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Planning and Operating Considerations for a Carbon Constrained Grid

Date: Thursday, April 30, 2009

Speaker: Harold W. Adams, Jr., Project Director - Business Development - Dominion Resources Services - Click Here for the speaker's bio.

Subject: Planning and Operating Considerations for a Carbon Constrained Grid

View Presentation (1.94 MB PDF)

Harold Adams has provided links with more information based on questions he received during and after the presentation - they are reproduced here at the bottom of the page.


The presentation will discuss some of the practical considerations involved in expanding utilization of demand response programs and renewables power sources. What are the key issues in integrating these new resources into the existing power grid? How do these resources operate as a part of the total supply portfolio? What are the reliability considerations? The presentation will also include a brief update of Dominion's plans for construction a new nuclear unit at North Anna and for adding to the company's existing portfolio of wind generation.

In addition, attendees will receive copies of the IEEE-USA National Energy Policy Recommendations recently distributed to the Obama administration, members of Congress and other key policy makers. These recommendations are posted on the IEEE-USA website here.

Biographical Information:

Harold Adams is a Project Director - Business Development - Dominion Resources Services. During his thirty-six years with Dominion Virginia Power and Dominion Resources, Mr. Adams has held a wide variety of positions in transmission and distribution. His experience includes transmission system planning, local distribution field operations, and 115 kV to 500 kV transmission line design. He has held positions with management responsibility for T&D engineering, substation engineering, structural engineering, transmission line maintenance, transmission and substation project construction, transmission system planning, and system operations. For five years he managed Dominion Virginia Power’s System Operations Center. In this capacity he was responsible for reliable operation of the company’s control area and the transmission system serving most of Virginia and a portion of North Carolina. He also oversaw dispatch of the utility’s generation fleet and managed long and short term wholesale power purchases and sales. More recently, Mr. Adams has been engaged in regulatory and external affairs. He has represented Dominion Resources at Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) throughout the eastern United States and served as Dominion’s senior representative to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). In June, 2008 Mr. Adams joined Dominion Generation’s Business Development group in a part time advisory capacity. In this role, he provides technical, management and regulatory support for early development of new electric generating stations, including Dominion’s proposed 1500 MW North Anna 3 nuclear plant in Virginia and the Prairie Fork wind farm in Illinois.

Mr. Adams is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and has been an active IEEE member since 1972. He is a member of the IEEE Power and Energy Society, a member of the IEEE-USA Energy Policy Committee, and a past Chairman of the IEEE Richmond, Virginia Section. He has been a member of the international power systems engineering organization Conseil International des Grands Reseaux Electriques (CIGRE) since 1983 and was U.S. Member to SC-22, Overhead Lines (1996-1998). He has also served on the CIGRE U.S. Technical Committee (1996-1998) and U.S. Executive Committee (1998-2002). He was honored as a Distinguished Member of CIGRE in 2004 and received the Attwood Associate Award of the U.S. National Committee in 2008.

Mr. Adams received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1973. He received his Master of Business Administration from the University of Richmond in 1982 and attended the Duke University Advanced Management Program in 1989. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Virginia.

These are links Mr. Adams provided with more information related to the questions he received during and after the presentation:


North Anna 3 information:

NRC information on North Anna 3:

Dominion renewable energy projects:

Dominion energy conservation programs:

State of Virginia Energy Plan:

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission:

PJM Region Transmission Organization:

PJM real time wholesale market electric prices:

PJM Renewable Energy Dashboard:

PJM Generation Attributes Tracking System:

Smart Grid primer: video overview of Smart Grid:

North American Electric Reliability Corporation:

NERC 2008 Long Term Reiliability Assessment:

NERC Special Report: Accomodating High Levels of Variable Generation:

IEEE Electripedia:

IEEE-USA Energy Policy Committee (see position statements):

IEEE-USA 2007 Plug In Hybrid Vehicle policy symposium:

Joint report of Natural Resources Defense Council and Electric Power Research Institute - Environmental Assessment of PHEVs:

Joint and Coordinated System Plan (long range conceptual electric transmission plan to deliver wind energy):

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