TAI Conference

10th Annual Trans-Atlantic

Infraday Conference

Thursday, November 10, 2016
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street, NE Washington, DC 20426
(metro stop: red line Union Station)

TAI 2016 Schedule of Events

  • 8:30 am – 5:30 pm, Thursday, November 10: Conference Presentations at FERC, Washington DC. Please click here to view detailed schedule.
  • 6 pm – 9 pm, Thursday, November 10: Evening Reception at Baan Thai, Washington DC


  • Please register here no later than October 21, 2016. There is no fee associated with attending this conference.


TAI 2016 Program Abstracts and Presentations:


Plenary speakers:

ferris-headProf. Michael C. Ferris, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Integrated Modeling for Optimization of Energy Systems
Joint work with C. Boehringer and T. F. Rutherford

We present an integrated model framework for the economic impact assessment of policy reforms where electricity markets play a central role. A prime example of such policy reforms is the promotion of electricity production from renewable energy which is at the core of transition strategies towards a low-carbon economy. The massive advancement of carbon-free renewable energy technologies has major implications on the generation, distribution and use patterns of electricity. An adequate simulation of electricity system responses to regulatory changes essentially calls for the accounting of real power flows. Real power flows depend on complex interactions between the spatial injection and withdrawal of power and the inability to store electricity within a network at any point in time. As electricity based on renewable energy sources is becoming the dominant energy carrier of the overwall economy, the interactions of the electricity system with the rest of the economy play a critical role for the assessment of larger electricity system changes. Apart from issues of energy security, key questions of economic adjustment relate to the competitiveness impacts for energy-intensive industries and the incidence of electricity market reforms across generators, system operators, and consumers. Answers to these questions require an economy-wide framework which captures complex substitution, output, and income effects across various markets of the economy.


Prof. Dennice F. Gayme, Johns Hopkins University

Finding new markets for wind energy: Exploiting wind farm flow physics to enable more cost effective secondary frequency regulation with wind

Wind power represents a fast growing renewable source of energy that has significant environmental advantages over conventional supplies, but achieving its full potential as one of the main sources of electricity will require overcoming some critical challenges. Two key challenges are predicting wind power output levels under different wind conditions, and ensuring that wind farms can successfully operate within the current and anticipated energy markets of the future. Overcoming these challenges will become increasingly important as wind transitions into the role of major power system supplier and the special rules and tax credits that currently support its use are discontinued. Operating within the confines of a traditional generating technology will mean that wind may need to adjust its levels of supply either throughout the day or over a particular time period. It also means that wind may need to provide the grid frequency support that is traditionally supplied by synchronous generators.  In this work we demonstrate the promise of the model-based receding horizon approach for wind farm control for frequency regulation.  We show that such a controller based on a novel time-dependent wake model that captures the flow physics enables up-regulation with derates that are less than the maximum up-regulation requested. The success of this approach in reducing the required derate has important economic implications for wind plant operators as it directly corresponds to reducing the loss of bulk power revenue associated with participating in regulation markets.  Technological improvements aimed at reducing this derate is required for wind farms to become cost-competitive frequency regulation providers.


Additional Information:

  • Abstracts (one page) due on Thursday, September 15, 2016
    Please email to tai@jhu.edu as a one-page PDF file, including title, author names, and affiliations. Please also identify the presenting author. 
  • Notification of acceptance of abstracts on Monday, October 3, 2016
  • Papers and/or presentations due date coming soon
  • Proposals for presentations in all the following areas will be welcomed:

-• Energy markets (electric power, natural gas, oil, renewables, etc.)

-• Intersection of energy with environment, food, and/or transportation

-• Electricity and heat

-• Optimization/equilibrium modeling and algorithms for energy market problems


Conference Chair
Sauleh Siddiqui, Johns Hopkins University, USA
email: siddiqui@jhu.edu 

Conference Vice-Chair
Daniel Huppmann, IIASA, Austria
email: huppmann@iiasa.ac.at

Scientific Organizing Committee
Steven A. Gabriel, University of Maryland, USA
Ben Hobbs, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Dick O’Neill, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, USA
Christian von Hirschhausen, TU-Berlin/DIW, Berlin, Germany

Center for Systems Science and Engineering