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Webinar: Weather Data Inputs for Power System Modeling: Mind the Gaps
December 5 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
Featured Speaker: Justin Sharp, Principal and Owner, Sharply Focused
About the Webinar: The electricity system is rapidly transitioning to a system in which most of the generation — wind, solar, and hydro — is strongly influenced by weather patterns. Load is also becoming more weather-dependent with the increased electrification of transportation and space heating. And weather powerfully affects energy-limited resources, such as battery storage, and behind-the-meter generation, which are blurring the lines between generation and load and between transmission and distribution. Consequently, accurate power system analysis requires much more detailed weather data than we needed for a fossil-fuel-dominated system with fairly predictable loads. Power system planning studies today require time series data for key weather variables that are temporally coincident, have sufficiently high spatial and temporal resolution, and are robustly validated; however, no such datasets currently exist. The availability of comprehensive weather datasets, together with education and coordination between the meteorology and power system communities, will equip system planners to guide future resource siting and build-out for a reliable, high renewables grid.
ESIG convened a project team, led by Dr. Sharp, to assess the limitations of existing weather data being used in power system analysis and outline a process for producing comprehensive weather datasets that can meet the above needs. This webinar will summarize the key points made in the report, including what is needed, why it’s needed, and current gaps in existing data and modeling methods, and will detail an approach to building a solid, long-term solution.
About the Speaker: Dr. Sharp is the principal and owner of Sharply Focused, a consultancy dedicated to bridging the atmospheric science and the electric utility sectors, especially with regard to applying meteorological knowledge to optimize planning and operation of the increasing weather driven system resulting from the energy transition.
Justin obtained a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences from the University of Washington, where his focus was using high-resolution numerical weather prediction to diagnose and forecast regional-scale winds. He has worked in the electric power sector since 2004 and built one of the world’s first 24×7 operational renewable energy forecasting and analysis teams for Iberdrola Renewables. Justin founded Sharply Focused in 2012 and has been helping clients to utilize weather and climate intelligence with a view to enabling and optimizing the energy transition.
Moderator: Julia Matevosyan, Chief Engineer, ESIG
Registration Cost: FREE
Q&A Session: We will be using the slido platform for Q&A. Please submit your questions and follow-along during the event at this link.