EAEI Seminar and Journal Club Series: Grid Integration of Renewables, Part 1

EAEI Seminar and Journal Club Series: Grid Integration of Renewables, Part 1

Seminar Abstract 

Inspired by a recent lively debate in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on the feasibility and costs involved in a future US grid power entirely by wind, water, and solar sources of generation, this two-part series will introduce key technical challenges to integration of renewables into the electric grid. Part 1 will draw from the grid integration aspects of the PNAS debate to introduce basic technical concepts involved in operating bulk power systems reliably. These include: resource adequacy, energy adequacy, and operational reliability, both in steady-state and in dynamic operating conditions.

Seminar Speaker(s) 

Joe Eto
Energy/Environmental Policy Staff Scientist/Engineer, CERTS, Electricity Markets & Policy Group, Energy Analysis & Environmental Impacts Division

Joseph H. Eto is a staff scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where he is a senior advisor to the Electricity Markets and Policy Group and the strategic advisor for the Energy Storage and Demand Resources Department. Joe also leads the program office for the Consortium for Electric Reliability Technology Solutions, which is a national laboratory-university-industry R&D consortium founded by LBNL, ORNL, PNNL, SNL, PSERC, and the Electric Power Group that conducts research and analysis on electricity reliability and transmission.

Joe has authored over 200 publications on electricity reliability, transmission planning and operations, demand response, distributed generation, utility integrated resource planning and demand-side management, and building energy-efficiency technologies. In 1989, he received both the Crosby Field Award for best technical paper and the Willis H. Carrier Award for best presentation by an author under the age of 32 from the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers.

Joe has served the U.S. Department of Energy on a variety of topics related to electricity reliability. He led coordination of technical support for preparation of all three DOE National Electric Transmission Congestion Studies (2006, 2009, 2015). He was appointed to serve on the Electricity System Working Group of the U.S.-Canada Power Outage Task Force, which investigated the Aug. 14, 2003 blackout. He led coordination of technical support to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for the preparation of the National Transmission Grid Study (2002). He also served on the Secretary of Energy’s Power Outage Study Team, which conducted independent investigations of high-profile outages that occurred during the summer of 1999.

Joe received an A.B. in philosophy of science and an M.S. in energy and resources from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a registered professional Mechanical Engineer in the State of California.

Alexandra von Meier
Energy/Environmental Policy Faculty Scientist/Engineer,


Oct 23, 2019 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm




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