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Director of Bioenergy Services

Black & Veatch Corporation

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Black & Veatch Corporation

11401 Lamar

Shawnee Mission, Kansas 66211

United States

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Black & Veatch is a leading global engineering, consulting and construction company specializing in infrastructure development in energy, water, telecommunications, management consulting, federal and environmental markets. Founded in 1915, Black & Veatch ... more

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"There is room for significant expansion ...

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"There is room for significant expansion in biomass development, but there are a few issues that have impeded robust widespread development in the current market," said Kevin Kerschen, Senior Project Manager for Black & Veatch's global energy business. Black & Veatch has had a significant role in planning, evaluating and providing engineering services for many of the recent biopower projects under development in the U.S. , including stand-alone biopower, co-firing biomass in existing coal plants and repowering coal plants with biomass fuel.

Of all renewable energy, however, Kerschen says biomass has the most complex array of issues that impact project development, ranging from interplay with the forest products sector to environmental emissions. These complexities have been a factor in slower growth of biomass compared to wind and solar, as federal policies continue to be adjusted due to related sustainability and environmental reasons.
"For more utilities to be willing to pay a premium for renewable energy, there needs to be more consistent and well-defined government policies and better clarity on environmental regulations as they pertain to biomass that urge utilities to embrace renewable energy within the context of an overall national energy plan," Kerschen said. "If governments put into place certain regulations that foster a stable environment, where developers and buyers meet mutually beneficial objectives, then I can see there being a strong increase in the development of biomass facilities."
Kerschen and Jim Easterly, Senior Biomass Engineer for Black & Veatch, identified four main issues surrounding biomass regulations and policies, applicable to the U.S., Europe and other areas where biomass has a foothold.
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Kerschen and Easterly acknowledged the need for regulatory policies that consistently treat biomass emissions - specifically carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions - as being carbon neutral.
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"One of the biggest issues related to the uncertainty of the biomass power market is whether or not regulators will deem biomass CO2 emissions as neutral, meaning they absorb nominally as much CO2 during the growth cycle of biomass as is released during combustion," Kerschen said.
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"Some definitions of eligible biomass for energy use include wood chips produced from tree limbs remaining after conventional forest harvesting for timber markets, but exclude wood chips from harvesting whole trees solely for energy uses," Kerschen said.
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Four Key Developments Needed to Boost Global Biomass Industry

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"There is room for significant expansion in biomass development, but there are a few issues that have impeded robust widespread development in the current market," said Kevin Kerschen, Senior Project Manager for Black & Veatch's global energy business. Black & Veatch has had a significant role in planning, evaluating and providing engineering services for many of the recent biopower projects under development in the U.S. , including stand-alone biopower, co-firing biomass in existing coal plants and repowering coal plants with biomass fuel.

Of all renewable energy, however, Kerschen says biomass has the most complex array of issues that impact project development, ranging from interplay with the forest products sector to environmental emissions. These complexities have been a factor in slower growth of biomass compared to wind and solar, as federal policies continue to be adjusted due to related sustainability and environmental reasons.
"For more utilities to be willing to pay a premium for renewable energy, there needs to be more consistent and well-defined government policies and better clarity on environmental regulations as they pertain to biomass that urge utilities to embrace renewable energy within the context of an overall national energy plan," Kerschen said. "If governments put into place certain regulations that foster a stable environment, where developers and buyers meet mutually beneficial objectives, then I can see there being a strong increase in the development of biomass facilities."
Kerschen and Jim Easterly, Senior Biomass Engineer for Black & Veatch, identified four main issues surrounding biomass regulations and policies, applicable to the U.S., Europe and other areas where biomass has a foothold.
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Kerschen and Easterly acknowledged the need for regulatory policies that consistently treat biomass emissions - specifically carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions - as being carbon neutral.
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"One of the biggest issues related to the uncertainty of the biomass power market is whether or not regulators will deem biomass CO2 emissions as neutral, meaning they absorb nominally as much CO2 during the growth cycle of biomass as is released during combustion," Kerschen said.
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"Some definitions of eligible biomass for energy use include wood chips produced from tree limbs remaining after conventional forest harvesting for timber markets, but exclude wood chips from harvesting whole trees solely for energy uses," Kerschen said.
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Kevin Kerschen, KerschenKA@bv.com


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Along the 30-year pathway of achieving this goal, some would suggest that the island grid system will become a giant laboratory for renewable energy, testing the limits of what is reasonably and practically achievable for distributed generation, according to Kevin Kerschen, East Region Director for Renewable Energy at Black & Veatch.

