Applying Utility's Advanced Grid Technologies to Improve Resiliency of a Critical Load

Charlie Vartanian, Clay Koplin, Trever Kudrna, Waylon Clark, Daniel Borneo, Jaime Kolln, Daisy Huang, Frank Tuffner, Mayank Panwar, Emma Stewarts, Lauren Khair

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The US DOE Office of Electricity's Energy Storage Program's joint RD work with the Cordova Electric Cooperative (CEC) has deployed several advanced grid technologies that are providing benefits today to Cordova Alaska's electricity users. Advanced grid technologies deployed through DoE co-funded RD include a 1MW Battery Energy Storage System (BESS), and enhanced monitoring including Phasor Measurement Units (PMU's) to help better understand the operational impacts of the added BESS. This paper will highlight key accomplishments to-date in deploying and using advanced grid technologies, and then outline the next phase of work that will use these technologies to implement an operating scheme to reconfigure the utility's distribution system and utility resources including BESS to provide emergency back-up power to a critical load: The Cordova Community Medical Center (CCMC). This paper will include additional insights on the use of utility resources to support critical loads via case study examples by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Assoc. (NRECA).

Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2021
Event2021 Resilience Week, RWS 2021 - Salt Lake City, United States
Duration: 18 Oct 202121 Oct 2021


Conference2021 Resilience Week, RWS 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySalt Lake City

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NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5D00-82058


  • BESS
  • Critical Load
  • Resiliency
  • System Modeling


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