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Tuesday, 17 November 2015
17:00 - 18:30 Grid integration panel debate
Integrating wind power into the electricity market  
Onshore      Offshore    

Room: Montparnasse

The aim of this panel session is to debate on the contribution of wind energy in the energy transition in the next decades. This is seen from the angle of the power system and the electricity markets. The panel brings together actors from the industry, TSOs,DSOs and utilities that will present where we stand today in terms of wind integration in the power systems, showcases of high penetration, and perspectives and challenges. The panel will address the role that wind energy can play in the European power system of the future as well as questions that arise in view of very high penetration (up to 100%) scenarios from renewable energy sources.

Learning objectives

  • Information on experiences and current challenges in systems with high wind penetration.
  • Experts view on the role wind energy can play in alternative future energy scenarios for Europe. 
  • Vision of different actors (TSOs, DSOs, utilities…) on future challenges for power systems and electricity markets.
  • Insights by ENTSO-e and EDSO on the European perspective of wind energy in the continent in the next decades.
Lead Session Chair:
George Kariniotakis, Centre PERSEE, MINES ParisTech, France
Jochen Kreusel, Group Senior Vice President and Head of the Smart Grids Sector Initiative, ABB Group, Zurich, Switzerland
Charlie Smith Executive Director, Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group, Finland
Hannele Holttinen (1) F
(1) VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, , Finland

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Presenter's biography

Biographies are supplied directly by presenters at EWEA 2015 and are published here unedited

Mr. Smith is a member of the IEEE Power and Energy Society; a member of CIGRE, the International Council on Large Electric Systems; a member of the American Meteorological Society; and a Fellow of the IEEE. He is a guest editor for the IEEE Power and Energy magazine, and a past editor for the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. Mr. Smith received the IEEE PES Ramakumar Family Renewable Energy Excellence Award in 2014.

He received his BSME and MS degrees from MIT in 1970. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group (UVIG). Previously, he served as President of Electrotek Concepts, a power engineering consulting firm. He has 45 years of experience in the electric power industry.


Status and challenges of wind integration, results of the IEA Wind r&d Task 25


Proposal for a EWEA conference session on IEA Wind Task 25 wind integration research activities during EWEA 2015 conference in Paris


Session scope
International Energy Agency IEA has Implementing Agreement for Co-operation in the Research, Development and Deployment of Wind Energy Systems (IEA Wind) that sponsors cooperative research tasks and provides a forum for international discussion of research and development issues. IEA Wind research tasks are developing recommended practices and technical reports based on research information exchange and targeted joint research actions. IEA Wind Task 25 on integration issues, “Design and operation of power systems with large amounts of wind power” has started in 2006 and has currently 18 participating countries.

Main body of abstract

Task 25 has achieved significant results, including recommended practices for grid integration studies, and a summary of recent study results, latest updated in 2015. There are a lot of activities in national projects, presented by country presentations, in Task 25 meetings. We propose to select 4-6 most interesting and relevant presentations to be presented as EWEA2015 session, highlighting current issues and research areas in different countries.
The international dimension of the research tasks, involving teams from Europe, North America, Asia and Pacific, enables a global approach considering the specific circumstances of the different regions, which brings a new perspective to the research challenges included in this session.


Session programme (1.5 hours)
This an example, we will make sure before EWEA2015 programme closes to include the most recent and relevant ones. Chairs preparing the session: Hannele Holttinen and Ivan Pineda/Paul Wilczek and J.C. Smith:
• Grid integration: lessons learnt and pending challenges. Presenter: Operating Agent, Hannele Holttinen (VTT – Finland). 10 minutes
• Grid integration in US. Presenter: J.C.Smith, UVIG (or M.Milligan, NREL). 15 minutes
• Mitigating challenges of high share wind in Ireland. Presenter: Mark O’Malley, UCD. 15 minutes.
• Vision of wind in Denmark. Presenter: Antje Orths/Peter Börre Eriksen ( 15 minutes.
• Challenges in China (or, Portugal/Germany). 15 minutes
• Discussion or Q&A after each presentation, 20 min.

Learning objectives