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Ltd. The electricity supply on Oahu is primarily reliant on a fleet of utility-operated, oil-fired steam generating plants that were installed more than 50 years ago and were designed to operate as baseload plants operating at full and constant load, Kerschen said. The utility also purchases power from independent power producers that operate additional baseload and intermediate load plants.
On Oahu, firm capacity generators provide about 1700 megawatts (MW), whereas the variable generators - primarily wind and solar - provide about 350 MW. The variability of the renewable energy resources puts operational strain on the firm capacity generators that must operate in a flexible manner - which they were not designed for - to balance supply with demand, Kerschen noted.
Renewable Energy Beyond Solar
Achieving the final RPS goal is a long-term proposition that will be 30 years in the making. Meeting the standard will require a balance of all renewable energy generation options - well beyond the behind-the-meter rooftop solar installations under the net energy metering program, which has already made substantial inroads, Kerschen said.
Other operational renewable energy technologies on Oahu include wind energy and utility-scale solar PV installed under the Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) program, and the prior renewable energy solicitation conducted by the utility about four years ago.
For HEI utilities, renewable energy facilities operate primarily on the three main islands. "There is approximately 100 MW of wind energy on the north shore of Oahu, the most populous island, where rooftop solar has grown to over 200 MW of generation - which is significant on a 1,200 MW grid," Kerschen said.
Maui has a significant amount of wind energy - some supported by energy storage - along with hydropower, rooftop solar and FIT solar. The big island of Hawaii has geothermal, hydro, wind, rooftop solar and FIT solar, he noted.
"As the renewable energy sector develops, additional rooftop and utility-scale (5 MW or greater) solar will help increase the energy diversity of the grid, but it will also put added strain on the utilities' ability to operate reliably," he said. Because of this, utilities could turn to biodiesel power generation, he said.
"Today's RPS plan, even without the goal of 100 percent renewable energy, represents an opportunityfor biodiesel generation. A utility-owned 50-megawatt biofuel reciprocating engine project is in development, he added. It will be dispatachable and with biofuel as its source, it would be deemed renewable.
A recently issued utilityrequest for proposals was seeking up to 200 MW of energy storage on Oahu, not limited to batteries, Kerschen said.
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During periods of system disturbances, an island electric company does not have the ability to wheel in power from another system, Kerschen noted. Usually, an island grid is relatively small and the loss of a large generating unit can have a significant impact on the stability of the system.
He said discussions have been going on for years about the feasibility of laying a costly undersea cable tying together the power of wind-rich Maui with demand-rich Oahu, but there are no firm plans as of yet.
To help wean the power system off imported oil, Kerschen said, imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) are also under consideration to replace the current use of fuel oil. The plan would initially deliver LNG to the islands in ISO containers, but the eventual delivery would be by bulk shipment to a receiving terminal at a port on Oahu. It is a long-term prospect that would require regulatory and environmental approvals. While the development timeline is uncertain, it is probable that the earliest that LNG could be delivered would be 2019 or later, he said.
In the midst of the transformation of Hawaii's utility sector, NextEra Energy Inc. has proposed a merger with Hawaiian Electric Industries - a $4.3 billion deal, including debt. NextEra is the parent of the regulated utility Florida Power & Light Co. and, with its non-regulated operations, has operations in 27 states and Canada and a major presence in solar and wind generation. The merger could give Hawaii's electric sector access to lower-cost capital, Kerschen said.
The takeaway for the state's ambitious goal is that "a significant amount of advanced planning will be required so that flexible and resilient generation and transmission and distribution systems are in place to accommodate the ever-increasing variable generation required to meet the RPS," he said. In spite of all efforts to properly plan for this transformation, "there will be a lot of learning as you go," he said.
Hawaii has been charting new ground on deploying renewable energy technology at a faster pace than most other utility systems. "The state is on a path toward tremendous reshaping of the utility system over the next 10 years - on top of significant changes that have happened in the last five," Kerschen said.
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Kevin A. Kerschen: KerschenKA@bv.com


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