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WECC/TEPPC Response to DOE Funding Opportunity. Joint CCPG-SWAT-SIERRA Meeting August 19, 2009 Bradley Nickell Renewable Integration and Planning Director. Funding Opportunity Announcement Overview of WECC response What it is and what it is not Activities and Deliverables

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wecc teppc response to doe funding opportunity

WECC/TEPPC Response to DOE Funding Opportunity


August 19, 2009

Bradley Nickell

Renewable Integration and Planning Director

today s discussion
Funding Opportunity Announcement

Overview of WECC response

What it is and what it is not

Activities and Deliverables

Organizational Structure

Today’s Discussion
funding opportunity announcement regional transmission planning
Funding Opportunity AnnouncementRegional Transmission Planning
  • Up to $60 million in DOE funding to
    • (A) Interconnection-level analysis and planning
    • (B) State Cooperation on electric resource planning and priorities.
  • Responses due September14*, 2009
  • Funds available through the Stimulus Bill under DE-FOA0000068
    • www.doe.gov/recovery

* WECC submission August 13, 2009

funding opportunity announcement key provisions
Funding Opportunity AnnouncementKey Provisions
  • Creation of interconnection-wide, long-term, scenario-based transmission plans
    • Identification of alternative transmission system configurations
    • Quantify reliability and cost implications
    • Attention to technology and policy uncertainties
  • Deliverables due in June 2011 and June 2013
  • Establishment of a multi-constituency steering group to guide scenario development
    • 1/3 State representatives
    • Non-traditional stakeholders
  • Funding for non-profit and NGO participation in planning processes
overview of wecc response what the proposal is
Overview of WECC responseWhat the proposal is
  • Extraordinary opportunity to expand the capability of planning processes in the West
  • An extension of existing TEPPC planning process
    • Ability for broader input from other stakeholders into planning processes
    • Ability to study a broader range of scenarios
      • Determine impact of policy and technology drivers
  • Improved coordination of subregional groups and WECC planning processes
  • Ability to provide input to other critical processes
    • Siting – Rating – Cost Allocation
  • Process in which decision authority remains with TEPPC and WECC Board
overview of wecc response what the proposal is not
Overview of WECC responseWhat the proposal is NOT
  • Radical shift in WECC processes
  • Change in planning governance
  • Significant long-term funding commitment by WECC and membership
  • WECC involvement in siting or cost allocation processes
  • No commitment to fund non-WECC activities beyond DOE funding period
funding of tasks under topics a and b 4 year funding period
Funding of Tasks Under Topics A and B4 Year funding period

Topic A

$16.3 million

Input into Topic A


Topic B

$11.2 million

overview of wecc response budget overview
Overview of WECC response Budget Overview
  • Regional planning activities
  • Subregional planning activities
  • Operating impact and technology analysis
  • Creation of an advisory steering group – (SPSG)
  • NGO participation in planning activities
  • Meetings – travel – outreach for all of the above

* 2010 TEPPC budget is $1.6M

long term budget impacts funding after the doe funding period
Long-term Budget Impacts Funding after the DOE funding Period
  • Comprehensive review of benefits to members
    • Conducted in 2012
  • WECC staff activities only – no pass-through
  • No decision until 2014 budget cycle

* No inflation in cost estimates

** Estimated impact on WECC 2014 budget

overview of wecc response expanded teppc regional planning process
Overview of WECC response Expanded TEPPC Regional Planning Process


TEPPC has final decision

Section 4.1.4

wecc funding proposal infrastructure additions
WECC Funding ProposalInfrastructure additions
  • Additional planning tools
  • Transmission Project Management System (TPMS)
    • Portal for all project information
    • Database for use in planning activities
  • Base Case Coordination System (BCCS)
    • Manage all transmission planning information
    • RFI under development by PCC
deliverables to doe
Deliverables to DOE
  • June 2011
    • 10-Year SPG Coordinated Reliability Plan
    • 10-Year Regional Transmission Plan
    • Planning Engineer Education Program
    • Technology Reliability Assessment
  • June 2013
    • Updates to the June 2011 deliverables
    • 20-Year Regional Transmission Target Plan
organizational structure
Organizational Structure
  • WECC
  • Subregional Planning Groups (SPG)
  • Scenario Planning Steering Group (SPSG)
  • Western universities
  • Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO)
organizational structure wecc
Organizational Structure WECC
  • Project management
  • Contract administration
  • Regional planning activities
    • 10-yr Regional Plan
    • 20-yr Regional Transmission Target Plan
  • Planning tools development/acquisition
  • Stakeholder outreach
planning activities subregional planning groups spg
Planning ActivitiesSubregional Planning Groups (SPG)
  • 10-yr Coordinated Reliability Plan
    • Combine SPG plans
    • Analyze and rectify seams issues
    • Ensure reliability (planning) standards are met
    • Identify needed transmission projects
  • Form “baseline” for WECC regional plans
    • Transmission models
    • Load & Resource models
    • Coordinated with PCC activities
      • Base cases, loads and resources
organizational structure scenario planning steering group spsg
Organizational StructureScenario Planning Steering Group (SPSG)
  • Multi-constituency Steering Group to provide strategic guidance to the long-term planning process
    • Create scenarios for consideration by TEPPC
    • Manage NGO participation
  • Benefits
    • Broaden stakeholder involvement in planning process
    • Complement existing TEPPC stakeholder representation
    • Provide an additional channel for outreach
  • This group does not supplant existing TEPPC or WECC decision authority
planning activities western university activities
Planning ActivitiesWestern University Activities
  • Education and training
    • Create programs for existing and new planning professionals
    • Identify future industry needs
  • Technology assessment
    • Comprehensive look at reliability implications and integration needs
      • Coordinated with WECC VGS and National Labs
      • Identify operational feasibility issues
organizational structure non governmental organization ngo participation
Organizational StructureNon-Governmental Organization (NGO) Participation
  • Funding for robust participation in regional and subregional planning processes
    • Travel expenses
    • Preparation and participation time
  • Managed by the SPSG
    • Ensure broad participation
    • Minimize duplication