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Transactive Energy Challenge Preparatory Workshop

The evolving smart grid, with increased use of renewable energy generation technologies, offers the potential for significant efficiency improvements through market-based transactive exchanges between energy producers and energy consumers. To understand this potential and support technology developers and policy makers, the smart grid community will require simulation tools and platforms that can be used to explore the impact of alternative ways to create and operate transactive energy systems. The purpose of this workshop is to design a future Transactive Energy (TE) Challenge that would challenge participants to create and demonstrate the viability of transactive energy simulation platforms andproblem solutions. The end goal is to generate results that would guide possible TE pilot projects.

Workshop Objectives:

This workshop will bring together diverse stakeholders and experts to share perspectives and identify: key grid problems which might be addressed using TE approaches, key modeling and simulation tools and platforms and key stakeholders in transactive energy research and technology development. Together the participants will work to shape a TE Challenge that will bring together the stakeholders, tools and technologies to tackle the challenges to advancing TE in order to deliver solutions for integration of distributed resources and load response for the grid. 

Who Should Attend:

The TE Challenge Workshop will bring together leaders and experts from academia, utilities, ISOs / RTOs,companies and government (technologists, regulators, officials) to shape the Challenge.



This workshop is being organized in collaboration with DOE, and the Gridwise Architectural Council (GWAC).

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Day 1 (Tuesday, March 24)

Morning Plenary Session

  • NIST welcome
  • TE Overview presentations:
    • Grid Challenges and Consumer Side Participation (Gunther, Enernex) (PDF)
    • What is TE? Approaches and Experience (Melton, PNNL) (PDF)
    • Regulatory Interest and Challenges for TE (Villarreal, CPUC)
    • The Economics of TE (Kiesling, Northwestern) (PDF)
  • Grid Modeling and Simulation for TE
    • Jason Fuller (PNNL) (PDF)
    • Auswin Thomas (Iowa State) (PDF)
    • Janos Sztipanovits (Vanderbilt) (PDF)
    • Santiago Grijalva (GA Tech) (PDF)
  • The Challenge Concept and Charge to Participants (Chris Greer) (PDF)

Lunch (NIST Cafeteria)

Working Session and Breakouts

Workshop participants will break into small groups to discuss the elements of a TE Challenge to help define and shape the Challenge process.

Day 2 (Wednesday, March 25)

Morning Breakouts and Plenary Wrap-Up

The morning session will include additional breakout time to discuss the elements of a TE Challenge followed by plenary summaries and discussion of next steps.

Meetings Complete at Noon


Hilton Hotel
620 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg MD 20877
Block Name: NIST-TE Challenge Workshop
Includes breakfast and internet
Complimentary shuttle service to and from NIST Campus

Book by March 2nd to reserve your room
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If you are not registered, you will not be allowed on site. Registered attendees will receive security and campus instructions prior to the workshop.

NON U.S. CITIZENS PLEASE NOTE: All foreign national visitors who do not have permanent resident status and who wish to register for the above meeting must supply additional information. Failure to provide this information prior to arrival will result, at a minimum, in significant delays (up to 24 hours) in entering the facility. Authority to gather this information is derived from United States Department of Commerce Department Administrative Order (DAO) number 207-12. When registration is open, the required NIST-1260 form will be available as well.

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Created January 15, 2015, Updated September 21, 2016