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21st Century Power Partnership Seeks Submissions for New Report

Real-world examples of innovation in power systems sought for a first-of-its-kind report

Thursday, January 8, 2015

21st Century Power Partnership Seeks Submissions for New Report

Real-world examples of innovation in power systems are being sought for a new 21st Century Power Partnership report. Photo: NREL

The 21st Century Power Partnership is issuing a call for resources to collect real-world examples of innovation in power systems. These will be considered for inclusion in a first-of-its-kind report, Status Report of Power System Transformation, which the Partnership will present at the sixth Clean Energy Ministerial in Mexico in May 2015. The report will articulate a framework for power system transformation based on real-world examples of the most important innovations accelerating this transformation.

The Status Report will be the keystone annual publication in the portfolio of the 21st Century Power Partnership.

How to Submit

The 21st Century Power Partnership seeks to collect your real-world examples of innovation in power systems. The key questions are: What is already happening today towards power sector transformation that policymakers should know about? What examples can you provide that will help paint a rich global picture?

1. Simple Submission — Due January 10

The simplest submission option is to send an email to Point us to something for further investigation, write a few sentences or paragraphs about it, and provide any links or related documents, even if not in English.

2. Full Proposed Case Example — Due January 20

Submit by email to a full proposed case example of 1–3 pages containing 3 sections:

  1. Scope and context of the selected example
  2. Noteworthy innovations
  3. Lessons learned and good practices identified

Images and links to online resources and research are encouraged. Whenever possible, case examples should be categorized according to the Innovation Categories below.


The main audiences for the report are energy ministers and senior staff from Clean Energy Ministerial member countries and the broader community of energy policy leaders and stakeholders.

Benefits of Participation

Participation provides an opportunity to raise the profile of your project and its successes within the greater framework of power system transformation. Featured case studies will help define the emerging landscape of power system transformation. Submitters of featured innovation case studies will be listed as contributors to the Status Report and will be invited to participate in web-based and in-person knowledge sharing events to describe the case studies in depth.

Innovation Categories

The Status Report will feature innovations across 12 categories crucial to power system transformation. In each of these 12 categories, the Status Report will aim to feature approximately 5–15 case studies of real-world innovations.


Example sub-category

1) Environmental Stewardship

Water resource planning
Emissions reduction

2) Transmission System

Grid codes
Scheduling & dispatch
Balancing coordination
Strategic curtailment
Cost-effective transmission reinforcement & expansion

3) Distribution System

Smart systems for managing distributed energy (inverters, network hardware)
Distribution system planning & management

4) Distribution/ Transmission Interface

Demand aggregation
Transactive Control

5) Market Design and Cost Allocation

Energy market design elements
Ancillary service products
Dynamic/flexible pricing
Cost allocation of balancing burden/cost
Cost allocation of network expansion / network usage charges

6) Static & Dynamic Load

Industrial Demand Response
Commercial Demand Response
Residential Demand Response
EV smart charging
Commercial & Industrial Energy Efficiency
Residential Energy Efficiency

7) Heat (electric-thermal interface)

Combined Heat and Power for efficiency
Electric-thermal interface for demand response

8) Flexible Generation

Dispatchable Renewable Energy (Hydro, Biomass)
Natural Gas generation
Coal Generation
Nuclear Generation
Variable Renewable Energy generation

9) Transport

Electrification of transport

10) Information/ Intelligence

Customer data analytics for load forecasting
Network intelligence for managing renewable energy

11) Storage

Thermal (CHP, water heat, molten salt)
Kinetic (Pumped hydro, compressed air energy storage)
Chemical (e.g. batteries, fuel cells)
Hydrogen / Synthetic NG

12) Microgrids

Stand-alone microgrid systems
Grid-interactive microgrid systems

Validation Process

An evaluation panel comprised of lead authors will assess and validate submitted cases. The panel will include cases with sufficient technical merit, policy relevance, and novelty. Cases that are not included may be revised and submitted for consideration in subsequent years.


December 2014

Call for Resources

January 10, 2015

Deadline for simple submissions

January 20, 2015

Deadline for full submissions (optional)

March 1, 2015

Review draft available for partners

April 1, 2015

External draft available for final review

May 15, 2015


Additional Considerations

A maximum number of 5 submissions per individual/institution may be received. The Status Report will be a freely available, public-domain document. For successful submissions, submitting individuals/institutions will agree to the use of text produced under the Status Report according to these principles.