May 26, 2020 Tech Meeting: The Role of Sector Coupling in Renewable Integration

Webex Meeting

Dr. Ross Baldick, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin  introduced changes to the traditional planning and operation of the electricity system to motivate consideration of sector coupling in the context of increased renewables, that is combining complementary methods to increase the benefits of renewables.  He also presented the notion of fuel endowments (what different ares of the world have in terms of energy resources (e.g.sun, hydro, ground source heat) and temporal endowments (time complementary energy sources such as wind and solar) as well as the adaption to temporal endowments to enable higher levels of renewable integration as part of deep decarbonization. A lively 45 minute Q&A discussion followed!

About the Speaker:
Dr. Baldick is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. He received his B.Sc. and B.E. degrees from the University of Sydney, Australia and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. From 1991-1992 he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. In 1992 and 1993 he was an assistant professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Baldick has published over 100 refereed journal articles and has research interests in a number of areas in electric power. His current research involves optimization, economic theory, and statistical analysis applied to electric power system operations and electricity markets, the public policy and technical issues associated with electric transmission under electricity market restructuring, the robustness of the electricity system to terrorist interdiction, electrification of the transportation industry, and the economic and technical implications of integration of renewables. His book, Applied Optimization, is based on a graduate class, “Optimization of Engineering Systems” that he teaches in the electrical and computer engineering department at The University of Texas. He also teaches a three-day short-course “Introduction to Electric Power for Legal, Accounting, and Regulatory Professionals” and a one-day short-course “Locational Marginal Pricing” for non-technical professionals in the electricity industry. He is a former editor of IEEE Transactions on Power Systems and former chairman of the System Economics Sub-Committee of the IEEE Power Engineering Society Power Systems Analysis, Computation, and Economics Committee. He is an Associate Editor of Operations Research. Dr. Baldick is a Fellow of the IEEE and the recipient of the 2015 IEEE PES Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award.