6th CCWG Workshop (June 2016)
Sixth Climate Change Working Group (CCWG)
Smart Grids Workshop
The sixth CCWG Smart Grids Workshop, co-organized by China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), was held on November 2-4, 2016, at Kylin Villa, Shenzhen, China. A technical tour of the Qianhai Smart Grid Pilot project, one of the four collaborative demonstration projects under the aegis of the CCWG Smart Grids action initiative, was also conducted as part of the workshop. This tour included visits to the Shenzhen Bay Technology and Ecology City (B-TEC) and Xinzhou electric power dispatching building.
Summary briefs of the CCWG workshop were published in various news websites (local, national, government, professional, and financial) in China. These briefs provided highlights of the smart grid cooperation between the two countries, including the four collaboration demonstration projects and publication of the “Benefits Analysis of Smart Grid Project” white paper.
Previous CCWG Smart Grids Workshops
The first workshop, held 17 March 2014 in Washington, DC, kicked off the Initiative and led to the undertaking of four collaborative demonstration projects in two focus areas, with one project in each focus area and in each country.
The second workshop, held 4 November 2014 in Beijing, China, included presentations and discussions of the four demonstration projects and a common cost/benefit methodology that will be applied to analyze and report on the values of the four collaboration projects in advancing the CCWG objectives. Further, the workshop yielded agreement to establish two subgroups, one on advanced technology and one on benefits evaluation.
The third workshop facilitated further information exchanges on the four agreed-to collaborative demonstration projects and the development of a common cost/benefit methodology. In addition, the two subgroups held their first in-person meetings to discuss their chartered activities and progress and then reported out to all attendees of the workshop.
The fourth workshop was held in Beijing, China, in October 2015. Participants reported on demonstration project outcomes including: (1) energy savings from distribution voltage control on different electric circuits in Irvine, CA; and (2) advanced functionalities developed in end-user energy management systems, multi-state energy coordination and control, and the big data monitoring platform in Tianjin Eco-City, China. In addition, the Benefits Evaluation subgroup published the first edition of the U.S.-China white paper on smart grid benefits analysis and evaluation in October 2015.
The fifth workshop was held at the Philadelphia Navy Yard in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The workshop brought together 60+ government, industry, and research institution leaders from both countries to exchange information on smart grid standards testing/certification and benefits/evaluation methodologies, as well as to share about progress and future work of the collaborative demonstration projects. Technical tours of the Navy Yard project and the PJM control room operations were conducted after the workshop.
In April 2013, the United States and China launched the CCWG, recognizing that, given the latest scientific understanding of accelerating climate change and the urgent need to intensify global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, forceful, nationally appropriate action by the United States and China – including large-scale cooperative action – is more critical than ever. In order to further develop cooperation on this issue, in July 2013 both sides agreed to undertake five cooperative initiatives, focusing on:
- Smart grids
- Emission reductions from heavy-duty and other vehicles
- Carbon capture, utilization, and storage
- Collecting and managing greenhouse gas emissions data
- Energy efficiency in buildings and industry
Taken together, these action initiatives will address some of the key drivers of greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution in our countries.
CCWG Smart Grids Initiative
The Initiative involves undertaking smart grid collaborative research projects between the United States and China over the next several years. As the collaborative projects progress, the United States and China will also carry out a series of workshops and discussions to ensure that the project design continues to meet the needs of both countries and can and will be carried out. The workshops will focus on providing effective technical assistance and ensuring that evaluation methodologies properly capture the costs and benefits of smart grid deployment. The research collaboration will result in data analysis and information sharing that can be used to move cooperation forward.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will lead the task in the United States, by working with other U.S. government agencies such as the U.S. Trade and Development Agency’s (USTDA) and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). National Energy Administration (NEA) of China will lead the task in China. Both sides will work with stakeholders in both countries in the private sector and non-governmental organization community.