The Concept Development Study (CDS)
The PftP LLC team has developed a Concept Development Study (CDS) to examine the potential of the PftP project, and how it could be accomplished. Working in coordination with a CDS Steering Committee of study participants and sponsors, the CDS will include four Tasks:
Task 1: Modeling. Working with Hitachi-ABB Power Grids Consulting, the team will production cost model the U.S. generation and transmission system from WECC to SPP to MISO to PJM. This will be done to capture the natural time diversity in customer loads and renewables output over the span of the transmission connections. It will quantify the potential economic benefits of such developments, and specifically, what regions and utilities would benefit. This will support cost recovery considerations.
Task 2: Technology and Operations. Going beyond modeling (where most utility studies stop), this Task 2 will address the potential technologies to be used in PftP, and how it would relate to the RTO markets.
Task 3: Organization and Regulatory. This Task would address organizational options for the multi-participant project, and state, local, and federal regulatory processes required.
Task 4: Study Management. This Task addresses management of the CDS and making sure its products are delivered on-time and on-budget.
The CDS will take six to nine months to accomplish and cost $500,000 to $600,000. The cost would be syndicated among the CDS Participants. Its results, if positive, will inform development of the coalition of developers and utilities that will accomplish a Power from the Prairie project and associated developments.
As background, a video of a presentation on Power from the Prairie and its CDS at the Midwest Reliability Organization (MRO) can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/312804009.
For more details on the CDS, see the CDS Statement of Work which is available by request via the Contacts page.
See CDS Products HERE