The Energy Systems Integration Group, under subcontract to Idaho National Laboratory with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity (OE), is forming a new User Group focused on grid-enhancing technologies (GETs) and is currently accepting members from transmission and distribution utilities.
Focus of the Group
The group’s primary focus is on GETs, which include:
- Dynamic Line Ratings
- Dynamic Transformer Ratings
- Power flow control
- Topology optimization
- Advanced conductors and Storage
Even though GETs offer a promising option to increase transmission capacity and make the most of existing infrastructure, utilities face multiple barriers to using these technologies. These may include limited knowledge of their application, operation, and dependability. The ESIG GETs User Group offers an exclusive forum where users and potential users of GETs can privately and freely share information and discuss the best practices, challenges, and benefits of these technologies.
Activities and Objectives
Starting June 2023, the ESIG GETs User Group will conduct regular virtual meetings and hold an annual in-person workshop. These meetings may feature external speakers discussing specific technologies, their applications, and operations, as well as presentations by members to share their experiences with GETs. At the end of the first year, a summary of findings will be produced and disseminated to assist transmission utilities in implementing GETs technologies.
Calling New Members!
All staff and leadership of U.S. transmission and distribution utilities are eligible for membership in the ESIG GETs User Group, with a limit of three individuals per organization. Participants do not necessarily need to be ESIG members, as this group has DOE funding. To request membership or for further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.