Electrical Grid Operations and Why They Matter for Air Quality? Virtual Training
DateDaily Schedule
Session 1 – Thursday, April 14, 20221:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET
Session 2 – Wednesday, April 20, 20221:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET
Agenda: See Below
Instructors: Nancy L. Seidman | Senior Advisor, US Programs, Regulatory Assistance Project
Registration Deadline Date: April 13, 2022
Registration Contact Information: Sue Dilli and Jackie Burkhardt (training@marama.org) , or Sharon Ray (sray@marama.org).

Course Description and Learning Objectives: Nancy Seidman will join MARAMA to discuss the regional power grid for our states – “PJM”. She will provide an overview of why we have regional transmission operators – their role and responsibilities and why that matters for air quality. In addition she will discuss opportunities for collaborating with your colleagues at the Utility Commission to further clean air and clean energy goals. In a second session, she will provide an overview of the changes happening in the electric system, such as batteries (also known as distributed energy resources) and how those matter for air quality. There will be plenty of time for discussion and Q and A.

Session 1 Topics

  • Goals for training – Provide an Overview of regional electricity system – the “PJM RTO”, Discuss what and why this matters to air quality, Discuss why and how to collaborate with your Utility Commissioners
  • Background on Independent System Operators/Regional Transmission Operators
  • Why a Regional Grid – role, structure, responsibilities
  • How Regulated and Restructured States differ
  • How is electricity dispatched?
  • Role of utility commissions
  • How the PJM states can work cooperatively to encourage cleaner operational policies
  • Why these systems matter for air quality?
  • Discussion/Q and A

Session 2 Topics

  • Goal for training: Provide An overview of the changing electricity system and how this will affect air quality
  • The Role of Energy Efficiency and Distributed energy (e.g., batteries) in the power grid – their changing roles
  • Role of renewables in improving air quality – comparing costs
  • EPA tools for determining health benefits from clean alternatives
  • What’s coming in electrification – Electric Vehicle and water heater example
  • Rate design – why it matters for air quality
  • Gas transition to electricity – roles in electrification and improving air quality
  • Distribution system planning and the impact on air quality (e.g., Water Heater model rule)
  • Opportunities for collaboration
  • Discussion/Q and A/Wrap up

Registration Instructions: This training series will be held via GOTOWEBINAR. There is NO registration fee for state and local staff to attend this training.