Report & Present Results to Key Stakeholders
A grid integration study’s results, insights and key takeaways can and should be communicated to stakeholders several times throughout the course of the study.
When and how to communicate your study’s key findings is driven by context, and depends in part on your stakeholders, the decision makers you are serving, your team’s capacity, and individual or institutional preferences about communications.
What You Need to Know
- The final output of a grid integration study is typically a technical report summarizing the study’s assumptions, methodology, and findings. But other formats – including executive summaries, summary presentations, visualizations, infographics, fact sheets, journal articles, and press releases – can improve the reach and impact of your study.
- Your analysis should reflect the concerns or questions that the TRC has about grid integration of renewable energy.
- The TRC will suggest new scenarios and sensitivities for the MWG to use in the next iteration of the modeling and analysis.
- Your grid integration study should give decision makers and stakeholders increased confidence on how to integrate more renewable energy into the power system. Your choices in presenting the study can help build that confidence, or undermine it.
First, Read This
It is essential to present the TRC, and other key stakeholders, with the modeling results in a meaningful, actionable, clear, and engaging way.
Read Excerpt: Pages 28-29 of Variable Renewable Energy Grid Integration Studies: A Guidebook for Practitioners by NREL.
Next, See This Great Example
You can emphasize the study’s overall message by highlighting key metrics in a visually appealing format. This example from a grid integration study in India focuses the reader’s attention on important differences between the study’s scenarios.
Next, Review This Example
Visualizations and graphics can help present your study effectively and engagingly. This example for a capacity expansion model in the United States showcases the benefits of visualizations.
Watch Excerpt: 24:10-24:52 of Conducting a High-Quality Grid Integration Study: Lessons Learned & the New Practitioner’s Guidebook by NREL.
Now, See This Other Example
This example shows the use of visualizations and uses the raw outputs of a production cost model in India.
Watch Excerpt: 32:21-34:26 of Conducting a High-Quality Grid Integration Study: Lessons Learned & the New Practitioner’s Guidebook by NREL.
Suggested Actions & Next Steps
- Discuss and finalize the process for reviewing and approving the study’s results with the study’s sponsors, TRC, and MWG. Also, ask your stakeholders’ about their preferences for report communications and format.
- Review several grid integration studies, noting the style and format choices the authors made.
- Determine which communication products to develop, budgeting appropriately for products such as visualization and scenario analysis tools.
- Draft your report’s outline, being sure to clearly define the study’s (i) assumptions, sensitivity analyses and limitations, and (ii) key findings.
- Share your draft report with the TRC, and incorporate their input and feedback.
- Share a revised draft with the TRC, and finalize the study results.
- Share the report with all key stakeholders. Consider hosting an event or workshop for key stakeholders to discuss the study.
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