NCRES Speakers Series: A Grid Story, Integrating 100% Renewable Energy

We’ll have a panel of experts discuss ways to evolve our grid to accommodate 100% renewable energy on both a distribution level and the transmission level. Our panelists include Gregory Martin of NREL, Dan Zimmerle of the CSU Energy Institute, and Pat Connors of Platte River Power Authority

The panel will discuss the roles that storage, demand side management, DERMS, microgrids, electric vehicles, regional energy markets, and other grid management technologies will play in creating a reliable and clean electric grid.

This event will take place on Tuesday, March 26th, 2019, 7:00 PM at the Powerhouse Energy Campus, 430 N College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524

Please note the parking instructions: https://energy.colostate.edu/contact/parking-and-directions/

About our Panelists:

Greg Martin is Engineering Group manager for a team of 12 at the Energy Systems Integration Facility, National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. He has been at NREL working in microgrids, hydrogen systems and grid technology integration since 2008. Greg got his Master of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado – Boulder in 2007 after working for Boeing Commercial Airplanes in Everett, WA for 3 years. His Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering was received from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Outside of work Greg enjoys skiing and paddling with his wife and two kids, biking, and acoustic music.

Pat Connors has an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and MBA from University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and is a Professional Engineer in the State of Wisconsin. Pat worked 6 years for Wisconsin Electric Power Company in Milwaukee as a Transmission Planner and Substation/Distribution Planner. Pat also had held various positions at WPPI Energy, including overseeing Resource Planning, RTO Markets and Operations and oversaw the WPPI’s initial and on-going participation in the Mid-Continent Independent System Operation (MISO) day-ahead, real-time and ancillary service markets. Pat is currently overseeing Resource Planning, Operations and Customer Service for Platte River Power Authority.

Daniel Zimmerle is a Senior Research Associate in the Energy Institute at Colorado State University (CSU). Zimmerle was a principal investigator on three major studies of methane emissions in the natural gas supply chain, and for METEC, the ARPA-E MONITOR test facility at CSU. Additionally, Zimmerle also has major research programs looking at microgrids for remote communities and the integration of distributed generation into power systems. Zimmerle also leads research programs for remote community microgrids and the integration of distributed generation into power systems. Additionally, Zimmerle has been (or is) PI on four major studies of methane emissions in the natural gas supply chain, and leads the CSU METEC test facility for the ARPA-E MONITOR program. Prior to CSU, he served as the Chief Operating Officer at Spirae, Inc. and worked 20 years at Hewlett Packard and Agilent Technologies including experience as both a division general manager and R&D manager. He has lead organizations in several business areas, including computer systems, test systems, and consumer products. Organizations included personnel in the US, Ireland, Singapore and other countries. He holds a BSME and MSME from North Dakota State University.