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Phillippe Phanivong's talk on Advancements in Tariff Design and Load Optimization for Congestion Management

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Title: Advancements in Tariff Design and Load Optimization for Congestion Management

Time, Date, Location: 11:00, Friday, 08 December, 2023, Brian Anderson Building Seminar Room

Abstract: Customers in the US are adopting new energy technologies, incentivized by state and federal electrification programs. At the same time, utilities and regulators are exploring new pricing strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs. Will the electrical distribution system be able to support these innovations without expensive system upgrades? In this talk, I explore challenges in price-signal control of distributed energy resources (DERs) and the potential congestion management issues that arise in the distribution system. I will then present a data-driven approach for voltage management and a novel electricity tariff designed for congestion management of DERs.

Bio: Dr. Phillippe Phanivong is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the California Institute for Energy and Environment (CIEE). Phillippe works at the intersection of power systems engineering, energy economics, and electricity regulation. His research interests include distributed energy resources, price-signal control, congestion management, and electricity market design. Phillippe earned his PhD in the Energy and Resources Group from UC Berkeley in August 2023. Before college, Phillippe served in the US Navy, working as a nuclear power plant electrician on an aircraft carrier. He holds an AS from North Seattle Community College and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington.