Power and Grid Integration
The International Energy Analysis Department conducts joint technical research, pilot demonstrations, and policy analysis on power system transition, power market reform, demand response (DR) and demand-side management (DSM), integration of renewable energy, distributed energy resources (DER), and microgrids with partners in the U.S., China, India, and internationally.
Power sector transformation pathways
In this area, we assess technically feasible and economically viable pathways for decarbonizing the power sector in major economies including US, China, and India. We will develop accelerated transition pathways for clean power systems using the latest technology costs information for solar, wind, and storage; will evaluate economic, financial, and health impacts of those transition pathways; and will develop transition strategies to address affected stakeholders.
Electricity markets, regulation and reforms
Given the rapid changes in the institutional structure as well as generation mix in the power sector, especially in the emerging economies, we assess the key technical, economic, and political drivers behind key power sector reforms with a particular focus on electricity markets and regulation, that will play a key role in shaping the sector’s future and also in realizing the ambitious power sector transformation pathways. We collaborate with several government agencies, academic institutions, and non-governmental organizations in our research, technical assistance, and capacity building activities.
Demand Response, Distributed Energy Resources (DER) and Microgrids
In the area of demand DR we are conducting joint end-to-end DR automation testing to demonstrate the integration of utility DR management systems, DR products, and end-use control sequences with standards-based DR signals to accelerate acceptance of manufactured DR products in both countries (sponsored by DOE’s Office of Electricity). We are also conducting studies to develop recommendations on enhancing DR value by integrating DR into power system dispatch procedures, maximizing DR potential through tapping opportunities beyond peak load reduction, and creating roles for load aggregators to deliver greater DR. In the area of DER and microgrids, we conduct benefits analysis of microgrid demonstration projects. We are also using Berkeley Lab's Distributed Energy Resource Customer Adoption Model (DER-CAM) to help optimize design and operation of microgrids, especially in buildings.
China Renewable Energy Engineering Institute
Energy Research Institute, National Development and Reform Commission
Institute of Engineering Thermophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
North China Electric Power University
Southern Grid Research Institute
Stony Brook University
Xi’an Jiaotong University
Ministry of Power (India)
Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (India)
Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (India)
Forum of Regulators (India)
Power System Operation Corporation (India)
Central Electricity Authority (India)
NITI Aayog (India)
Bureau of Energy Efficiency (India)
Energy Efficiency Services Limited (India)
Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (India)
Indian Institute of Technology (India)
University of California Berkeley
Prayas Energy Group (India)
Council on Energy, Environment, and Water (India)
Alliance for Energy Efficient Economy (India)