Case Studies

Our experience has enabled us to have worked with the largest Grid Operators in the United States. Listed below are several examples of publicly available reports and statistics.

A Market Solution to the Duck Curve:
In the operation of today’s power systems, renewables (especially solar and wind) are becoming a larger and larger part of the generation mix. While renewables are desirable for their low variable costs and for their low environmental impact, they can and do cause problems in day-today system operations. The most notable of these is illustrated by the “duck curve” where renewable outputs offset demand producing a “duck’s belly” during normal maximum load periods as shown in the figure below and then cause higher than normal ramping needs when the sun goes down (“duck’s head”).
Rick Hoefer – March 2016

Next-Generation Contingency Analysis:
Utilicast’s strength is helping clients implement complex solutions “from cradle to grave.” One example of this is our work in the area of Next-Generation Contingency Analysis. In 2015, Utilicast partnered wtih a Midwest utility to develop new algorithms to forecast issues on the electric grid. Utilicast’s Dr. Kiamran Radjabli was published on this topic and presented his paper at Power and System Engineering Conference in Japan in September 2015. In 2016, the utility hired Utilicast to develop and deploy these advanced algorithms into their System Operations.
CPESE – September 2015

Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator and Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland Interconnection:
On the request of MISO and PJM, Utilicast produced a document to support the Joint Operating Agreement (JOA) Baseline Review.
MISO – January 2012

Western Electricity Coordinating Council:
Efficient Dispatch Toolkit cost analysis; Utilicast was asked to assess the costs associated with deploying the Efficient Dispatch Toolkit (EDT) across two candidate footprints within the Western Interconnection. .
WECC – April 2011

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas:
Utilicast nodal program oversight report on a new integrated scheduling and budget assessment.
ERCOT – December 2008