an existing power system. It is a concept that is used to improve the efficiency and reliability of the power system. This TE network structure allows for communication so that all levels of energy generation and consumption can interact with one another and is exponentially more complex than traditional control of generating sources. Register now to gain an understanding of the fundamentals of TE and real-world applications that will create an intelligent and interactive future for the industry.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the TE background of changing industry goals of decarbonization, electrification, resilience to major disruptions, energy justice and equity 
  • Review technology developments, DER trends, and policy/regulatory framework to maximize benefits of DER
  • Describe some utility & regulator concerns that affect overall TE development
  • Expand on the transmission-distribution interface issues of high DER volumes and DER participation in ISO/RTO markets
  • Review the different applications of grid architecture principles
  • Discover Distribution System Operator (DSO) models and markets for distribution systems to be participatory networks
  • Review all the components of TE in a Distribution System Operator (DSO) as DER coordinator scenario
  • Analyze the value-based transactive exchange mechanisms
  • List some candidate devices and types of flexibility for DER participation and coordination
  • Review various example projects and applications of TE
  • Describe the current challenges for TE



9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Central Time

Background of Transactive Energy

  • Changing societal goals for the electricity industry 
  • Decarbonization, electrification, resilience to major disruptions, energy justice and equity 

Transactive Energy Technology

  • DER trends — greater performance & lower cost
  • Attractiveness of on-site DER for customers
  • Need for policy/regulatory framework to maximize grid and societal benefits of DER

Distribution Utility & Regulator Concerns

  • DER impacts on traditional revenue models and operations
  • Need for a new distribution utility value proposition & business model for High-DER Future 

Transmission-Distribution Interface Issues

  • High DER volumes and DER participation in ISO/RTO markets

Application of Grid Architecture principles

  • Redefine distribution utility functions and revenue model
  • Utility-customer and utility-ISO relationships

Distribution System as a Participatory Network

  • Distribution System Operator (DSO) models
  • Distribution-level energy markets

The Distribution System Operator (DSO) as DER Coordinator

  • Need for modernizing DSO: historically passive and closer to DER integration and customers
  • New Distribution Operator Construct (DSO) and Distributed Systems Platform (DSP)
  • Transactive Energy Systems in coordinating supply and demand
  • Transactive Energy Systems Fundamentals
  • TE Definition and Principles
  • TE  System Attributes
  • Transactive Control and Coordination Architectures

Value-based Transactive Exchange Mechanisms

  • Definition of value
  • Prices to devices
  • Double auction
  • Bi-lateral or peer-to-peer
  • Connection to wholesale market
  • Comparison of real-time and day-ahead mechanisms

DER Participation and Coordination

  • Candidate devices and types of flexibility
  • Effective management of DERs
  • Competition between amenity and grid services

Example Transactive Energy Projects

  • Olympic Peninsula Pilot
  • Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demo
  • PNNL Smart Campus
  • Large-scale simulation study: DSO+T

Current Challenges for Transactive Energy

  • Communication system requirements and cyber security
  • Customer-acquisition and support
  • Regulatory approval and appropriate rate structure
  • Integration with bulk power system