Every day utilities must find new and better ways to integrate distributed energy resources (DERs) onto their grid networks. Developing better communication methods, new regulatory policies, and updating business models are some of the integral work needed to make DERs work with utility networks.
Here at DistribuTech 2020 in San Antonio, Michael Brown with NV Energy presented an in-depth series of case studies where utilities are doing all of these, and more. Brown is the manager of demand response and distributed energy resources at NV Energy, and he’s co-chair of the Peak Load Management Alliance, PLMA.
Brown and other members of the PLMA recently published a paper that outline key takeaways for integrating DERs, titled “The Future of Distributed Energy Resources.”
Here are some key takeaways by category as outlined in the PLMA compendium paper.
Planning and Foundational
International DER integration
DERs are commonplace throughout all utilities’ grid networks. Just in the last decade there has been a rapid rise in behind-the-meter solar installations, battery storage, and electric vehicle charging.
Many utilities are finding ingenious ways to use DERs to create value. Demand response is a favorable model in planning and implementing DER integration.
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