Summary of a Workshop on Integrating Energy Equity into Power System Planning and Operation

Mark Ahlstrom, Sarah Awara, Brenda Brickhouse, Bethany Frew, Miguel Heleno, Todd Levin, Joshua Novacheck, Rebecca O'Neil, James Okullo, Bethel Tarekegne

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On November 29 and 30, 2023, the Energy Systems Integration Group convened a one-and-a-half-day workshop in Arlington, Virginia, to improve knowledge and practices for integrating energy equity considerations into power system planning and operation. Workshop participants were invited to discuss approaches for integrating energy equity aspects into models and tools and to explore possible pathways for enhanced technical practices. Participants included utility planning and modeling practitioners, social science and energy justice academics, representatives from energy and environmental justice nongovernmental organizations, non-profits, consumer advocates, and representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy, national labs, and other government agencies. This report summarizes the discussion points and outcomes of the workshop, which prioritized the technical aspects of incorporating the challenges and solutions identified by electricity-futures stakeholders and communities. These technical activities include the fundamental grid structure and hardware, detailed modeling approaches that benchmark energy system performance and justify future investments, and engineering designs and limitations for potential solutions to meet energy equity goals in communities.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages18
StatePublished - 2024
EventIntegrating Energy Equity into Power System Planning and Operation - Arlington, Virginia
Duration: 29 Nov 202330 Nov 2023


ConferenceIntegrating Energy Equity into Power System Planning and Operation
CityArlington, Virginia

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NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-6A40-89827


  • energy equity
  • optimization
  • power systems
  • workshop


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