NREL’s Dr. Bryan Hannegan speaks to Tri-State Board

Tri-State director Jack Finnerty listens to Dr. Bryan Hannegan’s presentation at the January board meeting.

Tri-State director Jack Finnerty listens to Dr. Bryan Hannegan’s presentation at the January board meeting.

Tri-State’s board of directors welcomed notable National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) scientist and engineer Dr. Bryan Hannegan, who specializes in the field of renewable energy integration into the national energy infrastructure, as a guest speaker at yesterday’s monthly board meeting.

The presentation touched on the topics of future energy systems and their challenges, grid integration issues, the variability and forecasting of renewables, the impacts of generator cycling and more.

“The goal is to accelerate this clean energy future, but to do so in a way that’s durable – that doesn’t need a mandate, doesn’t need a subsidy, it just is,” said Hannegan.

Hannegan went on to discuss NREL’s approaches to addressing these issues in the laboratories of its state-of-the-art Energy Systems Integration Facility. The board and Tri-State’s senior management staff will have an opportunity to see the facility first-hand during a tour of the NREL complex near Golden, Colo. next week.

Tri-State’s board and senior management staff will tour the NREL complex near Golden, Colo. next week.

Tri-State’s board and senior management staff will tour the NREL complex near Golden, Colo. next week.

Barbara Walz, Tri-State’s senior vice president/policy and compliance, chief compliance officer, is a long-time colleague of Hannegan and arranged for him to give the presentation.

“The board external affairs committee provided this education session to the full board to take a look at the challenges and costs of integrating renewables into our operations and the grid,” said Walz. “Bryan did an excellent job summarizing the risks and future potential.”

Hannegan joined NREL last June as associate laboratory director for Energy Systems Integration, a critical area of research and development that addresses challenges of integrating clean energy sources into the national energy infrastructure.

Prior to his current role at NREL, Hannegan held several high-level positions at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Tri-State has maintained a close relationship with EPRI for many years, with a number of staff members serving as advisors to the EPRI board, sectors, task forces and programs.

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